"We Love Vinyl" Charity Auction On September 17th, 2011, four Hamline artists used their creativity and imagination to take Imagine No Malaria where it has never gone before; Urban Vinyl! Urban Vinyl is a new pop art sensation that is quickly gaining nation-wide attention. In Urban Vinyl, each artist starts off with a blank model (in this case, KidRobot's MUNNY), then uses paint, pen, clay and anything else they can think of to transform their vinyl figures into works of art. As part of the effort to raise awareness and money for Imagine No Malaria, these Hamline artists each took their own take on the emerging art form and created their own uniquely visual representations of what Imagine No Malaria meant to them. Each piece was then displayed at local pop art and designer toy store Tomodachi, during their first Urban Vinyl art show along with the work of over 40 artists from around the country. The show, "We Love Vinyl," ran from September 17th – October 2nd at Tomodachi. All four pieces created by Hamline students and alum were placed in a silent auction which successfully raised $140 for Imagine No Malaria! Daniel Campbell, Hamline alum and coordinator of Hamline University’s partnership with Imagine No Malaria, facilitated this collaboration. “Imagine No Malaria isn’t just about raising money,” said Campbell, “it’s about raising awareness. What better way than to use our imagination to do it! It’s my hope that this art will connect with people who may have never heard of malaria before and encourage them to learn more. It’s not something that we can really measure, but art is such a powerful medium for expression… I think it’ll create a real response in the community.” Also featured in the show is Hamline alum Sarah Hartwick ’10 and current art majors Trung Nguyen ’12 and Katie Ulibarri ’12. “This is just the first step,” said Campbell. “Once people know what we’re doing here at Hamline and nationally through Imagine No Malaria, I hope they’ll use their own creativity and imagination to get involved in even more exciting ways!”Special thanks goes out to Tomodachi for donating the vinyl figures and partnering with us on this event. To learn more about their store, you can visit their website, www.tomodachi.us Image Gallery This image gallery features work-in-progress shots of all the vinyl figures, pictures of the artists with their completed piece, and images from the "We Love Vinyl" art show. Meet the Artists As part of their artistic process, each artist was asked to choose a name for their piece, and reflect on what Imagine No Malaria meant to them. Keep reading to meet the artists and hear what they had to say about their art! Daniel Campbell CLA '08, GLS '10Coordinator of Imagine No Malaria programs For me, Imagine No Malaria is about people. My piece, Uzima, is filled with hope and represents all the people in Africa who are alive and healthy because of the efforts being made to stop Malaria. His staff is topped with a piece of amber with the ancestor of the modern mosquito trapped inside. Instead of living in fear of the disease, he is able to live free and safe from it. His name comes from Swahili, the language of the countries most affected by Malaria. Uzima means life, but it also means wholeness, well-being, and health. I think it’s important to remember that we’re not just saving lives, but restoring a community’s physical and spiritual health. Sarah HartwickCLA '10 Phineas Gil is a superhero. One that can cross oceans. She works diligently alongside her fellow heroes in the campaign against the arch villain, Malaria, which threatens the lives of countless good people every day. She carries netting where ever she goes, tied in her hair and around her tail. Her job is to help bring those nets to the people in need. But she can't do it alone. She needs a whole band of heroes to reach her goal of eradicating Malaria from the world. We can all help make that difference, today, tomorrow, and the next. We can Imagine no Malaria, take that idea, and make it a reality. Trung Lê Nguyễn CLA '12, Studio Art Major Malaria has been wiped out of the United States, but the resources to make that possible are still not available to people in other parts of the world, particularly Africa and much of Southeast Asia. This design stems from the idea that our comfort and health in the Western world often grows over the disadvantage of other nations, other peoples. Fleur D'Afrique was sculpted as a reminder that we are privileged in our health and have flourished in a realm where countless others have not been not been so fortunate. Katie Ulibarri CLA '12, Studio Art Major Gazelle loves being free, having fun, and staying healthy! Everything that malaria DOESN’T represent. I think it’s terrible what’s happening to countries in Africa. Malaria has killed more people than almost any disease, and it’s still killing today. I hope that Gazelle will be an inspiration to everyone and show that a happy life can be possible if we work together to eliminate malaria! Get Involved Are you an artist or author? Would you like to use your talent to help spread awareness about malaria in Africa? Read more about our Under the Net Gallery Show and how to submit your work to the show. If you have any questions about the show or Imagine No Malaria, please contact Daniel Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org.