GR2 UNICEF Art Sale 3/19/11 – 4/13/11

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Group art show opening

Water Works at GR2 – A benefit for UNICEF and child victims of the earthquake in Japan

March 19 – April 13, 2011
Reception: Saturday, March 19, 6:30 – 10:00 p.m.

2062 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 445-9276

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF (USF) is raising funds to help children in Japan impacted by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. This is an unusual decision, as Japan is a donor to UNICEF, not a recipient of its assistance. However, due to the unprecedented nature of the epic disaster and its impact on children, resources are going to be critical in helping provide for the very unique needs of children. These may include health, development, and protection and other needs that may have been compromised or disrupted in the wake of the catastrophe. Giant Robot is proud to join the effort, and have asked many of our talented friends to create water-themed art to raise funds to support the efforts of UNICEF.

In addition to raising money by selling artwork, Giant Robot will be donating the following to UNICEF:
1. Proceeds from the sale of water bottles featuring labels created by artists and signed by celebrities.
2. Fifty percent of proceeds from Giant Robot’s small restaurant, gr/eats, on Saturday, March 19.
3. A percentage of all sales at Giant Robot, GR2, and GRSF during the weekend of March 18-20.
4. Raffles for donated merchandise including designer- and artist-signed items, GR gear, horseback rides, and other items.
5. Cash donations accepted for UNICEF.

Contributors include the following:

Andrice Arp
Gary Baseman
Chris Bettig
Jude Buffum
Chris Buzelli
Louise Chen
David Choe
Luke Chueh
Jesse Fillingham
Renee French
Ayako Fujitani
Matt Furie
Rodney Greenblat
Katherine Guillen
Joe Hahn
Clement Hanami
David Horvath
Mari Inukai
James Jean kozyndan
Jesse LeDoux
Lisa Ling
Barry McGee
Ryan McGinness
Jeff McMillan
Junko Mizuno
Megan Mullally
Gary Musgrave
Mark Nagata
Saelee Oh
Bryan Lee O’Malley
Nathan Ota
Mu Pan
Albert Reyes
Jay Ryan
Rob Sato
Ryan Jacob Smith
Deth P. Sun
Jillian Tamaki
Katsuya Terada
Edwin Ushiro
Esther Pearl Watson
Daniel Wu
Yoskay Yamamoto
Kohei Yamashita

This event is made possible by the generous help of Intertrend Communications, the most innovative, digitally savvy Asian marketing agency in the country. In addition, Intertrend has pledged to match the first $10,000 raised by proceeds and donations through Giant Robot.

Giant Robot was born as a Los Angeles-based magazine about Asian, Asian-American, and new hybrid culture in 1994, but has evolved into a full-service pop culture provider with shops and galleries in Los Angeles and San Francisco, as well as an online equivalent.

The opening reception featuring many of the artists will take place from 6:30 – 10:00 on Saturday, March 19. For more information about the fund raiser, GR2, or Giant Robot magazine, please contact:

Eric Nakamura
Giant Robot Owner/Publisher
(310) 479-7311