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It’s no secret that Jerry and Jackie Miles deserve much of the credit for Fountain Hills’ extensive public art collection.

Over the past 20 years, their generosity is responsible for much of the collection that continues to entertain visitors and locals alike, bringing recognition and accolades to Fountain Hills.

Now, Jerry’s widow, Jackie, has made it possible to own a piece from their extensive private collection through a community-wide auction that will benefit the International Dark Sky Discovery Center.

The Miles Collection includes over 80 works of art, including paintings, prints and sculptures by renowned artists from across the West. Much of the collection is western or southwestern themed, with some eclectic departures that are often fun and whimsical. Featured artists include Amado Pena, Bob Boze Bell, Carlos Hadaway, Doug Katonak, Mark Lundeen, Barbara Elliott and many more.

One element of the collection that is particularly endearing to those who love the history of Fountain Hills is that many of the pieces are miniatures or an inspiration for some of the current public art collection.

Through March 25, an online auction link will be available with the art, which can then be viewed in person on March 26 at the Fountain Hills Community Center from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the Dark Sky Festival.

To view the items or participate in the auction, go to FHArtAuction.givesmart.com or text FHArtAuction to 76278. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the future International Dark Sky Discover Center, a project that, according to the Miles, will bring long-term international notoriety. in Fountain Hills.

For questions, contact Dori Wittrig at 602-558-5901 or Vicky Derksen at 480-837-5867.

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