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.