Local art gallery hosts fundraiser – The Waynedale News


The Ruth Koomler Art Gallery will be hosting a fundraiser for local nonprofits supporting the homeless on Saturday, December 3 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Ruth opened the gallery with the intention of supporting local artists and making a difference in the community. This event coincides with his vision.

This unique event is a collaboration featuring works of art inspired by poetry. Twenty-seven amazing artists selected poetry written by local poet, Marsi Lawson. Dramatic poetry readings will connect the artwork to the poem that inspired it Courtesy of actress, playwright, and Western Michigan University associate professor of drama, Dwandra Lampkin, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. day of the event. Professor Lampkin recently starred as “Faye” in “Skeleton Crew” presented by Summit Performance Indianapolis, and spent 8 years as Assistant Professor of Drama, Ball State University, Muncie.

Artwork, including a painting by Ashley Collins, will be on display at the gallery, located at 1107 Broadway Street, beginning Saturday, November 19 and available for online auction December 3, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The gallery will also be open on Sundays from Thanksgiving until Christmas!

Marsi Lawson wrote more than 800 beautiful poems and her inspiration for “Emergence” was the life story of contemporary American painter Ashley Collins, whose journey to becoming an acclaimed painter was punctuated by long periods of homelessness. Gallery owner Ruth Koomler admits she was intrigued by Collin’s story because at one point Collins was showing her work in an alley in Venice, California, as that of a male artist to increase the sales.

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