The Charleston Artist Collective, an online gallery that donates money from its art sales to different local charities, has chosen the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund as its July and August charity. Money from art sales through the website will be given directly to the fund.
Painters who participate in the collective paint on a theme that changes regularly; for July, that theme was “Home Grown,” and the current selection of paintings includes both works on that theme and works mourning the Emanuel AME tragedy by artists Way Way Allen, Dee Schenck Rhodes, Susie Callahan, and Anne Darby Parker, among others.
Parker has several paintings available, all of which are set in churches. Her painting “The Unity of Nine” was featured in a Huffington Post article about the outpouring of art in the wake of the shooting. Darby donated the piece to the Community United fundraiser for Mother Emanuel on July 9 at Charleston Place, where it will be auctioned along with more than 100 other pieces of art and a huge array of travel, food, and event experiences. She painted another similar one, “We Shall Overcome,” to sell through the collective.
Way Way Allen also contributed several small abstracts, two in black and white and one series exploring blues and soft oranges.
You can browse all the works currently available on the Charleston Artist Collective website.