CONTACT: Jim Farrell, PR First, 781-681-6616, email@example.com
Framers Edge to Host Special Show in Support of Afghan Girls’ School
September 21 event will feature photography, books, and art to support Razia’s Ray of Hope and educate girls in Afghanistan
BRAINTREE, MA, August 16, 2013—Framers Edge, a custom frame shop and art gallery, will host a special Art Show and Reception showcasing CNN Hero Razia Jan and her foundation, Razia’s Ray of Hope, on Saturday, September 21, 2013, from 5 to 7 pm at 210 Quincy Avenue in Braintree, MA. The public is invited.
Razia Jan is a native of Afghanistan who moved to the US in 1970. She has worked for many years to forge connections between Afghans and Americans. She began by rallying her adopted New England community to send over 400 homemade blankets to rescue workers at Ground Zero after September 11th. Her efforts expanded to include sending care packages to US troops in Afghanistan. Through her involvement in the military’s Operation Shoe Fly, she coordinated the delivery of over 30,000 pairs of shoes to needy Afghan children. In 2008, Razia decided to give up her comfortable life in Duxbury, MA, and return to Afghanistan, where she founded a school serving seven villages where females had not been educated. Today her school, the Zabuli Education Center, educates more than 400 girls. Her humanitarian efforts won her recognition as a CNN Hero of 2012. For additional information about the school, visit www.raziasrayofhope.org. For CNN coverage, visit http://edition.cnn.com/SPECIALS/cnn.heroes/2012.heroes/razia.jan.html.
Razia Jan will be present at the September 21 event, as will artist and photographer Karen Wilson Wong, a friend and professional photographer from Duxbury who traveled to Afghanistan and chronicled Razia’s efforts and school through compelling photographic artwork. Karen’s photos will be part of the show. The reception will showcase other artwork about the Afghan school and its founder, as well as the paintings of a number of other artists, including Lynne Atwood, Nancy Carey, Max Mattei, Dianne Panarelli Miller, Ann Musto and Karole Nicholson. The artwork will be on display for several weeks following the reception.
Additionally, the show will feature a visit by Elizabeth Suneby, author of a children’s book about Razia and her work. The book, Razia’s Ray of Hope: One Girl’s Dream of an Education, is being published September 1 by Kids can Press in its CitizenKid series. Elizabeth will be available at the event for book signings and sales.
Framers Edge owners Annette Wilson of Braintree and Sue Dobbels of Norwood, who have run the gallery for the last five years but have been friends for more than two decades, said that the show is one that they believe will bring special focus to a serious cause. “Razia has campaigned tirelessly to improve the plight of women in Afghanistan and we are so pleased to be able to put together this reception to help call attention to the cause and raise funds on their behalf,” said Annette. Annette and Sue have pledged that a portion of all art sales from the show, not only the night of the show but the entire week following the event, will be donated to Razia’s school. Monetary donations will also be gladly accepted made out to Razia’s Ray of Hope.
The shop has offered specialty framing since 1993. Prior to the partners taking over, the business was known as Corners. The 4,000 square-foot space serves as an art center, offering a variety of custom frames for artists’ painting and photography. Framers Edge frames autographs, photographs, paintings and more, providing a complete array of framing services from the simple to the ornate. The gallery offers the latest in state-of-the-art framing equipment. In addition to framing services, Framers Edge also offers a complete line of ready-made and tabletop frames, plus expert on-site consultation and design service.