In light of recent protests and the call for reform, my husband and I would like to contribute to a better world with donations to The Legal Aid Justice Center. The LAJC advocates for minorities and the impoverished in Virginia, serving those who have difficulty accessing and affording assistance with social, racial, and economic challenges and injustices. Programs address various issues including challenging the court debt system, improving school discipline and policing procedures, ensuring fair pay and protections for immigrant and black farmworkers, and advocating for more accountability from law enforcement. It is an established program of 30 years with offices and attorneys in Richmond, Falls Church, Petersburg, and Charlottesville.
I am donating all sales of my artwork (minus the shipping fee) from Urbanscapes, my Richmond-themed exhibition whose showing was cancelled in April because of COVID-19. My paintings capture the city of Richmond, with our hilly landscape, architecture, graffiti, street signage, and murals. Some of the pieces are reflections on African American history and culture, images torn directly from local publications and worked into oil paint and cold wax.
Richmond is a beautiful city with a difficult history of slave trade (second largest auction site next to New Orleans), the slave labor that built this town, the seizing and destruction of parts of historic, black-owned Jackson Ward for interstate development, the subsequent relocation of impoverished blacks to the East End projects, and the construction of neighborhoods with bylaws clearly and purposefully forbidding black residency. In Richmond, we still struggle with de facto segregation and for a better-funded education in city schools. Coupled with recent protests, these paintings with their torn photos, scrawls of expressive words, and stamps of signage are all the more relevant.
Please visit my shop on Etsy to browse available paintings. I will be loading more as time allows. www.etsy.com/shop/BonnerBrushwork