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The inspiring story of how an upcoming art show in Gardens came together

December 12, 2018: The Artists & Charities Hand in Hand Art Show Sunday at the Mandel Jewish Community Center will benefit the Constance and David Blacher Children’s Special Needs Program.

PALM BEACH GARDENS — Ingrid Robinson left San Francisco for South Florida a year ago, determined to start a new life at age 71.


Settling into a new apartment in Delray Beach, she took up painting as a way to heal the wounds from her past, which included the loss of her only child, Michelle, two decades ago. Robinson also was the victim of financial fraud that left her without a home.


Painting invigorated Robinson, and she began showing her work at the Grassroots Gallery at Arts Garage in Delray Beach.


“It’s a new stage, and a new part of my life,” she said.


With her painting career taking off, Robinson decided she wanted to give back.


She created the Artists & Charities Hand in Hand Art Show, an event that will bring together local artists to support the Constance and David Blacher Children’s Special Needs Program at the Mandel Jewish Community Center in Palm Beach Gardens.


The event is Sunday, Dec 16, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the center at 5221 Hood Road.


Thirty-five independent artists — some award-winning and others internationally known — will exhibit their work, which includes acrylic, oil, water color, photography, pencil, charcoal, and mixed media.


“Artists need venues in order to show their work, because galleries are closing right and left, and charities need a new way to increase their donations,” Robinson said. “I went to the JCC, and I told them about my concept. They asked if we could support their charity. I said I’d love to do that. This is the first time that these artists are actually having an art show.”

 

Pieces are expected to sell for $250 up to $3,000, with some in excess of that, Robinson said.


Eighteen percent of all art sales will be donated to the Constance and David Blacher Children’s Special Needs Program at the JCC, which provides opportunities for children with special needs and their families through year-round camps, special events, aquatics, sports and variety of additional programs.


Admission fee is $18, and includes organic and vegan finger food, a wine bar and an opportunity to win a 36″ x 48″ oil painting of the Jupiter Lighthouse.


Sponsors of Sunday’s event include the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County, Wells Fargo Bank, The Rickie Report, the Mandel JCC, Aladdin Mediterranean Grill, Chabad of Palm Beach Gardens, Signature Real Estate Companies, TeachITNow, Inc., and Tim Byrd’s Palm Beach Live Work Play.

“If we can change the landscape of artists and also the landscape of charities, this is a home run,” Robinson said of the event. 


Byline:  Jodie Wagner

jwagner@pbpost.com 

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