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"Artifact," Greenly Art Spaces' sixth fund-raising art exhibit, will open with a reception from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 13.

This year Greenly has chosen “Cards for Kids,” a program to encourage children impacted by the Paradise Pines fire, to be its guest beneficiary. More than 40 artists have submitted a wide range of art displaying multiple interpretations of the word “Artifact” for the show.

Kimberly Hocking, director and curator of Greenly Art Space, and board member Shyanne Grandi, a marriage and family therapist and board certified art therapist, grew up in Paradise Pines. “Cards for Kids” is a program begun by Shyanne Grandi and several former Paradise Pines residents following the Camp Fire disaster in November 2018.

The “Cards for Kids” program provides encouragement cards to children identified as being impacted by the Camp Fire. Cards are made by similarly-aged children (whenever possible) who want to extend well-wishes to children who went through the traumatic escape and subsequent displacement resulting from the fire. A portion of the money raised at Greenly’s fundraiser will help to include a gift card with each encouragement card.

“I believe that children become stronger when they receive messages of hope as well as when they realize they can contribute to other's finding hope under challenging circumstances,” Grandi said.

Artists were asked to examine their lives to unearth the “artifacts” of their artistic expression. Some of the selected works contain the remnants of struggle, success, emotion or life stages of the artist. Other works explore the deeper meaning of “artifact," including the calling to be an artist.

Professional artist David McKeag says his colorful watercolor, “as an artifact, it was a way I healed from dealing with my illness and still I can use it to comfort me just by looking at it. It imparts a sense of calmness and clarity. Rarely has a work that I produced been so inspired and profound, and deeply personal.”

“Artifact” runs through June 22. The opening Saturday will include the art show, refreshments and appetizers. Greenly Art Space is at 2698 Junipero Ave. #113, Signal Hill.

Tickets are $20 per person for the opening, and can be purchased online at Greenlyartspace.org. The artwork presented will be for sale. A portion of the proceeds will go to “Cards for Kids.”

After the opening, the exhibit can be viewed by appointment by calling (562) 533-4020 or during regular gallery hours from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday. This exhibit will also be on the Mid-city Studio Tour the weekend of June 1 and 2.

Hocking said Greenly Art Space is a nonprofit dedicated to enriching lives and cultivating community through art. This is done though creating contemplative art shows, bringing art to community schools, and providing mentoring, art therapy, and a space for creating art.

For more information, go to www.greenlyartspace.org.

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