Friday, November 20, 2009

SHHH! Artworks

Artworks ( is a non-profit organization that has painted 27 murals in downtown Cincinnati since 2007. This past year they have worked with Ronald McDonald house at Children's Hospital. When Ronald McDonald House added an addition, Artworks hired 30 teens and a team of professional artists to make new works of art for the house. They created a glass canopy that showcases bugs, birds, leaves, trees and flowers found in the rainforest. The three hallways of the new wing has unique mosaic hearts. The hearts are made from stained glass, tiles donated by the Rookwood Pottery Co. and other items, such as,Happy Meal toys. This team also created a 11 x 17' mosaic to welcome guests in the new entryway. This mural has smiling children, birds and lager than life sunflowers and stars. The money from this fundraiser goes to these type of projects. The art that was bought will support the hiring of teens to create public works of art for the city. The coming year they want to fill more rooms at the Ronald McDonald House and more murals in neighborhoods that invite them in. I will let you know the final number for this years fundraiser. Hopefully, it meets or beats last years $65,000. My friend, Tina, and I went to the Artworks fundraiser ( to see our 5x7 paintings along with the other 1474 pieces from 500+ local, national and international artists. After signing in, artists were given a red carnation boutonnière. (Mine is above left and one of Tina's sales is on the right.) Everyone waited outside the ballroom and listened to music. At about fifteen minutes before the doors opened they drew numbers from those that bought a raffle ticket. These lucky winners went in first to see the paintings, clay and fabric art. This also gave them the opportunity to choose the pieces(s) they wanted before the rest of us were let in. Once inside, Tina and I looked around and decided to start at the tables near the door. Not a good choice, because there were so many people thinking the same. We made our way to an outside wall and restarted there. This is where I found my painting "Sweet Chick". We worked our way around the perimeter and crowd to find Tina's four pieces on the opposite wall. When a patron buys a piece they give their $75 voucher to the teen artist manning that table or board. That teen then pulls the piece off and places the voucher strip next to the spot. When the painting is pulled off, it reveals a photo of the painting and the name of the artist. While we were watching a purchase, the patron squealed in delight when she discovered that the artist was once one of her former high school students. Congratulations! to my friends that donated a piece(s) and had some of their works sell. Before we left, 2 of Tina's 4 digital paintings sold, Deb Ward's ( , left) 1 of 2 paintings sold and Dodie ( , right) had 1 of her 2 oil paintings sell. If you go to the Artworks website in the next week every artist that participated will be revealed. Also, if you were unable to attend the event, but think you might like a painting or two, go to the website to purchase a painting there. Check it out. It was a fun evening and I am already planning on a piece or two for next November. Gaylynn (sidebar: Deb contacted me and informed me that the pic I took was not of her work, however she did put in 2 paintings and one sold. Somehow we missed each other in the crowd. I truly apologize Deb for the mistake. I will never suggest that you are a Debbie again :-)

1 comment:

debwardart said...

Missed you at the event! And I must make a correction - I did enter 2 paintings, one of which sold (and hopefully the other one sold after I left!), but I am DEB (DON'T CALL ME DEBBIE) WARD! So, this is not my painting pictured here (but thanks for the plug!)

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