Nadeau will paint at local fundraiser
January 20, 2015
While movie lovers rub shoulders with filmmakers, actors and Hollywood royalty during the Sundance and Slamdance film festivals on Friday night, there is another opportunity for the public to rub shoulders with another kind of artist and royalty at the TAG Ranch in Wanship.
Internationally renowned visual artist Josee Nadeau, a Park City resident, will present a benefit for TAG Ranch Foundation’s art and equine programs. Guest of honor Lord Frederick Windsor will be in attendance, Nadeau told The Park Record.
"A friend wanted to put together an event and I thought it would be great to do a show during Sundance once more," Nadeau said.
So, Nadeau reached out to TAG Ranch owner MaryLee K. Robinson, whom she has worked with on other fundraisers.
TAG Ranch is a working ranch for kids ages 9 to 14 and the activities address the devastating affects of childhood obesity with sessions about healthy eating and exercise, according to Nadeau.
"The ranch is a great place to hold an event like this," Nadeau said. "It is large, but at the same time, intimate, and the surroundings are spectacular under the stars."
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Nadeau will paint live on a stage where the painting will be auctioned off that evening.
"We will also have an exhibit of my works from this year, " said Nadeau, who recently had her paintings named as masterpieces by Sotheby’s.
There is another royal aspect of the TAG Ranch fundraiser.
"I painted a portrait of King George V steering his yacht, K1 Britannia," said Nadeau. "His wish was to sink [the boat] after he died in 1936 and it was, but a replica is being rebuilt and it will host more than 80 charitable events each year. So it is with great anticipation that I show the painting at this event."
Nadeau is also known for her horse paintings. She has created works for the World Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida, and also painted during the Miami World Cup Polo and for Ralph Lauren.
The TAG Ranch event is another jewel in Nadeau’s crown of events that have taken place over the past year.
She has painted works including a rendition of the "Mona Lisa" for Robert Kennedy Jr.’s Waterkeeper Alliance benefit at Deer Valley and she did a portrait of Nelson Mandela for the Footsteps of Mandela during the Nelson Mandela Tribute in New York City this past July for International Mandela Day in front of United Nation and South African delegates.
Other works include portraits of the Queen of England and Olympic gold medalists Joss Christensen, who is her son’s roommate, Sage Kotzenburg and Stein Eriksen.
"The Footsteps of Mandela invited me back to paint the Nelson Mandela event once more on Feb. 8 in Bridgeport, Connecticut," Nadeau said. "They have made me the artist in residence."
Nadeau, the protégé of European art expert and curator of Chateau Versailles Gerald Van der Kemp, also known as the man who saved the Mona Lisa from the Nazis during World War II, was also a personal guest of his wife, Florence, at the Grand Masked Ball of Versailles.
"As an artist, to be invited at the head table along with the top dignitaries such as Versailles curators, U.S. Ambassador to Paris Howard H. Leach and his wife Madame Gretchen Leach as well as Florence Van der Kemp, founder of the Versailles foundation and royalty, as very humbling," Nadeau said. "I’m truly honored to share what Florence and Gerald Van der Kemp saw in me with the people who will be attending this event."
"Cowboys with a Royal Twist," a fundraiser for TAG Ranch, will be held on Friday, Jan. 23, from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. at the ranch, 1738 Hoytsville Rd., Wanship. Tickets are $150 per person or $1,000 for VIP. To register, please click here or email email@example.com