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Lazares Hosts Outerwear Designer Joseph Tassoni & Run For Rocky Modesto Art Fundraiser
October 20, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Lazares & CO. is hosting Canadian Outerwear Designer Joseph Tassoni and displaying the Modesto Ingratta art collection, which will be on sale as a fundraiser for the Diverse City: Run For Rocky Legacy Project on Saturday, October 20, 2018.
Lazares & CO. has commenced displaying the Modesto Collection of artwork donated to Run for Rocky in 2013. Lazares will host Canadian Outerwear Designer Joseph Tassoni, this Saturday October 20th from 10 am to 5 pm. This event is open to the public and viewing of 7 pieces of the 60 piece Modesto Collection will be on displayed for sale with 100 percent of the receipt of sales of the artwork going to Diverse City-Run for Rocky. Lazares normally splits artwork sales on a consignment basis with 60% going to the artist and 40% going to Lazares but they have generously offer to donate 100% of the sale proceeds to Diverse CITY-Run for Rocky Legacy Project
About the Artist
Modesto Ingratta grew up in Leamington Ontario in the 1950’s. As a gay young man he had to hide his sexuality from his family and friends as the small town atmosphere was not a embracing community for him to come out. Like many young men his age he made his way to Toronto where the talented artist made a living curating his art and teaching lessons. Modesto is known for his huge range of artistic talent from crafting still life to portrait to abstract creations. Best known for his pieces that celebrate the gay community, Modesto’s pieces are highly sought after. Modesto struggled with suicidal ideation during his years as a youth and much of his work reflects the mental anguish he endured during this period of his life.
Modesto lived with his partner Roland Frick in a 43 year committed relationship. Roland passed away in April of 2016 and he spent his last years in a nursing home with Modesto caring for and at his side daily. Roland’s death left Modesto once again feeling deeply saddened and lonely. Modesto still lives in Toronto and has retired completely from creating any more art pieces.
In 2013 before the first Run for Rocky, Modesto’s sister Erma, stopped by the Windsor Pride-Run for Rocky booth at the Home Show. She said she had a collection of Modesto’s artwork that he had asked her to save and one day donate to a worthy charity. She explained she had been following the news about Run for Rocky and she wanted to donate the entire collection to Windsor Pride-Run for Rocky. The value of the artwork collection received by Run for Rocky was estimated at over $30,000.00. Modesto planned to come to Windsor for a live auction event of his donated work but after his partner took ill he was unable to leave Toronto. Lazares & CO. graciously has been storing the artwork during this time period. Modesto has asked that we take it upon ourselves to start selling his artwork to ensure that Windsor Pride Education, Resource and Community Centre ( now Diverse CITY) Run for Rocky benefit from 100 percent of the funds raised through the sale of his precious and unique works.
All prices listed are the value of the artwork. Offers can be made through Warren at Lazares & CO or by emailing Nancyc@runfororocky.com
All funds raised through the Run for Rocky Legacy Project ensure that the Legacy of supporting Gay Straight Alliances in the Windsor Essex Community will continue. “Run for Rocky funding is based solely on education. The R4R mandate is to ensure that Gay Straight Alliances start in the home but support continues in schools, workplaces. on sporting teams and in places of worship. “When as a community we grow together with these educational initiatives we will all benefit.”
Lazares & Co. is located at 493 Ouellette Ave. in downtown Windsor, Ontario.