Contemporary Haitian Art at LeQuire Gallery 

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Smartt Move
It may be difficult to think of art when mere survival becomes as raw an errand as it has in Haiti, but art doesn’t diminish in value when a culture is threatened — if anything, its preservation becomes more essential. Author Madison Smartt Bell recognizes this, and when his friends at LeQuire Gallery contacted him shortly after the recent earthquake asking how they could help, he helped organize this exhibition. Vivid canvases by a group of Haitian artists — Emales Delis, Armand Fleurimond, Guidel Présumé, Telfort, Rosaria, Estevenson and Metellus — all part of what Bell describes as “a loosely created guild system,” will be on display, with 75 percent of sales going to the artists and two NGOs: Fonkoze, which provides micro-loans, and Lambi Fund, which works for sustainable development. (Both Delis and Fleurimond were in Port au Prince during the earthquake and survived.)
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: March 4. Continues through March 27, 2010

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