A good painting to me has always been like a friend. It keeps me company, comforts and inspires.
~ Hedy Lamarr
Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
~ Thomas Merton
Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.
~ Andre Gide
When was the last time you participated in an art event so profound you would remember it for the rest of your life? So moved by that experience that you whistled and cheered and gasped out loud then jumped to your feet to join in on a thunderous ovation for the final masterpiece? Transformed, and then fought to give – tens of thousands of dollars – to a MUSEUM?
The guests of the Tyler Museum got to, at their signature fundraiser, Little Black Dress, thanks to the world-renowned artist and humanitarian, Michael Israel.
Inside a huge tent on the Museum’s grounds, Michael mesmerized the crowd. Throwing his whole being into his paintings, attacking and caressing spinning canvases, covered in paint, accompanied by high-energy music – he pulled all present in at the first brushstroke and only released them after his final, signature hand stamp. Breathless, him, them, together – five iconic portraits emerged in minutes
How much did Michael’s appearance cost the museum’s bank account? ZERO! – they profited on many levels including cash revenues! Michael’s donation alone totaled over $367,000 in-kind and in-cash. While the money raised that evening was impressive, one must also consider the sponsor contributions and admission proceeds Michael’s appearance generated – the passion raised for art itself was even more thrilling. Loyal patrons and sponsors were re-energized to support Tyler Museum as the heart of their community. Michael’s work continues to touch millions – in Tyler, TX and worldwide.
Michael has performed at a Presidential Gala and on the Olympic Medals stage in Salt Lake City, was the featured artist for the $158.2 million renovation grand reopening celebration of America’s sixth largest museum, the Detroit Institute of the Arts, created a $100,000 portrait of billionaire investor Warren Buffet at the Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders Meeting, shared the stage with Garth Brooks, Clarence Clemons and Bruce Springsteen, and captured audiences from Monte Carlo to Las Vegas. His “Art in Concert” fundraising performances have raised millions for charity – over 70 organizations including the Special Olympics, the All-Star Children’s Foundation for the Prevention of Child Abuse, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Whether a portrait of Muhammad Ali, Rodin’s “The Thinker” or a 9/11 firefighter cradling a child beneath an American flag, his larger-than-life images resonate. His work has auctioned for as high as $250,000, and even subjects he has repeated have received written appraisal of $50,000.
From black-tie fundraising galas to charity auctions to packed arenas, Michael Israel makes the creative process a thrilling, memorable experience to be shared – with those who witness it and the museums and charitable organizations who benefit. He is honored to have touched the lives of so many in the Tyler Museum family.