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My Very Own Book Auction at McKinney Avenue Contemporary

38 Artists Come Together to Support Low-income Neighborhood Literacy Programs

Despite the fact that the art world is experiencing the same economic struggles as other sectors, 38 artists have generously donated their time and artwork to support a new local non-profit called My Very Own Book (MVOB). Their generous donations are a testament to their support of MVOB’s goals to increase literacy skills in elementary schools in low-income neighborhoods and to put new books into the homes of families who often can’t afford to purchase their own new books.

The public is invited to attend My Very Own Book’s reception and art silent auction on Saturday, December 12, 2009, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary (MAC) gallery in Uptown Dallas. Guests will enjoy a silent auction with art to suit a wide range of tastes and budgets, an opportunity to meet some of the artists, appetizers donated by Market Street Catering and a free door prize drawing for a $75 gift certificate from Tom Battles Custom Framing. Also, during the event, artist Scott Wade will create his “dirty car art” on the car of one lucky raffle drawing winner. To RSVP or to see photos of the artwork, go to

My Very Own Book is very grateful to the participating artists, Market Street, and Tom Battles Custom Framing. It is with their support that the organization will be able to distribute approximately 4,500 new books this year to students in their three schools in Dallas ISD, Plano ISD, and Richardson ISD, and hopefully expand to more schools next year. A big thanks goes out to artists:

  • Gary Bachers
  • Anna Marie Bevacqua
  • Trish Biddle
  • Mickey Bond
  • Douglas Brown
  • Jan Byron
  • J. Katherine Durbin
  • Paula Durbin
  • Elliot Fallas
  • Monica Fallini
  • Misty Oliver Frost
  • Deanna Pickett-Frye
  • Danna Gann
  • Miro Kenarov
  • John Kennington
  • Carl Lewis/Miraflores Academie
  • Kathleen Martin
  • Cindy Norris
  • Jean Power
  • Lee Reams
  • Fran Reisner
  • Susan D. Rubin
  • Marty Ruiz
  • Donna Sarafis
  • Vicky Saylor
  • Frank Sowells, Jr.
  • Ouida Touchon
  • Jim VanKirk
  • Rahul Vyas
  • Scott Wade
  • Albert Mukasa Wilson
  • Wine Women in Oil (Lori Bryan, Mary Ellen Culbreth, Sheri Dietert, Debbie Lindsey, Micheal Reimer)
  • Todd Winters
  • Deborah Wood

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