Witnessing the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy brings back the pain to me and many others in the New Orleans area who survived Hurricane Katrina. I can visualize and smell it all over again. And I want to do something about it. I was helped and now I want to help other artists affected by this monster storm.
I lost all my possessions in Katrina, including my whole shop of tools, art and raw materials. Fortunately, I received help almost immediately from CERF, Craft Emergency Relief Fund, http://craftemergency.org/. With no red tape, I received a check and a grant within a week.
The time after Katrina is vivid in my mind, when I made art from materials I found traveling to other states. I visited thrift stores for raw stuff because everything indigenous to Louisiana was contaminated. But I had to create to stay sane. Located in Montpellier, Vt., CERF is on the frontlines, immediately helping artists get back into their lives and work.
I recently paid off my loans and want to pay forward the generosity, but as a full-time sculptor, it is still a struggle to make ends meet in this economy.
With a storage shed full of unsold art, I figured I could put it out there to the rest of the world as a win/win/win proposition in helping my colleagues directly with support NOW from CERF. Mention CERF with any sale in the next month, and I will kick forward 35 percent to this organization to help others as I have been helped.
Thank you for your consideration,
Jimmy Descant, Rocketman