Image 31.5" x 25" - Edition 260 prints signed and numbered, 24 remarqued artist proofs.
"Centennial Celebration" is a commission in 2007 from Nevada's First Lady Dawn Gibbons. The painting honor's the Nevada's Governor's Mansion's 100th birthday.
Proceeds were dedicated to benefit “The Autism Coalition of Nevada". Autism was one criteria for the model's invited to participate in this fundraiser to battle autism.
The celebrities invited to participate all had a personal connection to autism. Either through a family member or a personal relationship to this terrible disease.
Each celebrity posed individually for their spot in the painting and then signed the edition of limited edition prints.
The celebrities are: Tom Brokaw - news anchor, journalist, Efram Zimbalist Jr. - actor, Stephanie Zimbalist - actress, Paul Williams - singer, songwriter, actor, J.D. Nicholas - Commodores, Wayne Newton - singer, Bob and Suzane Wright - founders Autism Speaks, Linda Hart - actress Broadway, televison and singer, Larry Hart - singer songwriter, Robert Comstock - fashion designer, Nevada Governor's - Robert List, Jim Gibbons, Kenny Quinn, Bob Miller. Nevada Senator's Paul Laxalt, Richard Bryan, John Ensign.
NBC television signed on to the project to document the painting. NBC news crew from the local stations came along and produced news stories of the celebrities posing for the painting, and were interviewed about autism. The shows were broadcast locally and in Reno and Las Vegas Nevada. Once completed an edited story of the project and interviews was produced. It can be seen on Youtube.
Click on the following links to view the story.
AUTISM COALITION OF NEVADA / AUTISM SPEAKS - YOUTUBE VIDEO
LAS VEGAS NEWS 3 NBC/ AUTISM FUNDRAISER- YOUTUBE VIDEO