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Pavilion Spotlight: Art 4 A Cause

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This is a personal art collection, something many of us never get to see.

For years, Brian Stuart appreciated that Native American culture by adding works of art to his collection.

"Most of the pieces he bought over the years were from people who needed a hand up," said his long-time partner Linda Smith. "They would bring him a painting and he would buy the painting to help them out."

In May, Stuart passed away, leaving Smith and his treasured collection behind. Shortly thereafter, Smith came up with an idea.

"I thought by having this auction it would be a good way to pass that on and keep that going. We want to set up a scholarship fund in his name."

Added David Merhib, the Director of the Visual Arts Museum,"This is the very first time we've had the opportunity to receive a collection, not only receive it but to then auction it off to the public and have 100% of the proceeds go into a fund that is going to fund a child for a year at our Graham Academy preschool."

Sunday, October 6th the Washington Pavilion will auction off pieces of Stuart's collection. There are nearly 50 beautiful works of art by the likes of Stuart Brings Plenty and Russell Cournoyer. For every dollar raised at the auction, Stuart's sons will match it. It's all in the name of their Dad and his love of the Pavilion.

"We would come to a lot of shows and over the years he made a lot of donations to the Pavilion, because he was just really excited about what the Pavilion is all about and what they do," said Smith.

"This really is a legacy gift. It's going to keep on giving for years to come," said Merhib.

If you're interested in this auction benefiting the Washington Pavilion, click on this link:

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