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ACT 2014 Invitational

Magic Act by Robert Burridge,
Silver Signature, acrylic

Learning through the arts not only results in the creation of beautiful works, but contributes to greater academic achievement, higher test scores, and the creative thought that leads nations. As well, art education helps develop a well rounded person with better communication skills.”  

Over 100 pieces of artwork will be auctioned on Saturday, March 8, 2014, benefitting Artists Changing Tomorrow (ACT). The ACT International Invitational 2014 is an international project of the nonprofit Arts for Rural Texas based in Fayetteville, Texas. 

Artists from across the country and Canada have sent in original works for the auction.  Works will include traditional media such as oils, pastels, acrylic and watercolor paintings and photography.  ACT Exhibitions 2010 and 2012 included artwork from 200 artists from 3 continents, 4 nations, and 15 states across the United States. Many of these talented artists will return and new artists have joined ACT 2014 for ARTS. 

Late Autumn in North Carolina, Joe Mancuso,
Signature Oil

ACT is the inspiration of internationally known Texas artist, Karen Vernon.  Vernon, herself, has been painting since childhood and earned her degree in art education.  After teaching for several years, she began working at her career as a fine art painter.  “Our goal for ACT is to raise funds for cultural programs and to inspire other communities around the country and the world to create their own ACT programs, as well.”   Now, after four years of this program, we are seeing other organizations following our template and growing their arts programs in their own communities.   As an underwriter for the event, Ampersand is proud to have offered 11″ x 14″ panels for each artists’ work.  

Twisted Stripes by Ali Cavanaugh,
Silver Signature, watercolor

The public is invited to attend and to bid on the pieces. The ACT exhibit and silent auction will be from 6 PM to 9 PM on Saturday, March 8 at St. John’s Hall in Fayetteville, Texas.  Phone 979-378-2113 for more details or email ARTS at info@artsforruraltexas.org. Bids and proxy registration are available by calling ARTS at 979-378-2113 or web bids may be submitted via email until March 7th, 2014.  All bids open at $250 and may be raised in $25 increments.  You can preview the work and show here www.act4art.com/ACT2014.

Catalogs from the show are available for $25.  Contact: info@artsforruraltexas.org
Artists wishing to be considered for invitation for the ACT International Invitational 2016 should contact: info@artsforruraltexas.org

All things Ampersand,
Karyn Meyer-Berthel
Artist & Social Media Specialist
Ampersand Art Supply

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Artists Changing Tomorrow


“The arts are a gift to our children’s present as well as their future, “ says Karen Vernon, a long time friend and product consultant to Ampersand and an internationally recognized watercolorist.  She founded Artists Changing Tomorrow in 2010 in order to fund art education in Texas.   


Artists Changing Tomorrow is a program developed to sustain and maintain the arts: visual, literary and performing.  Its goal is to provide art education and arts outreach via schools and community programs.  To achieve its goals, ACT has developed a bi-annual silent auction to raise funds, where art is donated from one hundred artists around the world.  This years auction is on February 18th at the Sterling McCall Event Center in Warrenton, Texas.   Works will include oils, acrylics, watercolors as well as painting, fiber art, photography and ceramics. 

Artwork from the 2010 auction


Ampersand has been honored to be an underwriter of the event  and the supplier for the panels, either Gessobord™, Claybord™, Aquabord™, Pastelbord™ or Scratchbord™.  Each piece has been created on an Ampersand panel, and you can view the entire auction online at the ACT website:  ACT 2012.

To purchase tickets for the event, register for proxy bidding or order a show catalog contact ARTS, Arts of Rural Texas, information below.

Arts for Rural Texas
114 N. Live Oak
Fayetteville, TX 78940

Even if you don’t live in Texas, you can be part of ACT and part of this event.  If you wish to donate to the event or register for the auction and bid by proxy, you can call ARTS, Arts of Rural Texas at  979-378-2113.  If you are an artist desiring to be considered for the next invitational auction in 2014, contact ARTS at info@artsforruraltexas.org