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SIKESTON - Shirley Anderson, an artist
for almost 20 years, is continuing to use her talent to help
others. Anderson has made two recent donations to local
organizations that will aid in their fund-raising efforts.
Anderson has donated an embellished
reproduction of one of her oil paintings to the Sikeston Area
Humane Society and a custom portrait gift certificate to the
American Cancer Society.
Anderson’s growing popularity in the
art world has raised the demand and value of her work. She has
been featured in magazines, won numerous awards and her work has
been bought by celebrities such as Demi Moore.
For this reason, both organizations are
enthusiastic about the donations and the money it will bring.
“We think this fund raiser will
definitely be successful,” said Julie Aycock, income specialist
at the American Cancer Society in Sikeston. “Everybody wants her
The reproduction that will be auctioned
off at the Humane Society’s annual Doggie Ball on June 10 is
taken from her original oil painting “After The Hunt,” which
shows two dogs resting by a creek. The print and frame, valued at
more than $250, will be the largest item auctioned off at the
Doggie Ball this year.
“We were blessed that she graced us
with her generosity,” said Charlotte Vanover, Humane Society
board member and chairman of the silent auction. “When she
called and offered the painting, it brought tears to my eyes.
Words can’t express our thanks.”
Although the auction is held for those
donating to the Society and attending the Doggie Ball, due to the
nature of the gift and the possible auction price the Humane
Society will also take bids from those who can’t attend the
event. Anyone not attending the event but interested in bidding on
the painting can contact Charlotte Vanover at 380-2948.
Proceeds from the auction will go toward
the general upkeep of the shelter. Sabona, M’s, Purse ‘N’
Ality, Blades and a number of other local businesses have also
given products to be auctioned off at the event.
Anderson’s donation to the American
Cancer Society will help in their Relay for Life which is set for
July 14 and 15.
For every $5 a person donates to the
Cancer Society between now and June 16, that person will be
entered into a special drawing to win a $500 Father’s Day Gift
Certificate for a custom oil painting by Anderson.
The $500 certificate will cover the price
of a custom head and shoulders painting. A professional photo
shoot will also be provided.
Any person can make their donation and
enter the drawing at Joy’s Bridal, Susie’s or Vanessa’s
“I love donating to local
organizations,” said Anderson. “And the people of Southeast
Missouri and Sikeston have been magnificently supportive of my
work. This is just my way to say thank you.”
Further information on the fundraisers
and Anderson’s work, including a picture of the painting that
will be auctioned and samples of her custom portrait work, can be
found at her Web site, www.andersonpaintings.com, or by contacting
either of the organizations.
Courtesy of The Standard Democrat