Holly Smith-Hale



JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (August 9, 2017) – The DONNA Foundation is proud to present The Art of Life, a one night only event where art and courage come to life at The Museum, located at 4160 Boulevard Center Drive, Jacksonville, Fla. on August 31, 2017 from 5:00-8:00 p.m.

The Art of Life, benefiting The DONNA Foundation, brings together some of the most inspirational and unique talent in the art community.  The gallery hosted affair gives guests an intimate experience with art, the artist and those served by The DONNA Foundation.  Featured works will portray artist’s interpretations of life through motion and live presentations, along with various supporting pieces from other media.

Presenting artists include Dustin Harewood, Patrick Miko and BODY ART REFINED EXHIBITION (B.A.R.E.), each contributing a sampling of their own unique work in support of The DONNA Foundation. Each work displayed will reflect a celebratory look at life, love and the courage to engage with the world around us.  A selection of work will be available for purchase with the proceeds benefiting The DONNA Foundation. Attendees and patrons to the exhibit are encouraged to buy tickets early as space is limited. Tickets are $50, tax deductible, and can be purchased at

Dustin Harewood’s work routinely compares and contrasts his own personal cultural influences and experiences.  Born in New York City, he attended high school in Barbados, and went on to marry a Japanese woman. As a graduate of North Carolina Central University (BA) and University of North Carolina at Greensboro (MFA), Dustin brings a great deal of trained perspective to his work. Recently recognized by The Community Foundation, Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, Dustin was honored as one of six award recipients at the 41st Annual Arts Awards.

Patrick Miko is a jack of all trades and works in mixed media but is best known as a printmaker painter with a hardscape construction background.  A graduate of Kent State University (BFA) and University of Wisconsin-Madison (MFA), Patrick is also the founding principal of Print Studio Jax and a featured artist at One Spark.  As a highly sought-after contributor, his work can be found in numerous local, regional and national exhibits.

Also on display at the event is BODY ART REFINED EXHIBITION or B.A.R.E. Composed of over 30 local body paint artists and photographers, B.A.R.E. strives to extend centuries of history through artistic body painting. Transforming people into canvases to tell stories in the most intimate way possible, the group seeks to bring this expressive form of art to Jacksonville, as well as nurture young talent and ensure the passing on of body painting from one generation to the next.

About The DONNA Foundation

The DONNA Foundation, a private non-profit organization in Northeast Florida, provides financial assistance and support nationwide to those living with breast cancer and funds groundbreaking research to finish the disease once and for all. The organization participates in a variety of community outreach initiatives, educational programs and fundraising events yearly to support its mission, including hosting the only national marathon to finish breast cancer – The DONNA. To date, the foundation has served more than 10,000 families in need and dispersed more than $5 million to fuel programs that move families from a place of fear to a place of love.