Denver Art Gallery Helps Raise Over $125K for the Why Not You Foundation

Helen Olsson, Modern Luxury | Aspen Peak, February 16, 2019

Quarterback Russell Wilson and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Ciara have taken Denver by storm, and they’re making a philanthropic impact along the way. In late September, the duo paired up with Scottish fine art photographer David Yarrow at Relévant Galleries in Denver’s Cherry Creek for a fundraiser to benefit the Wilsons’ charity, Why Not You.


In 2021, Yarrow shot a series with Wilson and Ciara at one of his favorite Western backdrops, the Pioneer Bar in Virginia City, Montana. The dramatic photos feature the couple playing roles in a series of vignettes with western archetypes. At the event, Wilson, Ciara, and Yarrow sat in front of a large-format print titled “Smooth Criminals,” with Ciara in a cowboy hat at the wheel of a convertible and Wilson acting as a menacing gunslinger outside the First Down Saloon.

 During the event, Yarrow shared some personal insights into the Wilson x Ciara series. “Since I took that picture [“Persons of Interest”], two of the people in it have passed away. It reminds me of the limited amount of time we are here and how blessed we are to be on this most extraordinary planet,” said Yarrow. He gave props to Colorado’s gallery scene: [Relévant] is a gallery you should be very proud of in Colorado. They do a magnificent job.”


The event raised over $125,000 for the foundation, which Wilson and Ciara founded in 2014 when he was playing for the Seattle Seahawks. At the tony invite-only event, 120 folks gathered to sip wine, nibble passed appetizers, and buy works from Yarrow’s stunning large-format collection featuring Denver’s newest power couple.