Sereen Gualtieri, was one of our first brides. Besides being totally gorgeous and a sweetheart, she is one of the most creative people I know.
Sereen has in the last year or so, built from the ground up the most amazing business for a cause. It’s called Studio 31:8 and involves the creation of art to express the inner thoughts and struggles of children suffering in the sex trade. The art is then sold or auctioned to raise money to provide safe houses and other support for the Pearl Alliance. You can meet the members of the coalition, see art for sale, and read about their happenings on their website.
Sereen had an art show in Gainesville that I was invited to come and photograph. Great conversation, delicious beverages, and tasty food was in abundance. Art lined all of the walls and conversations sparked about the inspiration. Sereen presented on the reality of the cause to a captive audience and a friend provided some musical entertainment.
If you’re interested in donating art or money, purchasing art, or just becoming involved in some way, shape, or form – I highly recommend connecting with Sereen via twitter.com/Studio318Art and following the blog and facebook page. I’ve bought several of her art pieces and they are gorgeous.