"We need to talk." It took a couple weeks and lots of calendar study, planning and a couple of false starts when unplanned events swiped our scheduled phone date. But, Debra Hosseini, founder of the blog/website, books and art networking and event series, The Art of Autism, was right. We needed to connect. Our call, two years ago, confirmed that we are doing similar things in two different regions of the country. Since the social enterprise arm of Art Tank, our nonprofit, launched this last year, my admiration has increased exponentially for what this woman has single-handedly done with her organization and on behalf of artists with autism nationally and worldwide. I have experienced just how great the challenges are to corral gifted artists with disAbilities who generally have had little exposure and training to how the art world works and to provide them a light and deserved pathway to those opportunities.
We are grateful to Debra for featuring Grace in a post this week! You can click on the link, below, and read:
Locally, you can find GraceArt, Grace's product line, at Loveless Cafe's annual Biscuits and Bluegrass Day. We'll have a tent and will be selling notecards, tiles, prints and unframed originals. Shimai Pottery and Gifts, which carries GraceArt year round, invited us to join them at this event. Look for us at the purple tent. Shimai has additional inventory, including a few framed pieces by Grace, left from their recent group show featuring Grace, Preston Vienneau, and Donald Werther.
Sunday, November 2, 2-4 PM, GraceArt will team with Stella & Dot independent jewelry, handbags and scarves representative, Kathy Chaney, in our home for an open house. We will donate up to 20 percent of sales for needy families who have children with autism as a part of Autism Tennessee's annual Holiday Gift Card Drive. We love this cause and are tickled to have our first holiday home show and share the love.