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Allen Sapp signs Christmas cards for people at the reception
while at the background is his painting 'Christmas Evening'.
NORTH BATTLEFORD-Battlefords UNICEF Committee recently honored renowned Indian artist Allan Sapp, whose painting "Christmas Evening" was selected for the 1979 UNICEF International Greeting Card Collection.
Sapp, from Red Pheasant Indian Reserve, has joined others including recording sensations the Bee Gees, Abba, Donna Sommers, Olivia Newton-John, Kris Kristofferson and hockey superstar Guy LaFleur, who volunteer their talents and time to help UNICEF.
Sapp's painting was selected by the UNICEF International Art Committee in New York, USA, from hundreds of finalists submitted from museums and by artists around the world. Canadian artists, whose work has been chosen for UNICEF collections in the past, have included Emily Carr and members of the Group of Seven.
"Christmas Evening" was recently on display at the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon where a reception honoring Sapp was held. UNICEF supporters were able to meet Mr. Sapp and view the original painting.
Artists and museums from 37 different countries contributed approximately 750 designs for consideration by the International UNICEF Art and Design Committee in New York, USA. Of these, about 200 were selected for card production commemorating the International Year of the Child, benefitting the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).
Allan Sapp has become internationally recognized as one of the finest Indian painters working today. Saskatchewan can feel justly proud that the work of one of its Indian Artists has been chosen for representation in this prestigious collection.
According to Sapp, he is helping in the only way he can, the desperately needy children all over the world.
A SASKATCHEWAN "CHRISTMAS EVENING", in all it's snowy wonder, will be seen around the world in the next few week...THE UNICEF WAY. Pictured above, this painting (by noted Saskatchewan artist, Allen Sapp) is being featured on one of the UNICEF greeting cards in the new 1979 collection. The painting was selected by the UNICEF International Art committee in New York from hundreds of finalists submitted from museums and artists around the world. Canadian artists, whose work has been chosen for UNICEF collections in the past, have included Emily Garr and members of the group of Seven. UNICEF greeting cards, Halloween and Donor's Choice campaigns raise millions to help desperately needy children in over 100 countries every year.