ART: Giving Gifts, Giving Back

William N. Copley Think American FlagReal men give back: they protect the weak, give to the poor and share their success and strength with others. And we can think of no better time to fulfill this duty than the holiday season. It’s a moment for coming together, celebrating blessings and reaching out to lift up those who are desperately in need. Looking for a place to start? These artworks make great last-minute gifts…and would look just right hanging in the man cave come 2013. They are also all benefit pieces for Hurricane Sandy relief.

At top is a screenprint by William N. Copley. Titled Think (Flag), 2012 and priced at $200, the piece was produced by prestigious New York gallery Paul Kasmin, in association with Pace Prints and the William N. Copley Estate. 100% of the proceeds from each sale go to the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) Relief Fund, which offers aid to arts organizations affected by the hurricane. What’s more, Paul Kasmin has teamed up with Artspace to offer a selection of 20 artworks, all of which support the fund. You can view the full collection here.

NASA satellite photograph of Hurricane SandyOur second pick comes from the extensive online print shop 20×200. We’re big fans of the site – even more so after spotting their stunning Hurricane Sandy benefit piece, all revenue from which goes to the American Red Cross. The image above, titled Blue Marble, was taken by a NASA satellite just as the storm gathered over Manhattan, approximately 10 hours before the New York subway system was shut down and the city went into emergency mode. Capturing the moment from space depicts the weather pattern in all its ethereal beauty, while serving as a portent for the terrible destruction that would ensue. Pricing starts at $60 and increases based on the sizing dimensions chosen.

Iwan Baan The City and the Storm PosterThis haunting photograph was taken by Dutch artist Iwan Baan the moment the power went out in Lower Manhattan. Baan’s The City in the Storm graced the cover of New York magazine on November 12, 2012, thus solidifying it as one of the iconic images to immortalize the disaster. MoMA has turned the photograph into a poster and priced it at an affordable $20, proceeds from which go to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City in support of Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

Ready to give without receiving? That’s what the best of the good guys will do. For information on how to donate and volunteer for Hurricane Sandy relief this holiday season, please visit the FEMA page.

Another cause very close to our heart is helping the families of Sandy Hook and their Newtown, CT community rebuild after the tragic shooting that took place one week ago. CNN offers a comprehensive list of ways to donate and ensure that adequate counseling can be provided to those affected. There’s also another way to make a difference that doesn’t require spending a dime: by sending a letter of condolence and support to the families of the victims.

May all of our AROHO readers have a peace-filled holiday season. Thank you for reading.

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