MONDO GALLERY OPENS ITS DOORS TO MOBILE LOAVES & FISHES
I’ve been a patron of the Alamo Drafthouse and Mondo for years. Traditionally they have catered to a relatively affluent crowd, patrons willing to spend their disposable income on movies and movie related art. As much as I have enjoyed what they’ve done in the past, the Mondo Gallery exceeded my expectations by using their space to promote a local non-profit organization. Working with Mobile Loaves and Fishes, they put together a gallery showcasing works from artists that I would normally never be exposed to.
Since 1998, Mobile Loaves and Fishes has served the homeless of Central Texas, providing food, clothing, and other resources to those in need every night, every day of the year. Providing meaningful volunteer opportunities, MLF seeks to encourage lifelong public commitment to those less fortunate in their community. MLF is one of many non-profit organizations that compete for visibility in the Austin area, and this past Thursday the Mondo Gallery lent a hand. For three days, Mondo displayed works from seven artists who benefit from the services of MLF. The show consisted of over 60 pieces of original works of art, largely with movie-based themes. One hundred percent of the revenue from the sales went directly to the artists.
Giving back to the community can take many forms, and I like to think that the Drafthouse and Mondo see the benefit of this. Adding bike lanes and light rail lines might help the more prosperous, but the other side of prosperity is still evident in those that have no need of such things. It is easy to live your life day to day in relative isolation, sitting at the stop light while checking your phone. I’ve done it, it’s always easy to look away as a scrawled cardboard sign comes my way. Who knows what their stories are, what problems brought them to this, and how hard their lives must be?
In the end every bit counts and every penny helps. I’m not sure how many pieces sold from the show, but I hope that it happens again. Sometimes it is a thing like this, something that connects to a hobby I enjoy, to make me realize that the world extends past my car window. All we can do is be kind and supportive, and if that means buying some art for a movie you love, so be it. If it means you work in a food truck throughout the night, even better.
The “Art House” Special Exhibition to Benefit Austin’s Homeless
Mondo Gallery is teaming up with Mobile Loaves & Fishes for its first charitable event to feature original paintings and illustrations from talented artists among Austin’s homeless.
The show will have an opening reception with artists in attendance on Thursday, July 10 from 7 – 10pm and will be on display July 11and 12, from 12 – 6pm at the Mondo Gallery, located at 4115 Guadalupe Street in Austin, TX. All profits from the sale of the artwork will benefit the artists.
Mobile Loaves & Fishes is a social outreach ministry that empowers communities into a lifestyle of services with the homeless. One of their programs, “Art House, is designed to provide dignified work for those currently on the streets as a means to provide income and an opportunity for change. Operated out of a studio trailer, the Mobile Loaves & Fishes Art House” equips artists with a place to work as well as art supplies, in addition to providing a safe space where they may also take showers, do laundry, and enjoy a healthy lunch.
“When we first met the artists from the Mobile Loaves & Fishes Art House project we saw a fantastic array of styles and an abundance of unique creative expression. For this gallery show we challenged these artists to share their interpretations of the movies that inspire them. We are thrilled with the results and think you will be too,” said Alamo Drafthouse CEO Tim League.
“I am so grateful to Tim League and Mondo for coming along side us to support the artists and Community First!” said Alan Graham, President of Mobile Loaves & Fishes.
“It is a wonderful opportunity to work with the community of artists and supporters here in Austin. Mobile Loaves & Fishes helps the homeless by providing a platform for us to nurture our talents and make income to survive,” said artist Aaron Drawdy.
The show included approximately forty original pieces of artwork from the following artists:
Katy Joy Kingdom
About Mobile Loaves and Fishes:
Mission: We provide food and clothing and promote dignity to our homeless brothers and sisters in need.
Vision: Mobile Loaves & Fishes empowers communities into a lifestyle of service with the homeless.
History: Mobile Loaves & Fishes, Inc. began in 1998 when five parishioners of Saint John Neumann Catholic Church in Austin, TX began delivering meals out of the back of their minivans to men and women they found living on the streets of their city.
The sixth founder, formerly homeless himself, became the founder’s guide to the streets, and they began distributing 75 sack lunches a day to test their resolve in fulfilling God’s call. The first trip was in September of 1998, and by December of that year there was enough money to purchase a 1997 Ford F-250 pick-up truck with a catering bed.
Today, in addition to continuing our MLF Trucks, we have expanded our ministry to include the Community First! Housing Program and the ROADS Micro-Enterprise Program.
Join us in the feeding, the loving, and the helping of those among us in need.
About Mondo – Mondo is a division of the Alamo Drafthouse championed for bringing art back to movie poster design. Utilizing the talents of world-class artists and designers, Mondo produces limited edition, screen printed posters based on all things film, television and comic properties including Star Wars, The Avengers, DC Comics, Back to the Future and Universal Monsters. In addition to stunning artwork for beloved and future classics, Mondo also releases time-honoured and contemporary movie soundtracks on vinyl, such as Drive, as well as VHS re-issues. Based in Austin, TX, Mondo operates out of a permanent gallery space hosting regular exhibitions featuring a blend of breathtaking original artwork and limited edition screen prints. Having worked with filmmakers such as Guillermo del Toro, Wes Craven, Zack Snyder and Duncan Jones, Mondo has also partnered with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences to further archive and preserve the company’s growing collection of original film posters.. 4115 Guadalupe St. Austin TX 78751
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