For those that do not know me personally, my name is Melissa Fague and I am a visual artist (Photography) living and working in Wilmington, DE. I received my associate’s degree for Digital Photography from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 2013. I am a 38 year old single mom of two and I went back to school in 2009 after a traumatic car accident which caused severe damage to my spine and left me on bed rest for a good part of 19 months.
My love for photography was not apparent until the accident; it all came about because of a little book on how to improve your photographs. It was one of many books that were given to me to read while I was on bed rest and going through the surgeries. The book was small and very basis but it captured my attention and sparked a desire to learn more about the craft.
Since that time, I never once thought of myself as a victim. In fact, in a way the accident felt like a blessing; I received a second chance to build my life and I used that rehabilitation time as wisely as I could. I have been working non-stop at rebuilding my physical abilities, my life, learning the craft, the techniques, and the business of photography.
I love all types of photography but I found that I am most passionate about nature and landscape photography. My goal as a photographer is to inspire people through the art in nature. Hopefully I will be traveling with-in the next 2 years and with-in 10 years have a brick and mortar art gallery of my own so that I can continuously inspire people.
Why The Fundraiser
Please find me on Gofundme.com
A few weeks ago I was approached by a representative from the Agora Gallery in New York City, they found my website and were fond of my work. The representative contacted me and asked if I worked with galleries and if I would submit my portfolio for review; so I did and I was accepted with-in two weeks.
Agora Gallery is in the center of the Chelsea art district of New York City. The gallery was established in 1984 and promotes artists of all types of media nationally and internationally through a variety of marketing options, from exhibitions to magazines. The gallery is renowned for its high standards of representation, work sold, and only a few artists are ever invited and accepted into the gallery each year. This is an amazing opportunity for any artist and I am so pleased to be accepted into Agora gallery.
However, because of the extensive PR work that the Agora Gallery does for their artists and the framed prints to fill the area of the gallery there is a cost that is a little too steep for me to handle on my own. The final clincher of it is the time frame, I must sign the agreement by July 31th or I lose the spot to another artist. So I am humbly asking for help… please help me cross the Hudson River and take the next step in my journey of being a world renowned photographer.
How will I use the funds?
The funds will be used for the following items:
- Archival prints
- Matting and framing
- Entrance fees
- Beef and Beer Fundraiser
What can you do?
Donate! $ 5, $10, $20, or even $1000 (I’d kiss you for that one ;))….every little bit helps. You can also help by sharing the Go Fund Me page with your friends and family on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus…etc. We also have a Beef and Beer fundraiser in the works. It will be held on July 26th at the Skyline Grill in Wilmington Delaware, if have a product or service that you would like to donate to auction off in exchange for the exposure, we would love to hear from you.
If you would like to read more of my back story, check out my work, or visit the gallery please visit the following links.
Again, thank you for taking the time to read my fundraiser and for your support. I hope you have a beautiful day!