Remember the earthquake in Japan? That disaster and its grim consequences have almost disappeared from the headlines here — particularly since Vermonters have been focused on their own tribulations from the flooding. Americans in general have woefully short attention spans under the best of circumstances.
But in Burlington, Marin Horikawa isn't giving up. A native of Tokyo, he's been employed as a design director at Jager Di Paola Kemp for 10 years, and works primarily on graphics for Burton Snowboards. After the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster struck his homeland, Horikawa decided to do what he could to help.
What he did is organize an online art auction. "Art Helps Japan" includes work from nearly 50 internationally known artists, some of them Vermonters. The online version ends this Saturday, June 25. Those who prefer live auction action, though, could come to just that at JDK's new café, Maglianero, this Friday, June 24, from 6 to 10 p.m. At 8, the event will present a real, live auctioneer — you know, those people who can say incomprehensible things really fast.
One hundred percent of the proceeds from the online and live auction will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross. So, go ahead, buy art if you can.
Pictured: "Komfort" by Travis Millard, one of the artworks on auction