Famed artist donates piece for Huston-Tillotson Scholarship Gala


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DALLASFebruary 28, 2014 – Artist Deborah Shedrick has donated one of her works of art for Huston-Tillotson (HT) University’s 11th Annual President’s Assisting Students Kindle Mankind (MASKED) Scholarship Gala.

The gala will take place at 6:00 p.m. Saturday at Hyatt Regency Austin, 208 Barton Springs Road, in Austin, Texas. The black-tie affair will feature Shedrick’s work as part of the Scholarship Gala auction. Dr. Larry Earvin, President and CEO of HT, expressed his gratitude for the featured piece.

“ . . . I am grateful to the Tom Joyner Foundation for arranging this donation.”

The gala also will feature: headliner Raheem DeVaughn, Grammy-Award nominee; Texas Senator Royce West, honorary chair for the gala; musical entertainment by SoulKitchan, comprised of former HT graduates; the HT Jazz Elite; and the Parade of Masks competition.

Dr. W. Charles Akins, pioneer and long-standing beloved Austin citizen, will receive the University’s Tower of Light Award. Dr. Akins will be honored for his distinguished career in breaking color barriers.

Huston-Tillotson University is the July 2014 Tom Joyner Foundation School of the Month. During the month of July, efforts will be focused on raising scholarship funds for students attending Huston-Tillotson. Visit www.tomjoynerfoundation.org for upcoming news about the campaign and to make a donation.

About Deborah Shedrick

Deborah Shedrick’s work is vibrant, colorful, and full of texture. Utilizing a palette knife, rollers and assorted objects, she shapes color and builds texture in rhythmic patterns and brilliant eruptions. Shedrick’s passion for art shines through her work.

Shedrick states, “As I create, I reflect on the Master, the Author of Creativity, God. I share with you the spiritually of which my art is born. Hear the art speak to you of love, inner peace, strength, and joy”

About the Piece

Spring Memory Acrylic on Canvas 24” X 30” Retail Price: $3,000 Description: The piece depicts a portrait of a young woman’s memory of childhood. She recalls the yards smell of honeysuckle and the trees she loved to climb. The front porch with the creaking screen porch and the creaking rocking chair. Her grandmothers every day purse and her favorite blue dress. Back home.