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“No Vacancy”: Art works benefit the IRC, Syrian refugees
October 9, 2013 by The IRC
|Detail of a work from "No Vacancy," a collaboration between mother and daughter artists Niki and Lara Salmon depicting the refugee experience|
Mother and daughter artists Niki and Lara Salmon, long-time International Rescue Committee supporters and volunteers, held a successful iRescue event last month to raise funds to support Syrian refugees. The pair collaborated on a series of paintings they titled “No Vacancy,” images of refugees from Syria, Somalia and Liberia as well as scenes evoking the artists' personal memories of the Middle East. Niki had accompanied her daughter on a study trip to Lebanon in 2009. They were made to feel so welcome that they embraced an opportunity to help the people of the region during this time of crisis.
Throughout September, the Salmons’ “No Vacancy” works were displayed at the Louis Jane Studio in Pasadena, Calif., with visitors able to purchase original works, greeting cards and prints of the paintings. They received a great write up on the front page of the Los Angeles Daily News, and ABC 7, the local affiliate of ABC News, featured a report of the opening night of their DIY event (watch video below). The publicity helped: by the show’s end, the Salmons were close to reaching their goal of $5,000, with donations still coming in.
|Artists Niki (left) and Lara Salmon|
“I admire the specificity and transparency of the IRC,” Lara said when asked about her and Niki’s ongoing support. “My mother finds her work tutoring refugee students very rewarding. The bonds she forms with them, and the determination to persevere she finds in their stories, keep her involved.”
You can view the “No Vacancy” paintings at www.facebook.com/novacancyartwork. Prints and greeting cards remain available for purchase with proceeds donated to the IRC.