In July of last year, I heard the sad news that the son of Paul Shambroom and Joan Rothfuss was caught in a bad fire in South Minneapolis. Thankfully Leon survived but with some severe brain injuries. Being a new father myself I cannot fathom the heartbreak and terror of what Paul, Joan and Leon must have gone through. I’ve known Paul for some time and he’s been an incredible mentor and friend. I spoke with him sometime after Leon’s accident and in keeping with his character, he had a great attitude about it all, saying that he’s thankful he can still keep his role as father, it’s just different than before. As of now Leon is unable to walk or talk due to the smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide poisoning, and requires 24 hour medical care. The costs of all that can be boundless.
Alec Soth, Carrie Thompson and I spoke with Paul about organizing an benefit auction to help supplement the costs of Leon’s care. The Weinstein Gallery came on board and will host the event tomorrow evening, July 14th. There are some great works, graciously given by some quite renowned names. In keeping with the strong community of artists we feel the need to do what we can in our hectic schedules to try and help out friends in need. We hope to additionally hold an online version of this auction at a future date, TBD.
Donations can also be given through Health Advocates.
Some of the many artists; Jeff Brouws, Ed Burtynsky, Todd Hido, Doug Dubois, Alec Soth, Beth Dow, Jason Fulford, Lauren Greenfield, Eirik Johnson, David Maisel, Susan Meiselas, Richard Misrach, Abelardo Morell, Angela Strassheim, Carrie Thompson, Catherine Wagner, Joann Verburg, Alex Webb, Michael Wolf, Elinor Carucci, Stephen Shore, Tim Davis, Martin Parr, Mark Steinmetz, Laurel Nakadate, Justin Newhall, and more.
With a musical performance by Channy from Roma di Luna
Thursday July 14, 2011
Reception: 6pm – 9pm
Auction 6pm – 8pm
908 West 46th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55419