ELKHART A popular fundraiser in Elkhart brought in big money for the non-profit CAPS organization this weekend.
The Elkhart Truth reports that three life-size elk statues were auctioned off at an event that brought in more than $400,000.
Whitney Richmond's design brought in the biggest bid of $40,000. The piece was inspired by her grandfather's collection of antique German beer steins, Richmond did not simply paint the elk, but actually sculpted a scene along its entire body that can be seen as well as touched. Richmond is a dentist in her hometown of Goshen. She received her Bachelor Degree in Biology from Purdue University and earned her Dental Degree from IU School of Dentistry in Indianapolis. Whitney is both a skilled painter as well as sculptor, which creates a great combination in her art.
SEASONS THROUGH THE EYES OF A CHILD
The elk painted by Northridge Middle School students and teacher, Carime Patel brought in $20,000. The design depicts childlike, colorful, and whimsical landscapes beginning at the head of the Elk, with the branches of a large tree curving down the back and the sides, transforming into each season of the year. The design represents the joy, happiness, and wonder of childhood throughout the changing seasons. Mrs. Patel, an Art Teacher at Northridge was thrilled to give her students an opportunity to help with the project. She graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington with a degree in Visual Arts Education K-12 with a special focus on studio art and art history.
I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPE VINE
Diane Overmyer's elk, is painted in abstract with vines and grapes. It received a winning bid of $7,000. Overmyer's formal art education came from Indiana University South Bend. In June of 2006 she opened Sycamore Fine Arts in the Old Bag Factory in Goshen, Indiana. She developed a respected high quality art gallery that represented over 70 artists and fine craftsmen. In November of 2010 Overmyer closed Sycamore Fine Arts so she could pursue her own art on a full time basis. Her painting technique moves between representational and abstract.
The rest of the $400,000 raised at the event came from raffles, silent auctions and sponsorships.