This past week I learned of an organization called Etta Projects from Dean & Paul of Judy's Junk & Java. Etta Turner was an amazing 16 year old who worked in Bolivia and is the inspiration behind Etta Projects. "Etta Projects partners with Bolivian communities to identify, prioritize, and implement sustainable solutions to the health, education, and economic challenges of poverty."
In 2009 Etta Projects helped 65 Bolivian school children plant harvest and then sell vegetables to their community, which had previously subsisted on yucca and rice. With proceeds they repaid Etta Projects for their seeds and brought water to their own school. Gave 500 people their first clean water. The resulting 90% less diarrhea in their families says it all. Provided the entire village a direct water system to their school and each home.
Saturday May 15, 2010
6:oop.m. (doors open @ 5:30)
To support the wonderful work of Etta Projects we decided to donate an original oil painting by Walter Graham for the auction. If you have a moment please check out this nonprofit organization and the good they do for the people of Bolivia.
Painting to be auctioned on May 15, 2010Raised in Chicago, he began his art career in 1922 when he entered the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. He became an illustrator for Street and Smith Publishers which included works for "Western Story," "Western Life," and "Appaloosa News." In 1939, he helped form a commercial art studio in Chicago. He later sold his interest in the commercial art studio and moved west where commissions for paintings, murals, and sculpture were frequent.
Walter Graham was a prolific painter, a savvy businessman, and respected artist. Born in Toledo, Illinois in 1903. In 1999 Walter received the Governors Arts Award for his outstanding service to the cultural life of the State of Washington. At age 96 he was still painting in his Wenatchee studio. A resident artist of the Wenatchee Valley for 50 years, Walter Graham passed away May 5, 2000.
His murals adorn the walls at Pangborn Airport, Alcoa Wenatchee Works, Rocky Reach Dam and many other public buildings.
Photo of a portion of the mural at Rocky Reach Dam by Walter Graham. The mural is of the water rushing over the dam. Water creating energy; the horses are darker above and as they rush down pounding below to create the powerful energy in the surging waters they are white.
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