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Renowned artist Rob Surette donates painting to BGCL

November 15, 2016

Speed painter and motivational speaker Rob Surette recently visited BGCL to share his message that kids' lives can be greater than they ever thought possible. Soon after the show he performed at no cost, Rob returned to donate another lasting reminder to our youth members: a 6-foot painting of Michael Jordan.

Rob, a self-taught artist, has performed his Amazing Hero Art show at more than 3,500 venues over the past 22 years. A two-time Guinness World Records holder, he has appeared on the "Today Show," "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "The Oprah Winfrey Show," and "Good Morning America." He is a Master Fine Artist for Disney, Star Wars, and the Muppets, and his paintings have raised tens of thousands of dollars at charity auctions.

During his show at BGCL on October 11, which was coordinated by board member Timra Carlson, Rob dazzled the club kids by painting towering yet detailed portraits of Abraham Lincoln, Mother Teresa, and Albert Einstein - each taking just minutes.

Rob, an alumnus of the Arlington Boys & Girls Club whose children have played basketball games at BGCL for many years, decided to create a special Michael Jordan painting because the youth members cheered so wildly when he unveiled one during his show.

"Michael Jordan is a superstar today because he never gave up, even when he was cut from his high school basketball team," Rob says. "When the kids see that painting, I want them to feel inspired and determined to work just as hard to achieve their own dreams."


Did You Know?

Members of the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence attend professional sports games throughout the year thanks to the generosity of individuals and corporations in the community.