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Songs by Spoon, Shakey Graves, and other Austin artists become wall art for mental health fundraiser
In Austin, listening to local artists is just the first step. There's an ethos here around celebrating local talent — they're on our playlists, our T-shirts, and posters on our walls. But tour posters aren't everyone's style, so something more abstract might better fit the bill. Bonus points for art that benefits a local music nonprofit.
Checking all these boxes, local mental health champion the Sims Foundation (stylized SIMS Foundation) and Soundwaves Art Foundation, a nonprofit that visualizes music in prints in psychedelic waveforms, have partnered for a limited edition collection that launched May 1 and is available until the end of the month, for Mental Health Awareness Month. More than 20 musicians from around Texas — some of whom have benefitted from the Sims Foundation's services — have contributed their music for this representational art, including Spoon, Shakey Graves, the Black Angels, Blackillac, and several more from Austin.
"We are thrilled to partner with Soundwaves Art on this exciting project," said executive director of the Sims Foundation Patsy Dolan Bouressa. "The funds raised from this collaboration will go directly towards providing life-changing mental health services for those in the music community. We are incredibly grateful for the support of Soundwaves Art and the musicians who have generously contributed their time and talent to this project."
The pieces are all hand-signed and numbered by the artist, come in multiple sizes, and include a certificate of authenticity. Some will be auctioned off with a handwritten lyric as part of the composition.
Hardcore fans have likely already rushed to the website to make their obvious selections, but anyone interested in shopping around can see the art in person during a monthlong residency at Hotel Van Zandt. These pieces will appear among "autographed original artwork and collector’s pieces by likes of Ray Wylie Hubbard, Jimmie Vaughan, Spoon, Shakey Graves, and more," according to a press release.
An open house on May 15 from 5-8 pm provides a more immersive look at nearly two dozen signed pieces with live music, snacks, and cocktails. Admission is free and open to the public, but the Sims Foundation will also be accepting donations.
Based in Lockhart, TX, Soundwaves is also a local organization, but its pieces span many genres, decades, and occasions, including works by artists far beyond Texas. It has raised more than $7.5 million for various charities, listed on the website for each piece.
"With our roots in central Texas, we know it’s important to support our own music community so we are honored to be a part of this collaboration with The SIMS Foundation," said Soundwaves Art founder Tim Wakefield. "We believe in the power of music to heal, and we are proud to support and help raise funds for an organization that provides such vital mental health services to those in the industry.”
Artists from this limited Texas run include:
- Ray Wylie Hubbard
- Jimmie Vaughan
- Hayes Carll
- Shakey Graves
- The Black Angels
- Bob Schneider
- Band of Heathens
- Joe Ely
- Ruthie Foster
- Eric Johnson
- James McMurtry
- Arc Angels
- Quiet Company
- ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
- Sue Foley