Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Chrome Gallery Fundraiser Benefits Local Women

Photography Opening Showcases Wicker Park Women,
Raises Funds for Abused Women and Children

October Fundraiser at Chrome Gallery to Benefit Local Domestic Violence Program

[Chicago, IL] Thursday September 3, 2009 – New work from Chicago photographer Jennifer Bisbing’s “Wicker Women” documentary project will debut as part of an October 10th benefit event for Connections for Abused Women and their Children (CAWC), a local domestic violence program. The event will be held in Wicker Park’s Chrome Gallery, where Bisbing has been offering $5 portrait sittings for women who live or work Wicker Park, then donating the entire sitting fee to CAWC.

There will be a $20 suggested donation taken at the door, as well as a silent auction featuring services and items from Habit, Hot Chocolate, Now Studio, Three Headed Productions, Little Rock Construction, Signal Theatre Company and Chicago Conservative Care.

“I want to help abused women get out of the cycle of violence,” said Bisbing, who assisted with domestic violence cases in the San Francisco District Attorney’s office before becoming a professional photographer. “Photographing local women and raising money is the best way for me to serve that community. I hope the opening raises thousands of dollars for CAWC.”

CAWC operates domestic violence programs at Greenhouse Shelter, Humboldt Park Outreach Program, and Hospital Crisis Intervention Project at Stroger Hospital.

The “Wicker Women” portrait project celebrates the faces of the women who work and/or live in the Wicker Park neighborhood. The public can follow the progress of the project at www.wickerwomen.blogspot.com , where Bisbing will post a new portrait every week. The sitting fee of $5 – or an amount of each woman’s choice – will be collected and donated to CAWC, which has been serving Wicker Park women for years.

Make an appointment for a Wednesday sitting at jennifer@generationjennifer.com
The five-dollar portrait offer will run through the end of 2009.

In October, the portraits will be exhibited at Wicker Park’s at Chrome Gallery featured in Chicago Artists Month (www.chicagoartistsmonth.org ), and in November they will be on display inside the Wicker Park branch of National City Bank on Damen Avenue.

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Chrome Gallery
1462 ½ n. Milwaukee Ave
2nd Floor
October 10, 2009
Suggested $20 donation at the door

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