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POP UP ART SHOW BENEFITS OPERATION ROUTE 66
Local photographers to film documentary on Route 66 to tell the stories of Middle East war vets
Chicago, IL – Local photographers and founders of Gerber + Scarpelli photography are using their talents to help tell the story of Middle East war veterans on a project that they are embarking on in May called “Operation Route 66.” Kurt Gerber and son Nick Gerber are using their visual gifts to give a light to some of the forgotten war veterans of our generation. The duo founded 41 Degrees North Productions, as a nonprofit documentary film to help others. To help fund the $140,000 for production and travel costs, the duo is hosting a Pop Up Art Show Benefit on April 13 at a gallery located in Chicago’s West Loop.
Paintings, prints and photography from various Chicago-based artists will include various genres including a theme of Western landscapes to signify the Route 66 trip where they will film about 90 veterans from Illinois to California for the documentary. They also hired an Iraqi War veteran that will accompany them during the project.
The mission of Operation Route 66 is to raise funds and awareness for veterans’ organizations benefiting American soldiers who have served in the wars in the Middle East. Professional photographers Kurt and Nick Gerber will embark on a motorcycle trip across the Western United States to collect stories and portraits of soldiers who have served to secure the safety and stability of the American people.
“The Operation Route 66 project started out of a small idea, the more we researched and talked with a this generation of veterans the more we saw the need to visually tell the story,” said Kurt Gerber, co-founder of Operation Route 66.
WHEN: Friday, April 13 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wine and appetizers will also be served.
G. R. N’Namdi Gallery
110 N. Peoria Street # 100
Chicago, IL 60607
PRICE: FREE – Art work will be priced from a donation price of $40 – $500
ABOUT OPERATION ROUTE 66
The mission of Operation Route 66 is to raise funds and awareness for veterans support organizations benefitting American service members who have served in the wars in the Middle East. Professional photographers Kurt and Nick Gerber will embark on a motorcycle trip across the Western United States to collect stories and portraits of soldiers who have served to secure the safety and stability of the American people. Accompanied by a small film crew, the team will document the ride and conduct interviews with soldiers and their families along the journey. The father and son team, along with their crew, will navigate Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles over a two-week period in May 2012. At the conclusion of the ride, the motorcycles used will be up for auction with all proceeds benefiting a designated veterans organization. Ultimately, a collection of the portraits and film will be made accessible to the public to honor and identify those who so readily gave. For more information, please visit: www.operationroute66.us.