2011 Artists

2011 Artists: Kathy Brusnighan, Jean Smith, Karen Newman Fridy, Phyllis Sharpe, Tom Edgerton, Scott Harris, Carol Hamlin, Vicki Johnson, Carol Meetz-Moates, Connie Logan, Jeanne Twilley, Alice Bachman,Rose Wenkle, Beverly Smith Wilson, Amos Westmoreland, Ron Curlee

2015 Artists: Kathy Brusnighan, Jean Smith, Phyllis, Karen newman Fridy, Vicki Johnson, Carol Meetz-Moates, Amos Westmoreland, Amy Cruz, Karl Fletcher, Nicci Mellor, Grace Carol Bomer, Pattie Anne Hale, Karen Shelton, Jeremy Sams, Sally Lambrecht, Wayne Epperly, Chip Bristol, Lee O'Hare, Sheila Williams, Carrie Bennett, Kathy Ammon

Thursday, January 19, 2012

She is ALL TOGETHER lovely!

Yesterday was an awesome day!  It marked the first time that the entire "How do you paint Courage?" exhibit has hung in a venue since it was released in September of 2011. The exhibit has been in several wonderful spaces and has had a great response, but due to size, has not been complete until now.
 It took the efforts of an amazing team, Vicki Johnson, Phyllis Sharpe and Jean Smith, to pull off this move!  Packing, protecting, driving and delivering pieces from Greensboro and Asheboro in the morning and arriving at the Forsyth Cancer Center in Winston Salem in the afternoon, only then to unpack and find homes for each piece in the halls and rooms of the hospital.

This was a new experience for us and such a pleasure, as Sharon Murphy, the Vice President of Oncology Services, invited her team of health care specialists to come and choose a piece of art that would hang in their area.  Each group came in and carefully picked something that they felt would encourage their patients. It was very endearing to see the thought and care as each group considered the message and the painting that they would be sharing their space with for the next 3 months.

Large pieces were chosen for the dressing rooms and treatment areas. The wonderful painting by Scott Harris was placed in the Men's dressing area and Cathy's Story by Jean Smith was placed in the Women's dressing area, where all could have the time to read the message that went with each painting...

The large landscapes by Carol Moates and Amos Westmoreland were picked for the Treatment Rooms while the staff and the patients oooed and ahhed over the beautiful baby's face in the painting by Carol Hamlin.

I can not image being anywhere other than in the middle of this process. The comments and the appreciation by staff and community have been wonderful and make this project worth every long day and every sore muscle. The friendship and teamwork of my friends that have been faithful to carry the weight of responsibility with me always warms my heart and gives me lots to be thankful for.
Now we begin the next phase of paintings for spring that will be added to this show.....I think we are going to end up with a caravan, but the teamwork makes it so much fun!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Getting new Links

In trying to get this information out, I am having to learn more about this computer....Oh my!  so many codes and tabs!  But we would really like to spread the word and get more people following the information about the Courage Show!
We would really appreciate it if you would sign up to received our posts ( which aren't so many! ) and share the link with your friends! Thank you so much and looking forward to hearing from you!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Thank you Randolph Hospital!

Today has been a great day! It is cold and rainy and the perfect day to stay in and just soak in the stillness.

I opened my emails just a bit ago and found a wonderful email from Steve Cain.  Thought you might like to read it.  The positive response that we have gotten from the show really keeps my momentum going!

"We would like to express our sincere appreciation to Kathy Brusnighan and fellow contributing artists for sharing their talents and compassion through the "Courage" art exhibit. These inspiring works have graced our hospital walls for the last six weeks. During that time, I've had the very good fortune to hear many comments from our patients, staff, visitors and volunteers. The response to the exhibit has been remarkable. I would have to say a standout moment was watching a nurse and her patient in a wheelchair move from painting to painting, reading the story placard with each work and discussing what they liked about each one. The "Courage" exhibit offers a wonderful opportunity for passersby's to step away from the sometimes intimidating healthcare environment and enjoy the terrific artistic creativity of their fellow community members. Thank you again for the opportunity to exhibit the "Courage" art collection. Regards, Steve Cain Volunteer Services Coordinator Randolph Hospital Asheboro, NC"

    So to each an every artist that has been a part of this huge endeavor, thank you so much for your input so far and your continuing support of the project!

Monday, January 2, 2012

From Randolph to Forsyth.......

It is great to know that the exhibit has been a great success and many people have been touched by the art....and it is also wonderful to know that we have been invited to show again.

Happy New Year!

I can feel it in the air....the excitement of a new year and what it might hold...I have yet to get the Christmas tree down but it doesn't seem to bother me this year....my thoughts are on new ideas and the
desire to get back in my studio. I am sure that once all of the boxes that are destined to go back upstairs are moved from the middle of the floor in my studio, I will be ready to dance and turn up the music a bit.

I am enjoying being still and allowing every thought of creating art to sell begin to roll off of me and leave me in a very peaceful zone ready to create .....just because.  That feels really nice and in that place
I can be excited about the fact that the Courage exhibit is about to be moved.  This next move will be the first time the entire exhibit will hang in one venue. I am hoping to hang out at Forsyth Cancer Center while everything is going up so that I can see this "baby" complete...........life is good!