Category: Charitable Work

The Painted Trail Community Project

 

My Friend Elizabeth St. Hilare Nelson told me about this great Community Project that she was participating in called Paint the Trail, and invited me to join in. So my husband Kent (who did an amazing time lapse video- click on his name to see it) &  I went to Orlando to pick up some fence panels to paint.

Jeff is the Mastermind behind this wonderful project that has really taken off his motto is “Bringing the community together along the Seminole County Trail through artwork.”

Check out his FB page here https://www.facebook.com/painttheseminoletrail?fref=ts so you can see what wonderful art is being created.

If you want to see a terrific interview with Jeff check him out he was in the news on myfoxorlando.com

He has gotten a lot of fabulous media, and the project has really taken off. We are honored to be a part of this and we are probably going to do a few more panels. Its fun and enjoyed by so many.

If you want to participate in this project and paint a fence panel contact Jeff.

You can paint your own design, or if you are not an artist, but want to paint one, he will give you a panel that has the drawing on it color coded it (like a paint by numbers) and you can do one too.

 

 

Parade of Pigs

A Couple of weeks ago a friend of mine asked me if I would paint a piggy bank for the United Way fundraiser. Above you can see my piggy I named “Love Your Animals”.

Tonight, November 30th from 5 to 7 pm at Gateway Bank on Silver Springs Blvd., you can come out and see all of the creative pigs’ people painted at the “Parade of Pigs” showcase. To view the pigs is FREE, however, they are serving a casual dinner of pulled pork sandwich, side dish, brownies, chips and soft drinks for $10.00 each.

Hope you will stop by and see some awesome piggies 😉

A Ceiling Tile

Today I participated in a very special Event at the Appleton Museum of Art. From September 12 thru October 10, the Appleton is hosting the Centers’ “Healing Hearts” Exhibition. This is an incredible program were an artist from the Ocala community pair up with the Marion County Mental Wellness Coalition and they create artwork with mentally challenged individuals creating a very powerful and moving show. The artwork ranges from children all the way to adults, from abuse to drug-related problems, to mental handicaps. It is art healing the mind, soul, and spirit. The artwork is amazing especially when its paired with the explanation of how the person was feeling and what it means to them. I hope those of you that live close by will get a chance to stop by and see it.

Today the Munroe Regional Medical Center had Ceiling Tiles for anyone that wanted to stop by and paint them. These ceiling tiles will be hung around the Hospital, usually above beds, so that the patients that are staying there can see artwork when they look up. This project has been going on for years and I’ve had the pleasure to have worked on my second tile. The first tile I created was a Lab Angel Puppy flying in the sky. It was sweet and very colorful. I had a client of mine bring a friend to my studio because she wanted to meet me because when she was at the hospital she stayed in the room were my ceiling tile was. She told me that looking up at that smiling puppy when she was so ill brought her Hope, it almost made me cry she was so sweet. So when I had the chance to participate again I jumped right in. I went with a dear friend of mine and her son and I created this whimsical horse and rider. I wish I would have had more time to work on it, but for about an hour an a half of work I think it will bring a smile to someone’s face. This is such a great program, they had a great turnout and some amazing pieces were created. I can’t wait to stop by and look up to see them 🙂

The Cat Walk Wall





On Wednesday August 18th, my husband Kent, my son Lucas & I spent the day in  the middle Cat room at the Humane Society of Marion County. I had already done some work there earlier this year, but we still had to finish the Cat Walk Wall. My husband had a great idea in mind of what would be fun for the kitties, and boy was he right.

Above are some of the pictures from that day, and as you can see there are a lot of happy cats exploring the wall. The first photo showcases the whole wall and all the tubes and boards that we put up so the kitties would have a place to hang out, literally 😉 You can see me busy painting & touching up the walls that I painted a soft lavender. My husband and son are the ones wearing the black shirts and Bruce Fishalow, the Executive Director, is in the green shirt checking out our progress. Everyone at the Humane Society specially Bruce, Lyn Zambito & Mary Wrye were thrilled with the way it all turned out. They are such such Angels! The best reward for all our hard work, was seeing the kitties having a fabulous time on the cat walk. There are so many sweet and gorgeous cats there ready to find someone to love and care for them, could you be one of them? I hope you can stop by and see the Cat Walk Wall and maybe meet a new companion 🙂

When I was there I asked myself, If you look at the cost of becoming a member of the Humane Society which is as little as $15 a year  and think about how much that money can help all of them and think about how many cups of coffee you can buy at Starbucks for that, maybe 4, I think we could all brew some coffee at home and help out all these sweet animals and the amazing people that take care of them. Please Think about donating to your local shelter and you will feel like the white Kitty in the picture above, Blissfully Happy!

Check out this link to see all the different ways you can help http://www.humanesocietyofmarioncounty.com/index_files/page0014.htm

Thanks So very much!!!!

Also you can check out this page from their Newsletter they wrote some very nice things about me 🙂

http://www.humanesocietyofmarioncounty.com/index_files/Page0032.htm


In February I remodeled the 1st  kitty room and  also painted a huge tree with kittens in it, here is a short video of how it turned out


httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSkh0hm_IKM

“The Meet & Greet Door”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While I was painting the “Kitty Tree” (Previous Post) at the Humane Society, the director, Bruce, asked if I could paint the words “Meet & Greet Room” on the door of the room where once a person chooses a dog they might like to adopt, they bring them in there to play with and hopefully adopt. The door was in such bad shape that I decided to strip it, and start over. I had this Lime Green Paint which I think goes pretty well with the green stripe in the hallway, I gave it three coats and its as good as new. Then thinking about how I was going to put the words on the door I thought off the “Albert & Vicky” Portrait I had done. I think they look like they are greeting each other, the colors worked well with the color scheme of the room, and its perfect for the room where potential people meet their soon to be pets. My Husband, Kent,  being the brilliant designer he is, put the whole image together in a very fun design. I had the poster laminated and we added Velcro tape to stick it on the door so when it starts looking bad we can pull it off and make a new piece without any damage to the door, pretty smart right, my husband came up with that idea as well, like I said brilliant! I hope these two happy Corgis will greet everyone that comes into this very fun room. Let me know what you think  😉

A Burst of Creative Energy

  • Here’s what I’m currently working on, I’m finally doing paintings of my own animals. Angel the Westie, Sky the Aussie and Luna my horse, the goats are coming in the next batch. They are all at the beginning stages of the painting process, but you can still see the personality starting to come out.
  • The next picture is all the new canvases that I’ve prepared. I started adding colored backgrounds as my base instead of the white backgrounds to see if I like working like that, I’m not convinced I like it yet, but its fun experimenting!
  • Last year, I participated in a Fundraiser for the Humane Society called Barkitecture, and we created a Dog House were I did all these drawings of dogs & cats and cut them out of wood and painted them with acrylics. I created a lot of them, but I left some of them out because there were just to many. I decided to work on them and they will sit in doorways around my house greeting you as you pass them by. They are so cute, specially the Dachshund who is up on his little hind legs ready to greet you and to be petted as you enter my studio.
  • In this picture you can see the other paintings I’m currently working on. I started 8 paintings all in one day, and I’m working on them according to the mood I’m in. Its kind of terrific to go from one painting to the other as I wait for layers of paint to dry. You can also see in the photo the ceramic platters I’ve done in the past. I stopped doing them when I started Maggie’s Angels, but I did love it and sold all of it except these pieces which I could not part with. I still have some greenware ceramic pieces that are waiting to be painted which I might do in the near future.
  • The next 3 pictures are about my Illustrations. I was the Art Director for Shoebox Greeting Cards in Hallmark Cards, Inc. I love this industry and often miss it very much. I did a lot of freelance work for Greeting Card Companies, but once I started Maggie’s Angels I stopped. Well now a days, I bring my sketchbook with me and while I wait to pick up the kids from school & all of their after school activities they are involved in. While I wait, I come up with ideas. I’m developing a card line that will feature animals and whimsical characters. I’m hoping to work on it during the summer while we travel and hopefully reveal it later this year on cafepress and see how they do. I work with pen & ink & watercolors so its compact and an easy medium to travel with.
  • I wanted to show you this little sculpture I bought of this Angel horse. Well it didn’t look like that when I bought it, in fact it was the color of the base he is laying on. One morning I woke up and decided to paint him just like my horse Luna and I love how he came out. I hate to admit this but I often paint over items I find that look like my animals but don’t have the same markings. Don’t tell the Breyer Horse folks but I did that to one of their beautiful horses as you can see from the picture on your right. In the movie Spirit, the Indian horse Rain looked a lot like Luna except she had a blonde mane so I changed her a little bit. I did the same thing when I found these 2 cute little goats and I painted them to look like my little Pygmy-Nigerian goats Trixie & Lightning. I have a lot of fun with it, and I place them around the house were everytime I look at them they make me smile.
  • I hope this gives you a little glimpse of what I’ve been up to in the last 3 weeks, along with everything else in our lives. Sometimes its tough to fit it all in, but when I get these creative bursts I really take advantage of them.  🙂

 

 

A Night in Spain Salon Party

The Table with the Bull Fighting Menu

My Father Jorge and Mother Maruja

My Boys placed Luminaries down the walkway and made the "Adios" very special

On Sunday February 15th my husband and I hosted a party we called “A Night in Spain”

We belong to a charitable group called “The Salon Group” “. This wonderful group raises money for Scholarships for Seniors in High School who want to go into the field of Art. We gave away $30,000 this year to 4 very lucky teens. It is an amazing group of people that I feel honored to be around. If you would like to see previous years winners please click here. I will post this years winners when the information gets on the web.

Our group gets together at a different members house every month to celebrate art with wonderful food and entertainment. This month it was our turn to have the party. I wanted to showcase my wonderful Spanish culture. My Parents were there to celebrate and helped make this evening special as they charmed everyone and even danced to the wonderful Flamenco music.

We had the privilege of having Juan Olea as our chef, his food is just incredible. We started the night with a variety of Tapas and it lead to an incredible Paella full of seafood and chicken, it was not only visually stunning, but our taste buds could not get enough of it. It was perfect! For desert there were these cakes called the “San Marcos” that were to die for, creamy moist and oh so decadent! All night we served Sangria, Red and white Spanish wines and Cerbeza Estrella (spanish beer). Carmen del Corral, Olea’s wife, helped us serve and kept everything moving seamslessly. It was truly delectiable!

Omar Miguel, “El Niño de la Isla” played the Flamenco guitar. He is truly an amazing talent! The flavor, the feeling and the  technique of his talent mesmerized everyone. He played all night capturing the flavor of Spain by filling the house with music. You can see and hear his talent at his website, http://www.omarmiguel.com

Along with Omar, we had a Flamenco Dancer named Eli, also known as “La Salerita”. She brought some heat to this fiesta. She danced in the traditional Flamenco style, adding the spice that only a Flamenco dancer knows how to do well. She even coaxed me into doing a little dance. I did my best, but I doubt I’ll be staring on Dancing with the Stars  😉

The party turned out fabulous, a good time had by all!

And even making it more special, my boys surprised me by lining our entree way with Luminaries. Creating a magical ADIOS!

 

Artful Giving

Debby Miller, Barbra Hernandez, Jessica McCune, Nancy Ledding and Rob BushfieldMe too!

Artful Giving is a wonderful event that transforms the Marion Cultural Alliance (MCA) into a Christmas boutique. This is the second year MCA brings unique, affordable gifts handcrafted by local artists to the Brick City Center for the Arts.

We had so much fun celebrating the grand opening. There was wonderful Christmas music, refreshments and of course a lot of art ranging in prices that brought a smile to all the holiday shoppers. So, from Nov. 18 through Dec. 23 drop by, and get anything from Christmas trinkets, ornaments, to Ocala/Marion County-themed creations. Your purchase benefits our local artists and the work of MCA. You can see a variety of my work there too.

If you drop by be sure to meet the fantastic people that keep MCA filled with holiday cheer. From left to right on the above pictures is Debby Miller, Barbra Hernandez, Jessica McCune, yours truly, Nancy Ledding and Rob Bushfield.

Hope to see you there! Merry Christmas!!!!

Belleview High School Presentation

I received this message from Sylvia Richardson;

 

I am a big fan of yours. I first learned about your terrific work when you were featured in Ocala Style Magazine. I teach art at Belleview High School and introduced my students to your delightful work. Some tried to do portraits of their dogs using your style. I was reminded again of your work yesterday when I visited a friend in the emergency room at Munroe Hospital. One of your dog portraits hung read more

Girl Scout Speaker

 

Here is Girl Scout Troop 468 holding up some M. A. PrintsHere is Girl Scout Troop 486 holding up some M. A. PrintsExperimenting with three types of art materials

Experimenting with three types of art materials

 

   On Oct. 10, I had the privilege to be invited as guest speaker for the Girl Scout Troop 486. They were working on their Art merit badge and the theme was “Women who paint”.

   I spoke about how I became involved in the arts and what I had to do to achieve my success. I brought in some samples from my Shoebox Greeting Cards, some original paintings, and lots of my dog and cat prints which the girls shrieked with excitement as they hugged them with love. It was so much fun to see how much joy my happy little Angels brought to these girls. They asked many terrific questions and I even saw some future artists in the making.

   After my presentation, the girls learned about Primary and Secondary colors, the use of different lines and techniques, values, shapes and color moods. Then they all were handed out three pictures, that were identical, and they had to paint them using three different mediums while applying the information they just learned. I gave out some pointers and watched them use their wonderful creativity.

   Lastly, the girls hung their finished works on long clotheslines for an art show and review. We discussed the variety of mediums used, the line work, borders and colors that each girl expressed. It was great fun and it was an honor to be there.

Barkitecture 2007

   Here is another Marion Cultural Alliance and Humane Society of Marion County fundraising project that I participated in that featured my Angels. Barkitecture was a terrific project were local Architects designed Dog Houses that would then be auctioned off to benefit these organizations. I helped create a house we called Cracker HoundsPaddock Park Animal Care Center sponsored it, Schatt Construction, Inc. built it, and I added my Angels to it.    It was a wonderful collaboration, that turned out great, did really well at auction, and a wonderful couple took it home to their little Angels. Scroll down Dogtownflorida.com to see more details of our Dog House. You can also see some pictures of the auction which was held at Custom Window System in Ocala.

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Bark About Art Show 2007

    The third Bark About Art Show was the biggest yet. So many people showed up with their dogs ready to view demonstrations, take in the art and even buy it! 

   This year, Maggie’s Angels showcased the product line offered on the Merchandise link on my website. There you can see each of the portraits that I’ve done and their product lines. It is exciting for me to offer all these products to my clients and be able to sell them around the world in the cafepress marketplace.

   My sisters Maru and Hilda came out again this year to help me out. I really can’t do it without them, because when I am speaking to my clients they are selling my products. I sold a ton of merchandise as well as getting many Commissions that day. Another terrific show benefiting the Marion Cultural Alliance and the Humane Society of Marion County!

  

 

Bark About Art 2006

The second annual Marion Cultural Alliance and Marion County Humane Society“Bark About Art Show was a huge success for Maggie’s Angels. Storms were predicted but held off and the crowds turned out again for this great event. Many artist and vendors showed off what they had as pet owners showed off their little Angels some even in outfits and strollers, a great sight to see. 

   Maggie’s Angels have grown to offer Original Art, Custom Pet Portraits, and many new items such as 8″ square & 12″ square prints, Jewelry, Keychains, and Bookmarks. My two Sisters, Maru to my left and Hilda to my right, came out to help me sell, and did a FANTASTIC Job! I Thank them so much for making it super fun and very successful, could not do it without you girls!!!!

   I also wanted to Thank Ocala Style, once again, for featuring my Bulldog on the cover of the January issue and the article, I’ve received many Commissions due to that article. Barking good time had by all!

Bark About Art Show 2005

The first Bark About Art Show and Maggie’s Angels are a natural fit.

   The downtown was filled with dogs walking their pets  🙂   Every breed seemed to be present and even some dressed to impress. It was terrific fun seeing so many people come out with their dogs and enjoy the beautiful day, all the art and pet products this show had to offer.

   The Marion Cultural Alliance and The Humane Society of Marion County were the ones that put this show together and would benefit from its success. Special thanks to my sister Maru for all her much-needed assistance, could not have done it without her!

   Many people were really excited about my work and even commissioned me to paint their little Angels. A tail-wagging good time had by all. Check out some more photos courtesy of Ocala Style.

The Star-Banner Newspaper Story

   Promotional articles came out in the magazines and in the newspapers for the 2005 Bark About Art Show. One of the stories featured Holly, her painting and me downtown Ocala where the art show was held. Here is the photo from the Ocala Star-Banner article with the Bark About Art mascot “Holly”.

Bark About Art Poster 2005


   The Marion Cultural Alliance and the Marion County Humane Society put together a “Dog Art Show” called “Bark About Art” and asked my husband & I to create the Poster for the event. I created  “Holly” the Chihuahua, one of the organizer’s dog as the mascot for the event. I had been working on my new company Maggie’s Angels and this show will be a great opportunity to launch my pet portraits. Once I created the painting of Holly, my husband Kent, who is a Graphic Designer for his company Blue Sky Graphic Communications, Inc., designed the promotional poster featuring Holly. The portrait and poster drew a huge crowd for the inaugural dog art festival held in downtown Ocala. It was a great event with profits going to Marion Cultural Alliance and the Marion County Humane Society.

Painting Celeste & Horsefly Video

        

                 

I wanted to include my experience of the 2001 MCA Horse Fever project on this blog because even though it took place so long ago, it was a fundraiser that really started our involvement in our community. My husband, Kent Weakley, and I participated in this Public Art project created and benefiting MCA along with other local charities that brought business and artist together to create Art on Fiberglass horses which were displayed all over Ocala. The public loved the horses and was visited by thousands. The 53 Horse Fever Horses sold at auction for 1.2 million dollars going to local charities.

Our garage became a temporary stable housing 3 horses. I painted Celeste and Horsefly and Kent painted Lucky. Kent also did all the promotional designs, the Logos, t-shirts, posters, etc. We had a month to paint them, and we used up every hour of those days. Kent, shot a time-lapse video and sped it up, so you can see the painting process in fast motion, (I wish I could paint that fast).

Click on the names of the horses to watch the videos of; CelesteHorsefly, Lucky.

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