Tag: Charitable Work

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 ūüôā

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!!!!

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 Hounds. Paddock 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 ¬†ūüôā ¬† 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.

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; Celeste, Horsefly, Lucky.

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