Renowned "fairy artist" James Christensen of Park City, Utah, turned up on last Sunday's episode of the ABC show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The reality show finds needy, hard-luck families and completely rebuilds their rundown houses and replaces them with modern manors with enough bells and whistles to make Oprah and Bill Gates both sigh. For his part in the episode, Christensen painted a special fairy portrait for the family's young daughter.
Christensen's do-gooder spirit has made it as far as Boise, too. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Gallery 601 is putting on a Pink Ribbon event. Teaming up with the Greenwich Workshop and Greenwich dealers across the nation, they will raise funds and awareness for the cause of breast cancer research. Christensen has created a new image just for this event, entitled, appropriately enough, The Pink Ribbon, and with every purchase of the open edition print and limited edition canvases, 10 percent of sales will be donated back to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research. The artist himself will make an appearance at Gallery 601 on November 3 and any prints purchased prior to his show can be personalized by Christensen at the gallery appearance.
November 3, 6-9 p.m., Gallery 601, 211 N. 10th St., 336-5899, www.gallery601.com.