Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah: One of the masters of stunningly rendered landscapes of southern Utah vistas was the late artist Jim Jones. The man and his artistic legacy will be celebrated as part of the 21st Annual Art Auction presented by the Friends of the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery. This lively fundraising gala will be held on February 28, 2013 at 5:30 p.m., at Rusty’s Ranch House. Tickets to this one-night-only event, which includes dinner, are $50 before February 21 and $55 after February 22. ($25 is a tax deductible donation). Seating is limited and the event sold out last year. Tickets can be purchased:
Anne Gardner, Chair of The Friends, is thrilled that this year’s Auction to be commemorating the 80th birthday of Jim Jones. "Jim's work continues to inspire our community, university and the artists of our region. His sweeping atmospheric landscapes depicted in his final suite of work, were created for the future Southern Utah Museum of Art here at SUU. We look forward to bringing Jim's dream closer to us all through your support at our upcoming auction."
This year’s auction will be hosted by guest emcee Brad Carroll, composer of Lend Me a Tenor The Musical, and features lively bidding led by guest auctioneer Peter Sham, the book writer and lyricist for Lend Me a Tenor The Musical and associate chair of SUU’s Department of Theatre Arts & Dance.
This year’s auction offers a wide spectrum of visually dynamic media including paintings, drawings, prints, photography, ceramics, jewelry and other unique works of art by some of the finest artists in the Southwest including works by popular favorites as Arlene Braithwaite, Royden Card, Richard Hardin, J. Brad Holt, Ron Spears andKate Starling as well as introducing some gifted new southern Utah artists. Because of the overwhelming response, the portfolio of art for live and silent bidding will be jury selected in order to showcase the highest quality art. To preview the items that will be up for the live and silent auctions, please visit www.suu.edu/pva/artgallery/
Beyond the Art Auction, the 80th birthday celebration of Jim Jones will continue as a portion of the proceeds from the event will go to sponsor Jim Jones: The San Blas Years, an exhibition of Jones’ work from his years in Mexico. The show is scheduled to open in September 2013 at the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery. Funds raised also go to benefit Friends sponsored educational and outreach activities for Iron County K-12 students and support SUMA, the future Southern Utah Museum of Art to be built on the SUU campus.
The Auction remains a remarkable collaboration among members of The Friends Board, the staff of the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery and all the graduate students in SUU’s MFA Program in Arts Administration as well as works donated from the finest artists in southern Utah.
Celebrate the artistic legacy of Jim Jones and help The Friends fundraise in his honor. Don’t miss the 21st Annual Braithwaite Art Auction. Get tickets now!