Margie Lopez Read's paintings, and/or prints of her paintings, are traded for a check made out to a worthwhile organization that the buyer and Margie agree upon.
The 'trades' of her paintings have raised funds for many programs, including 'Doctors Without Borders', 'UNICEF', scholarship funds, food for children programs, athletics for the disabled, animal protection programs and other humanitarian aid programs through the world. And it seems to be growingÔÇª
"Art is life and not worth much unless it helps make the world just a little bit better in one way or another."
Art has been important to Margie her whole life, influenced in large part by her grandmother Margie Cooper, who was an accomplished painter. Because of her (also her namesake), her parents allowed her significant freedom to partake in all things creative. Margie Lopez Read indulged in a variety of media, techniques and styles ÔÇô traditional, contemporary, surreal, pop -- all that was around and developing in the 60's and 70's. She also did a fair amount of illustration, cartoons and silk screen art with social and political commentary for high school and university newspapers and for movements such as United Farm Workers.
Ultimately, she has settled into using her art to be something permanently meaningful -- like a diary - and a means to tell a story about something she knows to be true.
Over the years, she has participated in various art events, both juried and open. Margie has won some ribbons here and there, and has sometimes displayed her work in art galleries. She states, "All of that is fun, but I want my art to do more. You see, I believe that art is at its best when it teaches, records a memory, tells a story, or provokes thought. It is better still if it can be used to raise funds for worthwhile non-profit programs that improve the condition of our world."