Well, the Gifts of Art fundraiser for Memorial Sloan Kettering cancer research was a success. A lot of people showed up, art sold, raffle tickets were bought and claimed, and a number of people who couldn’t make it to the event made contributions online. Many, many thanks to everyone who came, bought or donated.
Among the sales were my two watercolors:
Croton grows everywhere in Florida, but notably around my mother-in-law’s house in Delray Beach, FL. Rose died in 2009 and this painting will forever make me think of her. Like the plant, she was bold, varied, colorful, and always interesting.
While in Florida recovering from cancer and waiting for my hair to grow back, my husband and I visited the orchid place (can’t remember the name) near the Morikami Museum in Delray Beach. The large leaves of this plant caught my eye and they told me it was called Elephant Ear. I loved the colors and the name made me smile.
I am so thrilled that my two paintings that made me happy while I was recovering from cancer will now make someone else happy.
If you’re interested in the work of emerging artists, a benefit being held at the National Arts Club is the place to be on September 9th. At the Gifts of Art exhibit, 21 artists, who study at the Art Students League in New York City will be selling their watercolor, acrylic and oil paintings to benefit the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Attendees may also enter in a grand raffle and silent auction with more than 60 prizes donated by NYC wineries, restaurants, health professionals, celebrity chefs, Broadway theaters, fitness centers and more. This fundraising event is in memory of Laura Burdick Sherman, who passed away from breast cancer last year.
Stacey Sager, from ABC-TV will be making a special appearance. Admission is free.
As one of the 21 featured artists and having had breast cancer myself, I have a personal stake in this exhibit. Both of my two included paintings were created while I was recovering from cancer and waiting for my hair to grow back and both remind me of how precious life is.
At the National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South @20 St.
Friday, September 9 from 6-10 pm
Hope you can make it.
Spent a couple of hours hanging 12 paintings from the 1100 Watercolor Society on the stairwell walls of the St. Agnes Public Library, 444 Amsterdam Avenue @81st St. The exhibition looks pretty good, if I do say so myself.
Just a few samples:
Come to the reception on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 5:00-6:45.
It was the last day of summer classes at the League. The fabric was the same. The vases and baskets and books were the same. The only new things to paint were the flowers left over from the day before. I wasn’t terribly inspired, but sometimes you don’t have to be.
All it took was a different color combination as a result of the (relatively) new flowers. I left out the vases, baskets and books, modified the color of the fabrics somewhat and, voilà: my daily painting.