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B&R's been busy

Local art gallery has fun and raises funds.

Posted: May 10, 2008 1:52 a.m.
Updated: July 11, 2008 5:03 a.m.
 
Canyon Country's B&R Gallery is riding high and sharing it. The riding high, of course, includes things going very well on the business side, but lately includes owner Dave Joseph and his son Steven riding in a replica of that famous television car known for flying high - the General Lee. And B&R is sharing its good fortune with the Michael Hoefflin Foundation to further its efforts to battle pediatric cancer.

Dave Joseph and his wife Barbara have been avid supporters of the Michael Hoefflin Foundation since 2001, attending fundraising events and donating items for auction.

"It's a nice organization that helps families," he said, when asked why they became involved. "You have to serve some purpose in life other than making money. You have to reach out to people who are going through hard times."

Continuing that, the couple recently donated almost $100,000 worth of artwork to the foundation.

Dave and Barbara Joseph are no strangers to hard times. They raised two special needs boys and understand the difficulties faced by parents who must find their way through the maze of medical treatments and information. Both boys are approaching adulthood now, and the Josephs continue to be involved in their treatment and care.

In 1981, while their boys were small, they started the gallery out of their home and, for a time, Dave Joseph was selling art at a local gas station corner. When they purchased their current location, they started out in two rooms, selling prints in standard frames, and soon expanded into the full gallery - specializing in originals and prints with beautiful custom framing.

They now sell locally, nationally and internationally to clients who find the Joseph's brand of personalized attention and passion for art to be exactly what they are looking for.

Favorite artists at the gallery include Bev Dolittle, Howard Terpning, Arnold Friberg, Steve Hanks, Thomas Kinkade, Judy Larson, Ron Lesser, Pino, Terry Redlin, Dave Barnhouse, William S. Phillips, Robert Taylor and Stephen Lyman.

The Josephs made it their goal to present a little bit of everything at the gallery so that anyone can find something of interest. Displays range from one of the largest collections of Bev Dolittle originals to actual guitars, which are they themselves pieces of art.

The Michael Hoefflin Foundation plans to use the proceeds from B&R's donation to fund a variety of services. Through this generous donation, the foundation will be able to provide families with grocery, gas and phone cards, support groups, family entertainment activities, counseling and tutoring.

For more information about the Michael Hoefflin foundation call (661) 250-4100 or go visit www.MHF.org.

For information about the B&R Gallery call (661) 298-2038 or visit www.bnr-art.com.

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