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The Priority Boxes Art Series: A Message of Peace and Hope
Franck de Las Mercedes’ Project Comes to SW Florida
Special Edition Boxes Available at daas Gallery Saturday, October 16, 6-9PM

With labels that read "Fragile Contains: Peace, Freedom or Justice", visual artist Franck de Las Mercedes sends abstractly painted, seemingly empty boxes to anybody, anywhere in the world, for free.

The "Priority Boxes" project is a public art series that makes people reconsider their ability to influence change and question the fragility, value and priority of entities like peace. Each box, sent by mail to anyone who requests one, is both a canvas for a unique abstract painting and a platform for communication through art. A mixture of art and activism, the boxes are sent free to show that something of such priority as peace should not have a price and that art can be both inclusive and accessible to all.
The project, which started as an experiment and is funded by the artist and donations from supporters, has evolved into a movement that has been embraced by popular culture, the mainstream media and schools and art educators across America. From his small New Jersey studio, the artist has sent over 8500 boxes around the globe, to countries in every continent.

In support of the Priority Boxes Project, special edition boxes are available at daas Gallery, in downtown Fort Myers, as part of the "Abstract Pop" exhibit now through October 31. With a twenty dollar donation, you can skip the 8 month waiting period and get your box of peace, hope, love or courage now. Proceeds will directly benefit the project.

The gallery will be hosting a "box party" Saturday, October 16 from 6-9PM.
For information about the event or current exhibit, visit or call 239-939-1194

daas Gallery is located at: 1512 Broadway St. Fort Myers, FL 33901
Regular gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm