Monday, December 31, 2012

For the heart

I wanted to send a heart-felt shout out to all of the families and staff at Phoenix Children's Hospital, Beads of Courage, and Cardon Children's Medical Center in Arizona that I have had the privilege of working with over the past 7 years

This little guy is a true miracle!  Heart transplant then up and running around in a few days.  Every bead around his neck represents the pokes, tests, surgeries, and nights in the hospital he has endured in his young life.  Every bead represents his courage!

Beads of Courage, Inc. is an amazing non profit organization I create programs forThey help children coping with serious illness to communicate their personal story through art and symbolism.

Please check out their website.

The programs help children and teens in over 115 hospitals around the world including the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, Japan, the U.K., Ireland, and Scotland. 


Green Revoluntion and In FLUX Cycle 3

I have been chosen as one of the In FLUX Cycle 3 artists to do an installation at the Tempe Center for the Arts. My installation called "Mind Forestwill be up in the TCA Gallery space starting January 18th -September 2013.  This large scale exhibit will include many new life-sized creatures including:  a bat, brown bear, owls, monkey, turtles, and two-towed sloth.

Mind Forest is also part of the Smithsonian Institute/Museum of Science + Industry Chicago's exhibit GREEN REVOLUTION 

As an In FLUX juried artist, I will be live in the gallery space February 2 and April 6 from NOON -2pm demonstrating some of my techniques and answering questions 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

national christmas tree project

National Christmas Tree Project
I completed a project about a month ago with two Free Arts AZ  group home locations.
the teens created ornaments from clay then painted them with bright colors and sparkles.  The theme was Christmas in Arizona.  All of the ornaments hang proudly in Washington DC on a tree representing Arizona.

A few examples of the kids ornaments:
   Amazing what art can do!!!!!! To learn more about Free Arts, go to their website
Volunteer or donate to a great cause bringing the arts to abused children and teens