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Matt Stanton Beard

Matt Beard

Fundraising Total Since Joining AidCurrent
$47,687.88

Joined AidCurrent
Oct 1, 2013

Average Funds Raised per Day
$25.09

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Artwork by Matt Beard Raises $14,000 for Cancer Research and Treatment

"Scripps and Salsa"

36" x 24"
Acrylic on Canvas
by Matt Beard 
Funds Raised: $14,000
Nonprofit: UCSD's Moore's Cancer Center

AidCurrent artist Matt Beard painted and donated this studio piece to the 2015 Legends of Surfing Invitational & Luau held at the Scripps Pier in La Jolla, CA. The event raises funds each year for UCSD’s Moore’s Cancer Center. This piece was the official event artwork for the year and raised $14,000 in the live auction. Here's what Matt Beard had to say about it:

"Holy moly."

Live Art Benefits UCSD’s Moore’s Cancer Center

"Last Rites"

12" x 16"
Acrylic on Canvas
by Matt Beard 
Funds Raised: $1200
Nonprofit: UCSD's Moore's Cancer Center

AidCurrent artist Matt Beard painted this small plein air piece on site during the 22nd Annual Luau & Legends of Surfing Invitational's VIP party held in La Jolla, CA. It was auctioned on site while the paint was still wet. Here's what Matt Beard had to say about it:

"Technically, this would be the 33rd piece in my Free Range series. Odometer maybe at 1525 miles or so. This little one raised $1200 to fight cancer that night (not to be confused with my large painting of Scripps Pier that sold for $14,000 at the main event the next day). Shortly after that I was keeled over in pain and ended up in the ER at Scripps hospital. They couldn’t figure it out and sent me on my way where the stabbing pain came and went for the next 2 weeks. Tests, appointments, all that. Still no answers but feeling better. Reckon 3 weeks of van life and brutal work pace had me neglecting proper nutrition and hydration and I paid the price this time. Anyway, all that is to say I’m not dead yet, and even though this is the last painting I’ve done as of this moment, there will be more. Just a reminder we never know what tomorrow brings. Life is short. Love people. Now.

"I’m beyond stoked to have been part of such an amazing event and grateful to all that work so hard to make it happen each year. I hope to be back, and in better condition to howl at the moon and fight cancer like a pirate with you all next year. Heroes."

Live Art on the Radio Benefits Humboldt Surfrider

"Passing Through V: Airwaves"

40" x 30"
Acrylic on Canvas
by Matt Beard 
Funds Raised: $200
Nonprofit: Humboldt Surfrider

AidCurrent artist Matt Beard painted this piece on live radio. Yes, radio. Well, it was something to do on a Thursday afternoon anyway, and when his friend Mike Dronkers announced he was leaving his post as the midday show host at Humboldt County's free form radio station KHUM, Beard figured it was time to catch him before he left and see what it would be like to paint on live radio. The piece was started and finished in the KHUM studio in Ferndale, CA during the duration of Mike's Midday show. Beer and coffee happened as well as awkward silences and some pretty epic acoustic swoosh rhythm sounds whose audio was expertly captured by Mike with a range of equipment and instruments that had Beard worried he'd be getting a shot of novacane and a root canal before the show was over. The piece was auctioned over the radio with the final bid coming from some friends of Mike who wanted to give this piece to him as a going away gift. If you look close enough, and drink enough coffee and beer, and think about the dentist long enough, you can sort of make out the inner workings of the KHUM studio here complete with multiple monitors, turn tables, sound boards, the window to the outer world of Ferndale, and yes, Mike himself in a blur of activity spinning tunes for Humboldt County and beyond.

Live Art Supporting H2O Trash Patrol

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"Pray For Her"

36" x 36"
Acrylic on Canvas
by Matt Beard and Skye Walker
Funds Raised: $600
Nonprofit: H2O Trash Patrol

One of the only collaboration pieces Matt Beard has ever created in a live setting, this piece was created with Skye Walker at the San Diego Surf Film Festival in 2015 to benefit the H2O Trash Patrol, a small group dedicated to keeping our beaches and oceans clean.

Live Art Supporting Trinidad School’s Surf and Skate Clubs

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"Architecture of Flow"

30"x 40"
Acrylic on Canvas
by Matt Beard
Funds Raised: $180
Nonprofit: Trinidad Elementary School's Surf and Skate Clubs

AidCurrent artist Matt Beard painted this piece at Trinidad School's Surf and Skate Fest to benefit the kids' surf and skate clubs. He began this piece by organizing a revolving group of skateboarding dads to skate past his paint mixing area and grab a brush with a fresh of load of newly mixed paint and skate past the canvas dragging the brush across its surface as one may drag a hand across a wave's face, then complete the loop back to his paint mixing area and hand off the used brush to receive another with a fresh load of paint. The cycle worked well and once a rhythm was established, 20 or 30 passes happened in a flash, with only one minor mishap when a wheel hit a rock and one dad ended up getting a close up view of the school's black top. He brushed it off and continued on, but throngs of kids came rushing in to take their turn with the brush and the whole thing lost its rhythm as quickly as it had been gained. Those first strokes became the Architecture of Flow for this piece.

Print Proceeds supporting Trinidad Elementary School

Various Limited Edition Canvas Prints

by Matt Beard 
Funds Raised: $120
Nonprofit: Trinidad School

AidCurrent artist Matt Beard has made several of his Limited Edition Canvas Prints available for purchase from the Trinidad School allowing the school to retain a gallery-level 40% commission from each sale.

"Well, I figure that if a gallery earns their commission by connecting the artist with buyers, then how much radder is it when a school's office can do the same thing? Stoked to support."

Live Art supporting Food For People

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"The Song Rises"

36" x 36"
Acrylic on Canvas
by Matt Beard 
Funds Raised: $125
Nonprofit: Food For People

AidCurrent artist Matt Beard painted "The Song Rises" from start to finish on stage during a musical performance from Josephine Johnson at a packed out Arcata Playhouse show on February 24, 2015. $125 was donated out of the sale of the finished piece to Humboldt based nonprofit Food For People.

Live Art supporting Trinidad Elementary School Music & Arts Programs

"Convergence"

36"x36"
Acrylic on Canvas
by Matt Beard
Funds Raised: $450
Nonprofit: Trinidad Elementary School's Music & Art Programs

AidCurrent artist Matt Beard painted this piece titled "Convergence" on February 9, 2015 at the Trinidad Town Hall during a fundraising event for Trinidad School's art and music programs. $450 from the final sale went to the cause.

AidCurrent 1.0 raises $11,264.05 in First Year

During one year of trial and error from 2013-2014, AidCurrent artist Matt Beard was able to use his artwork to raise $11,264.05 for various nonprofits and great causes in his community. Encouraged by the results and jazzed by the good vibes of seeing his art do so much good in the world, he began the long hard task of retooling the whole concept and laying the growth-ready groundwork to expand the platform and include more artists and position the project to do even more to make the world a better place. The downtime was longer than he'd hoped for, but he's excited to finally get things rolling again.