Hopewell and Prince George Breez-In stores support local art project

Dress art is now available at Hopewell and Prince George Breez-In convenience stores. Drop fifty cents into a gumball machine, turn the handle, open the door, and collect mini works of art created by local artists.

Instead of chewing gum, the capsules include an artistic button / pin with a short artist bio. Some buttons feature murals of downtown Hopewell and artwork from the ‘Hopewell Billboard Project’.

“The goals of the Button Project are to build community pride, to expand knowledge that art occurs in our region and that the Tri-Cities are home to many talented local artists,” Lamb Center for Arts and Healing [Lamb Arts] Co-Founder and Executive Director Dr. Eliza Lamb said. “With this project, we are expanding the concept of creative care for our community.”

Dress art is available at Breez-In convenience stores in Hopewell and Prince George.

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Full-time studio artist Aimée Joyaux who lives and works in a renovated cotton warehouse in Petersburg with her husband Alain and hunting dog Oliver is a huge Lamb fan.

“I think she’s brilliant,” said Jewels.

Jewels’ recent painting titled “Sing, Sing, Pray, Pray, Sing Pray Sing” was selected for the project. According to Joyaux, affirmation, included with his art, is about finding joy, looking for the bright side, and celebrating love.

Community members and participants in the Lamb Center for the Arts and Healing Teen Leadership Program Creators of change generated the positive affirmations / fortunes found in the capsules.

This is not the first time that Joyaux has shared its art for a good cause.

“I did illustrations for the Art-O-Mat, an old cigarette machine, which now distributes handmade art, “Joyaux explained.” These objects, like pins, are also collected. “

Accessible art

Through partnerships with organizations like Breez-In, Lamb Arts makes art accessible in the daily lives of community members. Art reflects images of community in a positive way.

Three buttons are taken from Lamb Art’s 2020 billboard project which had the same basic philosophy.

“We are thrilled and touched by Breez-in’s heart for the community,” said Lamb. “It wouldn’t have been possible without them.”

“It’s a fun way for the local community to see the incredible art these artists have created while learning more about the artist,” David M. Bogese, COO, Breez-In Associates, LC noted. “There’s fun information about each artist on the back of the pin.”

Bogese and his team also like that the proceeds go directly to Lambs Arts.

“They have been great for the community,” said Bogese. “They engage with young people to help them explore their potential artistic abilities.”

Wearable art available at Breez-In stores in Hopewell and Prince George.

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“This project also makes the concept of an art collection accessible to everyone,” Lamb said. “For a few quarters, community members can create their own mini art collections.”

“Once we explain what’s inside the machine and where the profits go, customers usually buy one,” Bogese explained. “It was a fun promotion that we had in our stores. Our hope is to grow the exposure of Lamb Arts and all the good things they do.”

“Lamb Arts always strives to reflect the community in a positive way and to celebrate the diversity of experiences and perspectives in our hometown,” said Lamb.

Lamb Arts was founded in 2016. The non-profit organization is dedicated to helping underserved communities in and around Hopewell thrive through accessible, high-quality arts programming and spiritual healing opportunities. , body and mind.

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Featured artists

“Dr. Lamb’s efforts to help elevate artists in the community are wonderful. Using buttons as a way to collect artist work and artist information sends such a positive message to the community in terms of the value of art and artists, ”says Pedro Ledesma III of Richmond. “Art is accessible to everyone, so it’s very inclusive for everyone to make art and be an artist.”

Ledesma, who works from home and at the Richmond Visual Arts Center, devotes her energy to visual storytelling through photography. His Korean and Mexican heritage and his many travels give him a great appreciation for culture and family.

One of the buttons is an image of Ledesma taken from Randolph Road in downtown Hopewell.

“I came to Hopewell as a complete stranger and was drawn to Hopewell because of its beauty, history and community,” said Ledesma. “Many of my photos showcase the beauty of Hopewell with its natural assets and man-made environment, a combination that makes it a unique and beautiful home for its community. “

Native Hopewell on the rise

“Teddy Blanks who grew up less than a mile from the Prince George button machine location in Jordan Point now lives and works in New York City as a successful graphic designer,” Lamb explained. In fact, he recently designed the opening credits for Lin Manuel Miranda’s ‘In the Heights’ and ‘Tick Tick Boom’.

The capsules also include miniature works of art by Lamb herself as well as Federico Infante, Ed Hatch, Joe Jones Jr., Austin “Auz” Miles, Brenay Brockenbrough and Nico Cathcart.

Stop by the Hopewell Breez-In at 930 Cousins ​​Avenue or Prince George Breez-In at 10101 James River Drive to purchase a unique, inexpensive gift for a loved one, neighbor or friend. Valentine’s Day and Easter are fast approaching.

“Go all out into Pokémon with this one,” Lamb Arts posted on Facebook. “You have to catch them all!” “

– Kristi K. Higgins, aka The Social Butterfly columnist, is The Progress-Index’s Food News and Q&A reporter. Do you have any advice on trends or local businesses? Contact Kristi (her, her) at khiggins@progress-index.com, follow @KHiggins_PI on Twitter, and subscribe to progress-index.com.