"Peeled Tangerine with Tea Bowl," the painting Abbey Ryan ’03 produced during her live demonstration on the Grey Towers Castle landing on Feb. 15, raised $455.99 for the Jami Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship. The painting was listed on eBay for seven days and received 13 bids. All of the proceeds will benefit the fund.
Ryan, a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art and Design whose been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine and Linchpin, mesmerized audiences during her live "Painting a Day" demonstration. Nearly 100 people appeared in person, while the online broadcast received more than 500 views. One of her reasons for the event was to honor Jami Rodriguez ’00 and raise money for the scholarship fund named in her honor. Rodriguez, a metals artist, and Ryan were good friends during their time at Arcadia.
“Jami was a close friend of mine and a great artist,” Ryan says. “The event served her memory well.”
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"Manny and I cannot express our appreciation for Abbey’s generous donation of the proceeds from this painting to Jami’s Scholarship Fund," says Avis Rodriguez, Jami's mother. "Jami loved Beaver College and the many life experiences she availed herself of at school. The four years Jami spent at Beaver were her happiest. Jami would be so pleased knowing that her zest for community service is being honored and continued through the scholarship fund."