Stats released by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence are sobering: One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime, an estimated 1.3 million women suffer physical assault each year by an intimate partner, and 85 percent of all domestic violence victims are women.
For 16 years, former domestic violence victim and Humpin' Hannah's co-owner Rocci Johnson has helped the Women's and Children's Alliance assist victims of domestic violence with her annual We Art Women event. The bustling fundraiser brings female artists from across the Treasure Valley together in a celebration of art and music. Sadly, 2011 will mark the final year for WAW.
On Thursday, April 14, from 5 to 10 p.m., you can peruse hundreds of paintings, sculptures and illustrations at Visual Arts Collective, while listening to music from Gayle Chapman, Rebecca Scott, Deb Sager and the Divas of Boise--comprised of Johnson, Peggy Jordan, Kathy Miller, Dana Oland, Carrie Padilla, Sager, Scott, Margaret Montrose Stigers, Sirah Storm and Mary Weaver. Available raffle items include round-trip tickets on Southwest Airlines and a weekend stay at a beach house in Mexico. If you can't make it out on Thursday night, you can see 46 pieces from the exhibit, which will adorn the walls at VAC through the end of May.