BENEFITING: THE ST ANDREWS SOCIETY OF DETROIT
Let’s talk about TRUST. Over a hundred years ago the St. Andrew’s Society trusted in the talents of a local master artist, Robert Hopkin, to paint a large portrait of our beloved Bard, Robert Burns. The painting he produced for this society was very large.
It’s the largest portrait of Burns ever painted. It’s an imposing six feet tall and nine feet wide. For over eight decades it hung in the society’s upstairs lounge on Congress Street in Detroit. It was the product of a revered artist of a revered Scot. For most of the 20th Century it became a destination. People came to see the almost life-size portrait of Robert Burns. Those early Trustees trusted in the talents of Robert Hopkin. Hopkin trusted the society that it would provide a good safe home for his painting. Hopkin trusted the society that it would preserve his painting of Burns. But something happened that neither the society nor Hopkin could have predicted.
The TRUST was violated by decades of cigar smoke and the unwitting, careless acts of the young who attended rock concerts at the hall when the society required rental income to stay alive financially. It suffered the wounds of mindless acts of mutilation.
We need to restore the trust. The society continues to retain ownership and is storing the painting, albeit in its several pieces. Looking at this work today, Burns can been seen in the center of a country setting, hidden under many layers of cigar smoke residue. The white sky has turned dark brown.
We need to restore this magnificent work. Our goal is to raise $29,500 for the complicated restoration. The project will be the subject of a locally-produced documentary.
How can you help? We have launched a “BUCKS FOR BURNS” campaign. We need your tax-deductible BUCKS now! Donors who send $500 or more will see their names on a plaque at the bottom of the completed restoration and in the video. All donations in excess of $250 will receive a copy of the completed video documentary. Donations in excess of $100 receive a print of the restored painting.
I am trusting YOU to seriously consider being a part of this project. YOU can trust the society to complete this project once financing is secure. Help restore the Burns painting!
Bob Giles, Trustee and Past President
The St. Andrew’s Society of Detroit