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Houston Artist Painting Brings Top Dollar at Helping a Hero Charity Benefit


Local Houston artist, Hanh Tran's “American Flag” catches the eye of many bidders at the Helping a Hero Gala.

Houston, TX (PRWEB) October 30, 2012

Hanh Tran, known for her strong Texana paintings, was recently commissioned to paint an American flag to put up for bid at the "Helping a Hero" gala. The request for donation came at the last minute, and the painting was placed as the final item up for bid in the galas live auction.

The painting titled “American Heroes“ was an oil on canvas measuring 48 x 48 inches. Tran had each of the soldiers honored at the event sign the painting. “I was honored to be asked to donate a painting to such a wonderful cause” said Tran. “It offered me the ability to give back to those who have given our country so much already.” The final bid for "American Heroes" was $50,000, the second highest price for an item that evening.

The gala attendees included some of Houston's biggest names and was hosted by comedian Dennis Miller. Later that evening, the 2300 guests enjoyed a moving speech by President George W. Bush. He was also honored with the "Patriot Award" by Helping a Hero. The event raised over $3 million dollars which goes toward building specially adapted homes for seriously wounded veterans around the country.


Houstonian Hanh Tran's work with oil on canvas is based on self-study of the human form, nature, culture and emotion. Her dedication to learning – and a hands-on approach to sharing the art experience with others – is indicative of Tran's dedication to creating and providing approachable and emotive art.

Heavy, sweeping, broad strokes of thick oil paint that create a three-dimensional effect are trademarks of Trans's collections and commissioned works. It is through her connection with art, nature and people that Tran finds comfort through expression. "Art provides respite and renewal for most people,” said Tran. “Painting, creating and sharing provide quiet comfort and establish a meaningful sense of community."

Tran, the seventh and youngest child of Vietnamese-Chinese immigrants, was raised in Houston and learned early on to teach herself and to others to foster personal growth. Through donations of her original art and art + wellness teaching sessions with patients and families of patients facing health challenges, Tran serves those in need in local and national charitable communities. Among others, Sunshine Kids, North Cypress Medical Center and Covenant House Texas are key community charitable organizations with which Tran volunteers.

Tran's commitment to volunteerism and passion for sharing the arts across the state was recognized formally by the 82nd Texas Legislature when Tran received special, formal recognition via Senate Resolution 182 by Senator Rodney Ellis and House Resolution 310 by State Representative Sarah Davis. During this legislative session, Tran also presented the inaugural Hanh Gallery Hero award to Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst and Texas Cultural Trust Board member Patricia Dewhurst.

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