By Conrad Dudderar
A Yukon woman has created “Yukon Winter,” offering limited-edition prints to benefit a faith-based ministry just in time for the Christmas holiday season.
“I created the artwork for the Compassionate Hands’ Christmas card,” said Alycia Barry, a local artist and civic leader.
“And now I’m making this hand-rendered work of a beloved Yukon icon available in a limited edition of 10.”
The subject of Barry’s winter artwork is a true Yukon Main Street landmark – the grain elevators featuring the “Yukon’s Best Flour” sign.
The 10 limited-edition Yukon Winter prints are now being offered for a minimum gift of $250 to the non-profit Compassionate Hands.
Each print is matted and framed in a 16×20 frame. They have been numbered and signed by the artist.
“All proceeds go to Compassionate Hands,” Barry said.
The first print in the run may be viewed at the Yukon Chamber of Commerce office, 10 W Main – Suite 130.
Barry has been painting for about three years. The form is mixed media painting – it’s like traditional painting, without paint.
“It’s created the traditional way, brush stroke by brush stroke, on a specialized canvas and brushes that integrate with a computer,” she explained.
The paintings are then printed on fine art paper or canvas.
This Yukon Winter art project has been near and dear to Barry’s heart, who has served eight years on Compassionate Hands’ board of directors.
Compassionate Hands has served Yukon-area residents in temporary crisis since 1994, helping struggling Yukon families pay rent and utility bills.
Its Care-A-Van service takes seniors and residents with disabilities to medical appointments, work, the grocery store, library, and other personal errands.
Compassionate Hands gives out personal items like diapers, baby wipes, shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and personal hygiene products to those who need it.
This non-profit organization is a clearing house, networking service and referral agency to provide services, support and to encourage positive life change.
The Compassionate Hands’ Board of Directors, led by Chairman David Murphy, has welcomed Donna Yarbrough as its new interim executive director.
“Donna first came to us as a volunteer after retiring from a career in administration management and service to the Oklahoma County District Court,” Barry shared.
Yarbrough worked in the Compassionate Hands’ office and been a Care-A-Van driver before her recent appointment.
“She’s familiar with Compassionate Hands and is an excellent fit to head up our staff in the interim,” Barry added. “We appreciate her willingness to serve.”
Compassionate Hands’ office is at 119 S 6th in downtown Yukon.
Call 354-9591 or visit http://www.compassionatehands.org to learn more.
Previous director Joanne Riley left Compassionate Hands after five years to become the new executive director of the CART House child advocacy center in El Reno.