‘Education Within Arms Reach’ Fundraiser to Showcase Artwork of Photographer Lisa Kristine

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photographer Lisa Kristine’s  ‘Education Within Arms Reach’ fundraiser

Lisa Kristine

Internationally renowned for her evocative, stunning and colorfully saturated images of indigenous people around the world, photographer Lisa Kristine has donated artwork to be sold October 1, 2011 during a silent auction at the Education Within Arms Reach fundraiser in Long Beach.

Titled “Laughing Beneath the Parasols,” Kristine’s fine art photograph was shot in cyclone-ravished Myanmar (Burma), the country the fundraiser is hoping to raise $20,000 to rebuild a flood-damaged school, which is located in Seik Tara Village in the northern region of Rakhine State.

The piece vividly reflects Kristine’s 25-year journey across the globe to capture indelible images of often-forgotten people, cultures and places, while “encouraging a dialogue about the beauty, diversity and hardship of our inter-locking world.” Her work is among the most sought after in her field, and has been auctioned by Christie’s New York for the United Nations with Kofi Annan.

“It is truly exciting and an honor to have an artist as prestigious as Lisa Kristine featured in our silent auction. Her generosity, and the kindness of all those who have donated their personal items, services and products, will help provide those struggling to rebuild their lives a quality school to send their children to,” said Sundie Zin, co-founder of Within Arms Reach, a 501c3 non-profit. “It’s also an incredible treat to have artist the caliber of Dr. Joe Jewell perform. This will be a night to remember.”

Also performing at the fundraiser will be Jazz guitarist Joe Jewell, a celebrated Southern California guitarist and educator. He has performed with numerous orchestras, including the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He also played guitar and banjo on the Los Angeles Opera’s production of Kurt Weill’s The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, which won Grammy awards for best classical recording and best opera recording in 2008. In 2003, Jewell earned his doctorate in Jazz Guitar Performance at the University of Southern California.

Since education is a focus of the fundraiser, and a core part of Within Arms Reach’s overall mission, the essential role education plays in the arts will be highlighted at the event. Besides the opportunity to bid on the work of photographers and pieces from other art genres during the silent auction, the fundraiser will include dinner, an eclectic variety of musical acts, raffles and a presentation that will pride background regarding the evolution of Within Arms Reach and the work it does to carry out mission.

Last year, a storm inundated much of Rakhine State in Myanmar, and Seik Tara Village, a small farming and labor community. The consequent flooding caused extensive damage to the village’s school.

Due to the flooding, the school’s 7th and 8th graders do not have classrooms for the upcoming school year. Currently, several grades must share the same space, which is very distracting and uncomfortable as the students struggle to study different subjects at various education levels. In fact, the existing building is deteriorating rapidly.

In addition to raising funds, Within Arms Reach will help design the school and its grounds. Los Angeles-based Ottolia and Barnes Architectures, which sits on the non-profit’s Board of Advisers, will donate the projects design, while Zin oversees the work of the builders, contractors and architects in Myanmar. Within Arms Reach’s partner organization, the non-profit Myanmar Charity Group will also donate funds to the project.

About Within Arms Reach
Within Arms Reach is a faith-based organization that consists of Co-Founder Roger Sy, a board of directors, and an impressive team of designers, contractors, business professionals, and others who want to help the non-profit in its mission by volunteering their services.

The organization was conceptualized by Zin while she was still an interior design student at Cal State Long Beach, who at the time sought to help those in need in the closed-off country of Myanmar after it was devastated by Cyclone Nargis in 2008. The storm killed approximately 138,000 people and left more than one million homeless.

Zin successfully raised the funds to build six homes for families who lost everything in Myanmar, to dig three water wells, and to build a medical clinic. She also donated funds to a temple orphanage, passed out school supplies and clothing, distributing medicine provided by Giving Children Hope, and fed children.

“Those trips to Myanmar were a success due to all the prayers and generous support that was received by our families, friends, and churches as well as the entertainment, local Burmese, and design communities,” said Zin. “As our organization grows, we will expand our reach to other countries and people who are struggling to rebuild after catastrophic disasters. We will work diligently to ensure our design services are ‘within arm’s reach’ of those who need them.”

Information about the Fundraiser:
Holiday Inn Hotel
2640 Lakewood Blvd. Long Beach
Saturday, October 1, 2011
7:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Starting with dinner, the event will also include raffles, a silent auction, a presentation, and performances by contemporary artists. Click here for complete information.

Ticket Prices:
Online or in person: $30
At the door: $40

To purchase tickets online visit www.withinarmsreach.org.

To offer support or receive more information about the fundraiser, please call (714) 886-9345, or write to info@withinarmsreach.org.

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