HEARTLAND BALL GALA FEB 12, 2012.....RUMSON COUNTY DAY SCHOOL ANNUAL FUNDRAISER.
This past year an old college friend reached out to me in quest of my artistic direction in developing a project for her sons school to raise money at their annual gala. The 2012 theme being The American Heartland. I quickly remembered an old painting that i created years ago that was inspired by Frank Sinatra's 1946 anthem ''The House I live in" , commonly known as "What is America To Me" . It was the perfect fit. I assembled a 3 panel triptych 15 feet/4 feet , and drew (coloring-book style) Sinatra'a portrait and the entire lyrics of the song. My part was complete as now over 400 plus children from the school painted in the collaboration. The end result s a fabulous free spirited triptych that sold for over $3000.00 at auctions end!
if you are not familiar with Sinatra's song,please copy the link and listen, every American should know this song, it is incredible and still bring gooosebumps to my skin upon hearing it ,especially in this tenuious and fragile society that we live in today. There is a great lesson of patriotism and simplicity of love and life for all of us to learn!