Artists Making a Difference
As pieces created and donated by artists come in to the Kids & Art offices, we are seeing a vivid demonstration of generosity and creativity in action. Last week, Ginger Slonaker stopped by with a piece titled "Toro (Be prepared and ready to securely defend your choices).” The mixed media work measures 68” x 32”. We’d love to show it to you now, but like all other art presented in the live auction portion of our event, it will be unveiled at our soirée. Artists were asked to submit work based on the auction theme: Circus. The piece below is representative of Slonaker's signature style.
The mixed media work she donated to Kids & Art will be unveiled during our live auction on September 19 at Palo Alto Art Center located at 1313 Newell Road in Palo Alto. The event runs 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. The live auction begins at 6:00 p.m. Kids & Art thrives on the generosity exhibited by artists like Ginger Slonaker and others participating in this year’s Cirque de la Vie auction.
About Ginger Slonaker
Ginger Slonaker has been part of Kids & Art for almost seven years. We heard from her about her involvement with Kids & Art, and here is what she related.
“I started volunteering with Kids & Art when Purvi visited my Art in Action art class at College Park Elementary in San Mateo. She asked if we would donate pieces to the Kids & Art auction then in San Francisco. The kids were thrilled and so was I. My donated piece for that first auction was called School House Rock. It was so exciting to see my art working to raise money for such a worthy cause!”
As a child, the local artist had an early experience with cancer in her family. “My mother has had cancer three times, and I remember her first time was when I was in the 3rd grade. I had no clue. I remember getting to spend the night at my friend's house while she was in the hospital. I felt special because for some reason everyone in my school sent my mother a Halloween card. Happy to report my mother is now 83 and going strong.”
Ginger has continued to donate pieces and participate in the workshops, collaborating alongside families and providing guidance and instruction to kids and their care circles. Currently, Slonaker is a K-6 art teacher at Wornick Jewish Day School in Foster City and also teaches at Congregation Beth Jacob in Redwood City. This fall, she will participate in a number of cause-related projects and exhibits. In October, her work will be included in Art for AIDS, a juried auction, in San Francisco benefiting HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ mental health organizations and the UCSF Alliance Health Project. That same month, her art will also be part of CRUSH Community, a benefit against domestic violence as fundraising for Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse (CORA).