Celebrities and icons people help hurricane victims

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11/13/2005 – French artist Bernard Vidal is hosting a reception at the United Nations in New York to benefit Hurricane Relief Effort. There he will introduce a series of portraits celebrating "Vidal's Positive People of the World Today". They will be auctioned on eBay to benefit the Red Cross. And why are we telling you this? Well, one of "positive people" is a well-known chess player.

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How did this action come about? Cherchez l'Armand! Insiders who see the names of the people portrayed immediately recognize the handwriting of Armand Rousso, entrepreneur, philanthropist, chess aficionado, responsible for some of the flashiest chess events in recent times. For instance the following:

Most of the people painted by Vidal have been spotted at these events. So now you know.

Press Release
Source: Auction Cause

Vidal to Unveil "Icons and Celebrities of the World''
Collection at United Nations Reception

Paintings to Be Auctioned On eBay To Benefit American Red Cross Hurricane Relief

NEW YORK, Nov. 10, 2005: French artist Bernard Vidal has announced that he will host a reception at the United Nations, November 14, 2005, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. to introduce his portraits celebrating "Vidal's Positive People of the World Today."

"This unique tribute in Art honors people who have impacted the world in a positive way," said Bernard Vidal, recent recipient of the French Government's Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, one of the highest distinctions in the Arts in France. Vidal's honorees include President Bill Clinton, Senator Hillary Clinton, Garry Kasparov, David Blaine, Eckhard Pfeiffer, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Gerard Depardieu, Meg Whitman and Yao Ming.

Bernard Vidals rendering of Garry Kasparov

Vidal also announced an eBay Charity Auction through eBay Giving Works, the dedicated section on the site for nonprofit auctions, of the portraits will begin simultaneously with the UN Event benefiting the American Red Cross Hurricane Relief Effort. The art auction will last for ten days and is available for preview at www.EBAY.com/VidalforRedCross.

Vidal's painting of Bill Clinton 

"I am delighted that my Artwork will raise money to help ease the pain and suffering the recent Hurricanes have caused," commented Vidal.

The auction is being conducted by premier auction management company Auction Cause, which specializes in high profile eBay events for nonprofits and corporations.

For more information and works of Bernard Vidal, please visit www.Bernard-Vidal.com.

Bernard Vidal's first major exhibition was in 1992 at The Gallery of Art and Art in Paris, France. His work has since been shown at over twenty galleries and exhibitions throughout the world.

Special Events
Bernard Vidal will come to America on November 14, 2005, and host a reception at the United Nations to benefit The American Red Cross Hurricane Relief Effort.

His unique tribute to "The Positive People of the World Today" will include beautiful portraits painted in Vidal's style of "Positivism." These portraits will be unveiled at the United Nations Reception and are to be auctioned on eBay to benefit the Red Cross. www.ArtNet.com will also co-host this tribute online and maintains a virtual gallery of Vidal's works.

Bernard Vidal's "Positivism" is experienced best in his various landscapes with robust, bright colors. Collectors and experts worldwide have praised Vidal's use of color and energy in his art.


for Auction Cause
Susan Zogheib, 212-842-4999
Jonathan McCann (Press Contact)
Eric Gazin (Auction Contact)

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