Nonprofit marries art and vinegar to raise funds

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Nonprofit marries art and vinegar to raise funds

On Saturday, September 10, the exclusive art galleries of House of Balsamic in Irvine were filled with over 100 guests experiencing a glimpse of art, balm and a peek into the work of A Window Between Worlds.

A Window Between Worlds (AWBW), the only national nonprofit using art to help end domestic violence, raised $3,000 through auction items, raffle drawings and donations.  This total helps bring the organization closer to its goal of raising $200, 000 in celebration of its 20th anniversary.

The event began with a self-guided tour of the House of Balsamic art gallery featuring local artists with extraordinary talents. As one of the featured artists explained, “I’ve been doing this for a long time and I love what I do.  Nowadays, artists create as a way to make money. Back in my day, artists became artist purely for the love of it.”

Among the many pieces featured from this local artist was a collection of motorized graphite-covered sticks that flowed back and forth as if to be dancing in the wind, all while creating their own work of art by making random, pencil-like marks on the white wall they so fluidly swayed in front of.

House of Balsamic representatives were on hand to provide balsamic tastings of some of the finest and rarest vinegars.  The jellied balsamic vinegars were just as tasty as the traditional variations and would have complimented any loaf of freshly baked bread very nicely.

The mood was set by the accompaniment of soft jazz played by Brass on Ivory.  Light appetizers and champagne were served, all amidst the backdrop of art, old world furnishings, and balsamic vinegar aging barrels.

The program continued with a presentation by AWBA founder and a social worker who utilizes the organizations’ programs. Both spoke about the impact of AWBA and gave compelling stories and examples about the healing power of Windows’ art workshops.

Guests were able to purchase raffle tickets, bid on silent auction items and make suggested level donations through the giving tree.

Each guest was also invited to create their own work of art with the use of a toothpick and a 2”x2” piece of black paper (which upon etching, revealed a rainbow of colors underneath).  The suggestion was to draw a picture of something you’d like to pull closer to you and something you’d like to let go of.  Patrons then used ribbon and beads to present their piece of art as a wearable necklace. Not only did this serve as a great conversation starter, but it was exhilarating to see the creativity in the room and hear the stories behind the drawings.

A Window Between Worlds

Since 1991, AWBW has provided creative expression as a healing tool for battered women and their children in crisis shelters, transitional homes, and outreach centers throughout Orange County, Los Angeles and across the United States. By providing an environment that promotes healing, art workshops help women and children to develop a renewed sense of hope and possibility that profoundly impacts future decisions regarding the direction of their lives, their relationships, and their safety.

For additional information and upcoming events, visit http://www.awbw.org/awbw/anniversary.

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