Local artist’s painting to be auctioned off for charity | Mountain Times

In late January, local artist Kent Paulette will donate one of his latest artwork to a children’s charity. His painting “Charlotte Reflections” will be auctioned during the Dream Gala 2021 on January 30th. The event raises funds for Dream on 3, a non-profit sports organization that empowers children with disabilities or life changing conditions to live their ultimate sports dreams.

Paulette, from his home studio in the highland mountains, said he was inspired by the vibrant fall colors of the region to paint Charlotte Reflections. The original painting is 5 feet wide and was created in part by adding fresh snow directly to the paint that was used to dye the canvas.

“I donated this painting to Dream on 3 because I think they really are helping make dreams come true and bring joy and magic to the Dream Kids’ lives,” said Paulette.

In previous years, the dream gala was a black tie event in the Founder’s Hall at the foot of the Bank of America building in Uptown Charlotte. In 2020, 700 people attended the Dream Gala, which raised $ 676,185 for Dream on July 3. At last year’s live auction, Paulette’s painting “Charlotte Dreams” sold for $ 11,000, and all proceeds went to Dream on the 3rd.

This year’s Dream Gala is a live event taking place online on Saturday, January 30th at 7pm. Participants can enjoy a night full of music, professional athletes, a silent auction and the stars of the show – the Dream Kids. Interested parties can register free of charge at dreamon3.org/dream-gala-registration to take part in the virtual event. Anyone who signs up can win a free trip to Cancun.

Paulette grew up in Hickory and said he had fond memories of visiting Charlotte, often to see Discovery Place, the Hornets Games, and the Neighborhood Theater. He brought those warm memories along with a bit of nature to this portrait of Queen City. In addition to the snow, Paulette also collected water from the stream in his back yard to mix it with the paint. He used a large palette knife to paint the thick texture in “Charlotte Reflections,” with a rough texture on the top half of the painting for the trees and buildings and a softer texture on the bottom for the reflection of the water.

Paulette’s art gallery, studio 140 near Sorrento, is located at 140 Azalea Cir SE in Banner Elk. More information about Paulette and his work can be found at www.KentPaulette.com. To find out more about Dream on 3 and the virtual Dream Gala event, visit www.dreamon3.org/.

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