Vermillion Area Arts Council celebrates the holiday with Sharing the Dream

Vermillion Area Arts Council will host a holiday party featuring photographs by Denny Pearson and crafts from Sharing the Dream in Guatemala.  The gala is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Washington Street Arts Center.  Photographs by Sioux Falls artist Denny Pearson will be on display and for sale, along with a variety of arts and crafts from Sharing the Dream in Guatemala, a non-profit organization that promotes fair trade with cooperatives and small businesses in Guatemala.

Photos from TOP, CLOCKWISE:

Maria Coche Pospoy and Christobal Tacaxoy;

Concepción Mendoza Ixtin;

and Juana Chicom.

Dianne Nesselhuf and Denny Pearson will speak at 7 p.m.  Nesselhuf founded the organization in 1996 in order to help Guatemalan women find a market for their products.  Pearson first visited Guatemala in 2003 in order to photograph some of the 40 projects Sharing the Dream supports.  These include a school, an orphanage and an elder center.

In 2008, Sharing the Dream in Guatemala asked Laura Wilson, a bi-lingual writer, to interview the elders to record their many stories.  Pearson traveled again to Guatemala to photograph elders for the book that resulted from the interviews, "Stories of Survival:  Mayan Elders Share their Memories."  The book will be for sale at the event.

The evening will also feature Latin jazz by saxophone and piano duo, C.J. Kocher and Brad Richardson.  There will also be a variety of hors d'oeuvres, desserts and drinks.  The event is free and open to the public.

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