A worthy cause, close to the heart of artist, Brooke Harker is Project Angel Food. This LA based nonprofit, feeds people in around the LA area with HIV/Cancer, will be having a fund raising event on June 4th. Brooke is excited to be donating one of her paintings entitled, “Oceanside Ride” from her “Bicycle Series”. This very important event is hosted by Get Art and will take place at Siren Studios 6063 W. Sunset Blvd., LA 90028, from 7:00 pm till 10:00 pm. There is a $10.00 charge in advance; $15.00 at the door, but100 % of the profit will go directly to Project Angel Food. To order tix, go to www.getart.org.
Harker was raised in Iowa, where she first started painting and continued to pursue her passion. After years of developing skills in fine arts and design for the stage, she graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in Theatre Performance and Creative Drama/Theatre in Education. Early in her career she was offered the chance to work with children. At that point, she realized, this was also a passion for her and decided to combine the two. Brooke has worked extensively with children from all over the world such as Japan, China, Italy, Germany as well as the United States.
When you look at Harker’s work, specifically her Bicycle series, there is definitely a playful, child-like quality to it. When asked how and why Brooke decided to create a bicycle series, her eyes light up, very much like a child as she tells her tale. “My fascination with bicycles began the months I lived in Beijing. I had never seen so many bikes, so much variety, and a bike lane that could rival a freeway, packed with people of all ages. I photographed hundreds of bicycles that summer (people riding them, pulling couches behind them, a lady who’d put a cat in a cage above the back wheel, trailers hauling children, caged birds, televisions, and several old men). I wanted to be part of the bike river so I bought a green bike for the equivalent of $7. I discovered the faulty brakes as I nearly got hit by a bus. Luckily my rubber soled sandals scraped across the pavement and saved my life. I quickly learned Mandarin for the “the brakes don’t work” and convinced an auto shop to help with repairs. As the sun set, the plan to ride across the city suspended, my friend and I were lost, locked up our bikes and took a cab home. The street signs being in Chinese characters made it difficult to record our location. I spent the rest of the summer on weekends determined to find that green bike again, but always ended up on a new adventure …dancing with a kung fu fighter in the park or eating watermelon in the home of a pregnant lady I’d met on the street and drawing her portrait. The rich moments I found in the attempt to find that green bike fed my love of life’s details. Nearly a decade later, I live in LA, where a sea of crazy traffic does not create the most inviting environment for bicycles, but when I do ride, I feel free. I get to see the details that pass too quickly outside a car window. Along the bike path at the beach, I can watch bikes for hours and try to draw them as they speed by. “Oceanside Ride” is inspired by the recognition of these details and part of my collection “Bicycle Stories,” a series dear to my heart and an expression of freedom.
Brooke Harker continues to share her work and contribute to important causes. This June, Brooke has donated works for two more charity events: Bosana Foundation (raises funds for orphanages in Bosnia) on June 12th and The Thirst Project (builds wells in Africa) on June 28th.
Her work lives in various locations in the US, Asia, Europe, and Australia. For a current list of showings, see her website at www.brookeharker.com or find Brooke Harker Paintings on facebook.
To find out more info about the charities and fundraising benefits see www.angelfood.org/site/pp.asp?c=etIQK6OYG&b=34728; www.bosanafoundation.org/projects/; http://www.thirstproject.org/.
For more info call Kathy Leonardo 310 428-1109 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.