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Bid for Santa, Help Paul Ruby Foundation—Priceless

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The is excited to announce a fine art auction of an original Santa portrait by accomplished artist Len Bielefeldt.

The bidding begins at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, and continues until 5 p.m. Dec. 17. This piece is valued at $5,000, and the opening bid is $1,000. All bids should be emailed to info@paulrubyfoundtiation.org, and bidders will be continually updated of progress.

"The foundation is fortunate to work with Lenny," said Paul Ruby, the organization's founder and a person who is dealing with the effects of Parkinson's Disease. "His talent is a true gift, and the Santa is mesmerizing."

Bielefeldt and Lisa Dent, mother of his son, Liam have been connected with the foundation since its inception.

Len Bielefeldt, 49, is an accomplished artist who has been painting fulltime for the last 25 years. He began as a portrait painter so these breathtaking paintings of Santa are a natural fit for him. He painted the first Santa painting for Lisa to hang in her home last year. Len feels that it was part of their love story that she could display in her home. He often derives artful inspiration from his heart and it adds to the intrinsic beauty of his pieces.

This year, Bielefeldt is giving his gift of love and generosity to the Paul Ruby Foundation for Parkison's Research. The one-of-a-kind Santa portrait will be the first in a series to benefit the foundation. This gesture is reminiscent of Santa himself and is certain to help the foundation advance research efforts.

Bielefeldt has teamed up with Morrison Galleries in Geneva. The gallery is new to Geneva but has been one of the largest fine art galleries in Chicago for the last 10 years. When describing how he and Bielefeldt began to work tighter, Owner Val Grass describes it like this.

"We artists have a chip in us that enable to us to find each other and make it seem as if we have known each other forever," he said.

He and wife, Alicja, have found this in each other and now welcome Bielefeldt's work to the gallery. Morrison Galleries will display the Santa portrait beginning with the Christmas Walk until the end of the auction at 5 p.m. Dec. 17.

If you want to experience the magic of Christmas yourself, come see this wonderful painting at Morrison Galleries at 223 W. State, Geneva. The phone is 630-262-0035. All bids should be emailed to info@paulrubyfoundtiation.org and bidders will be continually updated of progress.

Any questions, please call Val at 630-262-0035 or Dawn 630-913-9139. www.paulrubyfoundation.org

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