MIAMI COUNTY — Noted Troy photographer Jim Witmer has donated a fine arts photograph as part of the live art auction in a fundraiser supporting Health Partners Free Clinic, located in Troy.
On May 4, the Seventh annual Healing Jar Gala dinner and art auction will be held at the Piqua Country Club beginning at 5:30 p.m. Funds raised from the event will provide continued support for Miami County’s lone free medical clinic.
The Piqua Arts Council (PAC) has joined with Health Partners in a cooperative effort to help those in medical need throughout Miami County. PAC Executive Director Jordan Knepper considers the collaborative effort a win-win saying the council and artists believe in the services provided by the clinic.
Knepper said Witmer provides “very elegant” images, many times in black and white or sepia tones. He considers Witmer’s work to be “beautiful and artistic”.
Witmer claims his success as a photojournalist, commercial on-location, studio, and fine art photographer is a result of decades of experience.
Throughout his 35-year career as a newspaper photographer and videographer, thousands of Witmer’s images have been published in the U.S. and worldwide. This includes newspapers, magazines, books, corporate annual reports, brochures and websites for editorial, trade and commercial uses, including Time and Life magazines, Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, United Press International and the Associated Press worldwide.
“I enjoy a wide variety of artists, particularly the work of my daughter, Carly,” said Witmer, noting they share a studio at his home. “I have always been involved in art since I was a kid who loved drawing and painting. I got serious in college (Ohio University) and majored in Fine Arts with an emphasis in photography and visual communications.”
Witmer has been named the Ohio Photographer of the Year five times and the Regional Photographer of the Year (for Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Indiana) three times.
His work has been included in exhibits at: Viaduct Harbor Gallery Auckland, New Zealand; Vanderbilt Hall, Grand Central Terminal NYC; Baker Center, Ohio University; Dayton Visual Arts Center; Rosewood Arts Center; Troy Hayner Cultural Center; Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami, Fla.; Sydney (Australia) Opera House; and the Science Museum, London, England.
The art auction isn’t the first time Witmer has lent his professional eye to help the clinic.
“I believe in the mission of Health Partners, and previously donated my photography services for their marketing needs.”
More information can be found on Witmer’s website at www.jimwitmerphotography.com.
Several local artists and others from throughout Ohio have donated items to the clinic for the event. Information about the artists and their work can be found on the Health Partners website at www.healthpartnersclinic.org.
According to Justin Coby, Health Partners Executive Director, in 2015, the clinic treated 906 unduplicated patients, which equaled into 3,359 physician appointments. The clinic also provided 2,223 patient lab/diagnosis’, and 8,654 clinic-dispensed free prescriptions valued at more than $1 million. Overall, the clinic provided $4.32 in medical services for every $1 spent.
Individual tickets are $80 each with a table of eight tickets being $550. For ticket information, contact the clinic at (937) 332-0894, Ext. 208, or by email at Justin@healthpartnersclinic.org. The clinic website is www.healthpartnersclinic.org; and can be found on Facebook at www/facebook.com/healthpartnersfreeclinic.