Tuesday, September 25, 2007
The Art Helping Mountain Gorillas art auctions on eBay are over and we raised a grand total of $2180! Over 30 artists listed work and there were well over 100 items listed. The auctions didn't get as much action as we would've liked, but we're pleased with the final dollar amount. That money should go a long way toward helping the rangers protect the gorillas. This is not the end of our efforts though - we're looking into other ways to raise funds and we'll probably have more eBay auctions down the road. We're also going to be listing some of our work on another art auction site: ArtByUs. There are just a few items there now (none of mine, yet) - search "WDGP" to find the auctions.
As a result of our promotion of the first wave of gorilla art auctions, the Sacramento Bee contacted me and ran an article about my art and my involvement in the Art Helping Mountain Gorillas and Art for Critters groups. Read the article.
The leader of the Art Helping Mountain Gorillas group had put together a press release for us to send out. I sent it to a few folks and it found its way to Cynthia Hubert, a reporter for the Bee. She called me to find out more and we had a wonderful conversation - we must've talked for at least half an hour. I'm very happy with the way the article turned out - Cynthia did an excellent job of distilling our conversation into a cohesive article that focused on the gorilla art project and Art for Critters.
Well that's it on the gorilla-helping frontlines for now, but stay tuned, the Art Helping Mountain Gorillas web site will be updated as we have more to report.