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Artist will offer his prints as fundraiser for Art Council

“I want to give it all to them (Art Council) so that they can reach out and build on the art culture here in Lawton with our youth.”

Robert Peterson wants to contribute to building Lawton's art culture. He's a nationally recognized artist and Lawton native, having shown in cities with strong art communities, like New York City, Miami, and Los Angeles, to name a few.

Some of his artwork hangs in the homes of celebrities, professional athletes and other public figures. But Lawton is his home, which is why he wants to be a part of increasing its artistic potential.

He has started doing so by painting a mural on the south side of The Art Center, 1701 NW Ferris. The Leslie Powell Foundation Gallery recently showed an exhibition of his titled "His-Story." And the Lawton Arts and Humanities Council recently honored him as 2016 Artist of the Year. All this is just Peterson getting started.

On Friday, Peterson will offer several of his prints  some new works and some old  at a discounted price with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Lawton-Fort Sill Art Council. The art show fundraiser will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a reception at The Art Center. Peterson will have 10 to 15 prints with multiple runs of each print available. Peterson's artwork is generally worth thousands of dollars, but Friday the discounted prints will be in a much lower price range.

"I just know that I don't want to make any money from it," Peterson said. "I want to give it all to them so that they can reach out and build on the art culture here in Lawton with our youth."

When Peterson approached D'esirae Schneider, art council president, about the fundraiser, tears came to her eyes.

"He knew that the council could use the extra money, so he graciously came to us," Schneider said. "That's one of the things I love about Robert is that he is the first to jump to help this community. And he knows how important it is for kids to be exposed to the arts at a young age. He knows that the children's workshop could benefit tremendously from any extra funds we can get."

The arts council hosts a free children's workshop on the first Saturday of each month, which allows children and their parents an opportunity to create together. The council also hosts a free artist demonstration on the third Thursday of each month that features local artists. And it offers artists a creative space from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Thursday for painters, writers and the like to gather and create.

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