Friday, May 26, 2017

Raise the Caliber - Art Creates Change at Only One Gallery - Toronto June 1-15, 2017

From a media release:

Raise the Caliber - Art Creates Change
Only One Gallery - Toronto
June 1-15, 2017

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TORONTO - Raise the Caliber – Art Creates Change is an art exhibit coming to Only One Gallery in Toronto from June 1 to June 15 that aims to drive awareness about illegal gun violence and gun control issues. Featuring multi-medium works from artists Doug Schwartz (DetroitWick) and Tracy Hiner (Black Crow Studios) who use decommissioned guns and bullets, confiscated through amnesty programs, these artists show how tools of destruction can be transformed into beautiful works of art.
Photograph by Tracy Hiner
Launching May 31st 2017 and running for two weeks (June 1-15), this will be the first showing outside of the US for both artists with their Raise The Caliber® art and we are tremendously excited to be able to bring it to Canada.

Accompanying Doug and Tracy for the opening will be Carey Lowell - celebrated actor and talented ceramicist, featuring her collection of Hummingbird Candles. All these artist were united by Jessica Mindich - jewelry designer and founder of Raise The Caliber®, an advocacy campaign raising awareness about illegal gun violence. Mindich will also be featuring her Caliber Collection® jewelry in a Pop-Up Shop during the show.

Scary Statistic: There were 355 firearm related injuries a year between 2008 and 2012 in Canada involving youth under 25.
* Taken from SickKids/ICES study was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
Lucite Sculpture by Doug Schwartz
Some of the people behind the show:
*Jessica Mindich (jewelry designer and founder of Raise The Caliber; also uses recycled gun-metal to create accessories for women and men)
*Doug Schwartz (artwork encases decommissioned guns and shell casings in solid lucite to create three-dimensional sculptures)
*Tracey Hiner (immerses guns and shell casings in fish tanks filled with water with added coloured liquids to create incredible photography prints)
*Carey Lowell (actress and designer at Hummingbird Ceramics; creates hand-crafted ceramic candles featuring shell casings swept from crime scenes)
*Toronto’s Sebastien Centner (driving force behind the team bringing the exhibit to Toronto. He is also executive director of Toronto-based hospitality company Eatertainment, and always has his hands in interesting things happening in the city)
Photograph by Tracy Hiner
**Works of art featured in the exhibit will be available for purchase throughout the duration of the exhibit.
**The presented artworks’ prices range from $195 to $20,000 CAD, with portions of the proceeds benefiting Raise The Caliber.

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