Local photographer gives portrait sittings in exchange for donations to help drought-stricken families in the Horn of Africa
Friday, Aug. 5 — Local photographer Michael McPeak is giving back to those in the community who also give back. On Saturday, he’ll offer portrait sittings to people that donate to Save the Children for the Horn of Africa Drought Relief.
McPeak is calling the project “Faces of Caring.” The event begins at 1 p.m. with a reception in the North Foyer Gallery of East Lansing Public Library.
“I became aware of what was going on in the Horn of Africa, and when I talked to friends who are experts in charitable organizations they strongly recommended Save the Children — and I’m a parent,” McPeak said.
This is the second time he has used portrait sittings to raise money. The first time, he raised $1,300 for the Red Cross Tsunami relief effort in Japan.
McPeak said donations of $100 are encouraged but he understands if less is given.
There is no maximum number of people who will be allowed portrait sittings for donations, McPeak said.
McPeak works locally with three galleries: Saper Galleries, Absolute Gallery and The Lansing Art Gallery. He features his images on the walls of the Old Town Medical Arts Building in a display called The McPeak Healing Gallery, and he currently has photography on display at the East Lansing Public Library.
'Faces of Caring' 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6 East Lansing Public Library, North Foyer Gallery 950 Abbot Road, East Lansing (517) 351-2420