Carthage wildlife artist Larry Glaze turned his art into charitable contributions Wednesday when he presented checks totaling $6,000 to three area nonprofits.
Recipients of Glaze's generosity were George A. Spiva Center for the Arts, Hope 4 You Breast Cancer Foundation and Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks.
The contributions were derived from the sale of a hand-carved table to one of Glaze's long-time art clients, who wished to remain anonymous. The walnut table was highly representative of Glaze's intricate wildlife artwork and featured a carved relief of a deer roaming a forest. Glaze invested more than 400 hours in the piece.
"My goal is to inspire other artists to donate to causes," Glaze said. "They all have someone they can relate to who has gone through hospice or cancer or some other illness."
Glaze made the table available for sale in memory of his wife, Judy, who died of cancer in 2009. Prior to her death, she and Glaze had discussed the possibility of using his art to raise money for cancer groups, as well as Spiva. He had been doing it for such groups as Children's Miracle Network, Children's Center of Southwest Missouri and the American Heart Association for eight to nine years, he said. This time, though, the money went to the cancer organizations in memory of his wife.
Already, Glaze is working on the next piece of art he will sell to benefit nonprofits and health organizations.
It will involve a long horn steer skull inlaid with turquoise.
He said it will take about nine months to complete.
Glaze's environmental and wildlife art includes handcrafted furniture, chandeliers and sculptural pieces. Prominent corporations and a variety of celebrities, including three presidents, have purchased his work.