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Sorenity Rocks’ exhibition raises funds for CART

Carol Moss, founder of Malibu’s Community Assistance Resource Team, smiles for the camera during the May 19 pop-up art installation at Malibu’s Sorenity Rocks. Photos Courtesy of Dietmar
Norton Wisdom paints during the event which served as a fundraiser for CART.
Barbara Burke, Freelance Reporter
4:04 pm PDT May 30, 2017

“Any form of art is a form of power; it has impact, it can affect change – it can not only move us, it makes us move,” Ossie Davis, writer, director, civil rights activist and playwright once said.

Davis no doubt was looking down and smiling at Malibu May 19.

There were by conservative estimates at least four generations in attendance, interacting and communing. There was an intergenerational, common bond of creativity — a flowing of energy that transcends age and culture. 

It was all for the best of causes as attendees gathered May 19 at Sorenity Rocks, a crystal interactive gallery and exhibit space in Malibu Lumber Yard, for an art fundraiser to benefit Malibu’s Community Assistance Resource Team, an agency founded by Malibu’s Carol Moss to help homeless individuals who are law abiding and willing to receive the compassionate services and permanent housing that they need.

“The CART Art Show at Sorenity Rocks Malibu was … well how to describe it?” said Barbara Bruderlin, CEO of the Malibu Chamber of Commerce. “The art, the murmur of the gorgeous laid-back crowd watching performance artists painting in a trance to sounds of an adventurous fluegelhorn transported me to 1964 New York. Interspersed with fabulous crystals – one looking like a monstrous, ripe purple pomegranate that had just cracked open, glimmering — made it a truly unforgettable evening.” 

The pop-up art show featured works by phenomenally talented and exciting artists including Mr. Brainwash, Fairey Shepard, RETNA, and Alex Monopoly, all of whose works sold to benefit the homeless served by CART. 

Live painting by spontaneous painter Norton Wisdom, who creates in synergy with music, enthralled attendees, as did the works of live painter Drea Davinci as she painted an ethereal, purple-hued work.

Amidst all the conviviality and electric, energizing creativity, a beaming Moss smiled broadly and thankfully, knowing that funds raised will help those most in need amidst the epidemic of homelessness. 

Everywhere one looked, people were amazed at the installations, the creativity, and the way the exhibits flowed.

The event, was, in a word, slammed with attendees as hundreds viewed the art, enjoying the music and interacting. 

Connections were made. The chemistry of creative energy between people of all walks of life and of all generations added to the evening’s success.

“The blending of artists, community and giving for this worthy charitable organization was amazing,” said Lenise Soren, owner of Sorenity Rocks. “It made me very joyful to create an environment where so much giving and love could take place. I appreciate the Malibu Lumber Yard, Café Habana and Casamigos Tequila for collaborating to support the Malibu community. It was wonderful to see mature, affluent successful Malibuites support young, emerging artists.” 

People flowed between the CART event and the Malibu Guitar Festival. It was one of those wonderful Malibu spring evenings as a peaceful, easy breeze blew throughout the Malibu Lumber Yard, giving the event an essence of peace and tranquility. 

“I enormously enjoyed viewing the wonderful art pieces that were auctioned off at Sorenity Rocks in Malibu Lumber Yard,” Moss said. “It is a gorgeous crystal environment, and it was such a good party for a great cause ... helping our local homeless to more stable lives.”

The brilliant collaboration between Eddie Donaldson, who curated the show, and Joe Gutierrez, who directed and developed the pop-up installation, made for a phenomenal visual and sensory experience. 

“I felt it was a very successful show with more than 500 or so people in attendance.” Gutierrez said. “The reason why this amazing event happened was because Joey Nittolo of Save Our Souls conceived of the event. Thanks go to Eddie Donaldson who curated the show, brought in the artists and made this happen.” 

At the end of the event, no one wanted the magic to end.  

Fortunately, it doesn’t have to.  

Future events to benefit the homeless are being planned at Sorenity Rocks and those who could not attend the event can still buy donated works on an online auction at Save Our Souls at sos-la.org.

For more information about CART, visit www.malibucart.org.