On Saturday night (August 8th), Holly and I were guests of the Hound Ears Club and the wonderful organizers of the 14th Annual Benefit to support the regional healthcare system. Libba Gaither, Alma Greene and their associates have successfully raised a tremendous amount of money for local healthcare each year. On this beautiful night, overlooking the golf course, a lively group of residents gathered for an auction that turned out to be better than expected.
Earlier this year I had visited the Hound Ears property to gather material for a composition that I believed would be appealing to these residents, one that characterized their tranquil mountain setting. I produced a composition with a view of the tremendous boulders shaping the Watauga River as it winds through the mountains next to the 2nd green, a well-known location of serene beauty that epitomizes the quiet, natural surroundings of this community
My painting, called River Bend, a 24 x 36 inch oil painting on mounted Belgian linen, was auctioned for the benefit of the Appalachian Regional Healthcare System. For 5 decades, Hound Ears Club has raised support for the regional healthcare system and this year’s event was part of a goal to contribute to the new post-acute care facility that will provide rehabilitation services, memory support care, extended care, palliative care and primary care in an on-site outpatient clinic.
The auction featured items such as PGA golf tournament packages, gourmet dinners, furniture, and art.
As the last item on the block, the bidding for the painting was competitive and engaging. The final bid of $9,000 was offered by winners Jim and Barbara Whitton of Blowing Rock.