Marty Dunn , Artist, Sarasota, Florida

Art That Matters is located in Sarasota, FL. We offer a wide range of representational art including: original oils, portraits, murals, and fine art prints. Anything that you see in the gallery can be purchased as an original work of art, a fine art print (giclee), a smaller reproduction, greeting cards, etc. Contact us. If you want it, we should be able to make it work. We take a holistic approach to art and to life as reflected by our involvement in the charities profiled on this website. All major credit and debit cards are accepted through PayPal, whether you have a PayPal account or not.


Marianne Oberg Foundation for the Spiritual Arts (MOFSA)

The Marianne Oberg Foundation for Spiritual Art (MOFSA) is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to inspire, encourage and support the creation of spiritual art, which deepens us, fosters healing and wholeness, and catalyzes growth and transformation. MOFSA pursues its educational mission through grants to artists and exhibits of spiritual art.

In February of 2020 I found that the Spiritual Art Grant for 2020 had been awarded to me!!:0  Since then COVID-19 has played havoc with schedules and plans, and the show has been pushed back into 2021.  The work of the grant has not been inhibited, however; as I have been freed up to pursue the discipline of spiritual art and all that means.

Here is a link to an interview the MOFSA board created regarding the grant and my participation.

Event Date: 2020-09-30 12:00 AM - 2021-09-30 12:00 AM
Event Location: Charlotte, North Carolina

Race in America

Since the pandemic and social unrest of 2020, art shows are adapting to the new reality.  Many have gone online.  More have asked the question: 'What does art have to offer in times of social unrest?'  This show, curated by Professor Rebecca Miller, invited artists from across the nation to address the question.  I am proud to have three paintings in the show:  Crossroad, Rosa's Angels, and Thurman by Firelight.

Psychologist Rollo May asked the question: 'What if imagination and art are not frosting at all, but the fountainhead of human experience?'  Our nation is looking for comfort, looking for answers.  I will be studying the work of the 18 other artists in this show with Dr May's words in mind.  Here is a link to a piece that KOLR10 news did regarding the show.



Event Date: 2020-11-06 12:00 AM - 2020-11-25 12:00 AM
Event Location: Drury University, Springfield, MO

Ayinza trip to the village

Ayinza is a group of people from Africa and from the USA who have bonded across the Atlantic for the benefit of a village in Uganda. We view our relationship as multi-generational, committed, and egalitarian.  This is a single community separated by an ocean.   Ayinza is committed to visiting Mpongo twice a year; however, COVID-19 has played havoc with that!  The airport at Entebbe has reopened to "tourists", so we are tentatively planning a trip this coming June or July. Trips are open to all with a heart that longs to get to know those different from ourselves.  Trip initiatives depend upon the skill sets of the participants and the needs of the community. To get involved at any level, contact me or Ayinza.

Event Date: 2021-06-01 12:00 AM - 2021-08-01 12:00 AM
Event Location: Mpongo, Uganda

Embracing Our Differences

Embracing Our Differences is an annual event held at Bayfront Park, Downtown Sarasota,
Ringling Boulevard & Bayfront Drive/US Route 41, Sarasota, FL 34236

For 2021, fifty chosen works from all over the world were displayed in the form of large banners; 12 feet tall and 16 feet wide.  Of the 15,912 works submitted, I am proud to say that 'Thurman By Firelight' was one of the works chosen!!

More so, I have studied all the art that will be on display and come away with a feeling of hope--real hope for our world.  You can view all of the art here.  See if you come away with the same feeling I did:)

Atfter the Bayfront Park show, a generous grant allowed the show to be moved to Benderson Park where it remained on display until the end of August, 2021.  All told, the show had over 488,000 views.  An artist can't ask for more than that.

Event Date: 2021-01-20 12:00 AM - 2021-04-02 12:00 AM
Event Location: Sarasota, FL


Webster Arts, a non-profit organization dedicated to promotion of art in the St Louis, MO, area, is sponsoring a national invitational show with the following call:

At Webster Arts, we say "art elevates life." In these trying times, we believe art can bring people together. For this themed exhibition, we invited artists from across the country to submit artwork that uplifts, inspires, and elevates us all. Elevate was juried by internationally recognized St Louis artist, Cbabi Bayoc.

Both 'Testimony' and 'Crossroad' were chosen out of 541 entries for acceptance into the show; and 'Crossroad' was judged Best of Show by the juror!!  A virtual opening reception was held the evening of 03/16/2021 and is available on YouTube

Event Date: 2021-03-16 12:00 AM - 2021-04-30 11:00 PM
Event Location: Webster Arts, Webster Grove, MO

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