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An Artful Cause: Matisse March Madness to raise funds for those affected by HIV/AIDS

Eclectic pieces of artwork will be on display and for sale during the 10th Annual Matisse March Madness art auction celebration at 6 p.m. Saturday at Tyler Museum of Art, chairwoman Candice Christian announced. This is a time to not only find pieces to add to an art collection, but also give to a cause.

It’s a fundraiser for East Texas Cares Resource Center, which assists and provide services to people affected by or living with HIV/AIDS.

As noted by the name of the event, pieces are inspired by French painter Henri Matisse, known for his bright and colorful artwork that was influential during the first modern-art movement of the 20th century.

There will be over 100 pieces of art, with prices to fit every budget, organizers said.

Anwar Khalifa, president of East Texas Cares Resource Center, calls the charitable event a “peace of art.” He said “taking care of those in need, is part of being a healthy and holy community.”

“I am committed to the newly revised mission  and vision of the organization which now reflects services it provides to the community at large and not a segmented population,” Khalifa said.


This year’s event features both silent and live art auctions donated by local and regional artists, as well as student artists from Tyler Junior College. Among the local artists is Dr. Derrick White, who works in many mediums but is well-known for acrylic mixed on canvas. One of his acrylic on canvas will be presented in the live auction. White has been a major supporter of East Texas Cares for many years.

Dace Lucia Kidd, a welcomed new comer to the Tyler community describes her art as  “weaving non-traditional combinations of media with a unique reproduction.” She will donate a piece of art for the live auction.

Lisa Cain, a folk artist describes her art as “art of the spirit” and will also donate a piece for the live auction.

Artist Michael Bayham, is a new comer to the art world, but his art has already been described as “embodying and capturing the style of Picasso.” Bayham began painting in 2011 after he retired as a fine jewelry salesman. He has donated a number of pieces for the event.

New this year, local “Matisse Masters” will demonstrate their creativity by painting renditions of “The Lady in the Purple Coat,” a well-known Matisse piece. Among the artists are Mayor Martin Hines and daughter Isabelle; Jennifer Gaston, editor at Tyler Today; Marilyn Glass, chairman of the board at Abegg Willis and Associates; Dr. Aubrey Sharpe, dean of continuing studies at Tyler Junior College West Campus; and Dr. Kirk A. Calhoun, president of UT Health Northeast. Their works will also be auctioned to the public.

Don McPherson will donate jewelry along with Matisse Masters’ works as part of the auction.



What: Matisse March Madness to benefit East Texas Cares Resource Center

When: 6 p.m.,  Saturday, March 18

Where: Tyler Art Museum, 1300 S. Mahon Ave.

Info: 2017 Matisse March Madness Event Page



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