Wonderworking: A Saint Nicholas of Myra Celebration to benefit the Meridian Interns Program
Date: Dec 05,2009
Time: 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Meridian invites you to celebrate the eve of the feast day of Saint Nicholas of Myra, who is emblematic of gift giving to children, in a benefit for the Meridian Interns Program, an arts and job training program for San Francisco teens.
The benefit will feature the voices and movements of the multi-talented musicians/composers/performance artists Theresa Wong and Dohee Lee. Wong and Lee will bring their improvised vocal and dance duets to the three floors of Meridian Gallery in several magical site-specific performances.
There will be wines and hearty finger food and desserts donated and catered by Café Andrée of the Hotel Rex.
Tickets are $50 each. Please RSVP by December 1st.
Call us at (415) 398-7229 or Email us at info (at) meridiangallery (dot) org.
100% of the proceeds are tax-deductable donations to Meridian Gallery to support the Youth program.
Over the years Meridian has collected a wonderful archive of artwork by artists who have exhibited at the gallery. As part of our winter fundraising efforts, we are offering these works as gifts for donations from $500 to $1000. These gifts will continue through the December 5th benefit, where they will be on display. All proceeds will benefit the Meridian Interns Program.
The Meridian Interns Program
Founded in 1996, the Meridian Interns Program (MIP) is a paid internship for low-income teens from all over San Francisco in which Artist Instructors integrate art-making workshops with training in job-related skills. The non-profit Society for Art Publications of the Americas applies for support to sustain its Meridian Interns Program which uses a designated studio in its non-profit Meridian Gallery as a base for experiential work in the arts. Youth are taught by a team of five or six artists. Conceived as a natural offshoot of the programming of Meridian Gallery, the MIP transforms the knowledge and energy of the people and resources associated with Meridian Gallery into a unique educational experience, providing approximately 34 youth each year the chance to work with and learn from professional interdisciplinary artists.
Theresa Wong is an improviser and composer based in the San Francisco Bay Area whose work encompasses music, theater and the visual arts. Bridging areas of musical and visual expression, Wong seeks to find in each work, the opportunity for transformation for both the artist and receiver alike. She has collaborated with such artists as Fred Frith, Joëlle Léandre, Carla Kihlstedt, Ellen Fullman and ROVA Saxophone Quartet.
Dohee Lee is a vocalist, composer, and performer who explores her training in shamanistic ritual music, dance, and Korean percussion in order to create unique interdisciplinary work. She studied Korean traditional dance and drumming at the master level in Korea, and since arriving in the US has collaborated with interdisciplinary artists including Anna Halprin, the Kronos Quartet, Shinichi Iova Koga's Inkboat, the Kunst-Soff modern dance company, Joan Jeanrenaud, Larry Ochs, among many others. In 2004 she founded the PURI project, an innovative ensemble that presents elements of dance, music, spoken word, visual art, and audience participation within the context of their performances.