James Ratliff Gallery
“James Ratliff Gallery and Artist, Bruce Marion, Forge Public/Private
Partnership in the Changing Face of Philanthropy”
(Sedona, AZ) Dynamic duos, James Ratliff and Bruce Marion, memorialize this season of giving. They model what philanthropy is all about not only in donation of funds but also in mobilizing community participation in support of, in this instance, the Humane Society of Sedona.
The Back Story
First, there was the October exhibition of Bruce Marion’s “Second Nature: First Impressions”
There were more than opening night proceeds to HSS. Here’s where innovative public involvement took place: Betsy Klein, Development Coordinator for HSS, brought dogs for adoption to the gallery on October 6 while inside, all ages could, and did, actually paint with the artist! More than 50 people, ranging in age from 5-85 watched and/or participated. They took palette knives in hand to jointly create the painting, “Haven” which will be donated to HSS fundraising efforts. See these artists at work: (http://www.youtube.com/
HSS has been busily preparing for its December signature event, “The Twelve Strays of Christmas” conceived by Klein. (http://www.humanesocietyofsedona.com/
Meanwhile, Marion continued to work on “Haven” in his Chandler studio, enhancing and clarifying the work of his protégés.
The result? Visualize this!
“Haven”, Bruce Marion, 60 x 48, acrylic
In the shaded base of a canyon, a small stream wends its way to a distant horizon, where the earth is bathed in golden light. Artist Bruce Marion comments: "Haven"
To celebrate the completion of “Haven”, James Ratliff Gallery, the artist, Bruce Marion, his family, all painters who contributed to the work, HSS and the public are invited to a special reception at James Ratliff Gallery Friday, November 30 from 5 – 7 PM.
“Haven” will also be on exhibit at James Ratliff Gallery following Thanksgiving weekend.
The $6800 original will be available for sale by raffle ticket purchases (100 each, tax deductible) through HSS. Betsy Klein states: We have also added the option to buy tix when you register here:
The drawing will be held December 21.
“Make the Miracle Happen”
“Make the Miracle Happen” is the theme for The Twelve Strays of Christmas. Marion is one of the USA’s most exploratory, communicative and generous of contemporary artists. His educational “Breakthrough”
Call to Action
If you believe in miracles, join Bruce, his wife, Lee, Jim and Pat Ratliff, and Betsy Klein on November 30 at the James Ratliff Gallery!!
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