This is the final weekend to see the I Have a Name Exhibit at Northwind Arts Center in Port Townsend. If you are in the area and haven’t visited it yet, please don’t miss it. Yes I had a small part in helping with the exhibit and I am biased about the work but don’t take my word for it. Check out this Arts News Report from KPTZ Radio in Port Townsend or read this article in the PT Leader.
When the show was first envisioned more than a year ago, Ray was steadfast in how the work should be presented and he never wavered in his goals for the show. That tenacity has paid off. According to the Executive Director of the Boiler Room (BR), Amy Howard, before the show went up, the balance in the BR bank account was under $100. She attributes between $4,000 and $5,000 in direct donations in February to the show at Northwind. Last week the BR held their auction to raise money for annual operating expenses. The auction had double the number of attendees and they raised over $30,000 with many donors saying the show was the reason they came to the auction. Everyday Amy is continuing to field enquiries on how to help out the BR as well as receiving comments on the impact the show has had on the community.
The sale of Ray’s book also is helping the Northwind Arts Centre and the BR fund Through the Wall. This program compensates artists who provide visual art instruction to young and emerging visual artists in the community. In addition the show has fuelled interest from the public as well as attendees and artists who want to be a part of Through the Wall.
I would be remiss if I did not mention the Port Townsend Arts Commission and their financial support of the show. We went to them with a big ask (10% of their annual budget) and while we didn’t receive quite that amount, they increased their initial consideration by 60%. Thanks Stan, Owen and all the other members of PTAC.
I’d like to also recognize Michael D’Alessandro, Executive Director of the NW Arts Center. Michael was instrumental in convincing the Board to take a chance on this show and he worked with us to obtain financial support from PTAC and NW. I know the organization will look back on his championing of this exhibit as a turning point at NW and the kind of art they want to support. Thank you Michael.
From the beginning of my mentoring with Ray, he has always said to me that the work has to be about the work and the people and not about the photographer. This comment from Marshah Wallis who saw the show, sums it all up for me.
What will ever remove the fingerprints left by this man? Fingerprints left on the hearts of theses young souls, will they ever be free from his touch on their lives? I think not. He gave a gift for a lifetime. The gift he gave …acceptance for today, a clear message, ” You Are Enough “. That’s a life changing, hope giving…..priceless gift . This is beautiful on so many levels.