Two Chuck Miller artworks donated for an upcoming In Our Own Voices auction

Whenever I can, I will always help those in need.  In the past, I’ve donated several of my artworks to various charities for auction purposes, or for outright donations to help others.

This morning, two of my artworks will join a collection of art and prizes that will be auctioned off as part of an August 12 fundraiser for the local charity In Our Own Voices.  In Our Own Voices serves the LGBTQ community of the Capital Region, and places LGBTQ persons of color at the forefront, as they are among the most marginalized and abused. Money raised from the auction will go directly to programs and services that affect so many lives for the better.  At a time when the calls for justice for people of color are finally being heeded after so long in the background, this is an excellent opportunity to support the work of this charity.

Former WRGB anchor Ken Screven alerted me to this organization, whose biggest fundraiser in July was cancelled due to COVID-19.  With the funds for their charitable efforts jeopardized, they’re counting on this auction to help out.

So yeah, I found two of my artworks and donated them.  They’re being picked up this morning.  What can I say?  Allies gotta ally, amirite?

So what am I donating?

First, I have an 11×14 of this award winner.

The Three-Two Pitch Nikon EM camera, Nikkor 50-300 f/4.5 lens, Kodak Gold 400 film. Photo by Chuck Miller.

That’s right, my super-stretched baseball player in the award-winning The Three-Two Pitch has been offered for bid.

And while I’m at it, why not include a 16×20 of this award-winner as well?

American Dreamtime: Solarcan 368. Photographic paper inside pinhole-modified beer can, 10-month exposure. Photo (c) Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

Yes, American Dreamtime: Solarcan 368 is being offered.  This was my nine-month sunlight exposure, my best attempt at beer-can photography.

Why do I do this?

Simple.  These art pieces have already brought me joy.  Now all I want is for both artworks to achieve one more joyous moment – a new home on someone’s wall, and a little relief for someone in the lesbian / gay / bisexual / queer / trans community who deserves kindness instead of disgust, who deserves compassion instead of contempt, who deserves joy instead of pain.

The auction will be held August 12, and once there’s more information (including a link to bids and purchases), I’ll include it in an upcoming blog post.

We get one shot in this world, one trip through the solar system.

Let’s make it a positive one, both for ourselves and for those on the ride with us.