RENO — When acclaimed performance artist and painter Michael Israel visits the Reno-Tahoe region March 21, not only will he be helping to raise funds for two worthwhile charity organizations, the Reno-Tahoe Open Foundation and the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum, he will help commemorate a beloved statesman. Known around the world for his spirited, awe-inspiring performances where oversized portraits of cultural icons come to life before audiences of hundreds, Israel plans to paint a portrait of the late Sen. Bill Raggio live, followed by an auction of the one-of-a-kind piece. Israel will create the work of art during Birdies & Brushes March 21 at the Eldorado, in honor of the state’s longest-serving senator, who was known for his even handedness and generosity. Raggio was a long-time supporter of the Reno-Tahoe Open as well as a member of its Renegades group.
“As a friend and colleague of Bill’s, I thought this would be an ideal opportunity to celebrate and commemorate what an incredibly valuable member of our community Bill truly was and acknowledge how much he will be missed by all of us,” said Randolph Townsend, Reno-Tahoe Open Foundation board member.
A limited number of eight-person tables for Birdies & Brushes are still available for $1,750 atwww.renotahoeopen.com.