Russell Young + Long-Sharp Gallery release the “Obama Legacy Portrait Series”
Charities supported by Obamas will receive 25% of the sale price of each work.
In 2006 artist Russell Young was inspired to pick up his camera and photograph then underdog presidential candidate Barack Obama. Over the next few years Young created a series of works based upon those photographs. The works remained in Young’s archives until just weeks ago when he was contacted by gallery owner Rhonda Long-Sharp. Long-Sharp watched Young create many of the Obama portraits almost 10 years ago. Together they now launch the renamed “Obama Legacy Portrait Series.”
“People will debate the importance of Barack Obama’s actions as the 44th President of the US,” said Long-Sharp, “but what is beyond debate is his legacy as the first person of color to be the leader of the free world.” Long-Sharp, who grew up in a multi-racial neighborhood, was inspired recently when she heard it expressed that there are children in the United States who have “never known anything but a Black president. I can’t get that thought out of my mind. It makes me very proud to be an American. It also strengthens my confidence that no matter how difficult times seem, justice and fairness will prevail if we fight for them.”
In honor of his legacy, Long-Sharp Gallery and Young will donate 25% of the purchase price from the "Obama Legacy Portrait Series" to a charity supported by the Obamas in 2015. According to their tax returns, the Obamas donated to multiple charities of diverse goals, concepts, and missions. Each collector acquiring a work from the series will be asked to select a specific charity to which the donation will be made. That list includes the following five organizations supported by the Obamas:
American Red Cross: The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance, disaster relief and education in the United States. http://www.redcross.org
Aids United: AIDS United’s mission is to end the AIDS epidemic in the United States. https://www.aidsunited.org
Habitat for Humanity: works in communities across the United States and Canada, building strength, stability and independence in partnership with families. http://www.habitat.org/where-we-build/united-states-america
St. Jude's: a leading children's hospital pioneering research and treatments for kids with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. https://www.stjude.org
Calvary Women's Services: offers housing, health, employment and education programs that empower homeless women in Washington, DC to change their lives. https://www.calvaryservices.org
Long-Sharp Gallery is the exclusive 2017 representative for the works. Charitable donations will be made for all works purchased during this period.