Wednesday, May 16, 2018

room to bloom

It's May! Flowers are blooming! Trees are budding! Spring is in all its glory, and lots of fun things are's what's going on with me!

On Saturday, May 5th, I had my 30th Brushstrokes With Impact (tm) "Paint-a-Thon" (called "Hope Springs Eternal") during the Relay For Life of Greater Portland at Brick South, Thompson's Point, and it was a day I will always remember. First of all, Brick South is an absolutely gorgeous space: high ceilings, wooden beams, exposed brick, beautiful light, shiny floors, etc., etc., etc.! I painted from roughly noon to 8pm, but I arrived early so I could set up my "pop-up" show, which meant I had a little bit of time in between to walk around and check out the area. Here are some pictures!

my space!

my space!

my space! 

look at this place! 

volunteers working hard


greetings from Thompson's Point! 

Relayers started arriving around noon, and the actual "Relay For Life" began at 2pm. I painted until 8pm, but things were still going until 10pm! Everyone I spoke to that day was friendly and welcoming (volunteers, workers, relayers), and I even had a couple of very special visitors: Annie Boissevain herself, and her good friend, Ann Dillon! Annie and Ann started the day off by taking a "Survivor's Lap," which was absolutely wonderful to see. YAY!!!

guests of honor! 

I had the opportunity to meet and chat with some wonderful, warm, strong people who are committed to defeating cancer...their positive energy filled Brick South all day long and was inspiring to be around.

dino-mite relayers having fun!

I'd like to extend a very special "thank you" to Ellen Russell of the American Cancer Society for allowing me to be a part of this memorable event - I'm grateful! The winner of "Hope In Bloom" was WMPG's very own Katzie Nogel, who I know is going to give my work a very good home...hooray! Thanks to everyone's support, together we were able to raise $118 for Hope Lodge in Boston!

the beginning...

"Hope In Bloom": finished! 

the winning ticket! 

So...what else is going on, you might ask? Well, I'm thrilled and honored to be involved in kicking off the NEW location of Monarch Massage and Wellness : 41 Main Street, Topsham!!! Thank you, Heather Goulette! Please come to the Open House celebration on Sunday, June 3rd! You guessed it: as part of the festivities, I'll be having my 31st Brushstrokes With Impact (tm) "Paint-a-Thon", which I'm calling "Transformation Time"! I'll painting from 9am to 5pm and raffling off the completed painting at the end of the day; 50% of all raffle ticket sales and 10% of all art sold during the month of June (excluding magnets, but including totes) will be donated to the Good Shepherd Food Bank! In addition to being a wonderful massage therapist and a fantastic yoga instructor, Heather is one of my nearest and dearest friends, so I'm extremely grateful to have my work on display in her beautiful new space. Heather will also be welcoming Darcy Gagne, a new massage therapist who will be joining the practice in July, and the raffle fun doesn't stop with my painting: a 60-minute massage with Darcy and a five-class pass for yoga will also be up for grabs (proceeds will benefit the Good Shepherd Food Bank)! Stop by and be part of the fun!  

By the way, Altered Couture is this Saturday, May 19th! Have you gotten your tickets yet? If not, here's the link: . This show often sells out, so you may want to get on it while you, this year's proceeds benefit Mayo Street Arts, so it's all for a good cause. Not familiar with Altered Couture? Well, our fearless leader, Christine DeTroy, was the subject of an interview featured on the front page of the Times Record's "Ticket" section, and this should answer all of your questions! Here are some pictures of the spread...and I hope to see you there on Saturday night






Monday, April 30, 2018

springtime scoop

It's the last day of April...this month has flown by! Here's what's going on with me!

My 29th Brushstrokes With Impact (tm) "Paint-a-Thon" (entitled "VANtastic 3!") took place on Saturday, April 21st, and once again, I was back at the Tontine Mall! It was a gorgeous, sunny day (and it was Record Store Day, too), so people were out and about...and a bunch of them decided to stop by and say hello! This month's charity was ArtVan, and this was my third time (so far!) supporting this very worthy cause. Here are some pictures from the day!

the "pop-up" show

the beginning

raffle ticket fun

artists supporting artists!

"First Tulip In Amsterdam" : finished!

the winning ticket!

Yes, Hollylane Jones in North Carolina was the winner of "First Tulip in Amsterdam," and now she's considered an "official" collector, since she won "Seeds of Love" back in February! I'm thrilled to say that I also sold two other paintings that day, one of which is heading to its new home in Australia! In case you were wondering, tiny paintings fit very nicely inside luggage. Thanks to everyone's support, together we were able to raise $185 for ArtVan (bringing the running total for money raised so far to roughly $4600)! Hooray! 

"Joyful Hearts" : SOLD!

"Tomato Love" : SOLD!

Another fun thing that happened in April was the Scoop-A-Thon at Gelato Fiasco to benefit the Brunswick Area Teen Center at People Plus. For the past several years, I've done face painting during the Scoop-A-Thon, but this year, I was asked to be a "celebrity scooper"! It was interesting being on the other side of the counter at Gelato Fiasco, and let me tell you- it's not as easy as it looks! There is a definite order of operations for scooping gelato due to food allergies and concerns about cross-contamination, and my fellow "celebrity scoopers" and I made sure to follow those guidelines to a T. After spending an hour behind the counter, I can honestly say I came away with a new respect for the speed, the wrist technique, the proportion skills, and the always cheerful dispositions of the professionals wielding those red and black handled serving spoons on a daily basis. I haven't heard what the total raised that day for the Brunswick Area Teen Center ended up being, but I bet it will be posted soon! 

the first "celebrity scooper" crew of the day!

My 30th Brushstrokes with Impact (tm) "Paint-a-Thon" is coming right up, and I'm pretty excited about it...I'm calling it "Hope Springs Eternal," and it's happening on Saturday, May 5th! The location and the time slot are both a little different: I'll be setting up at the Brick South building at Thompson's Point, and I'll be there during the Relay for Life of Greater PortlandI'll be setting up my easel and painting from roughly 12 noon to 8pm, and at the end of the day, the completed 8" x 8" acrylic painting will be raffled off, and 50% of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Hope Lodge in Boston. Raffle tickets can be purchased in person for $5 each or 3 for $10. I will also have a "pop-up" show of my art that day and 10% of all my art sales (excluding magnets, but including totes) from this show will be donated to Hope Lodge in Boston. If you'd like to support this cause (and visit me that day), please check out the event page on Facebook for more information! Why Hope Lodge, you might ask? Here's a little statement I put together to explain: 

In June 2017, Annie Boissevain was diagnosed with Stage 4 Sézary Syndrome, an extremely rare form of cancer involving her blood cells, lymphatic system, and skin cells.

Annie faced a long and complicated treatment plan that included campath injections three times a week, followed by TSEB (Total Skin Electron Beam Therapy) and then a stem cell transplant. Mass General Hospital in Boston is one of the few hospitals where Annie was able to receive the Campath injections, and although her home, her friends, and her dog are all in Maine, it was essential for Annie to stay close to MGH.

Patricia Boissevain, Annie’s sister, lives in western Massachusetts. Patricia is a long-time cancer survivor, and was determined to do all she could for her sister. After going through a testing process, it was determined that she was a match to donate and transplant stem cells to Annie.

The transplant took place in November, and in December, Annie and Patricia went to Hope Lodge in Jamaica Plain. Hope Lodge provided a “home away from home” for both sisters, with a caring staff, comfortable housing, a convenient location, transportation to and from the hospital for treatments, laundry and kitchen facilities, an art room, a yoga room, and an overall supportive environment. Hope Lodge offers all of these things and more at no cost to its residents, thanks to donations from individuals, organizations, and the American Cancer Society.  

Both Annie and Patricia are now home, and Annie is in remission. Annie wouldn’t have been able to receive the top-quality treatment at Mass General and have the physical, emotional, and artistic support of her sister, Patricia, if it hadn’t been for Hope Lodge. I’m grateful for the opportunity to support Hope Lodge in my own way through my Brushstrokes with Impact ™ “Paint-a-Thon”.

Friday, April 6, 2018

early spring catch-up

EEK! I let all of March go by without a blog post! Well, perhaps I can make up for it with two posts in April...and I can't do two until I start with one, so here goes!

My 28th Brushstrokes with Impact (tm) "Paint-a-Thon" (entitled "Music Is Love!") happened on Saturday, March 31st at the Tontine Mall in Brunswick. In case you hadn't noticed, I really like that space! Anyway, it was a warm and wonderful day, filled with unexpected visits from friends, family, and friendly faces. The cause I chose this month was MusiCares, which is an organization that gives assistance to musicians who are in need (due to financial, medical, or personal emergencies). Here are some photos from the day!

the pop-up show...

...the beginning...

"Rainbow Of Sound": finished! 

Hooray for Dennie!

The winner of "Rainbow Of Sound" was Dennie Campbell, which made me happy, because Dennie has had her name on a fair amount of raffle tickets in the past, but she just hadn't won one - until now! I will be delivering "Rainbow Of Sound" to her soon, and I will be sure to to post some pictures when that happens. Thanks to everyone's support, together we were able to raise $100 for MusiCares...and in case you're keeping track, that brings the total raised so far to over $4400!

Have you ever had the experience of flipping through your mail after a long trip and seeing your face staring back at you? Well, I did...and it's a bit surreal! Below are some pictures from the March issue of The Cryer, and here's a link to the Boston and Maine Connection so you can read the article yourself. Thank you, Keith Spiro, for your support and belief in Brushstrokes With Impact (tm)- I'm grateful!   

Boston and Maine Connection


I will do my best to have a second post sometime this month, so stay tuned...things are happening, and I will definitely fill you in on what's cooking in my world! In the meantime, please check out some recent posts from the bi-weekly blog I write for Curtis Memorial'll find them in the Curtis Creative Spaces section of the library's website (or you can just go here)! 

Thursday, February 22, 2018

planting seeds

Can you feel the change in the air? Spring is coming! Growth! Rebirth! Mud! Okay, maybe you're not excited about the mud part, but whatever...the point is, things are happening, slowly but surely. Before moving forward, it makes sense to look back a here's a brief recap!

On Saturday, February 10th, I had my 27th Brushstrokes with Impact (tm) "Paint-a-Thon"! This one was called SOUPER BOWL III, and once again, I was set up at the Tontine Mall in Brunswick, just outside of Indrani's.

the pop-up...

...the beginning...

"Seeds Of Love" : finished!

Eight hours flew by, and thanks to everyone's support, together we were able to raise $100 for Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program's "Backpack Program"! I had a lot of fun painting "Seeds of Love," and I'm thrilled to announce that I have a new collector in a new state: Hollylane in North Carolina, thank you for giving my work a good home! Check out this beautiful little still life: 

still life with love!

This made me laugh: some of you may remember that my dear friend, the lovely and talented Rebecca Boothby Conley, is a videographer who has her own business and also works for Maine Public. This past summer, Rebecca visited me and got some shots in my studio for a Maine Public spot she was working on. Since then, the spot has been making the rounds: I went to my art group last week, and one of the "regulars" looked at me, rolled her eyes, and in an exhausted voice, said “I see you on TV...ALL...the...time.” Talk about a sentence I never thought I would ever hear! 

hello, surreal...

In case you didn't remember, I still have a bi-weekly blog for Curtis Memorial's a link to my most recent post! Other things are definitely brewing, but I feel like it's a little too early to talk about them please stay tuned! 

Friday, February 2, 2018

...and we're off!

How did I miss getting in a January blog post? Well, onward and upward, right? Here's what's new!

It's 2018, so I've officially begun my third year (!) of Brushstrokes With Impact (tm) "Paint-a-Thon"s! My first of the year (and 26th of all time, if you're keeping track) was on Saturday, January 27th, just outside of Indrani's at the Tontine Mall in Brunswick. The cause? Brunswick Coastal Rotary's Burundi Mission Hospital and Clean Water Project! I called it "Water Is Life," and what do you know...the painting I created that day shares the same title!

the pop-up show...

...the beginning...

...and the finish! "Water Is Life"!

Indrani herself pulling the winning ticket! 

I'm happy to say that the winner of "Water Is Life" is Dan Catlin! I'm confident he will be giving my work a very good home. Thank you, Dan (and thank you to everyone who stopped by or participated in any way), for your support! Together, we were able to raise $143.50 for this very worthy cause...and it's my understanding that Rotary organizations have a donation-matching program in place, so that total will end up being higher. Yay!

Well, the "Big Game" might be this Sunday, but "SOUPER BOWL III!" is Saturday, February 10th! I'm going to be back in the same wonderful space at the Tontine Mall in Brunswick (HOORAY!) for another "pop-up" show and "Paint-a-Thon"! I will be painting from 9:30am-5:30pm (roughly), and you know the drill  -  it's an 8" x 8" acrylic painting, to be created in 8 hours; raffle tickets for said painting are $5 each or 3 for $10, with 50% of raffle ticket sales and 10% of all art sales excluding magnets going to charity  -  and this month's cause is the Midcoast Hunger Prevention Program's "Backpack Program"! Here's a link to the Facebook event page: Stop by if you can! I would love to see your smiling face! 

Sunday, December 31, 2017

recapping and reflecting

It's New Year's Eve! I wanted to get in one last blog post for 2017 while I still had the goes!

My 25th Brushstrokes With Impact (tm) "Paint-a-Thon" was on Saturday, December 9th at Selby Shoes Etc in South Portland (quick aside: now that I've passed the two-year mark, should I keep counting month by month events? I'm not sure...). This was my third "Paint-a-Thon" at Selby Shoes Etc, and during my two previous visits, we had snow. I bet you can guess what happened this time! The snow didn't dampen our spirits, though: the warm and friendly staff at Selby Shoes Etc made me feel welcome and supported, as always! With everyone's help, we were able to raise $100 for the Portland Press Herald Toy Fund, and "O Peaceful Tree" went to its new (and very good!) home in Massachusetts...thank you, Daniel and Rebecca Alperin!

setting up! photo credit: Dennie Campbell

starting up!

"O Peaceful Tree": finished! 

The following weekend, I participated in the Holiday POP-UP SALE, a fun little group show in Bowdoinham, and I had a blast. This was my first time visiting the Merrymeeting Arts Center and I loved it there! Interesting fact: at this show, someone bought a "Lucky Cat, Readfield Emporium" magnet with the intention of sending it to Shanghai. Cool, right? In case you couldn't make it, here are some photos:

live music by Sugar Hill (with special guest star, Rebecca Boothby Conley)!

my display (I love those chili lights)!

feeling festive!

Since there are only a few hours left before the new year begins, like most other human beings, I am feeling reflective. A lot of stuff happened this year that I couldn't have imagined: the sidewalk piano! The Little Free Library! The Maine Public video! The Curtis Memorial Library video! My head is spinning thinking about it. I want to take a moment to give my sincere thanks to everyone and anyone who supported my efforts and my artwork in any way at all this year: if you hosted me for a "Paint-a-Thon"; if you bought a raffle ticket, or a magnet, or a print, or a tote bag, or a painting; if you came to any of my shows or events or workshops; if you're reading this blog; if you sent me good vibes and positive wishes...whatever your contribution might have been, I am grateful for it, and I'm grateful for you. I feel fortunate to have a wonderful support system of family and know who you are, and you are the best. What will 2018 have in store? Who knows? Perhaps collaboration will be a any rate, I am hopeful and open to possibilities! If you have any ideas, I'd love to hear from you. Let's make some awesome stuff happen. 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

all good things in time

Today's magic word is "time"! 

Remember when I posted back in May that "Strawberry" had sold and I was so excited? Remember when I blogged in August about how bummed out and embarrassed I was that the sale ended up falling through? Remember when I mused that perhaps this happened because "Strawberry" was meant for someone else? Well, thanks to Float Harder, "Strawberry" has found the right people! Thank you, Sam and Kate, for giving my work a good home! I'm happy to make your acquaintance! There are a couple of wonderful "firsts" here: Amy at Float Harder told me it's the first time they've sold any artwork, and Sam and Kate told me that "Strawberry" is the first painting they've ever bought! In fact, they said they previously had "no art at all" in their house. How cool is that? I feel so honored! 

so long, "Strawberry"! 

Last time I blogged here, I didn't mention where I was going to be showing my artwork in December, but I figure that now is as good a time as any to make those announcements! My 25th Brushstrokes With Impact (tm) "Paint-a-Thon" will be on Saturday, December 9th at Selby Shoes Etc. in South Portland! Once again, the cause will be the Press Herald Toy Fund, and I'm calling it "The Art Of Giving 2"! As usual, I'll be painting for 8 hours straight (10am-6pm), and the finished 8"x8" acrylic painting will be raffled off at the end of the day. Raffle tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10; 50% of raffle ticket sales and 10% of all art sold (excluding magnets, but including totes) will be donated to the Press Herald Toy Fund. It's hard to believe that December officially marks two years of Brushstrokes With Impact (tm) "Paint-a-Thon"'s been a fun and rewarding challenge, and I look forward to keeping it rolling! 

I'm also going to be one of 8 vendors at the Holiday Pop-Up Sale at the Merrymeeting Arts Center in Bowdoinham! This is a two-day show: Friday, December 15th from 6pm-8pm, and Saturday, December 16th from 9am-4pm. I'm excited because it will be my first time showing my work in Bowdoinham, and I think it will be a great opportunity for people to get in their last-minute holiday shopping. Stop by and say hello! Click this link for a list of vendors and information. 

Sunday, November 26th was the Meditative Walk With Mandala Making for Adults at the Cathance River Nature Preserve, and I'm grateful I was able to assist my dear friend Heather Goulette of Monarch Massage and Wellness with this program. The original date for this program was Sunday, November 19th, but due to a rainy and windy forecast, it was rescheduled for the weekend after Thanksgiving. This ended up being perfect...who couldn't use an opportunity to decompress right after a busy holiday (and right before another one)? I wrote all about it in my Curtis Creative Spaces blog, so rather than write it all out again, I'll just include the link and you can read it there. Spoiler alert: it was wonderful! 

Before I forget again, I'll close with two links to videos I meant to include in my previous blog post! First, the lovely and talented Rebecca Boothby Conley stopped by my studio to capture some footage for this Maine Public spot...thank you, my friend, for including me! Second, Chris Tucker has done it again with a wonderful video about the community in and around Curtis Memorial Library...I'm grateful to be a part of it!