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Hemphill Fine Arts Reception to Benefit New Nonprofit for Women

by Tim Regan February 12, 2016 at 3:30 pm 0

HER_htsyod (1)An upcoming reception at Hemphill Fine Arts (1515 14th St. NW) is set to help raise money for a new nonprofit for women.

The reception will be held in conjunction with an exhibition from artist Colby Caldwell and will help benefit HER, a resiliency center aimed at helping women in need.

During the free event, patrons will be able to purchase a limited-run Caldwell print (pictured on the left) for $100. All proceeds from sales of the prints will be donated to HER.

When it launches later this month, the center will provide guidance, life skills and employment readiness training to young women between the ages of 18 and 25.

“The first focus that we’re going to be putting our effort toward … is making sure our young women have the time they need to get on their feet,” HER founder Natasha Guynes said. “We’ll begin teaching them how to take care of themselves as an adult and how to be a member of the community.”

Guynes said the money donated during the event will help the new nonprofit help 10 women to begin with. But she added that she hopes to more than double that number by this summer, then again in the following months.

“I like to tell people that I’d rather serve 10 women well than 1,000 women not very well,” Guynes said.

Gallery founder George Hemphill said he’s excited about working with the new nonprofit.

“I connected with Natasha’s story and through the work that she was doing, it felt like something that I could feel enthusiastic about,” Hemphill said.

The event starts at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Photo courtesy of Natasha Guynes

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