A night of benefits for animals and children


June 27, 2013 was a fun night for fun draisers in Chelsea, Manhattan. The New York Coalition for Healthy School Food put on "Art with a Purpose" at the Rush Art Gallery, while an hour later the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society put on "Waves of Change" 2 blocks away at the Hasted Kraeutler Gallery. Both groups asked me to donate a photo for the exhibit, which I happily obliged.

Julia and Piglets by Derek Goodwin

The New York Coalition for Healthy School Food introduces plant-based foods and nutrition education in schools to educate the whole school community. They have successfully impacted schools all over NYC, and even gotten some to offer completely plan-based curriculums! For this I donated the image Julia and Piglets, which shows the compassion of a mother nourishing her children.

Sharon Gannon as Yemajah

Established in 1977 Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization. Their mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world's oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species. They are my heroes. To them I donated my print Yemajah, which is inspired by a picture in the Jivamukti Yoga Chant Book of the Brazilian Goddess of the same name. She is the goddess of the ocean, the essence of motherhood, and a protector of children.


The Yemajah chants is one of my favorites from the chant book, and an enchanting image of Yemajah takes up a whole page of the book. During my Jivamukti Yoga teacher training one of the Brazilian trainees (Juju) had led us all in chanting the song, and it is also in the background of one of the yoga classes we trained to, so to me it has special significance. A couple months ago I had taken a photo of Jivamukti Yoga co-founder Sharon Gannon and during editing realized she was in the same kind of stance as Yemajah was in the photo, so I got the idea to recreate the image photographically. When the Sea Shepherd contacted me asking for artwork I remembered my thought and decided to manifest it. This is a somewhat new direction for me, but seeing the photo on the wall at the exhibit I felt it turned out nicely, even if the people in attendance did not get the reference.

Both of the events were well attended and there was even some overlap of people going from one to the other. Both of my prints sold and hopefully contributed to helping animals and children in some way. I had a great time and it is amazing to see all of the art that was donated and people that came to help out.

I would like to offer an additional opportunity for folks to contribute to these causes. If you would like to buy a print from my online gallery and use one of the following codes, you will get 20% off of my regular prices, and 1/2 of the proceeds will go to the organization of your choice.