A local charity is holding an art sale starting today, aimed at bolstering its used coffers to help budding artists and young people in the community.
The Mother Jones Center for Resilient Community, 88 14th St., will hold its second annual Mojo Art Sale from 4-9 p.m. today and Saturday. The center is located opposite the old Scottish Rite building.
The sale will feature works created by a variety of local artists, in addition to items made by ‘fair trade’ vendors the group works with.
Executive director Kate Marshall said the centre, which opened in 2020, had to hold its first online art sale last year due to COVID-19 concerns. This year’s sale will take place in person, with buyers able to view and purchase the works on site.
“We have a lot of local artists as well as products made at Mojo,” Marshall said. “We also have fair trade items, as we also work with other businesses around the world that support communities facing poverty issues, and also have experiences that we can relate to.”
Marshall said the sale helps raise money for the center and also helps artists.
“It’s a fundraiser for the Mojo and it provides opportunities for artistic expression and helps local artists get started in entrepreneurship, creating products and selling them throughout the year,” she said.
Santa Claus will also be on hand to visit the children and take pictures. Local musicians will also play festive music.
The center is open from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday for walk-in community visits. It also runs a variety of weekly classes and workshops, including: 1:00-3:00 p.m., Tuesday, an open sewing class; 5-7pm Tuesdays is an open art night; from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, chess lessons with free play and mentoring from noon to 2 p.m.; and from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursdays are wood carving or hobbing.
“We have other workshops and the rest is planned, from stained glass to music to screen printing and more,” she said. “The center has five art studios that provide resources to the community. … We believe that art should be for everyone.
The center is also used by groups and schools to pursue projects.
In addition to the sale of artwork, the center will have a Mercy Tree containing ornaments for people to choose from and containing ways to give even bigger or more specific gifts, such as instruments or a donation to help people attend workshops.
“Our last show was a great success. We hope the same with this event,” she said.
Marshall said the majority of workshop or class leaders at the center are those who started out as visitors to the center. After being mentored by local teachers, they became art teachers themselves.
“It’s really becoming a community hub. … We are excited to see how this is transforming our community,” Marshall said.
Marshall noted that fundraising will also help the center achieve its goal of owning its building. He is making payments for his purchase from the current owner, Laughlin Memorial Chapel.