When Nell and J.R. Jarosh decided to make the final show of their Edgewood Orchard Galleries season a benefit for Write On, Door County, they were optimistic that they could help provide needed support for Write On’s programming, but they never expected to raise $16,000. Thanks to the generosity of a matching gift from an anonymous donor, the total raised by the Sept./Nov. benefit is $32,000.
J.R. said it was especially rewarding that so many people came to support the written arts by purchasing a piece of visual art. Write On became an official nonprofit organization in January 2014 with the mission of promoting and facilitating writing for all ages and levels of experience. Classes, workshops, author presentations, and other events have taken place from Southern Door to Washington Island in schools, community centers, senior centers, libraries and in collaboration with many other organizations.
For the gallery benefit, many artists contributed artwork portraying images of reading and writing. Some, such as Door County artists Dave Tilton and Paula Oeler, made full donations of their work to support Write On. The benefit included a silent auction of the painting “The Intrepid Horseman” by renowned German-born artist Curt Frankenstein.
Throughout the five-week show, local writers and students as well as gallery visitors were invited to respond to the works on exhibit with poems and stories through a project called “Art/Speaks.” Many pieces were posted on the organization’s website and the project will continue in the future throughout the county. For more information about Write On, call 920.868.1457 or visit writeondoorcounty.org.