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Jerome Witkin – Photo copyright 2019 by Bob Gates

November 2019

Dear ArtRage Friend and Supporter,

For eleven years ArtRage Gallery has meant so much to so many.

Here art is a vehicle to raise awareness of issues that address social justice. Thousands of people have walked through that door to view our exhibits, listen to speakers, see stimulating movies and walked out changed by the experience.

I myself offered to serve on the board for a year – just one year. And yet? Here I am six years later, an even stronger believer in the critical need for this gallery to exist.

Today I am asking you to make a contribution to this unique organization. Why? Years ago, I was privileged to be at a luncheon where William Sloan Coffin was the speaker. He said something that has informed my thinking ever since; “Never confuse charity with justice.” Justice is at the core of all that happens at ArtRage.

When you support ArtRage, you are supporting the voices of those deserving of justice, yet frequently denied it. You are supporting those who care deeply about the environment, about peace, and about human dignity.

Unfortunately, as with so many things, we might be tempted to take all you see at this gallery for granted. But we cannot. At ArtRage, we don’t rely on the kindness of strangers, but rather on the generosity of like-minded friends. A full 80% of our budget comes directly from donations from our community. From people like you.

Our current exhibition is the work of the reknowned Syracuse-based artist Jerome Witkin whose paintings have been exhibited in major museums and art galleries throughout the U.S. and Europe.

Witkin’s biographer—local author and abbot of the Zen Center of Syracuse, Sherry Chayat—once noted that when Witkin enters his studio, “…he leaps into the dark realm of political repression, the Holocaust, the private wars of domesticity, the collision of recurrent nightmares and the evening news.” Both Syracuse and ArtRage are privileged to have this talent in our midst!

And that’s just the beginning. The final three exhibitions this season include a spectacular exhibit dealing with a specific result of Climate Change; melting ice and raging wildfires. The next show compares “the seven deadly sins” with President Trump’s behavior, and we’ll close our season with a look at a Cuba that is still dealing with the U.S. trade embargo.

And so I am asking that you show your support for ArtRage by digging deeply and making a generous donation. Your financial support is critical to the very existence of the gallery.

And be assured—your generosity is truly about justice, not charity.

I have enclosed a contribution card for your donation. There you’ll find that there are still opportunities to become an exhibition sponsor.

Thank you for your support. I hope to see you at ArtRage!

Sincerely,

Amy Zamkoff

CORA Foundation Board of Directors