Come out and show your support for Andrew Rodman at the Cancer Smack Down Fundraiser on March 20, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Café Mundo. A talented contributor to the local art scene, Andrew has been waging a battle with a rare form of pancreatic cancer since 2010. Despite an original prognosis of only months to live, he has continued defying the odds, living his life beyond expectations. Now he and his wife Terry need some help. That’s where the community comes in. The fundraiser will feature artwork and other items for sale. There will be food and music, and drinks available at the bar. Emcee Matt Love will get the party started, and Andrew will read from his work. The suggested donation is $5.
Following the fun at Café Mundo, Nana’s Irish Pub will host a post party at 7 with 15% of sales to be donated to Andrew.
Andrew Rodman studied art in the land of Moby Dick- New Bedford’s Swain School of Design- before moving to Oregon in 1984. His pursuit of printmaking took a detour for 10 years, while he bent his performance art to the service of environmental activism. Moving to Newport in 1994, he began his freelance career in earnest; working as a printmaker, teacher, illustrator and designing instructional DVDs, along with improving his surfing and sailing skills. In 2005, he began his tenure as Editor-in-Chief of In Good Tilth magazine, an educational effort of Oregon Tilth, highlighting biologically-aligned agriculture.
Matt Love lives in Astoria and is the publisher of Nestucca Spit Press. He’s the author/editor of 14 books about Oregon. In 2009, Love won the Oregon Literary Arts’ Stewart H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award for his contributions to Oregon history and literature. His website is www.nestuccaspitpress.com.
Love will donate books to be sold at the fundraiser.
“Andrew and I go way back and have collaborated on many, many projects over the years,” Love said “I want to help him any way I can. His contributions to the art and conservation scenes on the Oregon Coast have been numerous and incredibly important.”