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I’ve been pretty quiet online (for me) recently, but only because I’ve been VERY hard at work at some really cool, exciting things!  Hopefully I’ll be able to show you the fruits of my labor soon 🙂

In the meantime, I wanted to tell you about two fundraisers I’m participating in, which both happen to be this Saturday evening.

One is to benefit a theater group which my neighbor is involved with, Parson’s Nose Productions.  In their own words, “Parson’s Nose Theater is a non-profit, 501(c)3 theater company located in Pasadena, CA dedicated to introducing the classics to audiences of all ages. Through condensed adaptations of the works of Shakespeare, Moliere, Shaw, Goldoni, Goldsmith and more, we enrich the lives of the old, young, and in-between by introducing them to the works of some of the greatest writers who’ve ever lived. Our productions are presented in a fun, commedia dell’arte style that makes them both engaging and easy to understand – no sleeping through a two & a half hour Shakespeare production here!”  I can testify to the fun and inventive plays they put on!  As a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing classic art to the public, they have periodic fundraisers to allow them to keep doing what they do.

This Saturday, they will be hosting their On The Radio Fundraiser, where they will be performing some classic comedy acts from the likes of Abbot and Costello, Jack Benny, Allen’s Alley, and George and Gracie.  In addition, there will be a silent auction where you can bid on a gorgeous, museum-quality, completely archival, framed and mated, signed and numbered, 10″x15″ print of my photo Saturn Ascends:

Saturn Ascends

Saturn Ascends

The event will take place in Pasadena, CA at 7:00pm.  Their site has all the details and you can RSVP there.  It’ll be fun!

 

If you won’t be in California this Saturday but will be in Arizona instead, you are in luck!  Heaven’s Heroes is holding an event with great food and music to benefit Andrew Ashcraft’s family.  Andrew is, you’ll remember, the boy I grew up with who died along with the rest of the Granite Mountain Hotshot crew.  Andrew left behind a young wife and four very young children, the oldest of whom is merely six, so you can imagine that they could use a lot of financial help, especially as they are currently being denied the full benefits owed them.

Since I created the image To The Lost to honor him and the other Hotshots, it seemed only fitting to donate a print of it to the Heaven’s Heroes event.   This print is also gorgeous, museum-quality, fully archival, signed and numbered, coming from a very limited run of only 10 prints in this size, 15″x15″.

To The Lost

To The Lost

 

The event will take place in Gilbert, AZ starting at 6:30pm.  Also, if you have not done so, please take a moment to sign the petition to grant the Hotshot families left behind full benefits.  They deserve it; it’s the right thing, and it only takes a few seconds.

Hope to see you all at one of these events!

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***UPDATE***  The links should be working again.  Ebay, for reasons known only to them, decided to shut the entire auction down as it was in full swing, with no notice or reason being given at any time.  After, of course, giving their blessing to hosting the whole thing in the first place.   If you feel compelled to write them and state your displeasure, I would not discourage you.  But the main thing is that Robin’s Relief is back online!  Let’s drum her up some help!!***

I find myself with a cold today, so this won’t be a long post.  But this subject is important to me and I want to make sure it gets mentioned here.

I am participating in the Robin’s Relief Fund, an auction set up to raise money for the gargantuan medical bills of Robin Sullins, mother to one of the artists at Duirwaigh Studios.  You probably know their work, even if you don’t know their name.  They produce (among other things) some of the most beautiful greeting cards I’ve ever seen; I always end up buying more than I need and squirreling them away for special occasions – although they are so lovely, sometimes I’m compelled to buy two of a design, one to give to someone and one to keep for myself.

Anyway, back to Robin.   You can read the full story about her accident here; on Christmas day, Robin was accidentally bit by one of her family’s dogs which triggered an incredibly rare infection in her body.  The infection was so uncommon and vicious, it spread rapidly through her body, tearing cells apart and causing endless destruction.   Her doctors believe the spread to now be stopped, but it was stopped by the heavy cost of amputating both her legs from the knees down, and all her fingers.

To make things even worse, Robin was without medical insurance when the accident happened.  She is now saddled with a mountain of medical bills, along with the cost of prosthetic legs and hands.  The people at Duirwaigh put a call out to other artists to donate work that could be auctioned to help cover these costs, and the response is inspiring.  Some really huge names in the fantasy art world offered up their works.  And while I am not a huge name, I wanted to help, so I donated one of my prints too.

All art has been set at a fraction of its normal cost to encourage more bidding, so it’s a chance to get something you might not otherwise be able to afford, and help a family who REALLY needs it at the same time.   I’m linking to my print, but please, take a look at the whole auction.  If you see something you love, please consider placing a bid.  You can also donate directly to special fund they set up, if you would like.

I can’t imagine what this family is going through, but I know that our combined efforts can make a huge difference for them as they struggle with their loss.  Thank you to everyone who helps in any way!

The print I'm donating; The Weakest Particle Of All

The print I’m donating; The Weakest Particle Of All

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