Surf Artist Erik Abel Launches Waves for Water Fundraiser for Hurricane Sandy Relief
Artist Erik Abel releases a series of limited edition prints on wood to raise funds for Waves for Water's Hurricane Sandy Relief Initiative
VENTURA, Calif. – December 3, 2012 – Artist Erik Abel, known for his ocean and surf inspired art and fundraising initiatives, has released a series of limited edition prints on wood to raise funds for Waves for Water's Hurricane Sandy Relief Initiative. The prints, a variety of illustrations and originals in a variety of sizes, are printed on FSC certified birch wood. Each print is a very limited edition of 25 each, with 15 percent of sales being donated to Waves for Water, the nonprofit that provides clean water and disaster relief around the world. Additionally, Abel will donate 5% of sales from the other art on his site to reach his goal of raising $5000 for the cause.
Waves for Water launched their on the ground Hurricane Sandy Relief Initiative to provide basic survival supplies to those in need and fund the rebuilding efforts of the affected communities. They have committed to using 100 percent of donations received from fundraising campaigns like Abel's to go directly to relief efforts.
"When Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast I felt compassion along with a sense of helplessness… What could I do to help? I'd heard from some friends over there that the damage was much worse and far spread than what we were seeing in the media," said Abel. "That's when I saw one of the nonprofits I admire most, Waves for Water, was doing an on the ground relief initiative in the damaged communities. That's when I knew how I could help. Entire communities were devastated from Sandy and the recovery will take a long time and much support. There are still thousands of people without electricity. Even though Sandy isn't the focus of the media anymore, there's still so much work to be done and support needed on the East Coast."
"Working with nonprofits is a very important part of what I do," Abel explains. "As an artist, it allows me to create a bigger impact with my talents and give back to the communities and environment that inspire me. With this Waves for Water project we can provide immediate aid for those affected here while also supporting a great nonprofit that helps people around the world."
The FSC Certified birch plywood prints are sourced sustainably, printed by a California based company who donates a dollar to the Plant a Billion Trees charity of every order. The texture of the wood brings a unique grain pattern to each piece, making every print a one of a kind. Images of the prints and more about Abel's fundraising initiative can be found here.
About Erik Abel
Erik Abel is an artist working and living in Ventura, California. Recognized for his geometric patterns, organic textures, bold colors, and distinct waves, Abel has a distinguished and unique style. His original pieces have been featured in galleries across the country and his licensing and design clients include Billabong, Reef, Oxbow, and Surfing Magazine. His focus on giving back to the ocean and surf communities has brought partnerships with nonprofits including Surfrider, SurfAid, Save the Waves, Heal the Bay, and Waves for Water. Original paintings, illustrations, and commercial design work can be viewed at www.abelarts.com.
About Waves for Water
Waves for Water works on the front-line to provide clean water to communities in need around the world. They work with world leaders and strategic partners who take a "no- nonsense" attitude toward making global change. Waves for Water is a nonprofit organization founded by Jon Rose and supported by Hurley International.