On a sunny afternoon in the small town of Charlack, Missouri, a group of friends and family gathered in Charles J. Evola Park for a day of relaxing fun. The eccentric and unique event was “Art Cards and Jazz”. This laid-back social event was created by artist A.C. Burgess. On that beautiful day, there were good refreshments provided by Ms. Paula Brown, and a few talented artists like locals D.Long and Pat Brooks were scattered about the park painting live on site. While an aggressive group of cards players enjoyed the Bid Whist games of Rise n Fly while listening to some of the latest smooth jazz.
The piece, created by A.C. himself, is a stunning landscape of the park made of acrylic on a stretched canvas. It is a 30-inch x 40-inch canvas and features vivid colors and patterns to depict the landscape design that is sure to catch the eye of city hall visitors.
Burgess, a self-taught artist, has been creating paintings for many years, but this is his first donation to a municipality. He was inspired to donate after a visit from Charlack’s Alderman Russ Elwood. “Mr. Elwood happen to walk upon our event and was impressed with the whole vibe. I’ve always believed in the power of art to bring people together and to beautify our surroundings,” Burgess said. “Mr. Elwood saw my piece and I was expressed how much he like it. I thought this would be a great way to give back to the community. I want this painting to be a symbol of hope and inspiration for the people of Charlack.”
The City of Charlack was thrilled to receive the donation, and Alderman Russ Elwood expressed his gratitude at a ceremony held to unveil the artwork. “We are so fortunate to have such a talented and generous resident in our community,” he said. “This piece of art will be a cherished addition to our City and a source of pride for all of us.”
The landscape painting was placed in a prominent location in The City Hall, where it will be easily visible to visitors and residents alike.
A.C.’s donation is a perfect example of how one person can make a positive impact on their community. His gift of art will be enjoyed by generations to come and will serve as a reminder of the power of generosity and the importance of supporting the arts.