For immediate release: Over 100 pieces of artwork will be auctioned on Saturday, March 8, 2014, benefitting Artists Changing Tomorrow (ACT). The ACT International Invitational 2014 is an international project of the nonprofit Arts for Rural Texas based in Fayetteville, Texas.
Artists from across the country and Canada sent in original works for the auction, including American artists from 15 states. Works will include traditional media such as oils, pastels, acrylic and watercolor paintings and photography. Andrea Pramuk, whose work is recognized for its exceptional quality, was invited to participate in this international exhibition and fundraiser.
ACT is the inspiration of internationally known Texas artist, Karen Vernon. Vernon herself, has been painting since childhood and earned her degree in art education. After teaching for several years, she began working at her career as a fine art painter. Now, after a 45 year career in the arts, Vernon continues her painting career along with owning two galleries. She contributes much of her success in life to her early childhood experiences in art education. “In the face of ever-shrinking funds allotted to the arts in schools and communities, I decided artists of today must act to support programs which nurture the environment needed for future generations; If we do not give, who will?”
Ms. Vernon is ecstatic about the artists’ responses to her request for original art for the auction. “In 2013, I invited 110 known professional artists from around the country and abroad to create and donate an 11” x 14” original art piece. These are well established, highly recognized, professional artists who exhibit and sell their work in galleries to collectors and the public. Of the 110 professional artists asked, 100 artists said yes. The response and support from artists has been incredible.”
We are thrilled that Andrea Pramuk’s work will be included in the exhibition. Ms. Pramuk is an Austin-based abstract artist that works mainly in mixed media on wood panels manufactured by Texas’ own Ampersand Art Supply, also one of ACT’s sponsors this year. All of the paintings in the exhibition are on Ampersand panels.
“Our goal for ACT is to raise funds for cultural programs and to globally inspire other communities to create their own ACT programs, as well.” Now, after four years of this program, we are seeing other organizations following our template and growing their arts programs in their own communities.
Art develops creative thinking, improves communication and learning skills, creates leadership traits, and in general, elevates the human experience.
ACT, founded in 2010, has raised over $100,000 in its previous exhibits. All of these funds have been used directly for furthering educational and cultural experiences in communities that would not have these opportunities. Patrons and artists who contribute to ACT understand the critical importance that art contributes to the development of a mind and of a society in general. Art develops creative thinking, improves communication skills, improves learning skills, creates leadership traits, and, in general, elevates the human experience. Communities and their residents show great improvement in lifestyle and economic growth when the arts are introduce into their regions.
The public is invited to attend and to bid on the pieces. All proceeds benefit Artists Changing Tomorrow (ACT), a program of the nonprofit Arts for Rural Texas, a 501(c)(3).
Save the Date: The ACT exhibit and silent auction will be from 6 to 9 PM on Saturday, March 8th at St. John’s Hall in Fayetteville, Texas. For more details: 979-378-2113 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Catalogs from the show are available for $25. Contact: email@example.com
Artists who would like to be considered for invitation for the ACT International Invitational 2016 should contact: firstname.lastname@example.org