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11/26/2012 12:54:00 PM
Ratliff, Marion join artistic forces
Detail of “Haven,” Bruce Marion, 60 x 48, acrylic
Detail of “Haven,” Bruce Marion, 60 x 48, acrylic

Dynamic duo 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" at James Ratliff Gallery for which Bruce chose to donate 10 percent opening night sales to The Humane Society of Sedona ("HSS"). The selection of HSS as the recipient of proceeds originated with the artist's personal history of active involvement with animal welfare matched with Jim Ratliff's recommendation of HSS as a relevant partnership.

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.

HSS has been busily preparing for its December signature event, "The Twelve Strays of Christmas" conceived by Klein. Meanwhile, Marion continued to work on "Haven" in his Chandler studio, enhancing and clarifying the work of his protégés.

The result? Visualize this!

"Haven": 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" alludes to life's journeys, and the paths we must travel before reaching our safe havens. Painted in sublime tones of azure, umber and ocher, the 60-by-48-inch piece is richly textured, and features Marion's signature "inner glow." (description of "Haven" by Lee Wright, Lee Wright Studios)

What's next?

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, Nov. 30 from 5 to 7 p.m.

"Haven" will also be on exhibit at James Ratliff Gallery. The $6,800 original will be available for sale by raffle ticket purchases (100 each, tax deductible) through HSS. The drawing will be held Dec. 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" two-day personal studio workshops are matched only by his artist in residency programs in private and public schools. These have been covered on ArtBeat; EIGHT's PBS Horizon feature, The Arizona Republic, and student work has been exhibited at the Hotel Valley Ho as well as become part of each school's permanent art collection. In addition to exhibiting at the James Ratliff Gallery, one of the USA's seven galleries in which Marion is featured, the artist will be participating in Scottsdale's three-month juried Celebration of Fine Art, Booths 249 and 250, beginning Jan. 12, 2013

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