Generous friends – photographers and painters – all of whom I've known many years in various guises, both work and pleasure, have honored me with the donation of their wonderful works to raise contributions for my “Linking Hands for Anthony” fund, which is seeking $300,000 toward my care for Multiple Sclerosis. [http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/linking-hands-for-anthony/270427]

We hope to add more works and more artists over the coming year, so please revisit and share this page, as well as the Linking Hands link.

All the following works of art are available to anyone wishing to donate to the Fund. We've set guideline donations that we hope will do justice to the current market value of the Artists’ work, but we're open to your generosity.

To select a painting or photograph, please email us (anthwell@aol.com) to confirm it's still available. Once we confirm, please then make your donation on the “Linking Hands for Anthony” website and we'll make sure you get your artwork. Shipping is the responsibility of the purchaser, arranged directly with the artist. We’ll put you in contact.

These artists have kindly donated their works to the Fund, and we're delighted to find good homes with generous supporters.


Macduff Everton

Beginning in 2000, I worked with Macduff for National Geographic, Islands, and The New York Times Magazine. His work is imbued with a deep sense of a place’s resonance, as befitting a man who began his professional life as driver for a Mexican circus. Among his books, I prefer The Western Horizon and The Modern Maya.

Macduff Everton has worked for the leading magazines as a travel photographer all over the world, but specializes in Central America and South Asia. His images are in prominent public and private institutions in Europe and the Americas. He is represented internationally by Janet Borden, Inc. Visit macduffeverton.com.

Guideline donation: $2000 for a choice of one print among these fifteen. Print width: 25”


Trivandrum, Kerala, India: Lagoona Davina, (that’s you and Anthony in the boat)

Alen MacWeeney

Impossible to overstate how much my travels with Alen, working for magazines on assignment in the Caribbean, the Middle East, the Americas, and the South Pacific in the 1980s and ’90s, meant to me. His profound instinct for the inner lives of others taught me a great deal about the intimate responsibilities of being an inquiring observer.

Born in Dublin, Alen MacWeeney’s photographs span six decades, distinguished by a painterly way with portraits, landscapes, and interiors. His work is in numerous permanent collections across the world. His most recent book comprises his groundbreaking 1960s project documenting his country’s gypsies: Irish Travellers – Tinkers No More. Visit alenmacweeney.com.

Guideline donation: $1500 for a choice of one print among these thirteen. Print size: 12"x 17". (These are Giclee or pigment prints on German watercolor paper.)


Paul Benney

My pal the British painter Paul Benney was kind enough to provide me with a cover painting for the hardback of my 2004 novel The Siege of Salt Cove. His ability to capture the inner lives of his subjects has made him one of the world’s renowned portraitists. The range of his œuvre is remarkably diverse, and psychologically acute.

Paul Benney has for three decades produced a distinctive body of work in both the U.S. and U.K., represented in collections including the Metropolitan Museum, New York, the National Gallery, Australia, The National Portrait Gallery, London, as well as prominent private and corporate collections. One of England’s leading portrait artists, he has painted many prominent cultural and political figures. Visit paulbenney.com & benneystudios.com.

This limited edition Silver Giclee print of “Into the Morning” is #7 in a series of 25 and measures 21" x 29". This work was inspired by a song by Nick Drake. The Silver Giclee works are made using a high-quality printing process in which an image is embedded on silver leaf. The technique is exclusive to Benney Studios in association with Jamie Foale.

Guideline donation: $1200.


 Silver Giclee print of 'Into the Morning'
Silver Giclee print of 'Into the Morning'

Elizabeth Bish

Cape Ann, Massachusetts, where I’ve lived for nearly five decades, has been attracting artists for several centuries, seduced by the coastal light and dynamic colors. Elizabeth Bish is one of the standouts of the contemporary art scene here, and her work embodies hints of the past as well as of the future.

Elizabeth Bish was born and raised in Nebraska, earned her Doctor of Chiropractic in Marietta, Georgia, and has been in private practice for twenty-four years. She is a devoted painter in oils and pastels and her work includes landscapes, still life, figure, and abstractions. A long-time resident of Gloucester, she has studied drawing, painting, and sculpture with a variety of artists.

“Early March.” 15" x 20", oil on canvas. Guideline donation: $500


Elizabeth Bish - Early March
Elizabeth Bish - Early March

Mary Heebner

Mary brings to her abstract work the personal experience of many continents and landscapes; her adventurous eye is rooted in the there & then as well as the here & now. Among her finest achievements are two books devoted to Pablo Neruda (HarperCollins), the finest side-by-side art/poetry invocations that I know.

Mary Heebner has distinguished herself as an abstract artist, writer, and book artist, and her pieces are held in numerous esteemed public and private collections. In addition, Heebner has editioned sixteen fine art press books under the imprint simplemente maria press, two additional trade publications that pair her paintings alongside Pablo Neruda’s poetry. She has collaborated on three books with her husband, photographer Macduff Everton, on the landscapes of Patagonia, the American West, and Santa Barbara. Visit maryheebner.com.

ISLAND Journal from Iceland: 14” x 11” x 1.25” Twelve original watercolor monotypes were directly used to produce twelve pigment prints on Somerset rag paper. Each print is hand-embellished with watercolor and ink, and enclosed within a folio of handmade Abaca paper The text, typeset in Galliard, is reproduced from polymer plates, and printed on a hand letterpress. The text is derived from journal notes by Mary Heebner A chemise wrap made with Kyoseishi and indigo Kozo paper over onyx board contains the set of poems and prints. This is housed in an acrylic sleeve. Edition limited to 60 copies. 8 remain.

Guideline donation: $1500.

ISLA NEGRA #28 collage, approx. 10" x 9". Handmade Torinoko paper, water-based pigments, Fijiian bark fiber, mica.

Guideline donation: $1200.

This is the series from which 12 paintings were reproduced and paired with Poems of the Sea by Pablo Neruda for the artist’s book, and subsequent trade version (Harper Collins 2004) both titled On the Blue Shore of Silence: Poems of the Sea by Pablo Neruda

INDIA series: KAMA SUTRA: Lily approx. 34" x 28" ground cochineal in binder on handmade paper from Sikkim. Inset with gold edged watercolor.

Guideline donation: $3600.

INDIA series: Equivalents #3, 7" x 25". Handmade paper collage, water media.

Guideline donation: $2500.


Equivalents
INDIA series: Equivalents #3, 7" x 25". Handmade paper collage, water media.
Poems of the Sea
12 paintings were reproduced and paired with Poems of the Sea by Pablo Neruda
Kama Sutra
INDIA series: KAMA SUTRA: Lily approx. 34" x 28" ground cochineal in binder on handmade paper from Sikkim. Inset with gold edged watercolor
Isla Negra
ISLA NEGRA #28 collage, approx. 10" x 9". Handmade Torinoko paper, water-based pigments, Fijiian bark fiber, mica

Xima Lee Hulings

I admire Lee almost as much as I cherish our friendship. (Like me, she learned to read and write in Georgia.) Over the years she has mastered two arts that seem related but really aren’t: architecture, at which she excelled internationally in her twenties, and painting, a more recent achievement. I like particularly the way her sense of humor comes out unmistakably in her work.

Xima Lee Hulings is a Southern-born artist whose work is a reflection of her interest in ancestry, memory, storytelling, and pattern-making. Using imagery from the past, she creates paintings in an effort to promote a new narrative and deeper connection to the original. Watercolor, gouache, and gold leaf are her current materials of choice resulting in a play of contrast, light, and color. Visit xima.net.

“Leave me alone” watercolor, gouache and gold leaf on paper mounted to wood block, 18”x24”, copyright 2010, Guideline donation: $2250.

“James” archival giclee print on bamboo paper with 23k gold leaf, 16”x16”, copyright 2009, Guideline donation: $600

“Harper” archival giclee print on bamboo paper with 23k gold leaf, 10”x20”, copyright 2012, Guideline donation: $450


Leave me alone
“Leave me alone” watercolor, gouache and gold leaf on paper mounted to wood block, 18”x24”
James
“James” archival giclee print on bamboo paper with 23k gold leaf, 16”x16”
Harper
“Harper” archival giclee print on bamboo paper with 23k gold leaf, 10”x20”

Charlie Hunter

Charlie and I have been buddies for over forty years, since Exeter and Yale; he was generous enough to design the program for my first solo concert. I knew, even then, that he had a great future as one of this country’s foremost explorers of The American Idiom.

Charlie Hunter graduated from Yale with a degree in art, then went on to design posters for rock acts like The Clash, REM, Eurythmics, and Jerry Garcia, before switching to album design and oil painting. Hunter's drippy portraits of rusting American infrastructure have attracted wide interest of late, and are in the collections of a rather strange assortment of national figures, from pro-footballer Logan Mankins to MSNBC host Rachel Maddow. Visit hunter-studio.com.

"103/103": A May, 2009 field painting, oil on panel (21" x 28"), framed in light wood, of the highway junction at Proctorsville, just outside Ludlow, VT. Guideline donation: $2,500.


Route 131 by Charlie Hunter
Route 131 by Charlie Hunter

Bela Lyon Pratt (1867 -- 1917)

Although I sometimes feel I’ve seen a lot, no – I’m not that old. I never knew Pratt, though I saw his statue of Nathan Hale for years at Yale and admired his work in the Boston Public Garden. His granddaughter Cynthia is a dear friend and was kind enough to donate this unique survivor. A rare chance to get close to a great artist’s process.

Bela Lyon Pratt was one of America’s finest 19th-century sculptors and, under the influence of his mentor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, ushered sculpture in this country into the 20th century. Pratt headed the sculpture department at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, from 1898 until his untimely death at age 49 in 1917. Visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bela_Pratt.

During those years he, with other artists, spent many hours dining and “playing” at the Tavern Club. This medallion of a bear dining was created in 1909 for members of 25 years’ standing. It was reduced and cast in silver by Tiffany & Company. The original plaster cast, from which this reproduction medallion was made of a verdigris patina’d resin, now hangs at the Bela Lyon Pratt Gallery of Coins and Medallions at the Yale Art Museum. One of three extant, the only in private hands.

Diameter: 15". Guideline donation: $500.


Madallion of a Bear
Madallion of a Bear