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Art of Caring

Art Auction Benefits Two Community Programs

Story by Emily Gaye Swan  | Photos by Baxter Buck

Crosstown Concourse was the setting for the 20th annual Art of Caring, the signature fund-
raising event of Baptist Memorial Health Care Foundation. The open, airy venue was the perfect place to display auction items donated by area artists, restaurants, sports teams, and more. Guests browsed and bid on items that included framed artwork and photography, jewelry, pottery, floral arrangements, gift certificates, and gift baskets. One hundred percent of the proceeds benefited patient assistance at the Baptist Reynolds Hospice House and free bereavement services at the Baptist Centers for Good Grief.

Artist Richard Fudge created the artwork for Cards for a Cause, a set of five unique cards with envelopes. “I’ve volunteered at Camp Good Grief, and am always moved by the balloon release – at the end of camp, each camper releases a yellow balloon in honor of their lost loved one,” said Fudge. “That visual of the yellow balloon inspired my work.” One card in the set featured a yellow balloon, as did the whimsical, delightful watercolor he donated to the auction, titled “Everyone’s Grief is Different.”

Artist Scott Fountain donated a stunning acrylic painting of Haukadalur Valley, Iceland. “Grief transcends all socio-economic conditions,” Fountain said. “No one escapes grief. Baptist provides services and assistance that are free – I don’t know of another place that does that. It’s remarkable.”

This year Art of Caring honored the memory of Danny Bubnick, a constant, strong supporter of the event. Bubnick was the owner of Midtown Framer & Art, and many of the frames that elegantly set off the art were donated by the business.

The evening began with a reception for the artists, who then mingled with guests on the second floor of Crosstown. Hog Wild and A Moveable Feast Catering offered delicious circulated appetizers including spinach and parmesan squares, smoked chicken salad on crostini, and macerated berries on mini-pound cakes with fresh whipped cream. The food station featured an array of scrumptious heavy hors d’oeuvres like smoked brisket tacos, roasted veggie pasta salad, fried chicken biscuits, and a charcuterie board.

The event’s Presenting Sponsor was Johnson Controls and Philanthropist Sponsors were Lipscomb & Pitts, LHC Group, Looney Ricks Kiss, and Midtown Framer & Art. Sustaining Sponsors were Hog Wild & A Moveable Feast Catering, directFX, Missy and Jim Rainer, nexAir, RevClaims, United Capital, White Door Events, Williams Family Photography, and Watkins Uiberall, PLLC. 

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