CVRMC Foundation Presents, A Mardi Gras Masquerade

The Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center Foundation will be hosting their bi-annual Art and Wine Auction on Oct. 25, 6 p.m. at the Gila County Fairgrounds. This year’s theme is A Mardi Gras Masquerade – Because behind every mask is a reason for early detection. This year’s proceeds will help Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center purchase a new Tomosynthesis (3D) Mammography Machine, which is the gold standard in early detection of breast cancer.

The Gila County Fairground’s exhibit halls will be transformed into the streets of New Orleans with live jazz music and parade provided by our local Centennial Sax Quintet and Community Players.

This event has always been enriched by the talents of many local artists and we thank them for their continued support of CVRMC’s mission through the CV Foundation. Also, with much gratitude to all of our sponsors who generously donate to this event.  A raffle is in progress for a “Mike Lewis” handcrafted guitar. Tickets may be purchased by any Foundation member (listed below) or at the event.

Mike Lewis’ Guitars

Mike Lewis was raised just 40 miles south of Globe in Kearny, Ariz.  Mike joined the army at the age of 23 where he served as an Infantryman in the 101st Airborne where he served in Afghanistan.  After returning home he attended the Roberto Venn School of Luthery in Phoenix to learn the art of building acoustic and electric guitars. “I graduated at the top of my class and started an internship with Al Inteso working as his right hand man building and repairing stringed instruments.” The guitar pictured is considered one of Mike’s finest build and will be raffled at the event.

The Art of Frank Balaam

“My father was an artist and as I was growing up in Northern England our small house was filled with murals. As I got older I realized that not every house was filled with murals.” Frank Balaam reflects on his beginnings and influences as an artist. He began to attend art school at the age of 15 which included the United Kingdom Blackpool and Edinburgh Colleges of Fine Art and remembers one instructor’s words of wisdom. He said, “We are here to help you use mediums which to express what you see.” 

In 2005, a fire destroyed more than 800 original paintings and drawings in Balaam’s gallery. In that moment, his life, as well as his wife’s, changed as did his artistic interpretations. Frank’s artistic renderings today are of trees and the forests they live in. After the destruction of his art gallery he and Nora began traveling, painting forest scenes across the country. His very unique style, “painting in reverse,” brings trees to life, full of color, illuminating their individual character and personality. “I want to capture not just a pictorial image of a forest, but its total energy.” Frank Balaam concludes, “Art school taught me skill, life teaches you the ability, not to copy, but to reproduce the feeling. For me, seeing a painting communicate with someone is my greatest fulfillment.”

Frank Balaam’s paintings have been purchased and shipped to buyers all over the world.

Roy Trobaugh’s

Copper Splashes

The unassuming nature of Roy Trobaugh is quite the opposite personality when it comes to his work with molten copper. He has gone beyond the traditional copper splashes to creating beautiful copper bowls, trees, frames, butterflies, and even kokopellis. His work is sold in many retail businesses and at many art shows throughout the southwest.

More of our local artists and sponsors will be featured in the next few weeks. Volunteer members of the CV Foundation include: Matt Storms, Ellen Kretsch, Fernando Shipley, Franceen Gregovich-Benton, Ian Lamont, Marilynn Rasmussen, Diana Wheeler, Martha Wheeler, Veronica Gossett, and student volunteers – Gabriel Jacott and Ernesto Angeles.

Tickets may be purchased from any Foundation member, on-line at – click on “Mardi Gras,” or call Matt Storms, American Family Insurance, 425-8543.

Other Featured Artists:

Wanda Mitchell-Tucker

Nora Aliprandini

Janice Cook

Patti Bringhurst

Molly Cornwell

Jim Coates

To purchase tickets go to WWW.CVRMC.ORG, Click on “Mardi Gras”


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