En Plein Air

No Boundaries Art fundraiser goes outdoors

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In May, No Boundaries International Art Colony held a drive-by art show to lend support to artists amid the coronavirus restrictions.

It was held in the yard of ELEANOR TOPPING and JONATHAN SUMMIT (a former board member and NBIAC alum), in the 100 block of North 15th Street.

“We had originally planned a fundraiser for May at Jules’ (Salty) Grub & Island Pub on Bald Head Island where we host our annual two-week international art colony, but COVID-19 complications prevented that,” says organizer SARAH DOSS. “The in-town, open-air venue with a drive-by option made it much safer for folks. We had a lot of masked people on foot or on bicycles as well, and live – socially distanced – music from Nerve Truck.”

The event was such a success that another is scheduled for July 11 from 4 to 6 p.m., with a rain date of July 12, at the same location.

The show will donate 20 percent of the proceeds to the Brigade Boys & Girls Club.

“We chose the Brigade Boys & Girls Club this time around because the George Floyd and Black Lives Matter rallies have affected us so deeply,” Doss says. “Our art colony is such a beautiful thing because of its diversity. NBIAC brings artists together from around the world to work alongside and learn from each other. After two weeks together, artists leave with a greater understanding, appreciation, and love for their fellow global citizens and (have) a body of work to show for it. The differences are what make the experience so beautiful. We feel we must also support diverse and equitable programs in our own community, and the Brigade Boys & Girls Club is a wonderful organization.”

Photographer Harry Taylor will, once again, offer 4-by-5-inch tintype portraits for $50 each, in addition to art from many different artists, to keep things fresh. There will also be work from the NBIAC permanent collection on display.

“Artists are really struggling right now,” Doss says. “They have not been able to exhibit or sell work through their normal outlets with so many galleries, restaurants, and bars affected. Art is so important; it helps us through challenging times when normal routines are so disrupted.”

If there is continued interest in the NBIAC outdoor show, there will be another scheduled for September.

“It would be great to continue supporting our artists, future art colonies, and local charities,” Doss says. “If we’re able to host our annual international art colony in November (still up in the air because of COVID-19), we’ll have another exhibit featuring the new work from that two-week period. At this point, we’re hoping – and planning – for the best but realize we’re all at the mercy of a global pandemic.

“We are always accepting donations for our art colony, and we encourage folks who cannot attend but want to support us to email us at noboundariesartcolony@gmail.com,” she continues. “We also encourage people to donate directly to the charities we are supporting, such as Good Shepherd Center, Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, and the Brigade Boys & Girls Club. We choose our beneficiaries by examining the needs of our community.”

Info: facebook.com/NBIAC

Photos c/o Sarah Doss

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