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August 22, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A mixed-media canvas piece deemed “Survivor”, by abstract artist and domestic violence survivor Kim Rahal, is up for auction and on display at Blue Moon Gallery in Grayslake through August 22. Proceeds from the auction of this powerful piece will specifically benefit the Libertyville Family Visitation Center of A Safe Place, the leading advocate for eliminating domestic violence in Northern Illinois. The Family Visitation Center allows for safe exchange and visitation opportunities for non-custodial parents for families that experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and stalking.
This piece loudly addresses a survivor’s story with bright colors and deep textures, all over laid on top of news articles and clippings of domestic violence stories. The image is in stark contrast to the silence and subtly of a person experiencing domestic violence, and incredibly representative of the now colorful and hope-filled life Kim and her family members lead.
Interested bidders can bid online at https://asp2020golf.ggo.bid/bidding/package/13109092 and also read Rahal’s powerful artist statement. The piece will be on display at Blue Moon Gallery at an opening reception on August 22 from 6-9 pm and then will travel to be onsite at the 18th Annual A Safe Place Golf Outing “Drive Out Domestic Violence” at The Briarwood Country Club in Deerfield on August 24 where bidding will close and the winner will be announced. *This event is sold out but sponsors are still being secured and a virtual silent auction is open to the public from August 17 to August 24, viewable at: https://asp2020golf.ggo.bid/bidding/package-browse
Best known for her color-saturated abstracts, Rahal primarily works with oils and pastels but works in all mediums. Her artwork is in a number of private and corporate collections in the United States and internationally. Originally from Southern California, she now resides in Wisconsin. For more information and to view other pieces of Rahal’s art, please visit: https://kim-rahal-.pixels.com/art.
“Art is a part of my survival,” says Rahal. “Without art to lose myself info, I would’ve never made it through. Survivors need to know there are coping mechanisms; art literally saved my life.”
With COVID-19 quarantining in place, A Safe Place is experiencing a spike in need for their services. Although above capacity in all of their programming efforts, they continue to provide services for all those that need them. To donate to A Safe Place to support life-altering services, please visit https://asafeplaceforhelp.org/get-involved/donate-now/. For additional ways to help, please call 847.731.7165.
For over 41 years, A Safe Place has provided services to victims of domestic abuse and their families and is the sole provider exclusively addressing domestic violence (dv) and human trafficking (ht) in Lake County, Illinois. Guided by the mission of being the leading advocate for eliminating domestic violence and human trafficking in northern Illinois, A Safe Place offers comprehensive services that provide a safety net to assist victims and their children and reduce the likelihood that they will need to return to a violent environment. Services are designed to meet the immediate crisis and long-term needs of victims of violence and their children, and to prevent future violence. The continuum of services includes a 24-hour crisis line, crisis intervention, emergency shelter, rapid rehousing, transitional and permanent supportive housing, counseling, therapy, art therapy, orders of protection, safe custody exchanges, supervised visitations, advocacy and supportive services. To prevent future violence, A Safe Place offers community education and outreach, a mentoring program for adolescent boys to prevent violence from continuing in the next generation, and an intervention program for perpetrators of abuse, teaching them accountability and helping them to examine and change their abusive behaviors over the course of a six-month program. Programs and services of A Safe Place are evidenced-based, client-centered, and reflect a trauma-informed approach to direct services for survivors of domestic abuse and their children. Last fiscal year, A Safe Place provided services to more than 31,000 individuals.
To donate to A Safe Place to support life-altering services, please visit asafeplaceforhelp.org. For additional ways to help, please call 847.731.7165.



August 22, 2020
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


A Safe Place
(847) 731-7165


Blue Moon Gallery
18620 IL-120
Grayslake, IL 60030 United States
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