Help Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort

I know many of you probably feel the same way I do when I watched Hurricane Sandy hit and leave behind devastation and enormous hardship to the people on the East Coast, what can I possibly do to help?

Several of us have donated art as an extra incentive to help those in need. ‘Determined’ seemed like a perfect choice for me to donate as I see inspiring story after inspiring story of the determined spirit of those who have lost everything go about reclaiming their lives in the aftermath of the storm.

‘Determined’ 9 x 12 x 2 gallery wrapped canvas ready to hang

Sometimes we think our ‘small’ effort isn’t enough to help and if we can’t do something big we don’t bother-but that’s what’s so great about being a small part of a big thing like the raffle Art Is You is putting together! If we each can just give something small, those many small things become a very big blessing to someone who has lost everything. I hope you’ll look at the information below and see if there is a way you can help. This is a time for America to stand together and help those in need!

Join Art is…You, Adorn Me!An Artful JourneyThe Artful Gathering and Vivi Magoo Presents – as we raise much needed funds for essential personal and household items for those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Working with Family to Family and local relief agencies we will have your donation delivered directly to where it is needed – into the hands of those who have lost everything.  Let them see how we can unite and Live in Generosity.  Let them feel our love.

We would like to thank our four wonderful art friends who stepped forward to help us with our efforts. Kim Geiser for donating her Ipadoodle talents and creating this wonderful logo promoting our efforts.  Pam CarrikerSue Pelletier and Jodi Ohl – who have donated a piece of art as an added incentive for anyone who makes a donation on our site.  You will go into the draw to win one of these fabulous pieces of art.  Drawing will take place November 30th, 2012 at 9.00am Eastern.

Just click on the DONATE NOW Button and you will have the opportunity to make a cash donation or purchase actual items including groceries or gas cards.  Once you have donated, please share on Facebook, tell your friends – get the word out that this village of artists, their family and friends are united in rebuilding the lives of those around them.

Finally we would like to take this opportunity to thank Linda Young, Barb Solem, Cindy Woods, and Cristina Zinnia Galliher for their personal attention to this initiative!


Sallianne McClelland and Ellen Legare

Back to School

Since school’s started back up I’m afraid I’ve woefully neglected my blog. All those projects that kept getting put off this summer caught up with me as I’m sure many of you can relate to! I felt like summer was over much too quickly and was even a bit down about it but I finally surrendered to the soon coming of Fall and have been spending hours each day in my studio.

 ‘I Surrender’ 16 x20 canvas

I’ve been working like a mad woman since day one of back to school. Some things I can’t share yet, but I’m thrilled with the progress and will hopefully be able to show them to you soon.

‘Scarlet’s Letter’ 16 x20 wood panel

I have been working on finishing up many WIP’s in the midst of my projects. I like to do a little ‘Spring Cleaning’ in the Fall, so I gathered up several pieces that had been started but not finished and set about getting them done. I’m very excited to be vending at Art Is You in Stamford the first week in October and along with products I’ll be bringing some original artwork.

‘In Remembrance’ 5 x 7 paper

Like many of you, life is all about making decisions on what you can and can’t do, so selling artwork has been on the back burner for some time. My Etsy shop has dust bunnies in it and I’m not sure if/when I’ll ever focus on that venue, but selling some artwork at the art retreats this next year is something I’m going to take on.

‘Facing Forward’ 5 x 7 paper

So with the start of school  I’m in a ‘New Year’ kind of mood, finishing things up, starting new things, planning, executing those plans and venturing out a bit more. I hope you are doing the same and looking forward to cooler weather and more studio time~