Somerville Homeless Coalition

Nave Gallery Raises over $2,600 to Help End Homelessness in Somerville

December 16th,2012-  the Nave Gallery located on Broadway in Somerville “wrapped up” the 5th anniversary of the “Wrap Around Project,” a sale of knitted goods, 100% of which benefit the Somerville Homeless Coalition; an organization which seeks to provide housing solutions for homeless and near homeless individuals and families in Somerville.

Through this year’s sale, the Nave Gallery was able to raise over $2,600 for the organization. Mark Alston-Follansbee, Executive Director of the Somerville Homeless Coalition said: “ We are so grateful not only for the significant funds that the Nave has raised on our behalf, but also for all of the awareness that they have raised about our organization and what we do. Through their ways of engaging the community we have been able to expand our network of supporters; which is truly invaluable.”

The Nave Gallery, an artist-run, all volunteer endeavor, seeks to encourage the collaboration of a non-commercial nature in creating art that engages [the community]. This is the Nave’s fifth year putting on the Wrap Around Sale, and the second year of the Wrap Around project; which as Costa explains is “a year-long campaign with several events that knitters and crocheters can participate in to support the work of the Somerville Homeless Coalition.”

Tori Costa, Margaret Ryan and Susan Berstler, three of the organizers of the event were especially pleased with this year’s success as the momentum for this event has increased each year. They also shared their anticipation for two of the Nave’s upcoming events: “Picnic” and Delicious Torment.

‘Picnic’,  an invitational group show curated by Susan Berstler and Jennifer Harrington, will take place at their brand new space in Davis Square–The Nave Gallery Annex.  It opens on January 25th and will run until February 8. As Tori Costa explains: “the idea behind ‘Picnic’ is to bring bit of summer and sunshine to our cold winter.” The opening reception is on January 25 from 6-9 pm. Visit their website to see gallery hours and to find out more about this spectacular event.
Following Picnic, will be an exhibition about “the delicious torment that love brings.” On display from February 9-24, Delicious Torment “looks at the contradictions and strengths present when two individuals attract.” This show will open on Thursday, February 7 from 6-8 pm at the Nave Gallery in Teele Square.

It looks to be an exciting year for the gallery. To find out more about Nave Gallery and to stay up to date with upcoming events, visit their website at: www.navegallery.org and join their mailing list.

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