Rogue Valley artists will get some New York exposure while raising money for AIDS awareness today in "Postcards From the Edge," a show featuring 1,500 artists from around the country, including Yoko Ono.

Rogue Valley artists will get some New York exposure while raising money for AIDS awareness today in "Postcards From the Edge," a show featuring 1,500 artists from around the country, including Yoko Ono.

The event, which is in its 11th year, is put on by Visual AIDS, an organization that promotes AIDS and HIV awareness. This is the first year in which Rogue Valley artists have been included.

"All artists want a show in New York," said Medford artist Betsy Lewis, the driving force behind the Rogue Valley's involvement in the benefit.

The original pieces of art are postcard-sized and will be displayed anonymously. Each card will be for sale at a flat rate of $75. After the art is purchased, the artist's name will be revealed.

"There was such a great response on such short notice," said Lewis. The call for artists came in November and 14 people responded, she said.

The pieces range from mixed media, fabric and fine art markers to collage, pressed flowers and staples and Sharpie markers.

The local artists are as diverse as the media, ranging in age from 15 to senior citizen. Some have been producing for years, while others are just starting out.

Lewis said that the changes in the art field have made it necessary for artists to seek out "alternative spaces" in which to display their works.

Besides being an artist herself, Lewis also has a business promoting artists, and this event is an example of the creative ways to display art.

"Visual AIDS wins, the artist gets their name out, and I get to contact artists," Lewis said.

Lewis is hopeful that more artists will be involved next year and is planning to have a local exhibit of the postcards before they are sent on to the event.

Johanna Thompson is a Southern Oregon University intern. Reach her at 776-4464 or by e-mail at intern1@mailtribune.com.