On-line art auction to benefit environmental education

Tuesday, April 20, 2004
Maria Christina Moroles displays art work created by Randal W. Rust, a Berryville artist who has donated the painting for an on-line art auction to benefit a non-profit educational center in Newton County. CCN / Anna Mathews

Maria Christina Moroles, who operates La Clnica, a massage therapy clinic in Berryville, is hosting an on-line art auction to benefit an environmental education and retreat center in Newton County.

Eighteen artists from six states have donated 25 paintings, prints and sculptures. All are on display at La Clinica for people to view until May 16.

The on-line auction will begin on May 2 and run through May 16. To kick off the event, a reception for artists and guests will take place at La Clinica at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 2. The reception is open to the public and refreshments will be served.

La Clinica is located at 106 E. Madison Ave., across from the post office in Berryville.

Besides viewing the artwork at La Clinica, interested bidders can also view the works, biographies of artists and current bid prices on-line during the auction at www.arcoirisinc.org.

Contributors include well-known painters Charles Banks Wilson and William McNamara, internationally renowned sculptor Jesus Bautista Moroles, and botanical artist Kate Nessler.

Berryville's own Randal W. Rust and Kristi-lee are represented along with other area artists, including Don Kitz, Cynthia Lynn Dollard, red* star, Janine Croxford, Path Walker and Scott Baldassari.

Also contributing are Celia Herrera Rodriguez, Ann Sherman, Apolonia Susana Santos, Tina Fuentes, Maria Teresa Pedroche, and Angelique Borges-Shah.

All proceeds from the art auction will support the development of an environmental education and retreat center on 370 acres of wilderness land in Newton County that is held in trust by the non-profit organization Arco Iris, Inc., of which Moroles is a co-founder.

Moroles, who has lived in Northwest Arkansas for 28 years, says Arco Iris has been a non-profit since 1984.

"Arco Iris currently holds in trust 390 acres in the Boxley Valley area of Newton County, near the Buffalo National River," she said. "Proceeds from the art auction will support the development of an environmental education and retreat center on the protected 390 acres known as Wild Magnolia."

She said Wild Magnolia is part of Projecto Tierra Indigina, an ecological and sustainable community specifically being designed and developed for immigrating Latinos.

She said individuals and organizations will be able to visit for recreation or to study permaculture, small livestock raising, agroforestry, organic gardening, and aquaculture, besides enjoying outdoor recreation and locally produced food, crafts and art.

Activities of Arco Iris have included:

  • Youth camps for teenagers from diverse backgrounds, including wilderness camping, nature hikes, horseback riding, ecology and cultural education, and a challenge ropes course;

  • Environmental education forums for the community, funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA);

  • Herb walks to identify and protect native medicinal plants and herbs; and,

  • Retreats for women, focusing on ancient indigenous natural healing practices.

    For more information on the on-line art auction, contact Moroles at (870) 423-7379, or stop by La Cl'nica.

    Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and other times by appointment only.

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