Editor's note: the following information was provided to Patch via a news release.
MDA Ambassador Reagan Imhoff, a Waukesha County resident, wanted the artwork she created with Harley-Davidson designer Mathew Hintz to “raise a lot of money for MDA so we can have more scientists to make medicines.” The original drawing of a purple Harley-Davidson Softail Breakout motorcycle brought in $3,500 on Aug. 31 at the MDA auction during the 110th Anniversary Celebration. The pair hopes to raise even more with sales of the limited edition, signed prints, available through www.hintzstudios.com.
“I’m happy our artwork raised some money, and hope we sell all of the prints!” said Reagan, who has Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a painful neuromuscular disease. "It makes me feel really good that I can help MDA by sharing things I love to do. I can't wait to make some more art with Mat, he was really fun to work with.”
Hintz will donate 10 percent to MDA of any commissioned artwork he paints through the end of 2013. In addition, the pair are planning to work together on future projects, such as the MDA Black-N-Blue Ball in 2014. It’s rumored that piece may have butterflies.
“I’m excited to continue to raise funds for MDA and inspire Reagan’s artwork,” said Hintz, who has who has created logos for MDA events since 1999. “It’s wonderful that we raised so much, and I’m honored to partner with MDA into the future.”
Hintz of Hintz Studios (www.hintzstudios.com) creates personalized and visceral motorcycle paintings by sculpting the canvas with layers of paint and coating it with a high-glass finish. He’s worked on hundreds of art production pieces, from helmets to tank medallions to full paint schemes for motorcycles. Harley-Davidson is in his DNA. Hintz graduated from Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1998.
MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education. In addition to funding more than 250 research projects worldwide, MDA maintains a national network of 200 medical clinics; facilitates hundreds of support groups for families affected by neuromuscular diseases; and provides local summer camp opportunities for thousands of youngsters living with progressive muscle diseases.For more information, visit mda.org and follow MDA on Facebook (facebook.com/MDAnational) and Twitter (@MDAnews).