Avery in the News
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James Avery Makes $15,000 Donation to Texas Arts and Crafts Educational Foundation
Foundation awards eight Texas art students with scholarship
KERRVILLE, TEXAS--(May 10, 2011)—James Avery, a family-owned jewelry retailer based in Kerrville, Texas, donated $15,000 to the Emerging Texas Artist Scholarship Program. This program, founded by the Texas Arts and Crafts Educational Foundation (TACEF), will help fund eight scholarships for students participating in an art program at a Texas college or university.
Currently in its tenth year, the Emerging Texas Artist Scholarship Program recognizes exceptional artists in thirteen categories of art who are currently enrolled in an art program at a Texas college or university. James Avery Craftsman has underwritten this $15,000 Scholarship Program for the past six years. In 2010, the Emerging Texas Artist Scholarship Program fielded approximately 50 students from six Texas schools.
Penni Carr, Executive Director for TACEF, comments on the donation: “The Texas Arts and Crafts Educational Foundation is so fortunate and grateful to be teaming up with James Avery Craftsman in this Scholarship Program. It is a perfect partnership; James Avery is the epitome of fine crafts. With their commitment to the arts and their generous contribution, eight college level art students will be able to pursue their passions."
James Avery strongly believes in serving the community with the same passion and care that is brought to crafting their jewelry. As a precedent set long ago by Mr. Avery himself, giving back to the community is an important aspect of the company’s core beliefs. Each year James Avery donates to various charities and programs, locally and nationally, that provide support in arts, education, healthcare, and the environment. Last year, James Avery sponsored the Boys and Girls Clubs of America’s National Fine Arts Program.
Chris Avery, chief executive officer, comments: “We at James Avery are extremely grateful that we can share with the communities in which we live and work. We hope this donation will support and continue to motivate these students to pursue their passion in the arts. We hope that our contributions can aid in the enrichment of these students’ on-going education and future.”
About James Avery
Established in 1954, James Avery is a family-owned jeweler that offers high quality, typically hand-crafted jewelry in sterling silver, gold and gemstones. From a one man endeavor in his mother-in-law’s garage, James Avery has grown into a team of 1,400 designers, craftsmen, sales associates and support staff offering unique designs to customers throughout the nation. James Avery maintains over 1,000 designs in the active product line. Each design is originated by skilled men and women in the James Avery design studio and then finely crafted and produced by artisans predominantly in the Texas Hill Country. James Avery currently operates a total of 61 stores across Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee. James Avery jewelry is available at retail stores and online at www.jamesavery.com. More information about James Avery is available online at www.jamesavery.com/about,
About the Texas Arts and Crafts Educational Foundation
Established in 1984, TACEF is dedicated to promoting the appreciation of fine arts and crafts skills and creating educational opportunities in visual and creative arts in the State of Texas. TACEF main project is the Official Texas State Arts & Crafts Fair held annually during the Memorial Day Weekend in Kerrville, Texas. Introduced in 2002, the Emerging Texas Artist Scholarship Program awards scholarships to Texas university students. For more information about the Scholarship Program, visit www.theartoftexas.com.