In honor of the momentous occasion of CERF+’s first quarter century, you are invited to visit our special on-line anniversary auction and admire the 25+ beautiful and diverse pieces donated by many of CERF+’s long time friends. We hope you will actively browse and bid, remembering that your purchases support CERF+’s emergency services to craft artists and emergency preparedness resources for all artists. Other items will be added before the auction closes on September 25, so make sure to visit often and bid generously.
Anthony Beverly, CERF+’s first emergency relief assistance recipient, shared these thoughts as he looked back 25 years to the forming of the Craft Emergency Relief Fund:
“I distinctly remember that a shop fire I had in the early 80′s was one of the things that got CERF+ started. I was asked to speak at a rally/fundraiser that kicked it off in West Springfield. I spoke about my devastating fire and the passing of the hat for me at ACC Baltimore. I said that more than the money it was the love and the vote of confidence that got me through. I felt CERF+ would represent our maturation as a community and I hoped it would survive for a long time as a symbol of our concern and caring, of our commitment to one another. And so it has … ”
Bidding opens Wednesday, August 25, 3:00pm, and closes September 25, 10:00pm. Proceeds from the auction will support the programs and services of CERF+.
Photo: CERF+ 25th Platter by Boris Bally
September marks the beginning of A Season for CERF+ and so far, forty craft related businesses and individual artists have signed up to participate in this fundraiser to support CERF+’s programs and services. Now in its fourteenth year, A Season for CERF+ unites galleries, retailers and artists, nationwide, in a venture as unique as the individuals and businesses involved. Retailers and artists decide when (anytime between September and the end of the year) and what they are going to do. Some organize silent auctions or raffles while others sponsor parties, workshops, and dearly loved seconds-sales. Still others decide to simply make a cash donation of at least $100.
Visit the CERF+ website for current listings of participating businesses and individual artists or visit our Google map to find a gallery or event near you. Wondering about joining up? No, it’s not too late. Just contact the CERF+ office and we’ll help you get going and welcome you to an ever growing group of individuals and retailers wanting to make a difference for craft artists in need.
In memory of the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, we thought it would be appropriate to focus this month’s preparedness tip on protecting valuables such as artwork from moisture. Following are some fairly simple steps you can take to Cover Your A’s (art, assets, and archives):
- Avoid basement storage of art and valuables;
- Protect artwork from moisture from above and below. Raise valuables above floor level, and if a storm or flood is imminent , consider moving them to a higher floor if possible. Protect from above and below with heavy plastic or tarps;
- Keep gutters and drains unclogged;
- Check plumbing fixtures and sprinkler systems periodically and fix leaks;
- Know that neither business insurance nor homeowners’ insurance covers damage from “rising water.” You do not have to live in a flood zone to purchase flood insurance.More information
A listing of disaster planning resources is available at the Studio Protector web site.
A disaster-prepping checklist
Other “Tips of the Month” are available at the Studio Protector website. You may reproduce these tips in newsletters, blogs, email blasts, and social networking sites. Please credit CERF+ and provide a link back to www.studioprotector.org.