November 2018

The year has rushed by, and we are happy to share with you some of our accomplishments of 2018!

It was a very productive year for Alex & Lee Fostering Art, thanks in no small way to your donations and support.


August was a big month for us. Partnering with Beyond Emancipation of Oakland, CA, we presented a week-long class for eight high school foster youth. Thanks to our scholarships, this was free of charge to all of the attendees. The enthusiasm and response from both participants and staff was wonderful. Students created wearable art for themselves and gifts for friends and family.


Then on Friday, August 10, we exhibited some of the students creations at the Beyond Emancipation Back to School Bash, and made connections with a number of Alameda County support organizations for foster youth. The overall response was very encouraging, with all the organizations agreeing that art classes would really appeal and benefit their foster kids.


We also are beginning to work with The Pacific Center for Human Growth in Berkeley, CA. On Friday, August 17, we hosted 12 LGBYQ youth in Berkeley in the art studio of co teacher Kit Skeoch. Greg did a presentation on the groundbreaking lives and art of Alex & Lee, and the entire group created a piece to wear home.


We are currently sponsoring a 6-week holiday gift jewelry making class in Kit’s Berkeley Studio. Youth have the opportunity to apply for a scholarship so they can attend the class free of charge.


As we are putting together our 2019 calendar and we will be adding new classes in San Francisco with at risk LGBTQ youth.


Museum of Arts & Design in New York exhibited eight original Alex & Lee 1970s pieces in the wildly successful show Counter-Couture: Handmade Fashion in the American Counterculture in the Spring of 2017. The museum approached us to purchase pieces from the exhibit for their permanent collection. They are known for their non-traditional jewelry collection from the 1940s forward. We now have two pieces in their permanent collection, one of which is currently on exhibit. Other Alex & Lee work is exhibited in the Oakland Museum of Art, as well as the Museo Teatro Dali in Figueras, Spain.

FUNDRAISING — Multiple Ways to Support ALFA!

First, we have two limited-edition silk scarves designed specifically for our fundraising efforts in 2018/2019. We are hoping to raise enough through the sale of these scarves to support all the classes and programs planned for 2019. Using collage elements from Lee’s art, Greg has created two new and unique scarf designs, each with Alex & Lee Fostering Art as a border design motif.


There are two ways to purchase either of these scarves and donate to ALFA:

$120 level — 70% of the purchase price goes to our organization
$200 level — 100% of your donation goes to our organization, and Greg will donate production costs for your scarf!


The scarves are 26 x 88 inches in a sheer matte silk georgette (washable) fabric. Each of these designs employs hands or fingers in the design, symbolizing the importance of creating by hand. The words “Alex & Lee Fostering Art” are in the border of both scarves.


Remember these scarves are limited edition, available only while supplies last! Delivery may take up to 4 weeks so order now!

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You can also donate directly to the organization by clicking the Donate button on the right or by sending a check to:

Greg Franke
PO Box 384
The Sea Ranch, CA  95497


Please make checks out to Alex & Lee Fostering Art.

Working with the foster care system, focusing on
LGBTQ youth, nurturing resourcefulness and creativity through art making.



December 2, 2018

12:00-6:00 PM

Finally, we are having an Alex & Lee holiday trunk show in Oakland on Sunday, December 2, from 12:00-6:00 pm at the Franke/Switzer Salon, 6250 Claremont Ave, Oakland, CA 94618. Part or all of the purchase price of a scarf or jewelry will go to Alex & Lee Fostering Art. Please join us for a glass of champagne and check out our latest creations!