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July 2017

PURSE-ue Your Dreams-Mysterious Lady

Another week or so has past.  I hope that if you are following this blog, you are enjoying the posts on the updated purses.  It has been such an exciting venture.  It always boggles my mind when I see the creative juices flowing in others.  It always amazes me with what people come up with. If this is your first time seeing this blog...welcome and I hope that you will enjoy going on this little adventure with me.  I am Debi Gajewski of Niles, Illinois and I am proud to sit on the Niles Arts and Culture Advisory Council.  I am also pleased to tell you that the Council has chosen to sponsor one of my projects called PURSE-ue Your Dreams.  I have scouted around Resale stores for purses that are in great condition .  Next I asked for artists to donate their time and creative talents to repurpose a purse with their art. I consider myself extremely fortunate to find some wonderful artists.  The purses will go on a traveling display beginning Oct. 5 until the day of the auction.on Dec. 2nd..which by the way, Lot14, an auction house here in Niles has volunteered to do for me.  The proceeds of this auction will benefit the Wings charity.  What better way than to repurpose purses to help repurpose live.  Wings is a wonderful charity and I am pleased to have the opportunity to work with them.  If you have any additional questions, please feel free to email me at thewonderfulwizardofart@hotmail.com.  
And now...onto this weeks purse and this week's artist.

Mary Kay Fischer

I am a retired Dental Assistant.
I live in Prospect Heights, Illinois with my husband Paul and Eddy our dog, who allows us to live with him.
After retirement, I started taking classes in art.  I was lucky to have been exposed to some very talented artists as mentors.  In the art of acrylics, watercolor and color pencils.  Over the years, I have developed my own style of painting. I painted this purse using Deco Art SoSoft Fabric paints. I just loved working with them. 
I want to thank you for choosing me to be part of the Niles "PURSE"-Your Dreams project. 



PURSE-ue Your Dreams-MY DREAM LIFE

Another week and another purse reveal. This project has been such an exciting experience.  If this is your first time reading this post...please scroll down to read and see all the other lovely purse reveals so far...not to mention the story itself.  I sit on the Niles Arts and Culture Advisory Council here in Niles, Illinois who is sponsoring my project.  I am so very fortunate to have such wonderful artists volunteer both their time and their talent to participate in this charity project.  There are 20 purses that will go under a complete transformation.  Repurposing purses to help repurpose lives.  They will go on a traveling display from the museum, library, special event and finally end at a live auction at the senior center all in Niles.  This will begin Oct. 5th and end with the auction on Dec. 2nd.  I hope that you will enjoy viewing these wonderful pieces of art and that one of them will be just the perfect piece of art for you.  And with that being said...onto to this weeks Purse and artist. 
Artist: Linda Kay - Linda Kay’s Art
Website: www.lindakaysart.com
Facebook: Linda Kay’s Art
Email: linda@lindakaysart.com
Phone (847) 323-3615
Mixed Media Artist ~ collage, painting and mixed media


I have been working in mixed media collage since 2005 and have enjoyed every minute of it. I have both a self-taught and a formal fine arts background and am well versed in the arts and crafts. Mixed media is a great vehicle for me to practice all the skills I have learned over the years.
After living in Chicago for many years, I have relocated to St. Petersburg, FL and now have my dream studio in my new home. I travel teach classes in mixed media, Ink on Yupo paper and my “Healing HeArt” journaling and mixed media class for those who need to break free of a broken heart.
My artwork can be described as whimsical, feminine and beautiful. I like to create with items that are normally cast away as unusable and give them a new life in my artwork. I also enjoy teaching beginner painters and showing them that they too can be creative.
I have been working in mixed media collage since 2005 and have enjoyed every minute of it. I have both a self-taught and a formal fine arts background and am well versed in the arts and crafts. Mixed media is a great vehicle for me to practice all the skills I have learned over the years.
After living in Chicago for many years, I have relocated to St. Petersburg, FL and now have my dream studio in my new home. I travel teach classes in mixed media, Ink on Yupo paper and my “Healing HeArt” journaling and mixed media class for those who need to break free of a broken heart.
My artwork can be described as whimsical, feminine and beautiful. I like to create with items that are normally cast away as unusable and give them a new life in my artwork. I also enjoy teaching beginner painters and showing them that they too can be creative.
For 35 years I have dreamed of living in Florida again and live by the sea where bougainvillea grows. I've called it my dream life and have worked to create this dream into a reality. Finally, last year, my dream came true! I have a beautiful little blue house, in a nice neighborhood with saltwater canals that connect to the ocean. I enjoy the weather, the scent of the salty air in the mornings and many beautiful sunsets. A trip to the beach and the ocean is only 20 minutes away. I encourage everyone to pursue their dreams and follow their heart to live the life they dream of. 
This purse has been also beaded in a number of places, as well as fringe being added and beaded. Even the beads at the base of the handles have been painted and glittered.  What an amazing piece of art. 

 



PURSE-ue Your Dreams LA FLEUR

I hope that you are following this wonderful project.  I must tell you how excited I am in the way that the purses are turning out.  For those who are new to this blog...welcome.  I am Debi Gajewski, an artist who has been fortunate enough to be supported by my village in this project.  The Niles Arts and Culture Advisory Council in Niles, Illinois has chosen to sponsor and event that I proposed.  Repurposed purses.  They are all in absolute perfect condition and some are even brand new.  I have scouted them out at my local resale shops. It took a while, but after total up, down, and inside out inspection....20 purses were chosen. I have to say how very lucky I was to have such wonderful artists volunteer to paint their visions on a purse.  Why a purse you might ask?  Well, I wanted to have this project be something that was useful and wanted by everyone.  I am so excited to see the talents of so many come together for such a great cause. What is the cause?  I have chosen Wings Charity to be the recipient of the monies generated at the end by auctioning off these magnificent pieces of art.  What a wonderful charity this is.  If you haven't heard of them...please check out their website and their mission statement at www.wingsprogram.com
We have also been fortunate enough to have our local auction house agree to be our auctioneer for the evening.  LOT14 of Niles has a wonderful auction place and has graciously agreed to help us for this cause.
The purses will go on a traveling display beginning Oct. 5th at the Niles Museum ...travel to the Niles/Maine District Library on Oct. 25 until Nov. 20th.  They will then be on Display at the Niles tree lighting ceremony "Holly Jolly" on Nov. 25th with their final journey back to the Museum until the 1st of December.  The Auction will take place at the Niles Senior Center on Dec. 2nd followed by a reception and meet and greet.  I hope that you will come out and view these works of art and find the one that is just right for you.
With all that being said...onto this weeks purse reveal.  Once again, this purse was painted by myself.  I absolutely love hydrangeas and thought that they would look wonderful on the top portion of this particular purse.  I couldn't quite decide on which color to do...so I thought...why not put them all.  I decided that French words would be a nice addition and hence the bottom of the purse.  I added small petals scattered throughout the words to pull down some of the lovely colors in the top portion.  I hope you like it....awww...nope....I hope you LOVE it. 

Purse-ue Your Dreams- American Hero's

A week goes by so quickly....and once again I am pleased to reveal once again another one of the purses.  If this is your first time here...let me take this opportunity to explain this project.  I sit on the Niles Arts and Culture Advisory Council who has agreed to sponsor a project I have presented.  I, along with other wonderful and talented artists are repurposing purses by painting them with art.  The purses, once completed, will go on a traveling display beginning with the Niles Museum, then onto the Niles Library.  They will appear for one day at Niles Holly Jolly Event.  The time frame for this will begin with Oct. 5 until the day of auction on Dec. 2.  The auction will be at the Niles Senior center beginning with a reception.  Niles own Auction Lot14 will be our official auctioneer.  Wings charity has been chosen as the recipient of the monies generated through this endeavor.  We felt that the mission of Wings was perfect...repurposed purses to help repurpose lives. 
I hope that this project intrigues you and that you will come out and see them in person.  And so, with that being said....onto this week's purse.  I am once again the artist of this purse.  I thought that with the 4th of July just around the corner, American Hero's deserved to be the purse presented.  As I grew up in Chicago, I was always patriotic.  My patriotism grew stronger in the 60's when my neighbor went to war.  I often reflect on the days spent sitting on my front porch with my grandmother talking to our neighbor over the front porch railings.  I recall her reading the letters that her son Tony would send to them.  It was heart filling to hear of his future plans once he returned from the war.  He was fighting during Vietnam.  Then one day in November, I remember the screams next door and his mother flailing down the stairs as she screamed out his name while holding a letter in her hand. Tony had been killed.  That sweet, chubby faced, kind young man's life had been taken.  I have carried that memory in my heart ever since. 
Since those days, my patriotism has grown even more.  With today's social media along with the internet...I have read and seen the sacrifices that both men, woman and dogs have made.  I hold them in high esteem and my flag as a symbol of freedom.  I salute them all. So when I looked at this particular Perry Ellis purse with the signage of AMERICA on the front...my idea came to fruition.  I hope you like my vision.  I present to you My AMERICAN HERO'S
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