Sunday, November 8, 2009
The American Cancer Society's annual "Cattle Barons Ball" is a critical effort that not only raises funds for all of the local endeavors to assist cancer victims and their loved ones, but also raises awareness and support in the hopes that one day this disease will never take another life! This event scheduled for January 30, 2010, at the Citrus Springs Community Center, allows area artists to contribute their special talents by designing an unique piece of artwork on a denim jacket. All jackets will be displayed during the ball and guests will be allowed to purchase tickets toward the jacket of their choice. Later on in the evening tickets will be drawn and the announcement of the lucky winners will be made! All proceeds will go directly into Citrus County's American Cancer Society funds to reach out to local cancer survivors. "Don't wear your heart on your sleeve" was created by local award winning artist Michael Arnold. The inspiration for this original artwork came from an earlier sketch made by the artist. He combined the sketch with an idea to make to artwork completely from hearts and the end result was this beautiful and unique piece of art! The drawing was sketched out on the back on a denim jacket and then painted in using acrylic paints. The artwork took repeated coats of paints since the denim jacket absorbed paint easily. All parts of the painting, including the girl and the background is made entirely by using different sizes of heart shapes. After the painting was completed the artist added several coats of varnish over the top of the artwork to preserve it. This unique artwork is signed by the artist and is truly breathtaking to view!