CVRMC FOUNDATION PRESENTS, A Mardi Gras Masquerade part 4

The Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center Foundation will be hosting their biannual Art and Wine Auction on Friday, 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. Each of us has been affected by the direct or ripple effect of breast cancer. 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. If you would like to make a donation to this great cause, checks may be mailed to:  CV Foundation/3D Mammo, Attn.: Evelyn Vargas, 5880 S. Hospital Drive, Globe, AZ 85501.

The Gila County Fairground’s exhibit halls will be transformed into the streets of New Orleans through the talents of the Globe and Miami High School art students. Live jazz music provided by our local Centennial Sax Quintet and Community Players will usher guests into the festivity. “Bruzzi Vineyard” will be hosting the wine tasting and sales.  Raffle tickets for a “Mike Lewis” handcrafted guitar are currently on sale. More featured artists include:

Douglas Miles is a San Carlos Apache-Akimel O’odham painter, printmaker, poet, actor, and photographer who is known for bringing to life Apache warriors, dancers and musicians both in traditional and contemporary interpretations. His work can be found in museums and private collections worldwide and is one of a few nationally recognized Apache artists. “Misty” is the title of the painting Douglas Miles has donated for the live auction and is valued at $2,000.

Nja Onê is an internationally known artist, muralist, sculptor, designer, performer, playwright, art therapist, and art educator.

Born in the Bronx New York, Nja moved from Las Vegas Nevada three years ago and now calls Globe her home.   Ms. Onê has the honor of being recognized by the National Endowments for the Arts, proclaimed the First Woman Muralist for the City of Las Vegas, and is currently an Adjunct Professor for Gila Community College. Her hand painted class bowl, titled “One Dot at a Time”, will be part of the live auction.

Nja continues to apply her personal philosophy to everything she touches.… “That Art is a Healing Medium”.

“Our Favorite Fishing Hole”, Heglar Creek in Young, Ariz. Wanda Mitchell Tucker is a native to Arizona. Raised in the Hayden-Winkelman area, she expresses her appreciation of all God’s creations and his children’s gifts through her talent. Her love of teaching painting has spanned 43 years. Wanda has taught painting classes for college systems and worked as the Coordinator of Art for Northern Nevada Community College.  While there, she was named Nye Co-Artist in Residence while holding workshops in five surrounding states.

As a kid Patty loved watching Walt Disney movies and drew those iconic characters over and over and dreamed of one day working for Disney. She made the trip to California to make that dream come true back in the early 80s but the Disney animation studio was on strike and she missed that opportunity. Patty moved to Tucson in 1990 and landed a job with Lisa Frank as a concept artist. Colorful, back to school characters were the hottest trend back then, and it was a wonderful experience working with an emerging company and having so many of her ideas come to life. After working in the corporate world of art, she wanted to slow down and do her own art. I love different uses in art, it can be reused surfaces like the corrugated tin or re purposing furniture, or on a wall, I love anything but canvas! Patty was inspired by Lee Ann Powers to create this beautiful, “Mardi Gras” themed rocking chair and it will be for sale during the live auction.

A “Cigar Box Guitar” will also be for sale at the Art and Wine auction. Created by Mike Lewis, Artist of Luthery, his grandmother, Marilynn Rasmussen displays this unique guitar.

Correction and apology:  The Foundation apologizes to Mrs. Toni Center. Toni is the artist who painted “Chasing Field Mice,” featured in the paper two weeks ago. Toni’s painting will be in the live auction.

Tickets for the event may be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce, CVRMC Gift Shop, any Foundation member, on-line at – click on “Mardi Gras,” or with Matt Storms at American Family Insurance, 928-425-8543.


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