Renowned artist Butler Brown teams up with son, grandson to help strays

bpurser@macon.comOctober 18, 2011 

  • Raffle information

    Who: Renowned Georgia artist Butler Brown, adult son, artist Anthony A. Brown, and grandson 15-year-old artist Cameron Brown
    What: Each donating original artwork for fundraiser
    When: $10 raffle tickets available through Dec. 1
    Where: The raffle is Dec. 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Butler Brown Gallery and Custom Framing, 1849 Watson Blvd., Warner Robins. Raffle participants do not have to be present at the drawing to win.
    Why: Proceeds benefit the spay or neuter of pets pulled from the shelter by animal rescue groups for adoption.
    How: Tickets may be purchased from Warner Robins Animal Control at (478) 929-7290; Warner Robins police Capt. Brenda Parks-Mathern at (478) 293-1060; and from Butler Brown gallery at (478) 322-2220

WARNER ROBINS -- Three generations of the Brown family, beginning with renowned Georgia artist Butler Brown, are offering original artwork as part of a fundraiser to benefit strays and abandoned animals.

Brown, his adult son, artist Anthony A. Brown, 50, and grandson 15-year-old artist Cameron Brown are each donating original artwork for a Warner Robins Animal Control raffle Dec. 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Butler Brown Gallery and Custom Framing at 1849 Watson Blvd. in Warner Robins.

Proceeds will go toward the spaying or neutering of animals rescue groups pull from Warner Robins Animal Control for adoption, said Tabitha Pugh, public information officer for Warner Robins police.

Raffle tickets are on sale now through Dec. 1 for $10 each.

Brown, 73, a Hawkinsville native, gained fame when former President Jimmy Carter carried two of Brown’s paintings, Christmas gifts from his wife, Rosalynn, with him to the White House during his administration. Brown manages the Butler Brown gallery.

Anthony “Tony” Brown, and his wife, Penne, own the gallery. Tony Brown is a graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design. His son, Cameron Brown, plans to pursue art as a career.

Last week, Butler Brown was finishing up an oil painting he is donating for the raffle. He described it as the type of landscape he is noted for, featuring an old farmhouse with a road and trees with autumn colors of yellows, reds and oranges in the leaves. There’s also a dead tree near the farmhouse and a bird, which Brown said he often uses as a trademark in his work, perched on a fence post.

Brown said he’s considering naming the painting “Early Autumn.”

His grandson has finished his contribution: a pencil sketch of a Great Dane. Meanwhile, his son had not started working on his donation. Butler said that’s not surprising, considering his son seems to work best under deadline pressures that Butler said forges solid artwork.

Last year, Butler also donated an original painting for a silent auction for a similar fundraiser.

The oil-on-canvas painting, titled “Golden Afternoon,” featured another of Brown’s trademarks of bright and bold blues and greens of his landscapes, as well as his grandfather’s house that once stood in Dooly County. Brown said he often uses the house as a model, and it appears in much of his work.

James Q. Whitaker, took home the painting after submitting the highest bid of $3,000. Switching to a raffle this year will allow more folks to participate in the fundraiser because it only costs $10 to enter, Pugh said.

Also, with tickets limited to a maximum of 500, the odds are better for winning one of the three artworks, Brown said.

Both fundraisers grew out a friendship between Butler and Warner Robins police Capt. Brenda Parks-Mathern, who formerly was over animal control, Brown said. The friendship budded from Brown showcasing photographs taken by Parks-Mathern in the Butler Brown Gallery.

He also has a soft spot for animals. Brown has a 10-year-old Chihuahua named L.B., which is short for Little Boy.

“I’ve always loved animals,” Brown said. “We’ve always had dogs and cats over the years, and they become like family.”

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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