Art sale will benefit Voterise in its efforts to increase voter turnout in Utah

Chor Boogie’s “Omaha Jazz” is one of many colorful works of art that will be on sale at Voterise’s Art 4 Action fundraiser taking place March 18-20 at Utah Film Studios.
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Art lovers are encouraged to visit the Voterise selling art while reuniting with local artists at the Park City & Summit County Council for the Arts Winter Arts Showcase this weekend at Utah Film Studios.

While the showcase takes place on the ground floor of the building, Voterise, a nonpartisan nonprofit whose mission is to increase voter registration and turnout among the state’s younger population, underrepresented communities and more than 300,000 eligible but unregistered women, will present Art 4 Action, an art sale on the upper floor of the studio, Voterise founders Dick and Elsa Gary said.

Art 4 Action will run from March 18-20 and will feature art and pop culture memorabilia including paintings of disco singer Donna Summer, photographs of Andy Summers, who was the guitarist for The Police, and works by local artists Tom Kelly and Susan Swartz.

“The house is a mess right now,” said Dick Gary. “We are in the process of inventorying and pricing each piece.”

Some of the works the Garys are cataloging include pieces by artists they have met or worked with at other Art 4 Action events, said Elsa Gary, who will also be selling her own digitally manipulated photos at the sale. of this weekend.

“Sands of Time” is one of the manipulated photographs created by Voterise co-founder Elsa Gary that will be on sale at the Art 4 Action event March 18-20 at Utah Film Studios.
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Some of the notable offerings include autographed photos by Ozzy Osbourne and his family, the cast of ‘Sex in the City’, a framed ‘Dumb and Dumber’ movie poster signed by star Jim Carrey and posters signed by the Korn band, she said. .

“We also have colorful, urban-flavored art prints by Justin BUA and Chor Boogie, a self-portrait by Leonard Cohen, and an acrylic painting by 9-year-old artist Carmel Rephaeli,” Elsa Gary said. “Some of the works we have purchased ourselves over the years, and some of the works we have acquired at other fundraising shows we have presented in the past. We will keep the prices as affordable as possible.”

All Art 4 Action attendees will receive an Artbucks certificate that will give them a $25 discount, Dick Gary said.

Money raised from the sales will benefit Voterise, which the Garys founded in 2016, a few years after the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling.

The court ruled that corporate financial contributions to political causes are protected by free speech.

“We worried after our elections would end up being like an auction, so we wanted more people to come out and vote,” Dick Gary said. “We wanted to involve more young people because at midterm in 2014, only 8.15 of Utah’s population between the ages of 18 and 29 had voted. We were 60% below the national average.

Voterise’s Art 4 Action sale, a fundraiser that will help register voters in Utah, will feature an artwork titled “Flowers Wild” by 9-year-old painter Carmel Rephaeli.
Courtesy of Voterise

When the Garys secured Utah Film Studios, which donates space for sale, for Art 4 Action, they checked their schedules to see if it would interfere with other events.

When they saw that the Park City and Summit County Arts Council was going to do a show, they called the arts council’s executive director, Jocelyn Scudder.

“We decided it would be great to work together,” said Dick Gary.

Scudder also saw the benefits of presenting two arts and culture events together.

“It seemed like a great opportunity to provide residents and visitors with a one-stop-shop and visual art experience,” she said.

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