Big Brothers Big Sisters auction features Atkinson art in our frame!

Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters Gala Auction is one of Prescott’s premier events, and we were selected to frame this amazing original painting by Prescott artist Steve Atkinson for the event! It’s called “Hooked for Life”. Showing the bond between a Big and a Little, this charming original oil painting will be at the event!

Hooked for Life, by Steve Atkinson

Why do we support YBBBS?

Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters is a donor and volunteer supported organization and is the nation’s leading Big Brothers Big Sisters agency in the number of children matched per capita. Founded in 1971, Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters currently serves over 1,000 youth in one-to-one relationships. Their service area encompasses 20 communities and 65 schools throughout Yavapai County and Sedona.

Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters operates under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. Most children served by Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters are in single-parent and low-income families. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”).

Research tells us that, compared to all other children their age, boys and girls matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister perform better in school and avoid violence and illegal activities, and have stronger relationships with their parents and others.

The Frame and I is happy to contribute to such a worthy organization, and we hope they do amazingly well at their Gala event!

About the Artist, Steve Atkinson, OPA:

Steve Atkinson is a bright and talented Prescott, AZ artist who, with his wife Ann, is an active member in the Prescott community. They support many local charities and can be found at almost any gathering of Prescott’s brightest! We at the Frame and I are honored to know them and work with them on charitable projects. Steve’s work is incomparable in its sensitivity, color and signature style.

From the artist:

“I want to approach each painting in a fresh way. Some paintings ask to be painted in a loose manner with lots of expression and freedom, while others need to be controlled to allow the subtleties of color temps or facial expression to show through. When an artist becomes a slave to their technique, and limits what they can paint, is when their evolution as an artist ends.”

– Steve Atkinson, OPA –


We were also asked to frame two watercolor sketches Steve Atkinson created of possible subjects for the final painting. We love both of these!

Hooked for LIfe watercolor by Steve Atkinson, which was chosen for the oil painting design

Practice Time watercolor by Steve Atkinson, which was a potential choice for the final painting

If you’re going to the Gala, thank you for supporting our youth through Big Brothers Big Sisters. We hope you have a wonderful time! Thanks for reading!

All the Best,

Ida Woll