Much of Fountain Hills’ public art dates back to Jackie and Jerry Miles.
Jackie, Jerry’s widow, is now donating much of her collection to benefit the International Dark Sky Discovery Center. More than 80 works, including paintings, prints and sculptures by notable artists from across the west, are up for auction.
Through March 25, an online auction link will be available with the art, which can then be viewed in person on March 26 at the Fountain Hills Community Center from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. during the Dark Sky Festival. Bidding can continue until 7:30 p.m.
To view the items or participate in the auction, visit FHArtAuction.givesmart.com or text FHArtAuction to 76278. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the upcoming International Dark Sky Discovery Center, a project that Miles said , will bring long-term international notoriety. in Fountain Hills.
Jackie Miles said Jerry was a “big fan” of the Discovery Center, but she made the decision to donate part of their collection to benefit the Discovery Center. She also donated pieces to the L. Alan Cruikshank River of Time Museum.
“I had thought about what I wanted to do with the collection,” she said. “My kids chose what they wanted (after Jerry died), but I still had so much. After thinking about it for a long time, I decided to help the Discovery Center. I’m glad I could do that. “
She said she kept some pieces, especially some of Jerry’s photos.
“I’ll miss it (the collection), but I’ll be so happy others enjoy it as much as we do,” Jackie said. “And it’s a way for me to give back.”
There is no doubt that the Miles have given a lot to the community. Jerry and Jackie are credited with the success of the public art program.
One element of the collection that is particularly endearing to those who love the history of Fountain Hills is that many of the pieces are miniatures or an inspiration for some of the current public art collection.
“Jackie and Jerry’s collection is a reflection of their personalities,” said Dori Wittrig, former president of the Fountain Hills Cultural and Civic Association. “There is serious art and there are fanciful pieces. It’s very eclectic. »
Much of the collection is western or southwestern themed, with some fun and whimsical pieces included
. Featured artists include Amado Pena, Bob Boze Bell, Carlos Hadaway, Doug Katonak, Mark Lundeen, Barbara Elliott and many more.
For questions, contact Dori Wittrig at 602-558-5901 or Vicky Derksen at 480-837-5867.