Lanier, Lopez team up to help raise funds for local hospice

Photo by Casey Dixon

Photo by Casey Dixon

ALBANY -- David Lanier said after creating artwork on behalf of wildlife conservation organizations for many years, he wants to do more for people.

"For years we have raised money for the National Rifle Association, Quail Unlimited and Ducks Unlimited," he said. "My heart is now turning toward people and causes that really speak to me."

Therefore, Lanier decided to create a fundraising print for Albany Community Hospice. He said half of the funds raised from the sale of the prints will be donated to the organization, specifically the Willson Hospice House.

Lanier chose Doublegate Golf Course's 11th hole, which is considered the club's signature hole, as the subject of the painting.

"I live just a couple of blocks from Doublegate," said Lanier of his choice of subject. "I always thought how nice it would be to paint it."

The renowned artist said when he approached Doublegate to ask permission to use the course as a subject, many golfer's suggested he paint the 11th hole.

"I observed the hole at different times during the day," he said. "I just shot some photos and chose an afternoon scene to paint."

The prints also bear the signature of LPGA Hall of Fame golfer and Albany resident Nancy Lopez.

"When I think of Doublegate, I think of Nancy Lopez," said Lanier. "I was thrilled when Nancy signed on for the project."

Lopez said the prints Lanier created are beautiful and reflect the history of Albany.

"It is a really great print," she said. "Hole 11 is like the perfect hole. It's what golfers dream about. It's a perfect subject."

Lopez said she was especially thrilled when hospice was chosen as recipent of the funds. Lopez holds an annual tournament to benefit hospice.

"Hospice is just wonderful," she said. "They give so much of their time, and many families benefit from hospice care."

Lopez said she thinks the print would make a wonderful Christmas gift for a golfer or a fan of Albany history.

"Doublegate has been here for a very long time," she said. "It's an integral part of the city's history."

Lanier said 450 signed and numbered prints are available for purchase at Plantation Gallery on Stuart Avenue.

"All the prints have been signed by both Nancy and myself," he said. "The retail is $250."

There are also 45 artist's proofs available for purchase at the gallery.

"If we sell all of the prints, over $60,000 will be raised for hospice," said Lanier. "Hospice is a great cause because everyone knows someone who has been treated by hospice."

Albany Community Hospice Director Patty Woodall said hospice is very appreciative to both Lopez and Lanier for their generosity.

"It will be a lot of help," she said of the donation. "The Willson Hospice House will receive the funds. The donation will be put in a general fund while the facility is constructed."

The 18-bed facility is slated to open in May, said Woodall.