Giving the Gift of Gift of Photography

Photographer Rachel Hewlett and her friends came up with a great way to help emerging artists get their work into a major collection--just donate it. (It's actually not that easy.) Calling themselves Gift of Gift of, they struck a bargain with the Museum of Fine Arts to accept high-quality work, which the museum would approve. Then Gift of Gift of put out a call for photography entries, whittled them down and asked the museum to select 14. Those 14 entries (from all over the U.S. and Australia) will be voted on at a party this Saturday, August 7, at Next Wall Gallery. For a $40 admission, partygoers get three tickets to vote for their favorite photos on display. Like just one? Put all three tickets in that photo's ballot box. At 10 p.m., the votes will be counted and depending on how much money was raised, Gift of Gift of will buy those photos from the artists and donate them to the MFAH (All photos are priced at under $250). Hewlett hopes it will be an annual event. "It's not just to help emerging artists," she says, "but also to help emerging art patrons--to get people out there that can't necessarily afford to buy artwork from an artist but would like to support them in some way." That nice photo above is by Houston's own Bryan Schumaat. Help him get in the collection.

Again, that's Saturday, August 7, 8 p.m. - 11 p.m., Next Wall Gallery, 1717 Michigan (at Dunlavy) http://giftofgiftof.com/votenightparty.html

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