Thoughts of a Chicana Feminist

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Open Arms Viet Nam

My co-worker and his brothers went to Viet Name back in February to take pics and raise funds for their "Open Arms Through Art" project. (See Their work is being shown this weekend. Go check it out.

Art Opening and Reception

Saturday, June 10, 3:00-5:00 pm
STEVE MASON – Open Arms Embracing Change Through Art / Viet Nam

Join us for an Open Arms Embracing Change Through Art featuring the work of award winning photographer Steve Mason. The exhibit features images from a winter 2005 and 2006 Open Arms Through Art pilot project to Viet Nam. Open Arms Through Art is a newly formed non-profit committed to raising critical awareness and funds for a variety of social and environmental causes that resonate with a global audience.

The Viet Nam pilot project captures images of those most impacted by the nation's poverty and tumultuous past—the children. Open Arms will raise awareness and funds that will be donated to well-respected, sustainable local organizations that work for their betterment.. With the purchase of a professional high-quality framed photograph each contributor has an opportunity to bring a piece of the Open Arm's Viet Nam project in to their home or office. This creates a spiraling opportunity to raise awareness to issues that deserve the attention of a wider audience.

The exhibit will run through June 30, 2006.

About Steve Mason:
Steve Mason, is an award winning photographer who has shot for major clients and causes around the world for two decades. His ability to be-in-the-moment through his lenses has made him one of a highly sought after and elite group of commercial photographers shooting extensively for REI, Eddie Bauer, LL Bean, Nordstrom, Wrangler, JC Penney, Early Winters, Home Depot and Holland America.

Steve balances his commercial work by bringing this skill to capture and amplify a moment in time for a variety of causes. In addition to his work with Open Arms, Steve has done work with Flying Doctors of America in Venezuela and captured the adventure of Sailing in Force 9 conditions into Havana harbor with Ocean Navigator to bring medical supplies to local hospitals. Most recently, a piece of his work was featured in the prestigious FotoRelief for Tsunami relief in New York City.

Steve is an honors graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara CA.