Lawton painting to aid riding center

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Chefs Unbridled, the annual benefit for Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center, will host a live auction featuring an original painting by nationally acclaimed artist, the late Florian Lawton. The event is Sept. 13 at the Chagrin Valley Hunt Club in Gates Mills.

The original watercolor -- "Song From the Shadows" -- was donated by Lawton's son Ken, who is managing director of the Florian Lawton Foundation in Aurora. He and his wife Marianne visited Fieldstone Farm in Bainbridge Township before deciding to make the art donation.

"In today's fast-paced world where technology rules the planet, it is an honor for us to support organizations that provide programs that enrich children of all ages with new experiences," Ken Lawton explained.

"The foundation similarly provides scholarships for art education where such programs may not be available. 'Leaders in alternative education' best sums up the missions of both Fieldstone Farm and the foundation."

Florian Lawton, who passed away in 2011, is best known for the simplicity of nature and rural life found in his accomplished watercolor paintings, many of which depict landscapes in his native Northeast Ohio.

An original Lawton painting depicting Amish life was donated to the White House by a private collector in 2000. His original paintings are in many prestigious private, corporate and public collections, as well as museums and galleries natioinwide.

Anyone wishing to bid on the painting and cannot attend Chefs Unbridled can contact Maureen Foster in advance at 440-708-0013 ext. 123.

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