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Maybe I’m a little biased, but I’ve found artists to be some incredibly generous human beings. There’s no argument that we’ve entered into a down period for anyone who’s trying to make a full-time living off their art. Goodness, even just making enough to cover the cost of our art “habit” is an unsure venture at best. Yet the generosity hasn’t diminished.

Two months ago I joined Tonya Davidson’s Whole Lotta Whimsy Sunday Social Circle.  It quite a title, but this is quite a group of artists. It’s made up of all skill levels of glass workers, metal artists, metal clay fanatics, polymer clay enthusiasts and many other mediums. These artists come from all walks of life, from every corner of the globe. I think it took less than three weeks for one of these lovely people to suggest we may consider contributing to a cause. In this case the Joplin Relief Fund.

I live in Illinois across the Mississippi River from Missouri. I do quite a few art show around the tri-state region, and I know artists living in Joplin. I have to confess, it wasn’t my idea to benefit Joplin, not even close. Somehow, I found this, arguable, random community of artists wanting to come together for a place they had no connection to incredibly moving.

The call went out, Tracey Edwards and Brooke Durham promptly took the reigns and turned this spark into a real collaborative effort. With so many mediums represented in the group, creating charms seemed almost intuitive. Soon, Brooke became flooded with contributions from all over the world, and two bracelets turned into an entire project we like to call Collaborative Charms for Charity. Brooke created six beautiful charm bracelets. These aren’t your grandmother’s charm bracelets either, nope, her answer to the unique pool of artistry were six one-of-a-kind bracelets, as different from each other as you could hope for art jewelry to be.

Here’s the link to the first charm bracelet we’ve listed for auction: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=260828357579#ht_500wt_1204

100% of this auction f will be donated the Joplin Relief Fund through the Catholic Charities of St. Louis, MO. Over the next few weeks we’ll be unveiling each unique bracelet and auctioning it through Ebay.

I suppose it was inevitable. Tonya started the group with the theme Create+Connect+Collaborate, it’s our call sign and emblem. When people come together in this spirit of open sharing and growth, the soil become fertile with a genuine heart-felt potential, it’s bound to over flow to the global community that we are all an important part of.The world becomes a smaller place and everyone is your neighbor.   Wanaree

Here at Metal Clay Today, we feel the same way!  There has been many tragic circumstances that have plagued our world lately and as artists we feel  the impact very deeply.   Artists are also a generous and caring community, we manage to always figure out a creative way to give. Be it charms, spreading the word or bidding on Ebay, our hats off to those who stepped up to help!!!!!  Now Go forth and Bid!  ( ps…. I know more charms can be donated)        Lori