MMK gives commission to charityWritten by John Dorsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s not often one hears of a Downtown gallery donating its commission to charity.
The MMK Gallery is not only committed to that principle, it was established with that goal in mind.
“As my paint canvases and projects began to take over our house, I thought I might find a studio space Downtown,” gallery founder Cindy Millen said. “At first, I was just watching over other’s art shows that had already been scheduled. As I painted down there, I decided to take over the gallery as my studio and as an exhibition space.”
Millen, who authors children’s books, her fourth of which will be published this fall, said she paints or draws nearly every day.
“My friend Kathie Kolodgy (of Maloney, McHugh and Kolodgy) offered me a space on their third floor, and then the main floor gallery space became available,” Millen said. “Kathie had organized a wonderful art show featuring Nancy Swan Drew to benefit breast cancer research. We loved the idea of doing good works with great work — artwork that would also serve to benefit the community.
“Because the price to use the gallery was very reasonable and because I personally believe that our talents are gifts from God to us to be used to bring joy and do good work for others, the 30 percent charity idea just seemed like a natural fit,” she said.
“The artists who chose the charity the sale of their work will benefit have loved the idea, and our patrons enjoy the double benefit of purchasing artwork here.”
The gallery’s current exhibition is Irish artist Brian Gallagher’s “scraperboards.” It is Gallagher’s first exhibit outside of Ireland, and the commission from the sale of his work will benefit Enable Ireland, a charity that helps children with disabilities.
Millen admires Gallagher’s work so much she has decided it will have a permanent place in her space. In April, MMK Gallery will host a sports exhibition by James Fiorentino, which will benefit the Toledo Mud Hens charities. For more information on MMK Gallery, call (419) 344-2424.