Thursday, February 04, 2010

Clevelyn Prevails

I know everybody's got the bleeding heart for Haiti right now. It's a horrific what's been happening there. I have nothing but the deepest sympathy for the insurmountable amount of strife and hardships that the people of Haiti are facing. If you haven't seen it yet, you owe it to yourself and the sake of humanity to look at Keith Marlowe's photography for LIFE Magazine. It's staggering.

Focusing slightly closer to home for my Heart's Blood, I'm offering a limited print for sale to benefit the Clevelanders displaced by that explosion on West 83rd Street last Monday (Jan 25, 2010). Turns out that house was possibly blown up by one of the neighbors, but knowing that doesn't really solve the problem that now there's a bunch of families that lost their homes.

18 x 24, signed and numbered limited edition $20

This art print will be available for pre-order only, from February 4th to February 12th, 2010. Feel free to use the paypal button at the bottom of this page. If you don't want to use paypal, please feel free to email me to arrange the order.

Clevelanders, I will arrange a way to drop off the print to you personally, or you can stop by The Monastery downtown and pick it up. If you're not in Cleveland, I will pay shipping costs within the U.S.

I'm going to limit the edition to only as many prints as are ordered. So if 6 people order this, you will get 1 of 6. If 85 people order this, you will get 1 of 85. If enough people order it, I'll get them screen printed. If it's few enough that I can handle it, I'll print them myself.

Here's some further info that The DSCDO sent out last week:

Neighborhood Response to Support Victims of West 83rd St. Explosion
January 26, 2010

Ward 15 Councilman Matt Zone, the Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization (DSCDO), and many concerned residents and organizations are working together to assist families affected by the explosion that occurred on West 83rd St.   The most urgent need is for housing for six families displaced by the explosion.  All of the families have been offered emergency housing provided by the City of Cleveland at the Cudell Recreation Center.  Councilman Zone and the DSCDO are assisting the families in locating permanent housing. 
Families needing assistance include:   8 adults, which include 3 senior citizens; and 4 girls ages 7, 9, 9, and 11.
Financial contributions can be made as well as donation of furniture, household furnishing, clothing, or other needed supplies.  A fundraising benefit to affect displace families is being planned.  For more information:
Ward 15 Councilman Matt Zone at (216) 939-1717
Or Jeff Ramsey, executive director, Detroit Shoreway, at (216) 961-4242
Financial Contributions to assist displace families:
1.  Make check payable to: 
Detroit Shoreway (with memo noting “W. 83rd St. Explosion Relief Fund”)
2.  Contributions can be made by:
·       deposit at any Chase Bank in N.E. Ohio,
·       or by mail to:
Attn:  West 83rd St. Explosion Relief Fund
Detroit Shoreway
6516 Detroit Ave., Suite 1 
Cleveland, OH  44102 
To donate furniture, household furnishings, clothing, or other needed supplies, contact:
Detroit Shoreway at (216) 961-4242 ext. 223
Fundraising benefit:  is being planned to assist displaced families.  To volunteer or to purchase tickets, please call the Detroit Shoreway office at (216) 961-4242.
Quote for Councilman Matt Zone “during the midst of such a tragedy, it is wonderful to see the community rally to help families in need”…..”working with community partners like Detroit Shoreway CDC and the city of Cleveland’s Department of Aging finding suitable housing is of the highest priority” said Councilman Zone.

That benefit mentioned is a Spaghetti Dinner at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church (6928 Detroit) this Sunday, February 7th from 1 t o 3pm. There's a pdf flier, here.

Yeah, buy this print and help some fellow Clevelanders:


Alexander Lombardo said...

This is the best $20 I've ever spent and glad that its going to a worthy cause. I also can't wait to see the print.

John G said...

Wow, thanks Alexander! I'll keep you posted and let ya know when I send them out. Clevelyn to Brooklyn!

Meredith Shantz said...

Hey John, I'm Xcleveland and a longtime fan of your art. That is the coolest print I've ever seen. Thanks for using your vast skillz to help otherz

John G said...

Thanks Meredith! Seems there's a lot of supportive former Clevelanders out there in the world. Sticking together from thousands of miles apart.

Matthew said...

hey John, I would like to order a few for myself and a few coworkers...can I still email you on Friday to get the order in?

John G said...

Absolutely! My email is

Paul M said...

Thanks Alex for sending the link, couldn't agree more! Best way I have ever helped out the old hood.

Brenden B said...

Ditto Lombardo's statement... great looking print, great cause. Thanks John!