Fairgrounds St. Pete Project
Carnival, Oil on canvas
On view in the Mermaid Star Motel Lobby, Carnival is a vibrant celebration of light, rhythm and color inspired by the beauty of lilies. It expresses the joy its artist, Jane Bunker, experiences from the perfection in nature, along with the tremendous happiness she feels, knowing that her art is making a difference in someone’s life. Jane is a key supporter of The Woodson Warrior Scholarship Program at The Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum and donates all proceeds from her art sales to it, including those from Fairgrounds St. Pete. The mission of The Woodson Warrior Scholarship Program is to assist African American students with their next level of education.
Jane’s serious art journey began at an adult art school when she was ten. Eventually, she majored in art at Stanford University, but she was also drawn to help people so she took a detour from painting to become a psychologist. About 25 years ago, she returned to her first love and began to focus exclusively on her art. She is fortunate to be represented by a number of galleries in Santa Fe, NM; Aspen, CO; Chatham, NY and Boise, ID and to have had a solo show at the New Britain Museum of American Art. Three years ago, she suggested to Terri Lipsey Scott, the director of the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, that they start a college scholarship fund for African American youth, supported by 100% of the proceeds from the sales of her paintings. For Jane, this project is like a dream come true; she gets to combine her passion for painting with her love of helping people. In each of the last two years the scholarship program has raised over $40,000 and they have been blessed with an additional donation of $50,000 per year for the next ten years from the Milkey Family Foundation.