Dallas artist Rolando Diaz to offer 20 original works for show and sale as fund-raiser for new non-profit humanitarian organization


For Immediate Release
Feb. 7, 2001

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Tom Craig, Director of Media and Community Relations
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ABILENE - With collectors clamoring for his work and corporations commissioning him for custom art, up-and-coming Dallas artist Rolando Diaz' colorful star is shining brighter and brighter.

Starting Tuesday, Feb. 20, Diaz will share some of his colorful brightness in Abilene as a new show and sale opens at Abilene Christian University's Shore Art Gallery. Diaz, a 1979 ACU graduate, has created 20 original works to be sold with the proceeds to benefit Bridges to the World, a new non-profit organization dedicated to Christian development in Honduras and other nations.

The show and sale will continue through March 9. Even though paintings will be sold, the works will remain in the gallery until the conclusion of the show. At that point, the artwork will be delivered to its new owners.

Diaz' show, Colors of Honduras, was inspired by a humanitarian relief trip he took with Bridges to the World. He saw first-hand the needs in Honduras and the benefits of Christian aid.

The images he saw in Honduras inspired the works he recently created, Diaz said.

"There was a time when I would turn away from the poor," he said. "My mom did a lot of things for the poor, but I was always embarrassed. Over the years, somehow my heart was opened … especially to the relationship of Christ with the poor."

Jack Walker, mission coordinator at ACU who oversees Bridges to the World, said the money raised through Colors of Honduras will help develop community infrastructure in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, allowing improvements of basic needs such as healthcare, food distribution, home construction and other services.

Through the sale of his art, Diaz said he hopes to make a significant impact for the people of Honduras. Being a Cuban-American himself, he said he feels a special connection to the Honduran people.

"I've seen the power of what art can do monetarily, so here is a thing I can do," he said. "I can paint on the canvas, and I can be the in-between tool for those who have the finances and those who don't."

Diaz' work has been featured in several Dallas-based magazines, and he has created pieces for Nieman-Marcus, Ciudad restaurants and the Dallas Public Library.

Recently one of Diaz' works, "Pegasus, the Guardian," was purchased by the Hoblitzel Foundation of Dallas to commemorate the renovation of an illuminated downtown Dallas icon, Mobil Oil's "Pegasus."

"If the money comes through from this effort, it will be channeled through this organization and truly go to the correct thing over there - something to really enhance the community," Diaz said.

"And there in no doubt we will do some good," he said. "There are people already praying about this effort, and there are many people involved. Good will be done."

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