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Art & Gems for Charity Puts Focus on Hunger in Montgomery County

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THE WOODLANDS,TX - Every month, a world class artist based in The Woodlands is sharing her time and talent to help bring awareness, attention and monetary support to charitable organizations and social causes in need of a helping hand.

Austrian-born artist Uli Kuess created Art & Gems for Charity as way of way for local artists and craftsmen to support worthy causes in the community by donating works of art that will be auctioned to raise money for charity.

Her latest work will go to the highest bidder at a special event being held at Markle Luxury Jewelers, located at 9595 Six Pines Drive in The Woodlands from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, July 25. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Montgomery County Food Bank.

“Our goal is to develop a beneficial relationship between the artistic community and charitable organizations,” said Kuess. “The public has been asked to support the arts – this is a way the creative community can return the favor.”

Kuess, a classically trained artist with nearly four decades of artistic experience, learned her craft in formal and specialized instruction throughout Europe. She is a talented painter of original works such as murals and portraits; Kuess also does antique restoration on a wide range of fine art as well as faux finishes and wall accents.  

Art & Gems for Charity got its start in April when a fellow artist asked her to create and donate a piece for Autism Awareness Month. Kuess created a unique painting accented with quartz crystals and gems that added a three dimensional element to the piece.

“The response was better than anticipated,” recalled Kuess. “I followed up with another work to benefit the American Heart Association and that generated a significant bid price for them.”

It occurred to her that combining fine art with worthy causes could make an impact in the community. Working with public relations expert Donna Wick, Kuess created the organization that will create works of fine art in support of charitable causes each month. Kuess hopes to bring other quality artists into the project, though she says she has no plans to abandon her personal involvement.

The piece Kuess is designing for auction in July that benefits MCFB is under wraps until the event, but said it will incorporate the theme of art and gems that has been so appealing in previous auctions. Officials with MCFB say they are thrilled with the concept.

“It is absolutely fabulous what Uli is doing for the community,” said Andrea Raiford, Director of Volunteers & Community Affairs for MCFB. “Nearly 95 percent of our clients are working poor – people who have jobs, but can’t make ends meet. It’s great for an artist to recognize the situation that exists and do something that will really benefit those in need.”

The event will be hosted at Markle Luxury Jewelers located at Market Street and the public is invited to bid on the artwork for the MCFB fundraiser. Bidding starts at $2,500.

“We are very happy to participate in this fundraiser and to show our support for the Montgomery County Food Bank.” said Sarah Markle, Marketing Director for Markle Luxury Jewelers. “This is a good way for us to give back to our community and to help those in need.”

Appetizers will be provided by Caffe Di Fiore which has been featured on Fox News and CBS-TV/Great Day Houston as serving the finest authentic, traditional Mexican Food in The Woodlands.

“This is our second event with the talented and generous Uli Kuess,” said Arturo Calderon said, co-owner of Caffe Di Fiore with wife Lucy. “We are excited to support the Montgomery County Food Bank at this event. Pulling together for those in need helps us all as a community.”

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