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Charles Hoffacker Fine Art fire

$14,030 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 195 people in 12 months
Created April 23, 2018
An early morning warehouse fire in Bayou St. John on April 23, 2018, destroyed the work studio of New Orleans police detective and acclaimed artist Charles Beau Hoffacker. Lost to the fire were more than 100 irreplaceable paintings and mixed-media fine art pieces, along with Charlie's art supplies such as canvasses, paints, woodworking tools, framing supplies and more. If you have ever been moved by Charles' brilliant art, which often depicts the duality of beauty and violence, joy and sorrow in New Orleans, please donate. If you've ever been made to laugh by Charlie's unique sense of humor and approach to life, please donate. If you've ever been touched by Charlie, please donate today and help our friend regain the tools, supplies and new studio workspace needed to resume exploring his artistic vision. Please SHARE THIS LINK and give what you can today.
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Ladies, gentlemen and dear donors, it is my privilege to share as today's update this very special message from our beneficiary, Charles Beau Hoffacker. I recommend you find tissues first.


"Monday morning, a friend sent me a text and asked if I was OK regarding a warehouse fire in Mid-City. Still groggy from the previous night’s SWAT roll, I was sure there was a mistake. But slowly, the pictures in the article he sent me started dawning on me and they looked like my studio home.

"As soon as I ran out the door, I could smell smoke (3 miles away) and saw the plume from my house. I probably broke every traffic law getting there. I saw Holis, my mentor standing motionless, expressionless, and silent with flame reflecting on her face and I could only think of her loss. The business that she had worked so hard to build was gone in minutes. She had given me a place to create art out of selflessness and love. And then it hit me, that place was gone.

"It was just a place, and canvas, and tools, and paint, and ideas, and a bad-ass printing press. And again, the tragedy expanded in my mind. The studio contained every piece of artwork I had created in the past 10 years except a few pieces at galleries. Works from my first show in 2004 at Barristers and 'TIGERs blood' the new show I had been working on for the past year. All of it was burning. I even thought of running in, but the heat was palpable even across the street.

"There was a soft mist falling on me. The water they were spraying on the inferno was misting up, condensing and raining down. Bits of burnt paper were falling like snow. A rainbow was piercing the smoke cloud. It was almost beautiful. That morning I lost the ability to show ideas, create change, and help heal our city. And even now, it stings. But that was the price to pay for something greater.

"Since I was a kid, I have always felt worthless. I’ve always felt that I could never help anyone and that I was a burden on every person I know; the only kindness they showed me was pity. The fire changed that. The support I’ve received from this city, from you, from people I have never met or seen has been nothing less than overwhelming. I literally cannot express how humbled I am, but also how my life and sense of self-worth has changed in the past 4 days. I feel loved! I feel loved by friends and family, and amazing human beings that I’ve never had the pleasure to meet.

"There have been awe-inspiringly large donations from artists, strangers, co-workers, and friends. Colleagues in the NOPD have donated their wages in support, and a woman on food stamps who has struggled with money her whole life gave me a single dollar and said she wished it could be more. There have been words of encouragement from people telling me they were thankful for MY art. There have been people sending messages expressing how my viewpoints have changed theirs. Hugs in the street from passersby who recognize me and what happened. The words 'Thank you' will never express how I feel.

"To each of you, I am indebted and I can never repay you enough. But … I am getting back up. I have a whole city behind me cheering me on. The work that I am going to make will only be better, bolder, and make us think more because I’ve never had the chance to be reborn as an artist before. I have to admit, at this stage, I am thankful for what happened. It was baptism by fire and you all came to church that day. To each one of you, Thank You, and I will not let you down."

LOVE,
Charlie Hoffacker
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FIRST GOAL REACHED!!!

Thanks to all our generous donors, who helped us reach our initial goal of $10K in just over 34 hours! That is incredible, and Charlie is overwhelmed with gratitude.

But we want to keep the momentum going, as media coverage of the fund drive took off Tuesday, alerting the public to what was lost. NOLA.com, WWL-4 and Fox8 reported on the lost studio and this recovery effort. More admirers of Beau’s artistry have begun contributing, so we’re adjusting our sights upward toward a second goal of $15K. This ambitious goal not only restores destroyed equipment and materials, but also helps secure a new rental space for our friend to resume his work. Your help has been incredible. Please keep sharing www.gofundme/charleshoffacker and keep this train moving!

http://m.fox8live.com/wvuefox8/db/375883/content/GFdv7vAb

http://www.nola.com/arts/index.ssf/2018/04/police_officer_artist_studio_f.html#incart_most_shared-arts

http://www.wwltv.com/mobile/article/news/local/nopd-detective-loses-studio-in-bayou-st-john-fire/289-545380207
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Just met with Charlie and his manager Carly Hammond at the fire scene to coordinate an interview with Tiffany Wong of Fox 8. Look for it to air Tuesday at 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. In addition to WVUE, reporters from WWL-4 and NOLA.com have picked up on the great support flooding in and are preparing coverage. If you have been waiting to donate, please send what you can now as we make a push to meet or exceed our goal. Thanks again for all the support in getting Charlie back in a working studio as soon as possible!
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Thanks to everyone who got this fundraising effort off to such a great start. Please keep sharing the link, telling your friends and keep the momentum going. I just got off the phone with Charlie, who is overwhelmed by the support. He confirmed that virtually all his artwork -- save for three pieces in galleries and others sold to private collectors -- was stored in that building and lost to the fire, along with all his supplies and equipment. It appears the blaze began as an electrical fire near the bike shop downstairs. He expressed enormous gratitude to everyone reaching out to help him up, and is most grateful there were no injuries or deaths related to the fire or its extinguishment. And, being Charlie, he already is back at work cracking armed robbery cases today on behalf of our city.
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Raised by 195 people in 12 months
Created April 23, 2018
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