Literally Anything was both a celebration of the work of Mia Christopher and a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood. Constantly inspired by the strong brave women all around us, a big part of our mission is to hold space for women and their art. Mia is one of them, a high priestess of painting, whose sense of humor and playfulness with texture and color acts as a beacon in a dark moment.
We recognize that owning art is often a luxury many of us can't afford. Our goal for the event was to raise as much as we could for Planned Parenthood, and to enable Mia's work to continue to light up dark corners. That's why we decided to sell the work in a one-night-only silent auction.
The event featured new paintings by Mia Christopher; live music by Pete Fields of Slow Motion Cowboys and Trainwreck Riders; collaborative foil stamped buttons by Mia Christopher and Open Windows; and printed cards and posters by Open Windows.
Friday was an immensely joyful evening. People showed up-- all different kinds of caring, fun, talented weirdos-- the place was packed. The elderberry toddies were flowing, buttons proudly flashed "LISTEN TO WOMEN" from every shirt collar and dog sweater, while the art auction silently unfolded.
Together we raised over $900 for Planned Parenthood. We are so inspired and empowered by everyone who came out to support. All our little drops create a wave, a surge of energy with form and momentum that has a lot of force to shape our world. Let's keep that momentum going!
Lastly, we want to thank Pete for his gift of music. It was exciting to hear brand new songs, to hang onto every word and melody. The requested old favorite he ended his set with, "Chug Along," resonated with us on many levels: chugging along in our daily lives despite the crazy scary world at large; chugging along in the work that we do and the ways we chip away at oppression and injustices; and, as Pete sings, "tryin' to shine a little light on a dark room." We must continue trying to shine our light into the darkness: the unknown, the void, whatever you want to call it. Whatever you love to do, whatever gifts you have, share them, use them to bring people together.