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Artists needed for women’s history show in Avon

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VAIL, Colorado – Women’s History Project Art and the Red Ribbon Project invite artists to submit artwork for the third annual Women’s History Month Art show. The art will be on exhibit for the month of March at Loaded Joe’s in Avon with an opening reception held at 6:30 p.m. March 5.

The 2010 theme, “Weaving Her Story: The Fabric of Life,” is the local interpretation of the national theme, “Writing Women Back Into History.” National Women’s History Month is a time to recognize and celebrate women’s historic achievements as well as an opportunity to honor women within our families and communities.

“This show is a great opportunity to participate locally in a dialog that has global impact, and have a chance to make a difference in our community by supporting local nonprofits,” said Robin Nash, show curator.

Cristina Gair, who participated in the show last year, said she is excited about this year’s theme.

“This show motivates me to create relevant art, as well as providing an opportunity to honor women and celebrate the important work of local nonprofits,” she said.

The art show and silent auction will benefit the Red Ribbon Project, a nonprofit serving Eagle County since 1996. As part of this celebration of Women’s History Month, Red Ribbon Project will promote National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on March 10. Previous years’ events benefited the Vail Valley Charitable Fund and Boulder Valley Women’s Health.

“We welcome the opportunity to work with artists to promote the interwoven connections of women and girls,” said Karen Koenemann, Red Ribbon Project director. “This also gives us the opening to promote HIV/AIDS awareness for women and girls along with the importance of making positive sexual health choices.”

Women Artists in all media are invited to participate. Show fee is $25. For more information about the art show, e-mail robincnash@gmail.com.

The Red Ribbon Project’s mission is to build healthier lives through a comprehensive approach to HIV/AIDS awareness, prevention, education and support for everyone in Eagle County. The Red Ribbon Project fulfills its mission through its programs. The largest, Youth Skills Building, is focused on educating young people. In 2009, YSB was implemented in 13 schools, and educated 1,900 youth on positive health behaviors.

To provide a safer method of protection to HIV, the Red Ribbon Project provided 15,000 free condoms through local businesses. In addition, Red Ribbon Project coordinated eight days of free HIV testing in Eagle County last year, during which it tested 179 residents who might not have had the option to be tested. The next free testing dates will be scheduled during the week of March 8-12.

The project is focused on keeping the incidence of HIV infection low in Eagle County, as well as providing awareness about the global issue and the implications of HIV/AIDS worldwide. For more information, go to http://www.redribbonproject.org or call Karen Koenemann at 970-827-5900.


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