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Glass Artists Without Borders, Michael Angelo Menconi and Charles Lowrie wanted to assist in aid of the sick and injured people around the world by doing what they do best, making art. The artists set out to make a sculpture that would encompass the doctors that selflessly donate their time to help those that are neglected, survival is threatened by violence, or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion from health care, or natural disaster. Throughout the month of August they will be auctioning off a sculpture “Compassion” to support the work of Doctors Without Borders. Throughout the month of August this sculpture will be auctioned off at http://www.transcensions.com/trans/Auction.html 100% of the proceeds will be donated to support Doctors Without Borders

       Glass ARTISTS WITHOUT BORDERS (Official Doctors Without Borders Fundraiser)
               100% CHARITY
           DISASTER RELIEF EFFORT
                                                "Using glass to heal the world!!"

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT AND DONATIONS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Glass Artists Without Borders is an official fund raising effort for Doctors Without Borders.  100% of all proceeds go to charity.  Our efforts are a way for the fine art glass community to give back and help with disaster.  Please Join our efforts to help people in need around the world. There are Earthquakes, Tsunami's, genocide, and famine victims all over the world that need our help!
Glass Artists Without Borders was founded as a way for the fine art glass community to give back to those who are so much less fortunate then we are. The founder an artist himself wanted to help but like so many of us....was glass rich and cash poor. We are... based out of Seattle as well as being part of the Pilchuck family the tightly knit community that has united to become Glass Artists Without Borders and create such a fine event! 
  





  OUR AUCTION PIECES
(100% of proceeds to go to Doctors Without Borders)


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EXAMPLE Hand Sculpted and Blown Glass by Transcensions Glass Team (Charles Lowrie and Michael Angelo Menconi) Click image for auction info
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(Please click image for auction info) Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen "Cheetah on Branch" Off-hand Glass Sculpture
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(Click on image for auction info) Bradley Axelrod Hand Sculpted Large "Whale Tail"
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(Click image for auction info) Jennifer Umphress "Sea Kelp" Sculpted Glass
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(Please click image for auction info) Evan Barton "Mother" Glass Painting (Signed)
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(Please click image for auction info) Mary Richardson Hand Blown Glass Sculpture
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(Please click image for auction info) Sandy Dukeshire "Vase and Flower" Hand Blown and Sculpted Glass
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(Click image for auction info) Ellen Miret Fused and Wire Glass Tile "Buddha"
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Tina Green Off-Hand Sculpted Glass "Crab"
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Cliff Goodman Hand Blown Glass















PRESS RELEASE  (Our previous event held on 5/30/11)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Rozana Audisho/The Eventors, Inc.

(773) 319-9882 rozana@janecanepa.com

Bradley Axelrod

206-802-8750 Bradley@TotallyUniqueGlass.com

Thousands of families in disaster areas overseas to benefit from art auction to raise money for medical assistance and tools

Doctors without Borders, currently aiding in Japan, to be honored at event on May 30th

Portland, Oregon—(May 30, 2011)—Doctors Without Borders, a volunteer group of physicians that devote their time aiding families overseas during a disaster, will be honored at Portland’s Elements Glass Studio on Monday, May 30, 2011 with the support from the collaborating artists of Transcensions, A personal Journey Through Art. Charles Lowrie and Michael Angelo Menconi will be creating a special and original glass sculpture worth well over $20,000 to honor Doctors Without Borders to be auctioned to the highest bidder, donating 100 percent of the proceeds to the Foundation. The artists hope to not only raise money but also awareness for the doctors to obtain medicine and supplies for the sick and injured overseas.

The volunteer physician organization is comprised of doctors from all over the world who travel to nearly 60 countries to aid people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion from health care, or natural disaster.

In November of 2010, artists Menconi and Lowrie auctioned a glass sculpture at The National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia for their annual fundraiser event in an effort to promote non-violence and acceptance of others by showing visitors that freedom is "fragile"... like glass, the sale of the sculpture was a success. For the May 30th auction, the artists chose the Elements Glass studio as its one of Portland’s largest public glass blowing facility. Artist Michael Angelo Menconi is confident that donors at the upcoming art auction on Monday, May 30, 2011 will be just as generous and bid significantly on original glass art, “Our community and our friends are avid supporters of aid relief and world-wide disaster recovery. With 100 percent of the funds going to the charity, we anticipate a successful turn out of attendees and donors making contributions that will make a difference.”

 The signature works of Menconi and Lowrie can be found exclusively at Wexler Gallery in Philadelphia. Other Portland glass artists such as Karen Willenbrink-Johnson will be donating a valuable piece for the auction. Ms. Willenbrink-Johnson is known to create sculptures that sell at incredible bids at auction events nationally and locally in Portland.

Founder and organizer Bradley Axelrod who is also a professional glass artist, says that currently several members of Doctors without Borders are in Japan aiding in the Medical efforts for families and individuals impacted by the earthquake, “I am moved by the philanthropic actions by Doctors Without Borders. They sent a team to the area the day after the quake and tsunami flattened coastal areas in the northeast, and has continued to work in the area since then. Our fundraiser will not only continue to aid those affected in Japan, but also in different countries who may need aid relief now and in the future. We are very pleased to see that 100 percent of fundraising money is being spent in relief.”

Doctors Without Borders Art Auction

May 30, 2011


Other relief efforts that the organization has assisted with include the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and the Katrina hurricane in 2005.

Auctioneer and event Emcee is Portland’s Steve Dorsey who has been significant in fundraising efforts at various events in the Portland area. Additionally, hors d’ Oeuvres and beverages will be served, multiple artists will be on hand designing glass pieces demonstrating their techniques and skills. Music and entertainment will be provided by musical band, The Architects joined by LuRob.

“We want to continue to support these volunteer doctors locally in Portland by raising funds to allow them to have the medical tools and travel overseas to help sick and needy individuals after a crisis or illness. The art auction will serve as another outlet for awareness and support Doctors Without Borders, while they continue to help people internationally,” added Mr. Menconi.

For more information about Doctors Without Borders, visit WWW.DoctorsWithoutBorders.com. Tickets to this live event are suggested to be $25 donation. To R.S.V.P and for questions, please visit www.glassartistswithoutborders.org. For more information about Elements Glass, please visit www.elementsglass.com or at 503-228-0575, or visit the studio at 1979 NW Vaughn Street, Portland, Or. 97209. To learn more about Artists Lowrie and Menconi, visit www.transcensions.com.