By WM, December 2020
PRESS RELEASE: PUZZLES WITH PURPOSE is pleased to announce a new series of unique bespoke jigsaw Collector Edition Artist Jigsaw Puzzles for the 2020 Holiday Season. ART x PUZZLES, an online benefit sales initiative conceived to support artists during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis through the sale of Collector Edition Jigsaw Puzzles continue to expand with over 90 artists on the online platform at the end of 2020 with plan for more special artist editions planned for 2021.
Organized by PUZZLES WITH PURPOSE, the effort launched in September with exclusive limited-edition puzzles created in close collaboration with over 70 contemporary artists from across the globe to support artist studios, existing wider artist relief efforts and causes of personal social and economic concern to participating artists. To that end, a percentage of all proceeds from sales will directly benefit the artists’ chosen charities as well as their art studios.
Highlights of the many special editions available for the Holiday December Launch include contemporary artist Rachel Perry’s 1000 Piece jigsaw puzzle “Lost in My Life’; notorious street artist Bansky’s Dumbo New York; BANKSY, “One original thought is worth a thousand mindless quoting’s”-Diogenes, a new mini- jigsaw puzzle, the smallest one yet ; Noah Becker’s “Still Life”; Jennifer Coates" Pan Goddesses"; Wanda Koop's Heartbeat Bot #3; street artist HOXXOH’s traditional jigsaw puzzle “HOX TRANSFER 1.1”; and Isshaq Ismail’s colorful original artwork which resides in fellow artist Amoako Boafo’s private art collection titled Nonchalant 2, (“Nana Kwesi wiafe) was created into a new collector edition. Also included for December Holiday Launch a special new edition Victorian wood jigsaw puzzle by contemporary artist Carrie Moyer titled Marshmallow Squash Blossom, which comes with special campfire wood scent; Anna Ostoya’s “Slap”; Mario Moore “WHAT IS COOLER THAN BEING COOL?”; and Michael Angelo's tribute to beauty worldwide “YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL.” These original bespoke custom-made jigsaw puzzle collector editions arrive just in time for the holiday gift giving season.
Available in Collector Editions of 20 and 2 APs unless otherwise indicated and presented in custom-engraved presentation boxes, the investment-worthy jigsaw puzzles make edition collecting a fresh experience at accessible prices for coveted artists. All are produced with cutting edge technology, high quality materials and the latest innovation in unique jigsaw puzzle design. The puzzles just in time for the holiday for art collectors, contemporary art lovers and jigsaw puzzle enthusiasts all launched for the month of December. ARTXPUZZLES will be continuing its ongoing mission to support COVID19 Relief worldwide with additional artists and Limited-Edition Collector puzzles added on a rolling basis by special invitation.
ARTISTS FOR DECEMBER HOLIDAY LAUNCH INCLUDE:
ART x PUZZLES is grateful to the contemporary art leaders, curators, galleries, museums and private collections who have supported the project to bring signature artworks to life in new one-of-a-kind jigsaw puzzles. Each Limited Collector Edition is accompanied by an engraved USB drive holding a certificate of authentication, jigsaw image and further background on the artist.
ABOUT PUZZLES WITH PURPOSE
Puzzles with Purpose was conceived by independent curator, arts writer and creative entrepreneur Rachel Vancelette in May 2020 as a multifaceted sales initiative to support a range of contemporary artists as they faced the economic fallout from the world’s ongoing battle against COVID-19. Expanding horizons, Puzzles with Purpose sought artists from across the globe to shine a light on their studio practice and to create a unique Collector Edition Jigsaw Puzzle. A percentage of all net-proceeds from each puzzle will be allocated to participating artists for their studio practice and creative endeavors while a percentage of proceeds from each sale will also benefit their respective cause of choice with a few artists donating their complete profits to COVID19 relief efforts.
Puzzles with Purpose recognizes the essential role of creatives to our world and that artists in particular will require endorsement and sustained support to continue their pursuits during the current crisis. Puzzles with Purpose works together with artists to create unique jigsaw puzzles in materials including wood, gently magnetically backed puzzles as well as traditional premium paper using available technologies and top die-cutting capabilities which will help support craft makers and other small businesses. The use of exclusive AI technology has produced one-of-a-kind jigsaw puzzle shapes with laser cut images for unique puzzles, all with brilliant reproductions of color.
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ABOUT ARTIST RELIEF
Artist Relief is an initiative organized by the Academy of American Poets, Artadia, Creative Capital, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, MAP Fund, National Young Arts Foundation, and United States Artists—all small to mid-sized national arts grantmakers—that have come together in this unprecedented moment guided by the understanding that the wellbeing of artists has financial, professional, social, and mental dimensions, and should be fostered with a holistic framework of support. As such, Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19; serve as an ongoing informational resource; and co-launch the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, designed by Americans for the Arts, to better identify and address the needs of artists moving forward.
ABOUT BLACK LIVES MATTER
The official BlackLivesMatter Global Network builds power to bring justice, healing, and freedom to Black people across the globe. Black Lives Matter began as a call to action in response to state-sanctioned violence and anti-Black racism. Our intention from the very beginning was to connect Black people from all over the world who have a shared desire for justice to act together in their communities.
ABOUT FIRST RESPONDERS CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION
First Responders Children’s Foundation provides financial support to both children who have lost a parent in the line of duty as well as families enduring significant financial hardships due to tragic circumstances. First Responders Children’s Foundation also supports, promotes, and facilitates educational activities and programs created and operated by law enforcement and firefighting organizations whose purpose is to benefit children or the community at large.
@1strcf #FirstRespondersStrong. WM