Pat Matthews’ Tribute to the Victims of the Boston Marathon Tragedy – Proceeds from the auction of the painting go to The One Fund, Boston
The Power of Art
Art is expression, color, and movement; at its very core, it is evocative. It speaks every language and has the power to awake dormant emotion. Sometimes art is created out of a longing for beauty, and sometimes it arises from darkness – a lone, bright glow penetrating the cloak of night. It takes us away from the present reality; it brings us to a new thought, a renewed perspective; it offers us a fresh lens.
Painting for Hope
On September 11, 2001, our great nation was shaken by the unthinkable act of terror. In communal disbelief and glued to our television sets, we watched every gruesome detail unfold. We watched, prayed and waited for the gaping questions to be answered. Pat Matthews had been working on a landscape when he heard the news and was immediately moved to paint an American flag right over it. As the story unfolded, Pat continued to paint the bold emblem that represents our resilient nation. He then gave 100% of the proceeds from the sale of 1,000 Limited Edition signed and numbered lithograph prints to a special fund for the New York City fire fighters. The original painting titled, “American Pride” with 343 lithograph prints was given to Engine 4, Ladder Company 54, Battalion 9 Fire Station, located at 782 Eighth Avenue, New York City – the fire station that experienced terrible loss of life of their morning crew.
Strength in Color
Here at Waxlander Gallery and Sculpture Garden, we are honored to represent Pat Matthews. His spirit shines through in everything he paints. We were not surprised when Pat told us he was creating a tribute piece to honor the victims and their families of the recent Boston Marathon tragedy. Aptly named, “The Endless Strength of America,” Pat’s vibrant painting speaks of unity and tells the story of America – a land of unending strength. The multi-colored vertical ribbons provide a captivating background to our nation’s symbol of hope and allegiance: the American flag. Pat describes it as “strength in color”. We are thrilled to announce that this inspiring work will be auctioned off on our gallery floor the evening of May 24th, which is also the opening night of Pat’s show called, “Dynamic Color: The Freedom of Expression”. Pat and Waxlander are donating 100% of the proceeds to The One Fund in Boston, created to directly benefit those affected by the tragedy in the Northeast.
We warmly invite you to bid in person, and you will be in for a treat, as you’ll have the opportunity to meet Pat and see his newest body of work. If you are unable to make the trip to Canyon Road, we are accepting bids via telephone – call Bonnie, Waxlander Gallery Director at (505) 984-2202.
We look forward to seeing you on the 24th!