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Kirk Clark dedicated to making a difference

Special to The Monitor

McALLEN — Kirk Clark of McAllen is dedicated to supporting the arts and providing to those who will benefit from his work.

In Saltillo, Coah., Mexico, Clark’s exhibits Other Worlds/Otros Mundos, raised $14,000, and The Ancient Ones raised $50,000, with all proceeds from the sale of his art benefiting the University of Coahuila in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico.

In McAllen, the sale of the pieces in Celebration of Spirit — The Clark Legacy, a collection of his life’s work currently on display at the International Museum of Art and Science, will benefit local organizations; 50 percent goes to IMAS and 50 percent to
Trinity Episcopal Church.

The public is invited to a special closing reception for Celebration of Spirit from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25, in the Clark Gallery at IMAS. During the event visitors may get a personal tour through the exhibit and details on the history and importance of each piece, and will have the opportunity to purchase from a selection of pieces available for sale. Refreshments will be served.

Upon departure from IMAS, the exhibition will travel to Cuidad Victoria, Mexico where the funds raised will benefit health and social programs.

“Kirk’s art has become a beacon for altruism, philanthropy and kindness. An artist donating all the proceeds from the sale of his work to charitable organizations, both in the U.S. and Mexico year after year, is virtually unheard of,” said Serena Rosenkrantz, IMAS executive director.

“He (Clark) is to be commended for his generosity and talents; his character having a quality that is truly priceless. I look forward to purchasing some of his work at the closing reception to help remind me of how a local artist is helping to foster faith in our
humanity, as expressed by a fine man named Kirk Clark,” she said.