Tuesday, October 16, 2018

it's never too late to catch up

It's been just over two months since my last blog post here - yikes- but rather than beat myself up about it, I'm just going to pick things up where I last left off...or maybe, I'll go in reverse...but I guess it doesn't really matter, as long as I'm writing!

I've had two Brushstrokes with Impact (tm) "Paint-a-Thon"s since my most recent post here, and I have one more coming right up! On Saturday, October 20th, I'll be just outside of Indrani's of Brunswick (at the Tontine Mall), painting from roughly 10am-6pm, and this month's cause will be Midcoast Humane (formerly known as Coastal Humane Society). Please come see me! If you can't be there in person, fear not: long-distance support is always welcome and much appreciated! Here's a link to the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/249571769051303/

On Friday, September 14th, I was also set up outside of Indrani's (I just love that space- can you tell?), painting all day and raising money for a cause I really enjoy supporting: the Midcoast Hunger Prevention Program's "Backpack Program". It was a beautiful day, filled with sunshine and sweet messages of encouragement from friends and family. I also met some very kind people while I was painting, including Julie Henze, the woman who ended up winning "Cantaloupe"! Thanks to everyone's support, we were able to raise $100 for MCHPP. Here are some photos from that day:

the "pop-up" show

the beginning...

"Cantaloupe" : finished! 

the winning ticket!

That weekend was a busy (and fun) time for me: not only did I have my Brushstrokes with Impact (tm) "Paint-a-Thon" event on Friday, but on Saturday, September 15th, I participated in Curtis Memorial Library's "How-To Festival and Block Party"! Here's a link to my post on the Curtis Creative Spaces blog in case you're interested in reading all about the day and the work that was created at my table (http://curtiscreativespaces.com/how-do-you-do/)...and here's a link to a photo album that the library put together!

shenanigans at the How-To Festival and Block Party! 

In August, my Brushstrokes With Impact (tm) "Paint-a-Thon" (called "Trust The Process") took place at Monarch Massage and Wellness; that month's cause was the Brunswick Topsham Land Trust.
I am still knocked out by the support I received for this event from Maura, Seth, and the staff/patrons of Crystal Spring Farm: my event was listed in their e-newsletter, and some of my prints were on display during that week's farm share pickup! Thanks to their kindness, paired with the support of everyone who turned out in person and via phone/text, $151.50 was raised for BTLT! Hooray!

my prints at the farm! 

the beginning...

"Dill Explosion" : finished!

the winning ticket! 

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

trust the process

Well, July certainly flew by, didn't it? I took some time last month to catch a few shows and visit with family and friends...and now I'm back! Here's what's going on with me...and because I'm so excited about my latest news, I'm going to catch up in an out-of-order fashion.

First of all, my solo show at Monarch Massage and Wellness has been extended through the month of August (yay!), which means I'm having another Brushstrokes With Impact (tm) "Paint-a-Thon" there! Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 18th...this one is called "Trust The Process," and the cause I'll be raising money for is the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust. Just in case this is your first time reading this blog, here's the deal: I'll be setting up my easel and painting for 8 hours straight; 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 the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust (raffle tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10). Additionally, 10% of all my art sales for the month of August (excluding magnets, but including totes) will be donated to the BTLT

I am a big fan of Crystal Spring Farm, and I believe in the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust's mission, so I'm grateful for the opportunity to show a little support. Seth and Maura from Crystal Spring Farm have been so kind to me: not only did they install my Little Free Library in their parking lot in the spring of 2017, they've already included information about my event and my mission in their weekly e-newsletter/blog! Plus, Maura has generously offered to sell raffle tickets during the CSA pickup next week, and yesterday, I dropped off some prints to be displayed inside the barn - right near their awesomely delicious veggies!


Okay, now I will back up: on Saturday, July 7th, I had my 32nd Brushstrokes With Impact (tm) "Paint-a-Thon," entitled "Shine Your Light!" Once again, I was at Monarch Massage and Wellness in Topsham (I love that place- had you figured that out yet?), and this time, the cause was the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. I was able to raise $100 for this very worthy cause, and the winner of "You Are The Light" was Julia Villacara! Julia's name has been on many, many raffle tickets since I started doing this back in December 2015, and I'm thrilled that her ticket was finally pulled as the winning one! Here are some photos:

from sketch...

...to finished painting!

congratulations, Julia!

Saturday, June 30, 2018

summer summarization

YIKES! I almost let all of June go by without a blog post here! The last several weeks have been busy...let me catch up!

First of all, I'm thrilled and grateful to have my work on display at the brand-new location of Monarch Massage and Wellness (41 Main Street, Topsham)! The show went up on Friday, June 1st, and on Sunday, June 3rd, I had my 31st Brushstrokes With Impact (tm) "Paint-a-Thon" (entitled "Transformation Time!") during the open house celebration! Here are some photos of the show (and from that day, too):


the foyer

the waiting area

the waiting area

the waiting area

the massage room!

the massage room!

the beginning...

an action shot!

"Butterfly" : finished!

The winning ticket! 

Congratulations to Quinn Griffin, the winner of "Butterfly"! Quinn is a budding artist herself, and I'm happy that she and her family will give my work a very good home. Thanks to everyone's support, together we were able to raise $223.50 for the MidCoast Hunger Prevention Program's "Backpack Program"! Since my work will be up through the month of July, my next Brushstrokes With Impact (tm) "Paint-a-Thon" will also be held at Monarch Massage and Wellness. Mark your calendars for "Shine Your Light!" on Saturday, July 7th: this month's cause will be the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. I'm grateful to have my work on display in such a beautiful and inviting space, and I'm happy to be able to support yet another worthy cause. I hope you will join me! Long-distance support is always welcome, too...

In other news, the piano I painted last year is out of storage and back on the sidewalk in front of Cool As A Moose! It's a tiny bit dinged up, but not bad, especially considering I thought it would only last one season. My piano has been joined by a hopscotch board, too...check it out (and stop by to play if you're visiting)!

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 happening...here'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 MidCoast Hunger Prevention Program! 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 MidCoast Hunger Prevention Program)! 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: https://www.explorefrontier.com/event/the-8th-annual-mid-coast-altered-couture-contest/ . This show often sells out, so you may want to get on it while you can...plus, 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”.