It is once again time to post another purse. If this is your first time here reading my post...WELCOME. If you are wondering what this is about...I would love to introduce you to my project. I am proud to sit on the Niles Arts and Culture Advisory Council here in Illinois. I presented an idea to the Council and they agreed to sponsor the project. My idea was to gather artists who would be generous enough to donate their time and talents to paint purses for charity. My idea was to repurpose the purses to put up for auction. The monies raised would go to a charity to help repurpose lives. The charity chosen was Wings. I am so pleased to work with Wings in this endeavor. The purses will go on a traveling display beginning with the Niles Museum, onto the Niles Library, a one day appearance at the Niles Tree Lighting Event called Holly Jolly and then return to the Museum. This will begin Oct. 5 and will end on Dec. 2nd where they will be auctioned off at the Niles Senior Center. I hope that you will come out and view them in person and hopefully you will make it a point to join us on the day of the auction. Niles Auction Company, Lot14 will be our auctioneer. With that being said, I would like to tell you about this weeks, purse.
I, Debi Gajewski is the artist. I have been painting for over 35 years. I have never had any formal training, but have taken it upon myself to continue educating myself in the art. I have watched, read and learned as the years have gone by and have practiced, practiced and practiced some more. I was fortunate in the past few years to have participated in art programs here in Niles. I have been granted permission in the past from the NHL to do a piece for charity. I have dreamt my whole life of pursuing my own dream of becoming an artist. I hope that as you follow this project you will acknowledge that I am putting my all into achieving my dream. As for this purse called Strutting Like a Peacock, the shape of the purse inspired this particular design. I love seeing the beauty in feathers. I felt that this particular designed fit the bill. I used DecoArt's So-Soft paints as well as their Leather Paints to create this piece of art. I love using their project. It goes on beautifully. This paint allows for the purse to be flexible. I hope that you enjoy my vision. With that being said, I present to you this week's purse.