San Diego Fine Art Society Announces Artist Mentee Launch Pad to Be Featured at Hollywood Glamour Ball

The San Diego Fine Art Society announces an addition to the Hollywood Glamour Ball – Launch Pad, a special gallery exhibition to honor artist mentee graduate Ansley Pye in celebration of her transition from one phase of her career as an artist to the next step of starting her journey to seek representation at national galleries. Ansley is a local artist known for her oil paintings on canvas that portray the perfect imperfections in organic objects – the extraordinary in the ordinary.

Ansley Pye – Calla Leaf

Ansley’s work is inspired by her own journey with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Twenty years ago while she was living a comfortable life in the mortgage industry, Ansley was diagnosed with MS and has suffered tremendously since. She often lost sight, her ability to speak, and couldn’t move her arms and legs. Eventually, at times she was forced to rely on a wheel chair and soon the cost of treatment affected her finances and she lost everything. She began to see her life differently and thought, “if I’m going to die in five years, what would I regret.” What happened next changed her life.

Ansley taped a paintbrush to her hand and began painting a watercolor of a sunflower. She spent hours doing it when just days before, she would have been exhausted just going to the bathroom. Now, she was able to paint for four solid hours. Painting gave her a new lease on life and continues to be instrumental in keeping her healthy. Click on this link to view a video of Ansley

“Launch Pad is designed for Ansley’s collectors and followers to purchase her work before her prices begin reflecting the elevation in her career,” said Yoram Gil, Artist Mentor of San Diego Fine Art Society. “As Ansley emerges into the larger market, these concentrated last sales will help create a financial cushion to support her in her difficult expedition into the next phase. This is part of the commitment the San Diego Fine Art Society makes to the artist mentees. We do everything we can to support them in their development.”

Join the San Diego Fine Art Society (SDFAS) on April 17 for the 2010 Hollywood Glamour Ball…A Celebration of the Art of Our Time at Anthology in Little Italy. The theme is the golden age of Hollywood in all of its elegance and the music a swinging dream. Martinis and champagne will be flowing, and all for a spectacular cause – honoring and supporting the arts in San Diego. Event sponsors include Montesquieu Winery (, Mission Federal ArtWalk (, Synergy Art Foundation (, Taylor Films (, Inscriptu, Inc. ( and San Diego Magazine (

2010 Hollywood Glamour Ball
Saturday, April 17, 2010 – 5:00pm to 10:00pm
Anthology, 1337 India St, San Diego, CA 92101

To find out how you can become a sponsor or purchase tickets, visit or call 858-205-4354.

SDFAS is a non-profit organization committed to strengthening the pulse of the art community through education, collaboration, and services. The funds raised at this event will support the many exciting programs offered by the organization:

• The Artist Mentor Program
• ArtPulseTV
• Phantom Galleries
• iPhone App “GPS” – Gallery Positioning System

Through education and collaboration, SDFAS is removing barriers and building bridges throughout the San Diego art community, helping San Diego to reach its potential as a top arts destination in the country. San Diego Fine Arts Society is a nonprofit agency under 501(c)(3) status, CA ID #26-0525819.
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