Susan G. Komen Sacramento Valley affiliate is holding their second annual Artists For the Cure on October 4, 2013. The new and inspirational fundraiser will feature artworks on 10x10 panels in a silent auction. Twenty-four acclaimed California artists have set their minds, hearts and talents to the task of creating these varied and delightful pieces of art expressly for the Komen auction.
The fundraise will also include live music by Flamenco Guitarist Philippe Geoffrion, appetizers, and cocktails along with the opportunity to bid on the donated art and perhaps meet and chat with many of the attending artists. Each art piece is unique and one-of-a-kind and completed with a great deal of thought in relation to the Komen purpose in fighting breast cancer and supporting more early detection and effective treatment, providing more hope as survival rates grow, and funding more research.
Here is what some of the participating artists had to say about their donated work and the inspiration that led them to create their panels. Alex Jimenez states, "I was inspired to create this piece for the art auction because I really wanted to give back to my local community. The Susan G. Komen foundation is a great organization and I am more than happy to do anything I can do to help them." The artist explains, "I thought about the struggles that someone with breast cancer might go through. I then asked myself if I were in that situation what would help me get me through a tough time. I always seek refuge in nature; it's where I feel closest to God. I used those feelings to create three images that merge together to create one larger piece. Each panel illustrates an emotion ... Strength, Peace, Hope."
Jimenez's three panels are created with acrylic paint, paint pens and permanent makers. His chosen colors and lines create a sense of joy, energy and peace that is a testament to his aim to create a healing contribution inspired by the curative powers of nature.
Artist Stephen Halpin explains that he "wanted the work to express optimism and faith in a cure. Perhaps the researcher that will find a cure is alive today; perhaps it is a young person who is starting to learn about cancer right now. I chose a young girl to represent both that person and as someone who might be at risk of breast cancer. I wanted to suggest some of the iconography of faith in traditional painting and include the cherry blossom as a reference to the pink that has come to represent the breast cancer movement, together with the suggestion of the fugitive nature of our existence. The microscope symbolizes science, learning, medicine, and the search for a cure."
Halpin's Faith in Discovery is sure to draw many admirers at the auction as well as speak volumes about the Komen fight against breast cancer. Artist Jared Konopitski takes another route with his typically quirky images full of imagination, color, and fresh ideas. He states, "with cancer, there is so much sadness, pain and tragedy involved so I wanted to make a piece that was lighthearted, colorful, positive and just plain happy. These are the soul elements I believe needed to fight the horrible ailment of cancer. The cure exists in the hope of the mind and the positivity of human spirit." Konopitski's image is called Peanut Butter and Jellyfish Sandwiches.
Dedicated supporter of Komen and former art director of Vox Sacramento, Jill Allyn Stafford gets personal and straight to the heart of the matter in her artist's statement. "I lost a friend to breast cancer when she was 37, and one of the things I took from the last year of her life, was the importance of surrounding oneself with beauty, and to enjoy the life that you have left. The final moments of her life were marked with calmness and peace."
Stafford's collage work has grown steadily in recognition and inspires great interest by both students of art and serious collectors. She further explains her Komen artworks stating that "I created this year's piece, and last year's donation, with the ideas of peace and calmness in mind. I find old Japanese art very tranquil, and decided to blend work from master artists Hiroshige and Hokusai, and a 1970's era vintage print from Soichi Hasegawa."
Another Komen supporting artist, Sherrell A. Cisco states, "My inspiration for the panel was the female spirit - strong, bold, but gentle. I wanted to be a part of this because I am a woman and breast cancer effects us all. That is why I called [this piece] I AM because we are all everything ... and it is all our fight. Breast cancer threatens one of the very things that make us women, our breasts, but we are not our breasts, the woman in us comes from within. I AM woman from my essence, and nothing can change that, regardless my soul makes me whole."
Joan Carroll Kudin has created the photographic piece Lady of the Lamp which means that "there is hope and light in dark situations, and this piece seemed appropriate for the cause." Kuden says that she was invited to submit by Jill Allyn Stafford, whom she met while showing art together at Body Tribe Fitness. Stafford, it appears, has been a number one factor in gathering contributing artists for the Komen "Artists For the Cure" fundraiser.
Photo-digital artist Susan Raines states that she was so inspired by the contributing artists in both their work and their reasons for contributing that she wanted to be part of the fight for the cure through something that is most dear to her heart, her art. She also has personal connections to the fight against breast cancer with a family member survivor who endured countless hours of fear, pain, and struggle in her battle. Raines' Daffodil Hill was created because of its beautiful origins from flowers that bloom and fade and come again each year as they wait through the months of cold and darkness only to resurface filled with colorful life. She favors this landscape image for its "breath of fresh air" impact. Her second donated image, Who You Are, speaks to finding the freedom to soar in your uniqueness and allowing that true sense of self to spark healing at every level. Both pieces are mixed media photography and acrylic paints.
You can read more about Susan G. Komen for the Cure here and find the Sacramento Valley affiliate on facebook here. Event tickets are $25 each or $35 VIP and are currently on sale at the Komen site here. The event takes place at Elliot Fouts Gallery from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at 1831 P St., Sacramento. Elliot Fouts Gallery will also be graciously donating 10% of all gallery purchases during the evening.
Only a few among approximately two dozen artworks have been featured here. Many more panels will be available for viewing and bidding at the auction with many of the artists in the house to answer questions. Participants include Laurelin Gilmore, Jared Konopitski, Sherrell Cisco, Dawn Blanchfield, Lauren Margaux, Stephen Halpin, Kathy Blackburn, Jill Allyn Stafford, Alex M. Jimenez, William Ishmael, Gayle Rappaport-Weiland, Maren Conrad, Nicole Roberts, Tim Collom, Lala Ortiz, Eileen Downes, Melissa Uroff, Gini Crepps, Joan Carroll Kudin, Susan Raines, Sheri Kindsvater, Daniel Mendoza, and Jennifer Hines.