Wednesday, August 1, 2018

UPDATE: Putin picture to be replaced by Trump portrait at Colorado State Capitol

Posted By on Wed, Aug 1, 2018 at 10:36 AM

click to enlarge Then-citizen Donald Trump at the 2011 Conservative Political Action Conference. - GAGE SKIDMORE
  • Gage Skidmore
  • Then-citizen Donald Trump at the 2011 Conservative Political Action Conference.

UPDATE: From Senate President Kevin Grantham in a release issued Aug. 2:
Less than 32 hours after the launch, 191 donors had come forth, contributing over $10,000 to ensure that the President’s portrait would be completed. As of 10:00 A.M. on Thursday morning, there had been a total of 205 donors contributing $10,519. Notable public donors to the GoFundMe include State Senator Ray Scott (R-Grand Junction), Representative Dan Pabon (D-Denver), and former Representative Dorothy Butcher (D-Pueblo).

“With contributions from $5 to $500, and donors across the political spectrum, this effort was a victory for Colorado,” said President Grantham on Thursday morning. “Every President – regardless of their political party – deserves a portrait in the Colorado State Capitol. It was great to see this get done quickly, and we can’t wait to let Sarah Boardman get started on another beautiful piece of art.”
——————ORIGINAL POST 10:36 A.M. WEDNESDAY, AUG. 1, 2018————————

More than 18 months into the Donald Trump presidency, and the Colorado State Capitol still doesn't have his portrait displayed along with those of past presidents.

What to do?

click to enlarge State Sen. Steve Fenberg, D-Boulder, tweeted this photo last week of the blank space and the Putin photo.
  • State Sen. Steve Fenberg, D-Boulder, tweeted this photo last week of the blank space and the Putin photo.
One person took it upon themselves to hang a picture of Russian President Vladimir Putin near the spot where Trump's portrait should hang. The prank got national news coverage from CNN, The Hill and the Guardian.

Now, according to a release from the Colorado Senate Republicans, Senate President Kevin Grantham has taken on the mission to raise the $10,000 needed to pay an artist to create a portrait of the 45th president. Information on Grantham's pitch and how to donate can be found here.

He began a GoFundMe account on Tuesday, July 31, and, as reported in the release:
Less than 24 hours after a "soft launch," as of 9:00 am Wednesday, the effort had received nearly $6,000 in donations, most of them relatively modest in size, which Grantham points to as a clear demonstration of Trump's continued popularity with grassroots Coloradans.
More from the release:
“We’ve all seen the news, there’s no portrait of President Trump on display at the Colorado State Capitol,” Grantham says in a video pitch requesting donations, “which is why I’m excited to announce that we’re taking the reins and raising $10,000 to get a painting of Donald J. Trump in the Hall of Portraits at the Colorado State Capitol.”

Grantham points out in the video that President Obama’s portrait was largely funded by a single donor. But he wants to take a more grassroots and “populist” approach with Trump’s portrait. “We figured it would be much more fitting to have everyday Coloradans, and Americans, pitch-in $5, $10 or $25 to get this portrait up. The artist, a Colorado Springs native, has already informed us that she is more than willing to get started, and we’re excited to see this blank space filled.”
To clarify, if indeed the same artist who painted Obama's portrait has agreed to paint Trump's, as indicated on the GoFundMe page: her name is Sarah Boardman, and she's actually a native of England, though a current resident of Colorado Springs.  

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