At the Benefit Concert on February 17, 2024, two pieces of art, generously donated by the artists, will be auctioned.
Derys Lyttle is a Tucson artist, originally from New York. She has a BFA and MFA in Fine Arts and studied six years for a Certificate in Anatomy and Figure Drawing at the Art Students League of New York.
Her work has been in many group shows in New York and the Tri-State area, most notably at the Union Club of New York, and in solo shows at the 23rd Street Gallery and Gallery Z in Soho, New York. Her work is represented in many collections and was featured in the HBO special “Tracy Ullman Takes on New York.” In 2006 she competed a 40′ mural for the Challenger Space Center in Suffern, NY. She won many awards and grants on the local, state, and federal level while working in New York.
Since relocating to Tucson in 2010, she has maintained a studio in the Historic Steinfeld Warehouse and worked with Warehouse Arts Management Organization (WAMO) and other Tucson Arts organizations to help create the Downtown Tucson Arts District, a sustainable environment for the creation of art. She continues to show her work, and recently had a piece accepted by the Tucson Museum of Art.
“Why I Paint”, by artist Geri Bringman
I can’t quite pinpoint the moment, but my burst of right brain activity definitely coincided with my arrival in Tucson in 2005. Landing in Tucson, after a lifetime spent in New York City, was like landing on Mars. I was immediately struck by the strange and spectacular desert landscape, and charmed by the genuine and straightforward Tucson locals. But I think my greatest influence has been the Mexican and Native American art and culture that is so much a part of the Old Pueblo. I love their traditional designs and vivid colors, and most of all, their broad, beautiful faces. I feel like I have a lifetime of inspiration to work with here in Tucson, and look forward, with much enthusiasm, to honoring this town and its people for years to come through my painting.