Haitian Art and Handicrafts for Sale
Art Works For Haiti in two ways. First, it encourages the work of Haitian artists and artisans by buying their products and selling them in this country. Secondly, it uses the profits from these sales to provide support for children of some of the villages of Haiti. We sell the paintings of some of Haiti’s old masters such as Jasmin Joseph, Prefete Dufaut and Calixte Henri as well as of the talented but less well known artists such Aderson, Delinois, Damour, LaFaille and many others. In addition we sell scarves made in Atis Femn Matenwa, iron sculptures, woodwork, clothing and bags. Because Haiti’s economy has been depressed for so long, and there is so little tourism, our purchases enable the artists and artisans to continue their wonderful work in Haiti.
Background We began our work in 1999 when we visited Haiti to buy art from many old friends and new galleries. We held our first art sale at Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Newcastle, Maine in December of that year. The money we raised, together with funds appropriated by the Outreach Committee of St. Andrew’s Church, was sent to a Haitian Episcopal priest in Gros Morne, northwest Haiti, for teachers’ salaries, children’s school uniforms and school lunches in the village of Figaro. We have been raising funds for Haiti ever since through our art sales. In 2002, the Episcopal Diocese of Maine entered into a companion relationship with the Diocese of Haiti for five years. The relationship was extended in 2007 and again in 2013. To help support the partnership and non-partnership activities that have grown out of that relationship, we have extended our art sales to many other Episcopal parishes in Maine. The proceeds have helped enable these churches to assist partner parishes in northwest Haiti and also to contribute to such non-partnership projects as St. Vincent’s School for the Handicapped, the Children’s Nutrition Fund and Maison de Naissance.