An acrylic painting by a local doctor will be sold as part of the Oct. 7 Sparks Stampede hosted by Sparks Medical Center - Van Buren.

The piece titled “Boy Meets Girl” is by Dr. Patric Anderson, an emergency room physician at Sparks - Van Buren.

Raffle tickets will be sold at the stampede with the painting to be given away Oct. 31, according to Mary Jo Brinkman, race organizer. Tickets will be $1 each, five for $6 or 10 for $12.

Ticket sales, as proceeds from the Sparks Stampede, will benefit the River Valley Ovarian Cancer Alliance and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Last year’s Sparks Stampede raised more than $7,500 for the two organizations.

Anderson has at least 12 paintings hanging in the Van Buren hospital, he said. Many of those are abstract and layered with acrylic and oil paint, which creates texture to the point of being three dimensional.

Anderson has had no professional training, but art has been a hobby and passion of his since college, he said. His grandmother was an artist, and he inherited her acrylic paints after she died.

“I try to bring good colors together,” Anderson said. “That’s what makes me happy.”

Anderson and his wife, Cheryl, have a barn filled with his works, both completed or in progress. He often gives artwork away or sells them for charity, he said.

Anderson also has exhibited his work at the Center for Art and Education and in his wife’s law office, he said. Anderson’s wife is his “first critic” and the measure for the value he sets on each piece, he said.

Registrations are being accepted for the Sparks Stampede, a certified 5K and 10K races and fun walk to promote physical fitness, while raising awareness of various forms of cancer.

Registration will begin at 7 a.m. Oct. 7 and the race will begin at 8 a.m. Oct. 7 at Sparks Medical Center – Van Buren, East Main and 20th streets.

Online registration is at

Checks should be made payable to Sparks Medical Center – Van Buren Auxiliary. Mail fee and registration form to Alicia Agent, Sparks Health System, P.O. Box 2406, Fort Smith, AR 72902.

Brinkman said there will be overall awards for the top male and top female finishers as well as three-deep age division winners in five-year age groups from 10 to 80 and 9 and under. There will be a $50 cash prize for the top three male and female finishers.

A participant packet pickup and supper will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, at the hospital for those who register early. Those who register will receive a race T-shirt.

Any questions regarding the race can be directed to Brinkman at (479) 650-0509 or

Sparks Health System includes Sparks Regional Medical Center, Sparks Medical Center – Van Buren, Sparks Clinic, Sparks PremierCare and the fully hospital-integrated Marvin Altman Fitness Center.