Hurricane Harvey Charity Info

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 Dear Friends of Texas,        

      Thank you to everyone for their efforts to support the people of Texas and help our communities recover and rebuild our lives. Once you endure the Hurricane of change, you pause to suddenly realize amidst the chaos you have actually survived three Search and Rescues to help move residents and the elderly across a long, cold, murky Texas bath consisting of 27 trillion gallons of water falling from the sky, a few fire ants, snakes and alligators. The annual rainfall of Texas is normally 51 inches, which Harvey delivered in 72 hours! We also survived an emergency evacuation by FEMA & the Fire Department due to 40 feet of flood water surrounding our block, multiple electrical fires and a dove in a ark tree making our homes permanently uninhabitable.  I have never done a 1 day pack and move, it was exhausting but thanks to church volunteers, it was possible. The Red Cross Disaster Relief team somehow humorously reminded me over dinner that although our lives are forever transformed, the rewards of flood water search and rescue heroism are bringing people to safety and a tetanus shot given by the #Walgreens Medic team. 😉  Although our art and photo studios were submerged under water, there is nothing to complain about because we are blessed and grateful to still be alive.

I am thrilled about the simple fact I can actually remember what day of the week it is now and am pushing through my Hurricane Harvey PTSD fog. Sunday, I found enough energy to volunteer with #LoveFirst to help other flood residents off of Dairy Ashford near the reservoir clean out their homes and strip them to the concrete. Over 500 residents homes were flooded in that neighborhood, it looks like a war zone with debris everywhere and we have only reached about 10% of the residents. We need more volunteers over the next six months to continue to help bring hope to hurting hearts as much of our community is grieving on multiple levels. On top of everything, my mentor and family friend Lucia, whom I often work with was in critical care at MD Anderson but was moved to hospice and passed Friday evening at 8:10 pm. Lucia has been an inspiration to me personally and many of us in the holistic and creative communities. Her loss will significantly impact us, as no one has stepped up to buy her wellness center. Emotionally, the month has taken a toll on us but we are hoping Shanah Tovah will usher in more positive energy for healing on a local and global scale.

If you have a warm smile and a compassionate heart to serve, two willing hands and need a humbling reminder to be grateful for all your blessings, please join us as a #Volunteer in our ongoing interior and exterior design Hurricane relief #Art projects. We definitely need you now. God Bless everyone, thank you for all your help and please keep all the residents of #Texas, #Louisiana, #Florida, #CaribbeanIslands  and #Mexico in your Prayers as we heal and restore our lives.

~ Lex

DONATIONS: Contact a local trucking company to create a 18 Wheeler Donation Drive or fill a PODS Container with a specific type of donation.  Separate items in categories for; water, food, non-perishable snacks, toiletries, shoes (tied together with twist ties,) work boots, tools, undergarments like underwear and socks, pillows & blankets, mattresses, sleeping bags, baby supplies like; baby formula & food, pacifiers, bibles, wet wipes & diapers, car seats & strollers, wheelchairs & walkers, Toiletries like;(toothpaste, tooth brushes, soap,)  insulin & diabetic (blood glucose meters,) stethoscopes, aspirin, feminine hygiene products, cell phone chargers, dog & cat food, cleaning supplies like hydrogen peroxide & vinegar, etc.  Please watch a note on Donating individual Goods to help ensure your donation makes the most impact and are sorted properly for faster delivery to disaster survivors and their communities. Large volume donation drives are a great way to enroll your community and businesses to donate and ship items to areas in desperate need of supplies.

SHELTER NEEDS:  The following supplies are the most urgently needed,  List of Houston Emergency Shelters and Supply Needs

CHURCH NEEDS: 70% of Hurricane Relief efforts has been supplied by spiritual organizations.

VOLUNTEERING:  Restoration of the Texas and all #Hurricane effected communities will be a long term commitment to re-build (hopefully with mandatory steel and concrete construction required in tropical climates,) as many areas are damaged. When connecting with any of the listed Volunteer Groups, please check 1st to learn about current opportunities and when volunteers are needed— before traveling to the affected areas independently. Consider volunteering every other week, or one weekend a month for the next six months to a year if your schedule allows. Adopt a non-profit to do long term relief work. While doing volunteer therapeutic arts with children in the homeless shelters, I learned that your consistent presence will help give families and children a sense of stability in the midst of change and transition. Emotionally, the areas effected by natural disasters, the people are hurting

College Alumni : If you are a current college #Student, member of a #University sports team or #Alumni, ask your school registrars office or Dean to compile a list to check on others Graduates or current students with families living in areas effected by the disasters and volunteer as a #Team to show up to help them. Survivors are busy trying to salvage their lives doing manual labor and moving what they can. Literally, call and go knock on their doors.

Block Volunteers : If you live in an area unaffected by a natural disaster, rally your entire block, or office to host a donation drive or volunteer as a group.

Volunteer Texas :    Houston volunteer hotline at 713-881-3100

Home Relief Teams : Volunteer teams are sent around Houston to physically help families impacted by flood waters. No experience or skills are required- just be prepared to get dirty and SHOW UP in athletic wear or jeans in a t-shirt at the ‘Oasis‘ room, next to the Recreation Center at 7401 Katy Fwy with a desire to love & sweat for our city.  Serve on Saturdays at 8am or Sundays at 2pm. Also, get work boots, old tennis shoes and keep a plastic bag or tub in your trunk to use vinegar or hydrogen peroxide to sterilize your shoes afterwards. Additional questions, contact: LOVEFIRST.Volunteers@HoustonsFirst.org

Food & Pantry Clothes Closet : Volunteers are needed to serve each day at our Faith Center-Spring Branch, located at 8244 Long Point Rd. Volunteer hours are from 9a -4:30p on Mon-Sat. All you have to do is SHOW UP and be ready to serve! (FYI — the facility is open for those in need from 10a-1p on each of those days.)

Lakewood Hurricane Relief  : Register to join the church rebuild Houston.

Volunteer Florida 

Volunteer Louisiana

Caribbean Islands (supported by Oxfam for 30 years)

Puerto Rico

RED CROSS: The #RedCross set up 34 Emergency Shelters across Texas and 31 in #Florida after the Hurricanes, they only have a few 1000 volunteers and are in need of 17,000 volunteers and shelter managers for support to keep up with the volume of people. You can find  to volunteer at Red Cross , or download a free Red Cross App or call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767).  If you qualify for financial disaster relief, the Red Cross will begin taking applications on September 21st.

EMPLOYMENT:  According to Stanford, the economic impact of Hurricane Harvey and Irma will be severe, as many businesses and entrepreneurs like myself have been impacted by flood damage. People will lose their jobs altogether or be out of work for months. While people are displaced and living in shelters, work gives them a sense of mental and financial stability via income. When they are effected both financially and displaced from their homes, it can be a disasterous recipe for tdepression. If you know of legitimate remote work via a laptop and telephone, or of jobs with relocation assistance (to help people or families travel, move and get established in a new home from Point A to Point B.) These are ‘lifelines’ that can provide stability, so are work scholarships or internships that can help recent graduates of high school, new Freshman and college graduates have the money and supplies to continue their education despite the Hurricane displacing them and their families. Also, if you have the business connections, friends or means to personally provide work to Hurricane survivors, this will be of extreme importance in the days and weeks to come for residents in Texas, Louisiana and Florida. Please list any jobs on Indeed asap and ask your publicist to make appropriate announcements for community awareness. Jobs, and being productive helps save lives. 

FEMA:  People forced to evacuate need to fill out a FEMA application (800-621-3362) and call their insurance company asap. Your family and friends in Texas may need you to help them do this if you have computer access. Hurricanes are considered a mandatory evacuation due to a natural disaster. In 7 to 10 days they will call the hurricane survivor to schedule an inspection to see if they qualify for financial disaster relief, if the property is not inhabitable, they determine if they qualify for aid: www.disasterassistance.gov

TETANUS SHOTS:  If you or someone you know are exposed to the flood water, breathing the droplets due to watering getting into your/their home, getting your hands or body wet while working construction or clean up (nicks and cuts), you will need to go to the #RedCross pharmacy run by Walgreens to get a #Tetnus shot unless you have had one in the last 5 years. The Red Cross Medic team will give you a free shot at the Pharmacy inside a local Red Cross shelter.  If not go to see your own doctor asap because the germs in the flood water can make you sick up to 2 years later. Better to be safe than sorry.

 

 

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HRC NYC GALA : SILENT AUCTION

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The 16th Annual HRC Greater NY Gala will honor Meryl Streep and Seth Meyers with the organization’s Ally for Equality Award on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at the Waldorf Astoria, New York. Lex Lumiere‘s photograph, Life Is (Precious) Freedom, from the Breaking Borders Series | The Exposure Award, Louvre, Paris will be up for bid at the Silent Auction. Limited Edition 10/100. It includes a Private Museum Tour (4 Hours) for 2 with the artist at: The Printing Museum in her hometown of Houston, Tx.  ♥

 

SUPERBOWL : TREASURE MAP OF HOUSTON

houston-super-bowl-li-logo-october-2014_133624Visiting #Tx? If you need recommendations from a native Houstonian as to where to go eat and drink or sight see in #Htown, look no further. Lex Lumiere teamed up with her mom J (the petite feisty foodie) to create a free Houston Treasure Map: treasure-map-of-houston of the city she grew up in so you could enjoy some of their favorite places. The printable version of the map is here. If you want the artsy version, where she actually scribbles artwork on your paper, you either have to catch the artist at the Okra Charity Saloon where 100% of restaurant proceeds go to local charities or at another Super Bowl event, if you can. 😉  Enjoy exploring Houston through the perspective of a local Texas artist, it’s kind of like walking in the artsy footsteps of Frida Kahlo or Picasso….

Please consider making a Love Offering in exchange for our services, your support helps us continue doing work that helps and blesses others.

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ST. JUDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL : SILENT AUCTION

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ART4CHARITY SILENT ONLINE AUCTION LISTING
Benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Bid Sheet

Silver Street Studios
2000 Edwards St, Houston, TX, 77007
Art Exhibit at Art4Charity : Godoy Studios #316

Open for Viewing thru Auction Close | October 6th, 2016 | 12 noon – 8 pm
(By Appointment)

  1. Walking with a Friend : Original Sculpture by Artist Alberto Godoy (Item ID: 122156724916) (Cuba, Postmodern.) 2016, Bronze Sculpture, original. 11″ x 13″ x 17.” Edition of 3. Signed. Certificate of Authenticity.  Starting Bid:  $5000
  2. . In the Dark : Original Charcoal Drawing by Alberto Godoy (Item ID: 122156611396)(Cuba, Postmodern.) 2016, Charcoal on canvas, original. 36″ x 40.” Signed. Certificate of Authenticity. Starting Bid:  $5000
  3. Love Light : 8 x 10 Limited Edition Photograph by Artist Lex Lumiere (Item ID: 122156557857) (American, Contemporary.) 1989, Color print, printed 2016. Intuition Series : Edition of 10. 8” x 10” Image, 16” x 20” Matted. Signed. Certificate of Authenticity.  Starting Bid: $50
  4. Life Journey : 8 x 10 Limited Edition Photograph by Artist Lex Lumiere (Item ID: 122156465888) (American, Contemporary.) 1989, Color print, printed 2016. Intuition Series : Edition of 10. 8” x 10” Image, 16” x 20” Matted. Signed. Certificate of Authenticity. Starting Bid: $50
  5. Crossing Over : 8 x 10 Limited Edition Photograph by Artist Lex Lumiere (Item ID: 122156470534) (American, Contemporary.) 1989, Color print, printed 2016. Intuition Series : Edition of 10. 8” x 10” Image, 16” x 20” Matted. Signed. Certificate of Authenticity. Starting Bid: $50
  6. Love Abyss : 8 x 10 Limited Edition Photograph by Artist Lex Lumiere (Item ID: 122156473496) (American, Contemporary.) 1989, Color print, printed 2016. Intuition Series : Edition of 5. 8” x 10” Image, 16” x 20” Matted. Signed. Certificate of Authenticity. Starting Bid: $50
  7. Soul Dust : 8 x 10 Limited Edition Photograph by Artist Lex Lumiere (Item ID: 122156476781) (Online Only) (American, Contemporary.) 1989, Color print, printed 2016. Intuition Series : Edition of 5.8” x 10” Image, 16” x 20” Matted. Signed. Certificate of Authenticity. Starting Bid: $50
  8. Lemurian Legend : 8 x 10 Limited Edition Photograph by Artist Lex Lumiere (Item ID: 122156447550) (Online Only) (American, Contemporary) 1989, Color print, printed 2016. Intuition Series : Edition of 5, 8” x 10” Image, 16” x 20” Matted. Signed. Certificate of Authenticity.  Starting Bid: $50
  9. Intuition : 16 x 20 Limited Edition Metal Photo (Set Of 6) by Artist Lex Lumiere (Item ID: 122156431704) (Online Only) (American, Contemporary) 1989, Color photograph on metal, printed 2016. Intuition Series : Edition of 1000, Lot of 6, 16” x 20.” Matted. Signed. Certificate of Authenticity.  Starting Bid: $5000.
  10. Texas Smoke : Wooden Sculpture by Sculptor Pedro Arevalo (Item ID: 122156616694) Pedro Arevalo (Cuba, Sculptor.) 2015, Wooden sculpture, original. 24″ x 21″ x 10″ Deep. Signed. Starting Bid: $5000
  11. Time : Rare Original Photograph by Marvel Nelson – Kodak Camera Craftsman (Item ID: 122156745909) (American, Photography) 1989, Color Print, printed 1989. 8” x 10.” Gold Foil Artist Stamp. Starting Bid: $1000
  12. To Be Freed From Chains : Limited Edition Signed Print by Pierre Nuyttens : Belgium Waits (Item ID: 122156661929) (Belgium, Illustrator) 1917, WW1 J. Pierre Nuyttens, Limited Edition print #17. 10” x 14 ¾.” Signed. Starting Bid: $1000
  13. The Shooting Star : Original Painting by Artist Alberto Godoy (Item ID: 122156615256) (Cuba, Postmodern.) 2016, Oil painting, original. 24” x 24.”Signed.  Certificate of Authenticity. Starting Bid: $2500
  14. The Messenger : Original Painting by Artist Alberto Godoy (Item ID: 122156577462) (Cuba, Postmodern.) 2016, Oil painting, original. 48” x 60.” Signed. Certificate of Authenticity. Starting Bid: $5000
  15. Cosmo Returns Home To His Mother : Lex Lumiere (American, Contemporary.) 2016, Oil painting, original. 24” x 36.” Signed. Certificate of Authenticity. View At Exhibit Only. Starting Bid: $5000

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INTUITION : PREVIEW EXHIBIT

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Lex Lumiere and Art4Charity are Cultural Partners at the 2016 Houston Art Fair (HAF)

  • Friday at 7 pm – Lex Lumiere and Alberto Godoy are hosting a Private Party at Silver Street Studios for a preview of Lex Lumiere’s exhibit ‘Intuition,’ inside the Art4Charity & Godoy Studios for a silent auction benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. All VIP attendees of the Houston Art Fair are invited to attend this cocktail dress event.
  • Saturday, Oct. 1 | 12am – 7pm (Private”Intuition’ Exhibit Tours every 30 minutes at Studio #316)

  • Saturday, Oct 1st at 7pm –  Lex Lumiere is leading a free VIP Tour through the 20,000 sq feet Silver Street and Winter Street Studios for the Biannual Art Event to meet the actual artists, and a get a second chance sneak peak preview of Lex Lumiere’s exhibit ‘Intuition,’ inside the Art4Charity & Godoy Studios for a silent auction benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The exhibit is private but open to attendees of HAF now through Monday, October 3, 2016 at 3pm. For the tour, Dress casual for the tour; wear jeans, comfortable shoes and take a rare personal #Art journey though the nations largest concentration of artists in Lex’s hometown of Texas Tour starts in front of Studio #316 at 7pm.
  • Sunday, Oct. 2 at 12 pm – 8 pm (Private”Intuition’ Exhibit Tours every 30 minutes at Studio #316) 
  • Monday, Oct. 3 | 10 am – 3 pm (Private”Intuition’ Exhibit Tours every 30 minutes at Studio #316)

  • The online auction closes on October 6th at midnight. Drop in from 12 noon – 8 pm and knock on the door or schedule an appointment for a private tour of the art.Framing Sponsored By : Dramatika Custom Framing

#WEAREORLANDO GUIDED MEDITATION

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Lex Lumiere is leading a #WeAreOrlando guided meditation & healing vigil on June 22nd, 2016 in her hometown of Houston, Texas. Open invitation for everyone to come out and experience a moment of inner peace at the Montrose Center…♥