Host a Paint party!!

Want to host a Paint Party in North Carolina??

Would you like to host a Paint Party or Painting Class??  I am available to teach a painting class/paint party to those that are interested in groups of 10 or more,

Host a Paint party!!
Host a Paint party!!

either on a weeknight, Friday evening, Saturday afternoon or evening, or Sunday afternoon for a few hours, in/around the Raleigh/Fayetteville/Wilmington area. I can travel in the region for a larger group, or possible multiple parties! 

The cost would be $60 per person, and I would provide all materials and a light refreshment. It can either be a wine or coffee/beverage event, depending on the hosting location. The group would also need to have a large enough space to meet to hold at least 16 people at long tables with easels such as a community center, library, garage, church fellowship hall, country club, or any other public building that will accommodate a group of that size. It will be a fun time to spend with a group of friends, children or couples.

Please contact me at 252-452-0269 or email me sandra@sandralett.com to schedule a session.

 

Beautiful Distraction (16X20)

“Special Merit Award” Winner in the All Women 2018 Exhibit

I am proud to announce that I have won a “Special Merit Award” in the “All Women 2018 Exhibit” with Light Space & Time Online Gallery.   

Award Winning, Beautiful Distraction (16X20)
Award Winning, Beautiful Distraction (16X20)
The piece that was selected was “Beautiful Distraction”.  There were 1005 entries from 29 countries and 35 states, and I am featured at 11:06 on their YouTube video.   In the email that I received from the curator of the exhibition, they said “Your artwork is outstanding and you should be very proud that your work was chosen from 1,005 entries which were submitted from around the world.  At every chance you should try to promote your exhibition success.”  
 
 
From the “All Women Art Exhibition” web site: “The art which was selected for the Special Merit Category is any art from the media categories that we believe could have also been placed in the top-tier of those media categories.  The only reason that this art was not selected for the top-tier was due to the size constraints of this particular competition. Otherwise, the Special Merit art, in many cases, is interchangeable with any of the best art that we selected elsewhere.”
 
I am honored to be selected for this award, and am ecstatic that more people are being introduced to my work.  
 
This award winning piece of art is still available for purchase!!  Please contact me for purchase information.

My Interpretation of an Art Quilt Done with Thirty Canvases – Celebrate Recovery

Celebrate Recovery Art "Quilt"
Celebrate Recovery Art “Quilt”

With the holidays approaching, I had in the back of my mind something I wanted to do for current residents of a Recovery Home in Fayetteville, NC.  There are thirty residents that were going to be spending the holidays most likely without any friends or family members to celebrate with.  And that is where my dream of creating individual Celebrate Recovery pieces of art for them was born.

I am part of NarAnon, a support group centered around friends and family members of addicts/recovering addicts.  I have been part of this group for four years, attending meetings almost every Wednesday night.  It has been a vital part of my life, seeing as that I have been profoundly touched by this epidemic that has been prevalent in our nation for years.  I have a family member that is a recovering addict and I found this support group during a time I was at my lowest… physically, financially and emotionally. 

Our group has a tradition of throwing a Christmas party and lunch for the residents each year at the Recovery Home in Fayetteville.  In years past, I have gone out and randomly purchased inexpensive gifts to add to the rest of the gifts other support group members contribute along with mine.  We have a delicious lunch catered in and play Christmas games, have Christmas music playing, share our stories with each other and give the residents an opportunity to win small gifts. 

This year I have been enjoying a new form of art called Acrylic Paint Pouring.  It is a super fun, always magical and quite beautiful form of making art with acrylic paints.  I wanted to find a way to give these 30 residents something hand-painted.  I decided to do 8″X8″ canvases instead of something smaller, like an ornament or such.  In a 48 hour span, I poured over 30 canvases in unique forms and a wide array of colors.  Each was quite beautiful.  They take several days to dry lying perfectly flat.  It was quite an undertaking and I also video taped me pouring them all as well to post on YouTube.  I loved every one of them. 

I also wanted to include the Serenity Prayer with them somehow.  “God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the Courage to change the things I can, and the Wisdom to know the difference…  One day at a time.” This is something I have memorized day by day for the last four years.  I wanted to write it somehow on these canvases, but did not want to cover the beauty displayed in the colorful paintings.  So I decided to just give them a bookmark with it printed on there with a small personal note from me and a scripture written on the back.

I was stressed out and apprehensive about this party as it approached and whether there would be any reaction from these addicts in recovery on my canvas and bookmark gifts.  The party came… and as always… it was a very precious and positive experience (just like each one has been the last few years).  I spoke to these people about my/our experience as family members of addicts, whether they are in active addiction or recovering.  I spoke from my heart.  And then I told them I had painted each of them a unique, colorful canvas; a bookmark that I wanted to hand each one individually;  and that I wanted to look them in the eye as I handed each one to them.  They stood in line and one by one, each person came up and picked the canvas/color/design that appealed to them.  I hugged them and handed them their bookmark and wished each of them a heartfelt Merry Christmas and good luck in their walk with recovery.  It was extremely gratifying and each one showed genuine gratitude and thanked me for something so special.  Some people (residents in recovery and members of my support group) had tears in their eyes.  It truly felt so wonderful to present them with something extremely heartfelt and personal to me.  I walked away feeling truly blessed to be a part of that day. 

A few days later I decided to make a photo of the 30 canvases that I had painted to Celebrate Recovery!  I had snapped one photo at 2 am the morning before the Christmas party for these residents.  This is the photo you see in this post.  It is part of my heart and part of my wish to those across America and far beyond….  for those who struggle with addiction…. for those of us whose hearts are ripped out and praying for a true change in our loved one who faces the demon of addiction in their lives.  It is a major life-changing experience to be on either end of the spectrum. 

My Celebrate Recovery Art Quilt is my expression of the ups and downs, highs and lows and many colors of what addiction feels and looks like.  I hope you enjoy looking at it.  May you be blessed this holiday season and if you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, I pray for your healing or theirs.  It touches every family in one way or another.  Let’s press on and pray for all to Celebrate Recovery!  You can also find it in my shop on Etsy at this link https://www.etsy.com/listing/580601905/celebrate-recovery-acrylic-pour-art?ref=pr_shop

 

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Attitude Shift Toward Art in Hospitals and Health Environments

 Did you know that the concept of art in hospitals and health environments is still a relatively new thing?  In most cases, art is not included in an overall budget of  new construction or renovation projects for this kind of atmosphere.  Art in all of its forms, be it paintings in oil, acrylics, mixed media, photography and prints, is sometimes an afterthought.  Or it is not added until the project is almost finished.  

We are seeing a shift in this thought process across the world gradually that includes art into the whole planning process from the ground up.  For instance, Canada will be opening an 8-story, 640,000 square foot building in November this year: the Teck Acute Care Centre at B. C. Children’s Hospital with a well thought out and purpose driven artistic design where they allotted $1-million dollars out of a $676-million dollar budget for the Children’s Hospital.  They put out a call for mostly local artists to contribute their talents with a different theme on each floor.  For instance, the first floor will have a harbour and underwater theme; the top floor art will be inspired by mountains.  This was well thought out from the planning stages on….  They wanted to create a 

whimsical environment with moments of surprise and celebrating the ecological and cultural diversity with the area that the hospital will serve.  It is done with the intention of offering children, youth, staff, family and visitors a message of hope and healing.  The intention is to improve healing, reduce pain and possibly reduce anxiety in children by as much as 75%.  The age range is newborns to 17 year olds. The facility will meet the LEED Gold standard optimized, environmentally responsible way with the use of wood in the interior and exterior of the building. There is a fascinating article at http://www.edmontonjournal.com/health/family-child/children+hospital+calls+country+artists/11807706/story.html.  

Will the U.S. and other parts of the world adopt this attitude shift as well?  We can only hope so!  The future is pointing in a more art friendly, healing and therapeutic approach to the health care industry. The photos included are an example an MRI room at Rady’s Children’s Hospital in San Diego, CA and a lobby in the proposed designs.