The Wave by Michelle Salazar Floos

Cameron Park Life

Artists unite to help Japanese children

By April 8, 2011

The Wave by Michelle Salazar Flood


It’s an evening reception followed by an all-day social. It’s a show of the latest exciting works of 10 artists. Most importantly, it’s a benefit for the Japan Tsunami Earthquake Children in Emergency Fund.

Art4Earth, a two-day event, will begin with an artists’ reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 29, and continue from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, with 10 area juried artists displaying their work at 3081 Alhambra Drive, Suite 103, off Cameron Park Drive near the airport.

Art4Earth is presented by John Van Den Berg at Studio 1 and Michelle Salazar Flood at Red Door & More in Cameron Park.

Flood said the artists wanted to do something to help the children following the massive damage from the 9.0 earthquake and cataclysmic tsunami at Honshu, Japan, on March 11.

The tsunami emergency fund is part of Save the Children, the world’s leading independent not-for-profit organization for children in the United States and 120 countries around the world. Conditions facing children in Japan, with and without families, are so extreme that the organization is working first to help provide essential relief items and launch child protection activities, and then help restore children’s sense of security and normalcy. Save the Children has set a goal of $20 million to support this work.

Save the Children’s record of assigning 90 percent of its funds to programs, plus its public accountability, appealed to the artists, said Flood.

The artists’ works represent a broad range of two- and three-dimensional media. Many of the artists exhibit nationally and internationally. Some will be showing pieces inspired by Japanese aesthetics made especially for this event.

The 10 contributing artists are:

Elisheva Gur-Arieh, monoprints (a combination of printmaking and painting)

Betsy Christ, sandstone sculpture

Michelle Salazar Flood, mixed media

Jim Ginney, black and white fine art photography

Stephany Nickel, opaque watercolor

Mark Niebauer, color photography, California scenes (One of Niebauer’s themes is The Japanese Manzanar War Relocation Camp in the eastern Sierra.)

David Peterson, aquacolors and watercolors

Gayle Rappaport-Weiland, watercolor, acrylic and oil paintings

John Van Den Berg, digital painting

Gloria Vernon, glass sculpture

Support from the business community has been heartfelt. Space for the show is being donated by property owner David Long, of Santa Clara County, and Magni Management, Inc. Lisa Schmid, owner of, is handling the event planning. T&M Electric is providing the lighting. David West, West Coast Events, is the caterer. Verbena Flowers & Trimming will provide flowers. Mother Lode Insurance Services arranged for insurance. Building materials were provided by 1st Step, Inc. Mega Graphics donated posters. The Shingle Springs/Cameron Park Chamber of Commerce and DiMattia and Associates contributed administrative services.

Prices for the art works range from $25 to more than $2,500. In addition to original art, there will be cards, prints and other gift items for sale. All major credit cards will be accepted. Donations will also be welcome.

For more information call (530) 672-6444 or (530) 558-5328.

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