AJCA Scholarship Fund Campaign
Limited-edition lithograph and giclée canvas prints of the commissioned painting “Wide Load Ahead” are now available from the American Jersey Cattle Association.
All proceeds are designated for the AJCA Scholarship Funds, a 501(c)(3) permanent trust that supports scholarship and internship opportunities for Junior Members of the American Jersey Cattle Association.
Professionally printed on 100-lb. acid-free Saxony art paper, the lithograph prints are available in two series: Artist's Proof (the first 25 off the press) and Limited Edition (total of 225). Prints are 20" x 24" with an image size of 16" x 20". Each is hand-numbered, titled, signed and dated by the artist, Denise Rich of El Cajon, Calif.
The Artist's Proof prints are $125.00, plus $5.00 shipping and handling, by Priority Mail. Limited Edition prints are $75.00 each, plus $5.00 for Priority Mail shipping and handling. Expedited shipping is available for an additional cost, through your choice of the U.S. Postal Service, FedEx or UPS.
SOLD OUT A series of 75 Giclée Canvas prints was also declared. These are professionally printed by the artist herself, using archival quality ink on canvas for the look and feel of the original oil painting. The prints measure 16" x 20", are stretched for framing, and have been signed and numbered on the back of the canvas.
To order prints, call 614/861-3636, with credit card information (VISA, MasterCard or American Express). Or, send a check payable to the AJCA Scholarship Funds, c/o American Jersey Cattle Association, 6486 E. Main Street, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068-2362.
“Wide Load Ahead” was an immediate hit with viewers after its unveiling October 3, 2006 during World Dairy Expo. Its centerpiece is a mature Jersey cow, alertly standing her ground and flanked at a distance by two of her inquisitive herdmates. The trio is framed against the background of a beautiful valley surrounded by classic rolling hills with oak trees.
The original oil painting will remain in the permanent art collection at the AJCA headquarters in Reynoldsburg, Ohio.
The first prints offered were two hand-embellished giclée canvases sold at the 54th All American Jersey Sale on November 5, 2006 in Louisville, Ky. Due to the artistic touches added to each canvas by Denise Rich, each was a unique piece of art.
The framed works were offered to the highest bidder, choice or privilege to take both at double the bid price. The winning bid of $3,000 was placed by the Friends of Dr. J. J. Malnati, of Bush River Jerseys, Newberry, S.C. They selected the work numbered 1/2 and presented it to a surprised Dr. Malnati as the audience rose in a standing ovation. The gift was made on the occasion of his 90th birthday and in honor of his exemplary support of the national Jersey scholarship program.
The second canvas, numbered 2/2, was then sold and purchased for $1,700 by Elsa and Donnie Sherman, of Hilmar, Calif. and Dalhart, Texas. Sherman is the current president of the American Jersey Cattle Assocation.
The No. 1 giclée canvas print was offered in a spirited online auction involving 14 different bidders concluded on December 20. Kristina Radelfinger of Radelfinger Dairy, Ferndale, Calif., was the winning bidder at $1,775. The auction site was viewed over 1,150 times before the bidding closed.
The American Jersey Cattle Association has made strategic investments in Jersey youth since 1958 when it created the National Heifer Sale to provide annual funding for educational programs and awards. The first of nine youth scholarship funds now managed by the AJCA was established in 1965. Two other permanent endowments, the Maurice E. Core Jersey Youth Fund (1993) and Carl Bourne Memorial Fund (1982), provide financial support for junior activities at The All American Show & Sale, the Jersey breed’s showcase event since 1958.
Wide Load Ahead © 2006 American Jersey Cattle Association. All rights reserved.