During the course of the 24th Annual Arts for ACT Fine Art Auction, five special artists rendered a painting live and in person. Their names were David Acevedo (of daas Gallery), Stephen Gray-Blancett (Coloring the World Gallery), Jeffrey Scott Lewis, Scott Guelcher and Troy Thomas (Gallery Director at daas).
The artists had decided on a theme and had made three studies in advance of the auction, but the audience had no idea what they were painting or how the composition would turn out.
As the evening unfolded, David, Stephen, Jeffrey, Scott and Troy would go over to the canvas and paint or simply turn the canvas and walk away, leaving the baffled audience to speculate on their motif. About an hour into the painting, it finally became clear to the excited crowd that the painting was commemorating the 9-11 terrorist attack.
Around 9:00 p.m., the five artists decided the painting was finished and they took it up on stage to auction it off. Jeffrey Scott Lewis suggested that perhaps the buyer would donate it to one of our local fire departments in honor of all the first responders who sacrificed their own lives trying to rescue the victims.
And this is where the owners of Jason’s Deli enter this story.
Diana and Scott Willis, always ready to help ACT through sponsorships and donations, were the winning bidders for this emotionally charged painting. On the Monday following the auction, Diana emailed Claudia Goode at ACT to tell her that she and her husband were indeed donating the painting to one of the local fire departments. Her only wish was that she had gotten one of the studies because she and her husband both loved the painting and would have liked a smaller one for their home.
Goode immediately contacted the five artists to see if they could get together to create a piece for the Willis’ home. Of course, they all agreed and will be meeting at Lewis’ studio on Monday, August 15, to produce this piece to give to Diana and Scott. The Willis’ will in turn give the 60 X 48 Remember 9-11 from the auction to one of our local fire stations.
“The story is ongoing,” says Claudia, “but I want everyone to now how caring and giving the people are in our community. They deserve a big thank you.”
If you’d like to convey your appreciation, Claudia has provided the following for your use: David Acevedo [email protected] – Stephen Blancett [email protected] – Jeffrey Scott Lewis [email protected] – Troy Thomas [email protected] – Scott Guelcher [email protected] – Diana Willis – [email protected]