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From Mark Villarreal:

Greetings Artists & Art enthusiasts,

I have a showing of new paintings scheduled for display at Goodwin Fine Art in Denver this fall,  September 14 through October 27.

In the spring of 2016 I traveled to Cuba. Since my return I have been working on a new series of abstract paintings influenced by the experiences of this trip. What impressed me the most about Cuba was how proud and friendly the Cuban people are. Their drive to create with the little they have was impressive and humbling. One conversation sticks in my mind, when I asked "what should we or our friends bring on our next visit to Cuba?"  The answer was "anything you can think of".
This is where the idea began. I personally have art materials in my painting studio that I have not touched in years, I know that this is true for other artists as well. These supplies will have a great and positive impact on the artists of Cuba. When surveying your studio(s) think small and light. The majority of these supplies will be taken by individuals in their own luggage.

I became a member of BOCUSCO ( Boulder - Cuba Sister City Organization ( and I'm currently in discussions with BOCUSCO to create supply line logistics. While BOCUSCO is tied directly to Yateras, Cuba these donations will be distributed by individuals that also travel to Baracoa, Guantánamo City and  Santiago de Cuba.

For those who want to participate but live outside the area you can mail me your donation. Cash donations will go towards purchase of new art supplies and / or shipping. I will store donations until shipments occur from Boulder to Cuba. Please feel free to forward this to others that would want to participate in this endeavor.

The kick off for this campaign will be September 14th, opening night at Goodwin Fine Art and will continue for the shows duration. Donations can be made at the gallery opening night. Afterwards donations can be mailed or dropped off at my home or the offices of Boulder County Arts Alliance, 2590 Walnut Street, Suite 9 Boulder, CO 80302

Thank you for considering being a part of this art-supply drive for our Cuban artists!


Mark Villarreal

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Charity Handwork - Tuesdays at 1:00pm
at the Longmont Yarn Shoppe

What better joy than to make for others?  What better joy than to make for others in need?  LYS began with a Charity Handwork mission in 2012 - to make 1000 warm things for the homeless in Boulder County.  We exceeded that goal and the mission of Charity Handwork continues today......
Project patterns and yarn for those who would like to contribute will be available during Tuesday Handwork hours (1 - 3 pm), or you can pick up anytime to take home and bring back to LYS to be distributed.  Please provide your own needles and hooks.   Currently we are making Snuggles Pads for the Longmont Humane Society, Layettes, Baby and Toddler items for Clinica Campesina, and always we can provide you with yarn to make warm things for the homeless.

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