New ARC Purchase Award

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New ARC Purchase Award

Published October 10, 2016

We are pleased to announce the next purchase award for the 12th International ARC Salon Competition. Gregory Mortenson's painting titled, Polka Dots, has now been added to the ARC Collection.
"In the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake of 2010, a lifelong friend of mine traveled to Haiti to see what good he could do. He came across a group of children that were living in a tent in a pasture of a small village. They had been displaced from Port au Prince when their orphanage crumbled. He purchased the land they were on and then donated it to them. He then began construction on housing and a school. At that point my wife and I traveled to Haiti to help him with the project. It was there that I met the young girl in the polka dot dress.
What impressed me about her and the other children was how quickly they had recovered and healed their broken hearts. The rest of Haiti was completely devastated by the earthquake. Lives were lost. Homes were lost. Jobs were lost. Everywhere you went there seemed to be a depression that had set in. I expected the same at the orphanage. To my surprise, they were just happy kids. The fields rang with laughter and they had big dreams just like any other child. Even though they had lost their families, they had created a new family at the orphanage. It was a true triumph of the human spirit."

All purchase awards will be exhibited at the live exhibition for the ARC Salon which will travel from the Salmagundi Club in New York City to the MEAM museum in Barcelona in 2017. More purchase award announcements to follow.