Artists from around the United States have come together to promote the importance of water.
They are selling water-related art as part of the “Today’s Water, Tomorrow’s Future” fine art online auction, which runs through 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 28. Artists will receive 70% of the proceeds, the Project WET Foundation gets 25% and the online auction site will collect 5%.
April is Water Awareness Month. “Today’s Water, Tomorrow’s Future” is in partnership with the Project WET Foundation, which is dedicated to advancing water education to understand global challenges and inspire local solutions.
Funds raised will support the foundation’s work in developing curriculum, organizing events, designing digital resources and building and maintaining its worldwide network of water educators.
The programs help the public understand water-related issues such as climate change, sanitation, conservation and water quality.
“Water plays a role in everything we do: drinking, eating, cleaning, and even most products we use,” said Kyla Tengdin, Project WET Foundation’s sales and marketing manager.
“We couldn’t survive a single day without using water. Throughout history, artists have honored the beauty and importance of water by creating work inspired by this essential resource.
“We’re hosting our first online art auction to celebrate water in all its forms and inspire others to appreciate it. All the pieces featured in our auction are related to water in some way, whether through colors, subject matter or textures. Our goal is to engage art communities in an event that will inspire everyone to learn more about water and find solutions to the many water challenges we face.”
The art includes oil paintings, glass, gourds, 3D sculpture, jewelry and photography.
Marjorie Risk, who has been in the water industry since 1987, is a metal and mixed-media artist as well. She helped organize the event.
“We thought, ‘How unique to have an auction tied to water resources and to promote stewardship of the resources we have here in Arizona,’” Risk said. “As the drought goes on, there’s been a shortage on the Colorado River for years. We wanted to make a linkage between water education and water-related art.
“We also wanted to help artists through the pandemic and Project WET and further their efforts for virtual learnings.”
The participants include gourd artist Jan Downey of Anthem, Beverly Bradshaw and Judith Rothenstein-Putzer of Cave Creek/Carefree and Henry Bosak of Gilbert. Bosak has been painting since he was a child. The graphic designer became serious about fine art seven years ago.
“I’m trying to make this my full-time gig,” he said. “I’ve been progressively getting more and more of a realistic approach to my paintings. They’re almost photorealistic. Norman Rockwell, that’s my style. I’m trying to get my work out there so people can see it and appreciate it and enjoy it.”