The Extreme Makeover Home Edition Season 9 is in full swing and is already on it's 4th episode of the season (aired on 10.16.11).  I had the pleasure to watch the episode and tweet with fellow admirer's of what EMHE does for families in need. For this past Sundays episode I was able to join other EMHE viewers online while watching Season 9's 4th episode about the Korpai family.  In this episode Ty and the rest of the EMHE crew head to Crawford, NY to surprise a family that have been advocating for dwarfism since having their daughter, Hailey.  Hailey was born with dwarfism and as a Little Person she had challenges with her home.  Jimmy and Darlene (Hailey's parents) are the President and Vice President of the New York chapter of Little People of America.  Their home serves as the facility for their Little People of America chapter and they wanted to be able to appropriately accommodate Little People visitors and Hailey.  The Korpai's are such an inspiration and a deserving family to have the help of EMHE. MOVE THAT BUS!  The EMHE crew built an amazing home and a new Understanding Dwarfism Center where everything is at the perfect level.  A lot of thought and care goes into building these homes.  Of course I didn't make it through the entire episode without crying! Hailey was such a sweet little girl!  It touched my heart to see all of the people reaching out to support this family. Every inch is thoroughly thought out by the EMHE team, including the artwork!  At Gallery Direct we're proud to be able to donate artwork to each episode of EMHE.  The EMHE crew chooses the artwork specifically for each families new home from our collection. These are the Gallery Direct artwork pieces that were seen on this episode: [gallery columns="4" orderby="title"]
EMHE has moved to their show to Friday nights starting on Friday October 21st at 8/7c.  During the episodes we give out FREE artwork to a few lucky participants during the shows!  We'd love to hear about what you think of the artwork seen on the EHME episodes.  Comment here or join us on our facebook page. Tweet with us @GalleryDirect and use #EMHE to tweet during the show.
Enjoy! Brooke

Gallery Direct says: Move that Bus!

Tweet Yep, you guessed it!  The Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Season 9 kicks off this weekend and we are proud to be the home decor sponsor again this year.  The shows producers reached out to us last year asking if we … Read More

Yep, you guessed it!  The Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Season 9 kicks off this weekend and we are proud to be the home decor sponsor again this year.  The shows producers reached out to us last year asking if we would sponsor. Not quit knowing what we were in for, we obviously said YES! Working with the energic extreme team and seeing the faces of the families light up when they see the art in their new homes warms our hearts every single episode... just like it does to everyone that comes in contact with the show. From Ty's "Good Morning" wake-up call to the entire neighborhood coming together to yell "Move that Bus" The Extreme Home team works around the clock to turn run down homes into their own version of MTV "Cribs"  The amazing design team can turn a closet into Disney Land in a matter of days.  Before you knock these families for getting all these freebies, please know that they all are more than deserving and hand picked by the amazing team at Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.   Although we can't build you an entire house, we can lead you to the inspirational artwork that is featured on the show and touched the hearts of millions. We will feature the pieces that were on the show on this blog and our Facebook page with links (if available) on how you can own your own piece of the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition miracles. The Special Two-Part Season Premiere, the” Jubilee/Marshall Family” will feature First Lady Michelle Obama. Watch this Sunday night 7/6c to see Ty and the team build a home for a woman and her son who offer housing and support to homeless female veterans. Tweet live with us and @extremehome with hastag #emhepremiere. We will be giving away free art on twitter and Facebook!
Last month, the folks at “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” asked us to donate artwork to the MLB Fan Cave.  We really enjoy the relationship we have with “EM: HE” and their designers.  So when the design team, headed by Paul DiMeo, asked Gallery Direct to donate artwork to this first of its kind dream lair, where one lucky fan gets locked in a lush baseball fantasy world to watch every one of the 2430 Major League regular season games. We said, “YES!” Since “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” is involved, you know the project can only be over-the-top because Everything “EMHE” does is over-the-top! The designers selected one giant mural for us to create and twenty-two other images. We’ve really enjoyed seeing the whole thing develop. You should take a look. We get asked a lot, “That partnership you have with ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ must really pay off?” We have to say, “That’s not why we did it. We love the show. We love the lives and communities the show assists. End of story.”  Of course, nobody’s buying it; they think it’s part of some corporate “cause marketing” campaign. Whatever!  “EM: HE” found us randomly, doing a search online. No PR firm was hired to make the alliance. But make no mistake, when we see our artwork hanging each week in the “walk-through,” it makes us feel pretty awesome. What goes around comes around. So, we were honored to be asked to beautify the walls of the MLB Fan Cave.  And if you’re asking, “Is it going to pay off?” We’ll reply, “Who cares? It’s just super cool!” [above: Paul DiMeo personally hanging new work by M. Drake: Frank Sees]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Austin-located fine art and specialty manufacturer of image-based products shown on the “Johnson Family” episode, which airs SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10th  (8:00-9:00p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network, continuing its commitment as one of the show’s benefactors through the entirety of Season 8 AUSTIN, Texas, October 7th, 2010— Gallery Direct (http://www.gallerydirect.com/) announces its third week of participation in ABC’s Emmy award winning, philanthropic reality program “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” Gallery Direct CEO Joseph Garcia had this to say, “After we looked at the sneak peek and saw this week’s deserving family was from our home state of Texas, we were beside ourselves with joy.  Once we got to know a little more about the Johnson’s and their contribution to strengthening marriages and home life, we were honored to play a small role in the extreme renovation of their home.” To match the sound of joy and laughter in the Houston, Texas home of Eric and Elaine Johnson and their five daughters, this episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" will be filled with tears of joy. Along with help from some top comedians, including Cedric the Entertainer, Tommy Davidson, Ralphie May, Paul Rodriguez and fashion model Brooklyn Decker, the design team guarantee that the audience will be laughing instead of crying throughout this episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on ABC. Eric and Elaine Johnson—along with their five flamboyant and fashion-loving daughters who range in age from 5 to 14 years—were just having a fun time at a local Houston comedy club. Then design team leader Ty Pennington came out, inviting the unsuspecting family to join him onstage, and told them that they would be the latest recipients of a home makeover. Later on, the excitement continued to build as the red carpet was rolled out and all of the volunteers, builders and celebrity volunteers came to the Johnson family home for a comedy roast. The Johnsons had planned to transform their run-down house, but the one-two punch of 2008's Hurricane Ike and the economic downturn put that dream on hold. Both Eric and Elaine have dedicated their lives to rescuing family life and marriage. As Eric observed the African American community being overpowered by a seeming epidemic of family disintegration, he became passionate about African American fathers stepping up to play a larger role in their children's lives. The Johnsons began a marriage and family counseling non-profit called Optimum Lifestyle, with the goal of strengthening marriages in fun, creative ways. Their couples' seminars have possibly saved 1500 marriages and kept countless kids from growing up in single-parent homes. Eric and Elaine continued their mission while living in their dangerously dilapidated house. Now the "EM: HE" design team can help make their home safe and sound—and most importantly—match the delight and happiness that lives within it. Team leader Ty Pennington and designers Michael Moloney, Ed Sanders and Paige Hemmis specified an impressive collection of artwork for the Houston episode. Gallery Direct’s ability to create art on any surface came in handy as the designers specified an array of different substrates to beautify the Johnson’s new home.  Gallery Direct’s top man Joseph Garcia only had this to add, “Americans and Texans alike must watch this week’s show!”    About Gallery Direct Gallery Direct, a division of New Era Portfolio, a privately held company, is the global leader in providing fine art solutions. The company publishes, manufactures, and markets limited edition artwork and custom image-based products. Its expertise in managing artists, portfolios and forecasting style trends allows the company to deliver current, vital artwork to corporate and hospitality design arenas, a prestigious collection of retail clients, and directly to the consumer. Its technological command not only delivers fine custom artwork quickly, but also creates web-based solutions for blue chip retailers. Gallery Direct is proud to be creating fine American-made artwork for 10 years. For more information, please visit http://www.gallerydirect.com/. About “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” The Emmy award winning reality program “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” now in its eighth season, is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It’s executive-produced Brady Connell and George Verschoor. David Goldberg is Chairman, Endemol North America. The show airs Sundays from 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET on ABC.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Texas-located fine art and specialty manufacturer of image-based products shown on the “New York, New York” episode, which airs SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3rd  (8:00-9:00p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network, continuing its commitment as one of the show’s benefactors through the entirety of Season 8 AUSTIN, Texas, September 29, 2010— Gallery Direct (http://www.gallerydirect.com/) announces its next week of participation in ABC’s Emmy award winning, philanthropic reality program “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” Gallery Direct CEO Joseph Garcia had this to say, “Last week’s episode “Boys Hope/Girls Hope” was a real tear-jerker.  I was amazed at the level of participation from the Baltimore community and the immense impact that Ty and his design team had on the young women of “Girls Hope.”  It’s a worthy cause and we are thankful to play a small part in the future of this valuable organization.  We know this week’s New York episode should not be missed.”   On Sunday, the Lutz family of East Setauket, New York, thought they had simply been invited to attend an afternoon baseball game between the Yankees and the New York Mets.  In its place, they were surprised to find out they would be the latest recipients of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” via the Jumbotron screen at Yankee Stadium. Instead of design team leader Ty Pennington’s traditional morning wake up call to a deserving family, he stormed the field and announced the good news right before the game. Adding to the excitement of both the spectators and family alike, was the appearance of several New York Yankees baseball players who were there to give encouragement and support. Also, hundreds of volunteer workers, clad in the now- iconic “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” blue shirts, ran out from the dugout to join the Lutz family, Ty and fellow designers on the baseball field. In an episode that will air later this season, the theme of this build will be “New York! New York!” There will be a Broadway-like production with the entire blue shirt crew and design team singing and dancing while the home is being demolished. Also during the week of the build, there will be an extravagant parade on the family’s block complete with huge floats. The Lutzes are another representation of the kind of family “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” aims to help by building a new home in just seven days. Unable to have children of their own, loving couple Grace and John Lutz gave their hearts to 18 adopted kids in all, including seven with Down Syndrome.  After the couple passed away, their daughter, Kathleen, gave up her career and gladly came home to take care of six siblings with Down Syndrome, who currently range in age from 20 to 25 years old. Everyone agreed that putting the kids in a group home or institution was not an option. It was a good plan, until Kathleen suddenly and unexpectedly had a grand mal seizure.  Her brother, John Jr., was next at bat, sacrificing his successful career as a gymnastics coach to move home and care for his sister and siblings. Kathleen’s health is now stabilized and both brother and sister care for their family as a team. Nothing can dampen the spirits of this cheerful group. They love to sing and dance, cook and play games together. But the crumbling condition of their 40-year-old home has become a concern. The electrical is unsafe, water leaks everywhere and there is mold and rotting wood. Everybody in town loves this charming and special family. They are local celebrities and the community rallies to help them in every way. Unfortunately, their home is at a point where band-aids are not enough. The siblings need their home to be a safe permanent one, with everything to accommodate their special needs. The Lutz family will go on vacation to The Hamptons while “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” team leader Ty Pennington, designers Paul DiMeo, Paige Hemmis, Tracy Hutson, local builder Alure Home Improvements and community volunteers rebuild their home. The art collection Ty Pennington and his design team put together for this week’s episode is stunning.  Gallery Direct’s reputation for making custom art quickTM gave the designers just what they needed to stay on schedule.  Gallery Direct’s Joseph Garcia concluded, “Again, we are thrilled to be part of this epic program.  We’ll be on the edge of our seats until the show airs. Go Yankees!” About Gallery Direct Gallery Direct, a division of New Era Portfolio, a privately held company, is the global leader in providing fine art solutions. The company publishes, manufactures, and markets limited edition artwork and custom image-based products. Its expertise in managing artists, portfolios and forecasting style trends allows the company to deliver current, vital artwork to corporate and hospitality design arenas, a prestigious collection of retail clients, and directly to the consumer. Its technological command not only delivers fine custom artwork quickly, but also creates web-based solutions for blue chip retailers. Gallery Direct is proud to be creating fine American-made artwork for 10 years. For more information, please visit http://www.gallerydirect.com/. About “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” The Emmy award winning reality program “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” now in its eighth season, is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It’s executive-produced Brady Connell and George Verschoor. David Goldberg is Chairman, Endemol North America. The show airs Sundays from 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET on ABC.
There is a theory that power (the notion of what it is and what it represents) is trumped by seduction.  Chiefly, that power is weaker than seduction because of its irreversibility.  A movement or a leader takes a stand forcing their program upon the public.  Whether it’s good (such as civil rights) or bad (such as Nazism), adversaries form an antithetical unit of power, opposing the dominate power to enact change; thus, power isn’t all powerful. Paradigms are born and those paradigms are destroyed by new paradigms, and so on.  In an advocacy sense, seduction (the notion of what it is and what it represents) is reversible, but seeks to influence and not command. In this manner, seduction is similar to the concept of the past, where the past influences everything, but dictates nothing.  Seduction works by influencing the seduced to act on behalf of the message.  The messages vary such as live healthy, become a custodian for the environment, be charitable.  Messages are more meaningful when are acted upon through individual choice, rather than dictated by a governmental force (of power) or a de facto movement.  At gallerydirect.com, we sometimes debate as part of our team-building exercises. These are useful discussions meant to encourage respect for our differences of opinion, while recognizing the need to converge as a team in order to be productive and in the end sell a bunch of artwork in the healthiest, most creative and most respectful way.  At one such event a question was posed by our moderator.  Who is the greatest American activist? Some said Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., others, Malcolm X; there were some RFKs, some JFKs and one Ronald Reagan (weird I know).  As you can imagine a very lively discussion ensued. The only candidate presented that wasn’t assassinated or shot at was Bill Cosby.  I wish I had said that.  MLK, Malcolm X, the Kennedys and Reagan are symbols of power.  Cosby is an entertainer.  Yet the case was convincingly made that he’s done more for civil rights than any African-American, past or present. A non-activist activist.  Civil rights works best when acceptance is promoted. Who wouldn’t want to give rights to the “accepted?” Furthermore, what good are the rights to the newly bestowed, if they are not accepted universally?  How does one become accepted? By having a march or an assembly? By making a rousing speech?  I’m not criticizing these by any means, but movements and demagoguing are examples of power, and with power there is resistance and sometimes violence and death.  The best way to influence change and live another day to influence more change is by seducing the ignorant and the undecided.  The best way to seduce is to entertain. Looking at Cosby’s television career, starting in 1965, he plays super-spy and scholar, “Scotty” in the groundbreaking and massively popular television show “I Spy.” His character was presented as an equal to his (white) partner “Kelly,” played by Robert Culp.  In “Scotty’s” realistic portrayal, by Cosby, race isn’t discussed or presented as an issue.  What’s more, he’s doing things that are not everyday, but rather things that are inspiring, while in the service of his country and chillin’ in exotic locations.  Moreover, “Kelly’s” acceptance and admiration for his partner “Scotty” translates to the audience’s acceptance and admiration. In the 1970s, Cosby goes to work on my personal favorite of his shows, “Fat Albert & the Cosby Kids.”  What’s really accomplished here?  He’s bringing the message of acceptance by showing kids being kids (much like the "Our Gang" series of Hal Roach), but the kids happen to be African-American.  This show influenced a whole generation of suburban white kids, watching Saturday morning cartoons.  Again race isn’t the issue, just kids living in the city and learning important life lessons. But in 1984, the debut of “The Cosby Show” took it to the next level. “The Cosby Show” was unparalleled in its depiction of an intellectual, prosperous, African-American family.  The show didn’t have to take a stance on race, instead became a prima facie statement of normal family life, promoting acceptance through entertainment by portraying acceptance.  Its symbol of change is cloaked in its portrayal of normalcy. To this day “The Cosby Show” remains the top rated show of all time.  We bring this case today, not because of our desire to show how our think tank operates, which has been described by some in the industry as radical.  We’re not trying to be overly philosophical, either.  Gallery Direct is beyond delighted to be involved with “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”  A series that we feel is a direct descendant of the work produced by Mr. Bill Cosby. This is a show that influences many Americans to contribute to their community and consider the circumstances of others, but does it in a manner that is more applicable to today’s world through spectacle, collective-heroism and hyper-philanthropy.  “EMHE” is celebrating its eighth season, which is how long “The Cosby Show” reigned.  Much like the programs of Bill Cosby, it promotes unity and hope and entertains at the same time.  In the end, entertainment is as important as the message because if the show wasn’t entertaining, no one would watch, would they?
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE American fine art and specialty manufacturer of image-based products shown on the two-part episode, which airs SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 (7:00-8:00 & 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network, and signs agreement to be one of the show’s charitable contributors for every subsequent episode through Season 8 AUSTIN, Texas, September 22, 2010— Gallery Direct (http://www.gallerydirect.com/) announced its participation in ABC’s Emmy award winning, philanthropic reality program “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” today.  Gallery Direct CEO Joseph Garcia stated with enthusiasm, “The entire staff of Gallery Direct is simultaneously excited and humbled to be involved with ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.’ We consider it a great honor to donate the artwork for season eight.  We are truly thankful to play a small part in improving the circumstances of the many families and communities, which the show assists each year. We are eager to see the star-studded season opener later this month.” “Boys Hope/Girls Hope,” Parts 1 & 2 – Ty Pennington and his design team, including new designers Xzibit and Jillian Harris, traveled to Baltimore, Maryland, to surprise the students of Boys Hope/Girls Hope in a unique way and reveal to them that their lives were about to change. For the first time in the history of the show, the recipients were surprised on live television when the “EM: HE” team greeted the students with the good news. Another first in the show’s 170-plus episode history came unannounced, courtesy of Mother Nature, when an epic rainstorm threatened to knock the 11,000 square foot build off its strict seven-day schedule. Adding to the excitement, drama and fun of the build was the participation of the kids from the Emmy Award-winning comedy “Modern Family” (Ariel Winter, Nolan Gould, Rico Rodriquez), actress Raven-Symoné, basketball superstar Shaquille O’Neal and music sensation Katy Perry. Boys Hope/Girls Hope in Baltimore, Maryland, invites students from difficult, at-risk backgrounds to live in a home that provides a safe environment, academic tutoring, mentoring and opportunities to give back to the community. Since 1991, 100% of the participants who completed the program have attended college. For now, there is only a home for the boys, giving them a secure place to live and excel academically and athletically. But the girls’ program, which just accepted its first seven members, does not have a building. The Boys Hope male scholars reached out for help to the “EM: HE” team to provide a place for the girls in their community that would offer them the same educational and emotional support that they enjoy. Their hope is that this new home away from home will change the lives of these young girls, as well as for future generations of promising young women. The seven-day build was challenged by some of the worst weather the show has faced. After installing the insulation, electrical wiring and drywall, it was all destroyed by a massive storm, putting the home in serious jeopardy. The kids from “Modern Family” arrived as reinforcements and provided lots of laughs along the way. Also, celebrity volunteer Shaquille O’Neal added an awesome yet educational touch to the new Girls Hope building. The seven young ladies from Girls Hope went on a star-studded vacation to Hollywood, with a special send off from their hero, Raven-Symoné, who stayed on in Baltimore to help the design team. Once in Hollywood, the girls met Katy Perry, their favorite pop superstar; and got a real taste of glitz and glam watching Katy at work in the recording studio at Hollywood landmark Capitol Records. Katy, along with new “EM: HE” team member Xzibit, designed a special room at Girls Hope inspired by Katy’s music video, “California Girls.” Ty Pennington and his design team put together a vast and beautiful collection of limited edition images from Gallery Direct for use in the new facility. The renowned fine art specialty manufacturer created the selection exactly to the team’s specifications. Gallery Direct’s Joseph Garcia concluded, “We were more than happy to make this small contribution to the beneficiaries of the Boys Hope/Girls Hope. We look forward to contributing more of our images as the season progresses. Giving away our artwork makes us very happy.” About Gallery Direct Gallery Direct, a division of New Era Portfolio, a privately held company, is the global leader in providing fine art solutions. The company publishes, manufactures, and markets limited edition artwork and custom image-based products. Its expertise in managing artists, portfolios and forecasting style trends allows the company to deliver current, vital artwork to corporate and hospitality design arenas, a prestigious collection of retail clients, and directly to the consumer. Its technological command not only delivers fine custom artwork quickly, but also creates web-based solutions for blue chip retailers. Gallery Direct is proud to be creating fine American-made artwork for 10 years. For more information, please visit http://www.gallerydirect.com/. About “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” The Emmy award winning reality program “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” now entering its 8th season, is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It’s executive-produced Brady Connell and George Verschoor. David Goldberg is Chairman, Endemol North America. The show airs Sundays from 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET on ABC.
Whether anyone wants to admit it (or not), Americans have a religious devotion to celebrities.  Our culture is based on this new type of celebrity-theocracy.  Look at the massively popular “American Idol,” a manufacturing plant for making idols, theocratic in its audience participation constituent.  A trip to the supermarket displays the various tracts covering the tenets of our celebrity movement.  How many websites cover celebrity news? How many television programs are dedicated to the celebrity?   There is one crucial problem.  In the Judeo-Christian sense, celebrities don’t behave very God-like.  They’re more likely to get thrown into rehab or start controversies, or like Narcissus, they get stuck at the mirror of fame, unable to see what is going on around them.  The doctrine of traditional faith is chiefly about self-improvement through selflessness in order to promote stronger communities.  Selflessness is not a very celebrity-type thing to do, and serving with humility is not normally part of the celebrity skill-set.    Extreme Makeover: Home Edition represents a strong shift in the paradigm of our celebrity-dominated culture.  The thing that makes this show phenomenal is its depictions of celebrities acting not like celebrities.  Rather, the show presents celebrities being humble, serving others, assisting communities, and in the process brings these communities together, much like the way a religious conviction might serve the public. EMHE is the celebrity-driven, hyper-philanthropic show working good in the lives of deserving families and communities.  It combines the new celebrity-theocracy with the traditional functions of faith, such as promoting welfare and unification of the community, and presents the message as spectacle.  Who doesn’t want to be part of that movement?  This is why the entire staff of Gallery Direct is thrilled be involved with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.  We consider it a great privledge to donate the artwork for season eight.  We are humbled when we think about what the show does, who the show helps and what the show represents. So while Mrs. Hillary Rodham-Clinton’s “it takes a village to raise a child” philosophy has often been debated and criticized over the years, one thing seems apparent in the eight season run of EMHE: It takes a celebrity to raise a village.
On the 26th of September, 2010, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’s 8th season premieres on ABC at 8/7c. Earlier this year, the producers of the show contacted Gallery Direct, unexpectedly, and asked us to donate artwork for the entire season.  We were thrilled to sign the agreement shortly thereafter.  If you read our blog, you know Gallery Direct is fascinated with reality television, celebrity culture and spectacle.  Moreover, we are constantly examining how these affect modern mankind and influence communication because entertainment is the metaphor for all discourse. Before we continue, we’d like to say a few words about our involvement with EMHE.  The entire staff of Gallery Direct is simultaneously excited and humbled to be involved with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.  We consider it a great honor to donate the artwork for season eight.  We are truly thankful to play a small part in improving the circumstances of the many families and communities, which the show assists each year. One aspect of the show we value is the truth in advertising its own over-the-top-ness.  Perfectly named Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, the show creates hyper-remodels for families in great need, and every aspect of the show is measured in extremes.  Week after week, the undertaking and end result are astonishing.  An extremely short build-time of one week translates to an extremely large effort in order to recreate or completely replace the family’s home. This requires hyper-involvement from the community where the beneficiaries reside, the contribution of skilled and unskilled volunteers, the large-scale coordination of industry players such as the various builders, and the participation of manufacturers such as Gallery Direct. We are a specialty producer of fine art limited editions and image-based products.      Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is the standout show of standout shows, remarkable and unique in its ability to merge our over-the-top BLING! culture with hyper-philanthropy for the purposes of entertainment, where the community-en-masse participates in a heroic feat.  Each week’s staged grassroots spectacle creates very real results, measured in blood, sweat, and tears.  This is why watching the show is often a visceral experience.  The good the show does is extremely tangible.  EMHE is an entertainment program that is the delivery vehicle for benevolent goodwill.  So, if “the road to hell is paved with good intentions,” then the road to heaven surely must be paved with feats such these. Read Part II