Inspired by Japan, Relief for Relief

LANSING, Mich. – A sale of original woodblock prints to benefit Japan’s Tsunami Victims created by artists from around the world.

The Baren Forum, an on-line resource connecting Woodblock print artists from around the world ( is raising money to benefit Japan as they recover from the March 11, 2011 tsunami and earthquake.

Print artists owe much to the Japanese; much of the craft has been created in and by Japanese craftspeople. Funds generated by the Baren print sale will go to Mercy Corps and Peace Winds, its partner in Japan. More than 60 printmakers from around the world support the project and benefit exhibitions are happening in Lansing, New York, Europe and South Africa.

Two local artists Linda Beeman of Ovid and Ruth Egnater of Okemos are included in the portfolio.

These 60 prints will be shown and sold, with 100% of the sales going to Mercy Corp. Prints are priced at $75 each; 10 or more $60 each; a complete portfolio may be purchased for $2000.

Opening Reception:  Thursday, September 15, 6 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Show runs:  September 15 – 24, 2011

About Absolute Gallery

As a gallery established in Lansing’s Old Town in 2003, Absolute Gallery is committed to facilitating the appreciation of art in our community, the growth of our artists and the innovative programming. Absolute Gallery’s craft boutique is a shopper’s paradise of gifts and uncommon accessories for the home, office and special items suitable for the child. The gallery stocks a carefully chosen array of designer goods handpicked from local, regional and national sources.