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By Emily Waldorf

Piece by Piece workshop participants show off their masterpiece

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to buy a piece of original art, knowing that it would not only look gorgeous in your house but also help someone in a meaningful and concrete way?  Piece by Piece is a nonprofit organization that sponsors mosaic arts workshops free of charge for very low income and homeless adults and children in the Central City East neighborhood of Los Angeles known as “Skid Row” and South Central Los Angeles.

The goal of the workshops is for participants to create saleable works of art under the tutelage of professional arts instructors, simultaneously enhancing self-esteem, artistic ability, and fostering entrepreneurship.  The rapidly growing organization was founded by the visionary and charismatic Sophie Alpert after she had witnessed successful mosaic arts workshops for HIV positive women in South Africa.  She realized that providing skills training and raw materials to Los Angeles’ underserved communities could lead to the crucial first steps towards positive change.

I had the pleasure of visiting a Piece by Piece workshop this week at the James Wood Community Center and was impressed by the organization, focus, and the wide array of gorgeous artwork being created, including decorative serving trays, elaborate murals, Venetian style mirrors, bejeweled picture frames, and even furniture.  It was a delight to chat with participants about their experiences with Piece by Piece, they were very proud of their artwork and eager to share what a positive effect the workshops had on their lives.

You can help support Piece by Piece by making a donation or by purchasing one the beautiful works of art at the upcoming Pieces of Hope exhibit.  Piece by Piece artists are also available for special commissions.

Pieces of Hope
An Art Exhibit
Nov. 2nd to Dec. 1st, 2008
Artist Reception: Sunday, Nov. 2nd, 2-5 p.m

Pauline and Zena Gatov Gallery
at the Barbara and Ray Alpert
Jewish Community Center
3801 E. Willow Street, Long Beach, CA

Gallery Hours
Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday-Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For further information or to purchase art
contact Eve Lunt 562-426-7601, ext. 1421

A beautiful mosaic flower pot

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