Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Online Art Auction to Benefit Disabled Artists & Craftspeople

LAS VEGAS — Transition Services, Inc. is hosting a unique online art auction to raise money for Studio 8 Ten. A downtown Las Vegas redevelopment project, the Studio 8 Ten art studio will eventually be home to more than 30 artists and craftspeople with disabilities in the Las Vegas Valley. The purpose of Studio 8 Ten will be to create unique entrepreneurial and community-based job opportunities for its patrons.

Studio 8 Ten will not only host a public art studio where members of the local community and tourists are welcome to come in and interact with the craftspeople at work, but will also be home to a boutique-style gift shop where customers can purchase everything from handmade paper to all-natural dog shampoo in a warm, welcoming environment.

The online art auction features original Thonet designer chairs that have been turned into works of art by 32 talented artists, including Dirk Vermin, Steve Scott and Jennifer Spear. The art ranges from acrylic and oil paintings, to mixed media art; from a desert landscape to a skateboard complete with truck and grip surface. The chairs will be available for bidding until Dec. 3 and can be shipped anywhere in the world. but any chairs that have not been sold may be available at a live auction during the grand opening of Studio 8 Ten at 810 Las Vegas Blvd. All auction proceeds benefit Transition Services Inc.’s Studio 8 Ten project.

Transition Services, Inc. provides services for people with developmental disabilities who were not successful in other Las Vegas-based programs. In eight years, it has grown to four Southern Nevada locations and expanded its services to provide fulfilling work and social experiences for 170 individuals each day. As a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization, it is committed to offering meaningful work programs that allow the people it serves to reach their highest potential in their own way. Transition Services, Inc. is accredited by United Way of Southern Nevada.

Thank you to artist Jennifer Spear for bringing this important fundraiser to our attention. Transition Services, Inc. fills a critically underserved niche in the Las Vegas community, and its Studio 8 Ten project is truly unique. The chairs up for auction are one-of-a-kind, original works of art, and they deserve a look. I have long been a big fan of Spear's work. In fact, one of her beautiful pieces hangs in a hallway in my home. Check out her amazing Bettie Page chair, which is #29 in the auction.

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