Art show to raise funds for children's charities
By Jessica Tuggle
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY --
Scritch, scratch, scritch, scratch. Those are the sounds of children drawing designs on canvas.
Swoosh, swoosh, splish. Those are the sounds of children painting their drawings in different rich and vibrant colors.
Daniel C., a student in the Vero Beach Boys and Girls Club program, looked intently at his canvas drawing and the paint colors available before making his selection, choosing multiple shades of green for a striking contrast of grass against a dark mountain landscape.
"I'm more of a draw-er, I'm not really a painter," said Daniel, 12.
For their protection, Boys & Girls Club does not release the last names of the children who belong in their programs.
While it may not have been his favorite medium, Daniel's painting of a mountainous world with fertile valleys was praised by the painting workshop leaders and placed next to dozens of other paintings made by students for an upcoming fundraising art show.
Daniel's masterpiece and about 170 other canvas paintings crafted by local students ages 3 to 22 will be for sale on Jan. 15 during the Quail Valley Charities "Heart to Art" show at the Palm House Gallery and Studio in Vero Beach.
The show will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and include exhibitions of the children's work, oil painting demonstrations, lectures and book signings and readings.
During the show, 25 percent of all professional artwork sales, and 100 percent of the children's artwork sales, will benefit local children's charities, such as the Boys and Girls Clubs, Youth Guidance and Special Equestrians of the Treasure Coast.
Emily Tremml, artist and a partner in the Palm House Gallery and Studio, said this was the first time Quail Valley Charities would be doing an art show fundraiser with art by the children the money would benefit.
The students were given the theme, "Creating a Beautiful Future for Children" and their paintings represent their ideas for better and beautiful futures, from crime-fighting Green Lanterns saving the day, to dolphins swimming joyfully in the lagoon and unicorns with afros, Ms. Tremml said.
Other local artists who will participate in the art show, include Luke Steadman, Barbara Tiffany, Rick Kelly, Stacy Barter and Leslie McGuirk.
"This is one of the most creative and original charity event this community has seen," said Ms. McGuirk.
She was one of many volunteers who helped the students figure out how to prepare their paintings. She said it was a wonderful idea and she was proud to be a part of it.
Quail Valley Charities was created in 2001 for the specific purpose of helping fund nonprofit charities that focus on children and education. The charity's first event was the Charity Cup, a two-day golf tournament, which raised $120,000 for 12 selected charities.
Since 2001, the fundraising organization has raised $2.5 million for local children's charities and the two-day golf tournament idea has grown to a full week of charitable activities, including the Heart to Art show, said Wanda Lincoln, chairwoman of the Quail Valley Charities committee.
For more information about the Heart to Art show, call Ms. Tremml at the Palm House Gallery at (772) 231-6816 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Quail Valley Charities and upcoming events, visit www.quailvalleygolfclub.com.