Artist Websites  Artist Websites |  Featured Artists |  Art Marketing  Art Marketing |  Art Contest |  BrushBuzz |  InformedCollector |  FASO Loves You - Share Your Art, Share Life


« The Top 10 Reasons I Might Want to Tweet Instead of Make Art | Main | Got a Domain Name to Sell? »

Follow this Blog

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Quick Links

Artist Websites and Good Design
How to Sell Art
How to Get Your Art Noticed by Galleries
SEO For Artists - The Ultimate Tip


Blog Roll

Mikki Senkarik's Blog

About the Artist
acrylic painting
advice for artists
art and culture
art and psychology
art and society
art appreciation
art blogging advice
Art Business
art collectors
art criticism
art education
art fairs
art festivals
art forum
art gallery tips
art history
art law
art marketing
art museums
art reception
art show
art studio
art supplies
art websites
artist resume advice
artist statement
Artwork videos
BoldBrush Winners
Brian Sherwin
Carolyn Edlund
Carolyn Henderson
Carrie Turner
Clint Watson
commissioned art
Cory Huff
Curator's Pick
Daily Art Show
Dave Geada
Dave Nevue
email newsletters
Eric Rhoads
exposure tips
FASO Featured Artists
Fine Art Shows
framing art
Gayle Faucette Wisbon
giclee prints
Guest Posts
Internet Scams
Jack White
Jane Hunt
Jason Horejs
Jen Piche
John Weiss
Juried Shows
Kathleen Dunphy
Keith Bond
Kelley Sanford
Kim VanDerHoek
landscape painting
Lori Woodward
Luann Udell
Mark Edward Adams
mixed media
Moshe Mikanovsky
New FASO Artist Members
Noteworthy Artist
oil painting
online art competitions
online art groups
open studio
plein air painting
press releases
pricing artwork
S.C. Mummert
sell art
selling art online
selling fine art online
SEO for Artist Websites
shipping artwork
social media
social networking
solo show
Steve Atkinson
still life art
support local art
Think Tank
websites for artists
Zac Elletson

 Apr 2018
Mar 2018
Feb 2018
Jan 2018
Dec 2017
Nov 2017
Oct 2017
Sep 2017
Aug 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
Apr 2017
Mar 2017
Feb 2017
Jan 2017
Dec 2016
Nov 2016
Oct 2016
Sep 2016
Aug 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
Apr 2016
Mar 2016
Feb 2016
Jan 2016
Dec 2015
Nov 2015
Oct 2015
Sep 2015
Aug 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
Apr 2015
Mar 2015
Feb 2015
Jan 2015
Dec 2014
Nov 2014
Oct 2014
Sep 2014
Aug 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
Apr 2014
Mar 2014
Feb 2014
Jan 2014
Dec 2013
Nov 2013
Oct 2013
Sep 2013
Aug 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
Apr 2013
Mar 2013
Feb 2013
Jan 2013
Dec 2012
Nov 2012
Oct 2012
Sep 2012
Aug 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
Apr 2012
Mar 2012
Feb 2012
Jan 2012
Dec 2011
Nov 2011
Oct 2011
Sep 2011
Aug 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
Apr 2011
Mar 2011
Feb 2011
Jan 2011
Dec 2010
Nov 2010
Oct 2010
Sep 2010
Aug 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
Apr 2010
Mar 2010
Feb 2010
Jan 2010
Dec 2009
Nov 2009
Oct 2009
Sep 2009
Aug 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
Apr 2009
Mar 2009
Feb 2009
Jan 2009
Dec 2008
Nov 2008
Oct 2008
Sep 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
Apr 2008
Mar 2008
Feb 2008
Jan 2008
Dec 2007
Nov 2007
Oct 2007
Sep 2007
Aug 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
Apr 2007
Mar 2007
Feb 2007
Jan 2007
Dec 2006
Nov 2006
Oct 2006
Sep 2006
Aug 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
Apr 2006
Mar 2006
Feb 2006
Jan 2006
Dec 2005
Nov 2005
Sep 2005
Aug 2005


Create a Fundraiser that Your Passionate About

by Matthew Mahler on 9/30/2008 12:15:07 PM

Today's guest author is Matthew Mahler. This article has been edited and published with permission of the author.

Although I work and live in Raleigh, North Carolina, I am originally from Houma, Louisiana. Many of my extended family members continue to reside in and around New Orleans. Over the years, whenever a hurricane would approach their area, they would flee to Memphis, return in 3 days and then clean up the damage that was done by the storm. However, on Monday, August 29th, 2005, things were very different. It was mid-morning. I was at my work place in Raleigh, but with eyes glued to

When I realized that the levees had been breached in New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina, an out-of-body-like feeling rushed over me like a wave. My uncle lived a mere five city blocks from the levee. Getting a hold of my mother by phone was impossible as “all circuits were busy”. The city of New Orleans in essence became a fishbowl that day, and there would follow a Long, Long road to recovery.

Hurricane Katrina affected my entire family, both immediate and extended. Many of my close relatives: cousins, uncle and aunt lost their homes to this storm – permanently changing their lives. During the months that followed the destruction, I watched from Raleigh, a 14 hour drive away, as their lives were impacted. Our local Red Cross in North Carolina, “The Triangle ARC” got active in the relief effort by taking in over 6000 families from the gulf coast. Many of the ARC volunteers traveled down there during the height of the Katrina response. My family personally received help from their efforts.

Even by November 2006, Katrina continued to be part of every family phone conversation. I felt as though my hands were tied, unable to do anything more than offer support by phone. One night, I shared with my wife an idea that could enable me personally to take part in the Katrina relief effort.

My idea involved the creation of a fund raiser to help support Katrina victims, as well as, call awareness to the need for hurricane preparedness. The Triangle ARC would likely share my vision, so I contacted Mr. Barry Porter, the executive director. He agreed that my idea was a good one, so over the next 10 months, I organized the fundraising event by bringing together a group of volunteers while delegating as much of the work as possible. We met on a regular basis and followed up on the details religiously.

Because I had already been commissioned by a new restaurant in Raleigh, The Big Easy, to prepare New Orleans style artwork for for a show, I approached the owner with my idea for the fundraising benefit, and he agreed to host the event at his restaurant.

From here on I got busy along with a host of volunteers. The Big Easy offered to donate a portion of food and drink sales to the American Red Cross, and local wine vendors donated their wares for the wine tasting. A local Jazz band, The Carolyn Mitchell Jazz Trio signed up to provide the evening's entertainment. Mr. Porter, the ARC director, secured media outlets including a donated on-site radio broadcast, and ARC relief workers agreed to share their experiences about working in the Gulf Coast during the Katrina relief effort. As it was part of my original plan to use artwork to raise funds, twenty five artists donated their works for the event, and I donated 19 of my original oil paintings.

The Evening of Art and Fine Wine Benefit, saw a standing-room only audience, and was called a huge success by the Triangle ARC. Through this event, I was able to give back to the ARC, an organization that had helped my own family get back on their feet after the hurricane. As an artist, I gained exposure to numerous local art collectors and was asked to join the special events planning board of the Triangle American Red Cross, a position that I graciously accepted. The event was featured in the October 2007 issue of Art Business News.;col1)
For more information on Matthew Mahler's paintings, email Matt at or visit


FASO: The Leading Provider of Professional Artist Websites.
FineArtViews: Straight talk about art marketing, inspiration - daily to your inbox.

InformedCollector: Free daily briefs about today's finest artists in your inbox.

BoldBrush Contest: Monthly Online Painting Contest with over $25,000 in awards. 

Daily Art Show: Daily Show of Art that reaches thousands of potential collectors.


Topics: art marketing | Guest Posts 

What Would You Like to Do Next?
Post your comment Join Email List Follow via RSS Share Share

 1 Comment

Loading comments...

Ellene Breedlove Davis
via web
Hi Matthew,

I'm so glad you have written this blog. I have a favorite charity and would like to know more about promoting it.

Are you willing to talk off-line about this? I really would appreciate it.


Ellene Breedlove Davis


FASO Resources and Articles

Art Scammers and Art Scam Searchable Database


FineArtViews, FineArtStudioOnline, FASO, BrushBuzz, InformedCollector, BoldBrush
are Trademarks of BoldBrush Technology, LLC Licensed to BoldBrush, Inc. 

Canvoo is a registered trademark of BoldBrush Technology, LLC Licensed to BoldBrush, Inc

Copyright - BoldBrush Technology, LLC  - All Rights Reserved