A ThinOptics Line Designed by ArtLifting Artists in Partnership with Quincy Jones
Quincy Jones' dedication to humanitarian causes and spreading social good and love is reflected through his collaboration with ArtLifting artists - Charles Blackwell, Douglas Pendleton and Billy Megargel.
The Quincy Jones ThinOptics Curated Collection benefits three life changing organizations - Keep Memory Alive, The Quincy Jones Foundation and ArtLifting.
As a young man, Charles Blackwell was involved in an accident that caused him to lose the majority of his eyesight. When he was going blind, Charles focused on the phrase “take your challenges and make them an asset.” He finds that losing his vision has opened him up to an entirely new way of creating art that he may never have known otherwise. Charles is from San Francisco and currently lives in Oakland, California.
Billy Megargel's personal story reveals why he is so committed to his life as an artist. Living with autism, he doesn't use words to communicate, rather he uses the power of his artistic talent to create expressive modern paintings that command attention with their physical and emotional power. Billy is based in Boston, MA and his abstract pieces have been sold nationwide.
Douglas Pendleton creates abstract paintings at Saint Francis House, a haven for individuals living with homelessness in Boston. After experiencing a stroke many years ago, Douglas chose to paint and create collages to express himself. Instead of focusing on how his stroke altered his life, Douglas chooses to stay positive and keep creating every day.
An impresario in the broadest and most creative sense of the word
Photo By Greg Wells
Named by Time Magazine as one of the most influential jazz musicians of the 20th century, Quincy Jones is an impresario in the broadest and most creative sense of the word. His career has encompassed the roles of composer, record producer, artist, film producer, arranger, conductor, instrumentalist, TV producer, record company executive, television station owner, magazine founder, multi-media entrepreneur, and humanitarian. Among the multitude of awards that he has received for his contributions are an Emmy Award, seven Academy Award nominations, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, 27 Grammy Awards, and is the all-time most nominated Grammy artist with a total of 79 nominations. A recipient of the Republic of France's Commandeur de Legion d'Honneur, in 2001, Jones was named a Kennedy Center Honoree, for his contributions to the cultural fabric of the United States of America. He was recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts as a Jazz Master – the nation's highest jazz honor, and in 2010 was bestowed the National Medal of Arts, our nation's highest artistic honor. In 2016, Jones received a Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical for the Broadway production of The Color Purple. The award completed the rare EGOT set for Jones, an exclusive club of artists who have received an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award.
About the Supporting Organizations
Funds raised from the net sales of Quincy Jones' exclusive collection benefit three organizations that make a difference in our world:
The Keep Memory Alive Patient and Caregiver Program strives to help all who are affected by a degenerative brain disease – patients and their caregivers – by providing no-cost social services, support, resources, education and the programs they need to maximize the quality of life in the face of new challenges and opportunities.
The Quincy Jones Foundation provides restoration support in the Gulf Coast (post-Katrina) and raises awareness and financial resources for initiatives that work to eradicate global children's issues in areas of conflict, malaria, and clean water shortages.
ArtLifting empowers artists impacted by homelessness or disabilities and offers them the chance to secure their own income through the celebration and sale of their artwork. By showcasing and selling artwork via ArtLifting.com, the artists gain self-confidence that permeates all aspects of their lives.