Aaron and Michelle Grayum have brought their collaborative visions of umbrellas, balloons and elephants to Five Points in East Nashville with their UpLift Art Show at Bongo Java East. All art from this show was created with acrylic, charcoal, and paper on canvas. UpLift will be on display until March 26th, 2014.
During this show, the artists will be honoring the memory of friend and artist Billy Williams by partnering with Artists As One to donate 25% of all sales from the entire show toward purchasing art supplies for the children of Rancho de Sus Niños, an orphanage in Tecate, Mexico.
Rancho de Sus Niños began in 1987 as a small orphanage, and now houses more than seventy five children in six homes, including the new Libertad/Billy house. They have grown to include a daycare center, two elementary schools, an inner-city youth center in Tijuana and more. The orphan children who end up at Rancho have often experienced tragic, unimaginable trauma and are encouraged to create art as a means of therapy and worship to facilitate the expression of feelings that can't be put into words. Billy Williams discovered over several mission trips that the children were wanting to make art, but couldn't afford supplies. An artist himself, and someone who understood the reality of depression personally, Billy created the entity Artists As One to gather needed supplies from the community to send to the children. Regrettably, last year, Billy Williams lost his battle with depression. Aaron and Michelle hope this exhibition will raise awareness and help the children Billy was so dedicated to serving take a small step toward healing.
Bongo East is located in East Nashville's Five Points at 107 S. 11th St.
To purchase art, please email us or call/text 615-618-3387.