FOA delivers 50 portraits, 50 stories for display

Faces of Addiction promised to produce a gallery show of 50 portraits and accompanying life stories of drug-addicted persons.

We have kept that promise!  This week all 50 portraits were framed and delivered to the gallery for showing in January.  We did it on budget and on time! The companion book is in production.  Now it’s time to get the documentary funded and produced, and to let the world know about this amazing, heart-wrenching look into the lives of addicted people.

 

 

FOA Companion Book ready for press

The Faces of Addiction gallery show will be available in a deluxe paper edition, 120 pages, with all the photos and life stories plus additional material about the project and lessons learned from it.

Creating this book has been a labor of love among author Eric Hatch, designer Andreas Jones, and publisher Dave Braughler of Braughler Books.  Publication date is scheduled for 1/16/2019, the date of the exhibit opening in Cincinnati, although review copies will be available prior to publication for qualified reviewers.

Every effort is being made to make this book reflect the quality of the photographic originals.  There have been to date 4 proofs for text, and 6 cover designs submitted.  We expect delivery to Braughler Books on 11/5.

Gallery show and physical book are only two of the ways we plan to give Faces of Addiction to the world.  More on this later.

FOA moves into production phase

Status as of today, October 25, is  as follows:

•  Fifty portraits adjusted to fit the framing system and printed.

•  Book manuscript is complete and awaits final proofing

•  Book page design in progress, should be complete by 10/28

•  Framing and mounting materials have been ordered.  Due around 11/1

•  Transportation and packaging materials for 100 pieces of art (50 framed, 50 unframed, plus associated hardware and other materials) have been ordered.

We are busy!  The goal is to have production finished by 12/1 and move immediately into PR and other publicity for launch 1/16/19.

 

We’ve done it!  Fifty faces, fifty stories.  Wow!  Now we’re into the production work, getting all fifty portraits and fifty stories printed, mounted, framed, packaged, and ready for their trip to the Christ Church Cathedral Gallery in time for the show opening on January 16.  At the same time, all the photos and stories have to be prepared for the book that accompanies the exhibit.  The book has extra material, including a lengthy manifesto on addiction and what we have to do as a nation to combat it.  The book is the long pole in our tent; it has to be in the publisher’s hands by November 1.

So no resting on our laurels. The hard work of making this project succeed has shifted gears from gathering information to producing the media that will communicate it — and that effort will continue through next year.

Thanks for your help, all of you who have seen these pictures and read these stories.  They are making a difference — and so are you.

 

Heroin Angels Memorializes Victims

Heard today from Hershel Gau who has created a website to memorialize persons who have died of an OD.  He offers space to post a snapshot of the lost person and room for personal stories as well. The site is called Heroin Angels, and here’s the link. Heroin Angels

Are we competitors? Not really.  We share the goal of raising awareness of the human costs of addiction, but our approaches are very different.  Good luck to Hershel and his project!

FOA launches Gofundme campaign

We’re doing great for the art gallery, print book, and flip book materials … but we’ve been asked to produce a 23 minute documentary for use in recovery clinics and in prevention campaigns (like high schools).  This takes money, so here’s the link. Please share the link with your friends — that’s how a fundraiser works!

Faces of Addiction Go Fund Me campaign

It’s official!  The Faces of Addiction art show will be on display in the Rhodes Office Tower, directly across from the Ohio State Capitol, in June, 2019.  Facilities administrator Sheila Sheila prints says, “We look forward to seeing your pieces!”  This is an excellent venue for FOA because it’s large enough to show all (or most) of the pieces, and because thousands of people pass through it every week — including senior Ohio administrative leaders and directors.

Of course, not every venue can handle the whole show — and it is possible to show it in subgroups.  If your gallery or public space is interested, just hit “get involved“.

 

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