We were saddened by the loss of one of our long-time artists, Debbie Edgers Sturges, last September. Debbie had been a part of our show for many years and was well known for her larger-than-life, bold paintings of the animals that she loved. She had enjoyed many trips where she took her camera and came back with thousands of photos of the animals in their natural habitat. Her passion for animals was rivaled only by her passion for painting. In 2013 she was diagnosed with cancer, which she battled fiercely until her passing in September of 2014. But in the true spirit of Debbie and the Celebration of Fine Art, hope lives on through her wonderful paintings. She had several canvases blocked in with the outline and the beginning of the background highlights. Her husband, Brian Sturges, selected one of those canvases to send to the Celebration of Fine Art where the fellow artists could work together to complete the piece.
The piece is being sold by “Quick Draw” from names of interested buyers. The price of this one-of-a-kind collaboration of love, measuring 48 x 36, is $3,500 and all proceeds will go to HopeKids, AZ. HopeKids Motto is: Restoring Hope. Transforming Lives. HopeKids provides ongoing events & activities and a powerful, unique support community for families who have a child with cancer or some other life-threatening medical condition. We surround these remarkable children and their families with the message that hope can be a powerful medicine.
The subject was a Bison which she photographed in one of her favorite places on earth – Yellowstone National Park, which was s short trip from her home in Idaho. She had an affinity for the Bison and it’s strength.
This special canvas and accompanying photograph traveled to Scottsdale for the 2015 Celebration of Fine Art. Throughout the season artists have taken turns working the piece to completion. To make things even sweeter we hosted a HopeKids outing for the kids and families of children with solid tumor cancers – such as Osteosarcoma and Ewings Sarcoma. The kids came out on March 14 and each of them had a chance to add their brushstrokes to the painting! It was a wonderful day filled with HOPE for all who took part.
The circle of hope is a gift we are happy to share! If you are interested in purchasing the “Debbie’s Bison” piece, head on over to the Celebration of Fine Art to put your “intent to purchase slip” in the drawing box by March 25! The Quick Draw will take place at 5 pm on Wednesday, March 25.