If you happen to have a million dollars burning a hole in your pocket right now, you may wish to pick up the painting currently in my sidebar as "Bouguereau of the Week". It's The Little Knitter, which will be sold at Sotheby's from October 24-25. It is estimated to sell at between $900,000 and $1,200,000 and fully a fourth of the sale price will be donated to benefit the Art Renewal Center.
The Art Renewal Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to the revival of the Western tradition of art after its collapse in the 20th Century. ARC provides scholarships for students committed to this tradition, a Salon competition like that of the old Paris Academy, a certification program for ateliers, and a vast archive of high-quality images of the best of Western art. What started a few years ago as a simple website for Academic fanatics has turned into a serious artistic operation.
So if you happen to have a million dollars lying around and you've already solved the problem of homelessness and AIDS in Africa and such, give a care and contribute to this renaissance movement rekindling the magnificence of the art of Western Civilization.