In the spring of 2017, a spectacular series of paintings depicting a host of rambunctious jazz musicians done by Edwin Brewer was donated to FOD by his son-in-law Don Wood. The series was inspired by a Santa Barbara, CA jazz club that gave Brewer the desire to completely reinvent his artistic style. Learning to use new media and techniques he painted these vibrant portraits. After a few years, the jazz club that influenced the creation of these works, and housed them, closed and Brewer himself has past. Brewer's relatives, daughter Audrey and son-in-law Don Wood, then sought a new and worthy place for the series of jazz paintings. Enter the Friends of Dreamland.
Go Fund Me
Here’s how you can help! FOD has been working since 2017 to frame these 8 paintings. We’ve started a GoFundMe campaign to raise the money necessary to do this, so that we can properly preserve and display them. We have 4 framed as of summer 2018. Follow the link below to donate ANY amount to this effort and to follow the progress of the project.
Edwin Brewer (1927-2002)
Edwin Brewer was an Arkansas artist born to a family of Arkansas artist. His father Adrian and grandfather Nicholas were both renowned painters with pieces displayed all over the country, including the White House. Edwin was the most modest of his artistic family members. He spent most of his life teaching and painting landscapes in oils and watercolors. Even still, his impression on Arkansas’ art scene and 20th century American art is notable! Learn more about him at encyclopediaofarkansas.net
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All efforts support the beautification and revitalization of a historic district, contribute to the preservation of African American artifacts, back the cultural relevancy of Little Rock and Arkansas, and aid in educating the nation and world about buried truths & American history. Friends of Dreamland is a 501(c)3 and your donation is tax deductible.