Final Art for CASA, Oxford & Great Titchfield Street

Oxford and Great Titchfield St
7.5″x11″ ink on paper, $40
SOLD

As this painting was created and sold last month, it was the final piece contributing to the $50 donation made to CASA.   I’ll soon be announcing the next charity, likely to focus on relief efforts in Haiti or the oil leak in the Gulf Coast.   Suggestions kindly welcomed in the comment section of this post.   Thanks!


Art for CASA, Loraine Road

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7.5″x11″ ink on paper, $40 (plus shipping via standard mail outside of the UK)
SOLD
10% of art sales now through April 30 donated to Court Appointed Special Advocates.


Art for CASA, Konditor and Cook Bakery

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7.5″x11″ ink on paper, $40 (plus shipping via standard mail outside of the UK)
SOLD
10% of art sales now through April 30 donated to Court Appointed Special Advocates.


Art for CASA, Brera Cafe at the Lyric Theatre

Lyric Theatre, Brera Cafe
7.5″x11″ ink on paper, $40 (plus shipping via standard mail outside of the UK)
SOLD
10% of art sales now through April 30 donated to Court Appointed Special Advocates.


Art for CASA, Portobello Market

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7.5″x11″ ink on paper, $40 (plus shipping via standard mail outside of the UK)
SOLD
10% of art sales now through April 30 donated to Court Appointed Special Advocates.


Art for CASA, The Crown in Seven Dials

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7.5″x11″ ink on paper, $40 (plus shipping via standard mail outside of the UK)
SOLD
10% of art sales now through April 30 donated to Court Appointed Special Advocates.


Art for CASA, Two Brothers Pub

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7.5″x11″ ink on paper, $40 (plus shipping via standard mail outside of the UK)
SOLD
10% of art sales now through April 30 donated to Court Appointed Special Advocates.


Art for CASA, Kingsways & Great Queens St

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7.5″x11″ ink on paper, $40 (plus shipping via standard mail outside of the UK)
SOLD
10% of art sales now through April 30 donated to Court Appointed Special Advocates.


London scenes for CASA

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7.5″x8″ ink on paper
SOLD

I’ve realized while settling into my new home in London that the local scenes are inspiring me to draw and paint faster than I’m keeping up with service organizations.   Although it’s invigorating to be painting urban street scenes again, I won’t leave out the charitable component of my work.   So, while I’m painting and finding my footing here, I will be making contributions from art sales to Court Appointed Special Advocates, one of my all time favorite nonprofit organizations.

CASA is always looking for volunteers to advocate for abused children engaged in the legal system while a safe home is identified for them.     With over 1,000 local community offices throughout the US, there’s bound to be a CASA office near you.   I volunteered for CASA and would be happy to answer any questions about my experience, just email me at ashley.cecil(at)gmail.com.


Champions 4 Her 2009 in T-minus 10 days

For months, eleven artists have been creating beautiful street paintings designs with clients and staff from the nonprofit partners of the Norton Women’s Pavilion Champions 4 Her Festival.   These designs will be translated onto the sidewalk of Witherspoon at Water Front Park the morning of Saturday, June 20th, which coincides with a 5k walk/run.

Last year’s event and street paintings were a huge success.   The goal was to raise $100,000 for the participating nonprofit partners, but instead over $170,000 was allocated to the organizations.

Join us this year to see the street paintings unfold at your feet, participate as a walker/runner, and check out all of the educational/health booths.   You can register here for the 5k.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWhKGJkxaXM

And thank you to the artists for all of their hard work and service:


‘Women of Mass Construction,’ Virginia Durrance


11″ x 14″ oil on masonite board.
SOLD
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Gallery caption:

Women In Transition is a grassroots organization run by and for poor people working on four primary campaigns: 1. Dismantling Classism, 2. CORROC (Claiming our Rights, Reclaiming our Children), 3. Affordable Housing Trust Fund, and 4. Louisville Living Wage Campaign & Raise the Wage.

Virginia’s involvement with WIT began after years of struggling to keep custody of her two daughters.   Poverty was most often the obstacle that stood between her and her children.   Although she worked two jobs, it didn’t provide her family with their basic needs.

WIT ‘s services would have been a tremendous asset during those challenging times, but Virginia has benefited greatly from the amazing social justice advocates she has since met.   She now volunteers as a parent advocate, helping others living below the poverty level navigate the legal system as they work to maintain custody of their children.

Quote in the painting:

If I had known of an organization like this then, I wouldn’t have lost my girls.   They motivate me and inspire me.


Help two local families coping with tragedy

Yesterday, I learned about a horrific accident in Louisville involving four teens who are members of Youth Alive (where I have been doing community art programming through the Louisville Visual Art Association since this summer). After leaving a holiday party at the Presbyterian Community Center on Thursday night, Arron Shields, Jemar, Demar, and Marc Claybrooks were killed in a car accident. You can read the full story here.

Three of the boys were brothers (two of them twins). The fourth boy was also a twin. I cannot image how their parents are coping. Clearly, this will be a tremendous loss for the families and everyone at Youth Alive to cope with. The families are surely also struggling to pay to bury their children. If you would like to make a contribution to the families, please make it to the Youth Alive Fund for the Benefit of the Claybrooks and Shields families at any Republic Bank.

The funeral for Arron Shields will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Stephen Church, 1008 S. 15th St., with visitation from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Rogers-Awkard & Lyons Funeral Home, 951 S. Preston St. Visitation for the Claybrooks brothers will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at G.C. Williams Funeral Home, 1935 W. Broadway. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Lampton Baptist Church, 850 S. Fourth St.


‘Women of Mass Construction,’ Sherry Spanyer


11″ x 14″ oil on masonite board.
SOLD
A donation from sold painting will be made to the Women’s Second Chance Scholarship Fund.

Gallery caption:

The mission of Family and Children First is to “strengthen our community by helping families with children maximize their emotional, social and physical well being through behavioral health and social services, advocacy, and prevention efforts.”

Sherry was 40 years old when her sister convinced her to press charges against the man who sexually abused her, and several of her family members, for years as a child. Although she calls the experience “’empowering,” she also found it very frightening. Therapy at FCF helped Sherry navigate her way through a stockpile of feelings keeping her from fully moving on with her life. The shame she felt left her silent during early group therapy sessions. Now she openly shares her story with new clients of FCF to help them through the same process of recovery.

Sherry’s quote in the painting:

I always thought I was the only one. I blamed myself for years. I was able to let go of the shame. It was the most nurturing place to tell my story.


‘Women of Mass Construction,’ Diana & Madison


11″ x 14″’ oil on masonite board.
Email me at ashley.cecil at gmail.com for purchasing inquiries.
A donation from sold painting will be made to the Women’s Second Chance Scholarship Fund.

Gallery caption:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana helps children reach their potential through professionally supported one-to-one relationships between youth and adult mentors.

When Diana’s daughter left for college, she set out to fill her empty nest with a child in need of her time. BBBS paired Diana with Madison, a Katrina evacuee. Diana has helped Madison through the transition to a new city under less than ideal circumstance. Aside from recreational outings, they’ve also delved into Madison’s social challenges at school. The two journal together about what makes Madison angry. Then, they shift the focus to positive thoughts about the people in Madison’s life. Although these experiences are meant for Madison’s wellbeing, Diana admits they’ve equally benefited her.

Quote in the painting:

‘She’s here! She’s here!’ I’ve never had someone so excited to see me. It’s wonderful to make a difference in her life.


‘Women of Mass Construction,’ Alexis & Kelsey


11″ x 14″ oil on masonite board.
SOLD
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Gallery caption:

Alexis and Kelsey, Court Appointed Special Advocates of Jefferson County
The Court Appointed Special Advocates program provides training and support to volunteer advocates who serve as a voice in court for the best interests of abused and/or neglected children through the jurisdiction of the Family Court.

These two beautiful girls played with new Easter bunnies while I listening to their grandparents tell their heart-breaking story. The toddlers’ parents’ rights were terminated by a judge due to their drug addiction. Their CASA volunteer, Robin, played a critical role ensuring the girls’ case was given thorough attention and that they were placed in a loving home. Alexis and Kelsey now live with their grandparents, who tell me “there should be more people like Ms. Robin. She should be a judge in family court.”

Quote in the painting from the girls’ grandparents:

They would have taken from place to place. We probably wouldn’t have ever seen them again.