RAMP's 11th Annual Art Raffle Sunday, April 21, 2013
The 11th Annual Art Raffle hosted by the Rockingham Arts and Museum Project (RAMP) will be held on Sunday, April 21, 2013 starting at 3:00 p.m. at Windham Antique Center in downtown Bellows Falls. The raffle offers an opportunity to win original artwork, meet artists, and fellow art lovers, have great food and support RAMP.
Over 60 regional artists have donated works. Images of the donated works are posted on the RAMP website: www.ramp-vt.org. A preview opening for the artwork in the raffle will be held on Sunday, April 7 at 3 p.m.at the Windham Antique Center. A $25.00 ticket can lead to winning one of the artworks.
RAMP was founded in 1995 to convey an important message: artists and the arts are essential to the revitalization and sustainability of rural communities. To this end, RAMP focuses on the importance of developing affordable live/work spaces, hosting quarterly regional Artist Town Meetings that bring artists, artisans and local food growers together as a constituency, supporting public art initiatives and participating on a variety of boards of directors in order to ensure that the arts are represented and involved in policy making.
RAMP's founding director is Robert McBride who moved to Bellows Falls from San Francisco, through New York City where he lived for twenty-five years, and was a founding member of PS122 an alternate art space on the Lower East Side. He feels strongly that rural life and small communities offer a unique opportunity for residents to directly participate in shaping their own community.
McBride says: "The 11h Annual Art Raffle is a great opportunity for the community to come together. It is exciting for both the artists and the people who purchase raffle tickets. "The quality of the art is very high, and the possibility of winning a piece of art is exciting to the people who purchase tickets. And at the end we feed you!"
The art raffle is an important part of RAMP's mission to develop an awareness of the arts, create vitality in the community through art, and demonstrate that art can favorably impact a community both financially and culturally. The raffle is an opportunity to meet the artists and become part of the creative arts community.
The donated artwork can be viewed at www.ramp-vt.org. Tickets are $25 each or 5 for $100 and can be purchased online. You need not be present to win. For more information and accessibility inquiries call 802-463-3252 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts support RAMP.
On April 21, the day of the raffle, as the raffle tickets are drawn the winner gets to choose any artwork directly from the wall. Raffle tickets are drawn until all the original 60 artworks are selected.
Winners or their designees must be present at the raffle to choose the work
If you cannot join us the day of the raffle you can still participate. Purchase your tickets, view the work online, email email@example.com (please put in subj line RAMP Art Raffle) with your ten choices. We will have monitors at the raffle with your lists who will select one of the art works you have listed, if your name is called and if the art work has not already been selected.
Ramp is a museum without walls and focuses on community development through the arts. RAMP values the partnerships and projects it has developed over the years, including:
- The Historic Mural greeting people to the downtown
- The Exner Block, providing affordable housing for artists and retail spaces
- Mills to Main Streets Brochure, available for download at: www.ramp-vt.org
- The Connecticut River National Byway
- Hosting quarterly Artist Town Meetings
- Preservation Trust of Vermont and The National Trust for Historic Preservation.
RAMP receives support from the VT Arts Council and The National Endowment for the Arts as well as businesses including Chroma, Sovernet, Stewart Property Management and individuals.
We look forward to seeing you April 21 at 3 PM please stay after for savory and sweet refreshments!
For more information and to arrange for wheelchair access, please contact RAMP at (802) 463-3252 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Robert McBride, Founding Director
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