Farmington, NY (PRWEB) June 15, 2012
During the official Dedication Day at Camp Good Days and Special Times, a custom crafted reclaimed timber bench, created in partnership between New Energy Works Timberframes and MCM Stone, was unveiled. The bench was dedicated to the memory of artist Ramon Santiago, who committed much of his time, talent, and expertise to supporting the camp and their participants. The bench is also meant to help raise funds and awareness in support of a new Arts & Crafts building for the camp.
Gary Mervis, Chairman and Founder of Camp Good Days, presented the bench with Mr. Santiago’s family and camp supporters in attendance. Mr. Mervis recalled that the first time Mr. Santiago visited the camp he immediately sat down with the campers and joined them in drawing. Shortly after that visit, Mr. Santiago contacted Mr. Mervis wanting to create an art piece that could be reproduced and auctioned to benefit the camp. Mr. Mervis agreed, on the condition that proceeds from the project go directly to the Arts & Crafts program at the camp. Over a number of years, Mr. Santiago created four different pieces to benefit the camp.
A special quote from Mr. Santiago, which was carved into the bench, reads: “If there is magic in art, surely the artist is a magician. I believe the art I create is honest to myself and to my integrity as a human being. That which others label fantasy, I see as reality. My paintings are what dreams are made of.”
“When Mike Valle of MCM Stone approached us about creating the bench, we thought what better way to honor Ramon’s artistry and appreciation of life than with reclaimed timber? To us the antique wood symbolizes strength, reinvention, and longevity. On the practical side it will offer visitors and attendees of Camp Good Days a quiet place to contemplate and rejuvenate,” explains Megan Dean, of New Energy Works.
Friends of Ramon are working to bring new space and materials to the Arts & Crafts Program at Camp Good Days. This effort will create a better environment for camp attendees and will help keep the memory of Mr. Santiago alive. The timber bench is an initial step in the expansion process. The bench was crafted from an old growth Douglas fir timber, reclaimed from an industrial factory that was built at the turn of the century. The timber would have been cut in the 1800s from a tree that probably started to grow in the 1600s. Now, after decades supporting a factory, the wood will begin a new life at Camp Good Days.
About Ramon Santiago:
Ramon’s mastery of pen, pencil, pastel, and brush explodes with exciting new images. His style? It was unmistakably Santiago. Fresh. Original. Sensitive with dramatic fantasy. Santiago generated elegant images of beautiful women and odd human-like creatures masterfully. Through his color, line and form he delivered fascinating and enigmatic visions.
Audiences have been drawn to Santiago's unmistakable vision, a figurative style with dramatic fantasy. Elegant and symbolism, color, and recurrent themes create his haunting and interesting images. Influenced by Chagall, Dali, Picasso, Pascin and Modigliani, Santiago preferred to work in mixed media and oil on canvas. Over the years he produced an invaluable number of pieces to benefit Camp Good Days.
About Camp Good Days and Special Times:
Camp Good Days and Special Times, Inc., a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children, adults and families whose lives have been touched by cancer and other life challenges through summer camping experiences and year-round events and activities.
All of the programs and services at Camp Good Days and Special Times, provided to many children and their families, are offered free of charge for the participants. The camp is able to continue doing this because of their many successful fundraising events and the generous donations from very special individuals and organizations in the community.
About New Energy Works Timberframers:
Established nearly 30 years ago, New Energy Works Timberframers designs and builds environmentally responsible timber frames across the USA from their facilities in New York and Oregon. Offerings include: Timber Framing (design, engineering, manufacturing, build), Enclosure Systems, Fine Woodworking, Recycled and Sustainable wood products. New Energy Works has 2 LEED AP staff members, is a member of the US Green Building Council, and is FSC Certified. All products are made in the USA.