Monday, May 23, 2011

Starting to think of MOM again already!?

What's new in 2011 for MOM?

Thanks to the Oregon Convention Center's generosity in providing us with additional space, 
we'll be able to bring the patients INSIDE to wait for treatment! 
The clinic will still be first come, first served, but at 4am on Monday and Tuesday mornings, we’ll open the doors to the first 1,000 in line. 
We will get them registered and have oral and other health education stations set up in the waiting area.
This also means that some of the departments will open earlier than they did last year as we’d like to have people in the dental chairs and dentists working at 6 am!
Keep an eye on the OrMOM website for more information on the 2011 clinic. 
All are welcome to volunteer doing anything from registration, escorting, translating and as runners.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Remnants bags by Jo now for sale!

Since a lot of business have gone out around town and left vacant spaces, the phenomenon of "pop-up" shop has been happening. One such shop is in the old historic Millennium Music space on the corner or NW 23 & Johnson. It has been taken over on a temporary basis by Friends of Multnomah County Library and a group of artists and craftspeople who are displaying, and selling their work with part of the proceeds going to our Multnomah County Library. I approached them and we found the perfect rack to display and sell my hand made purses called Remnants, since that is what they are made from! I am excited to "get them out there". I always enjoy sewing them but now they are looking for new homes. I need the space and the library needs new books! A perfect match wouldn't you say? Swing by and check out the pop-up store when you are out and about the neighborhood.

Luke Jensen's Lego-cy Carnival!!

After having the honor or painting around Luke Jensen's words on Sunday, it seemed like fate that I should come home to an email calling me to volunteer to help out with the first annual Lego fund-raising event this Friday, May 20th, for Luke, one of the kids served through CHAP who passed away from cancer last year at age 9 (a lot of the messages in the new space were for Luke!)  The event is in Vancouver, WA. It's a Lego Carnival! There will be approximately 500 people attending this event. I will be at the CHAP table helping the kids with hands-on crafts.  

The practice of donating boxed Lego sets in Luke Jensen’s name will continue.
Luke, who had leukemia, died in May 2010 at age 9. Attendees at his memorial service brought boxed Lego sets to be donated to sick children.
“Luke’s Lego-cy Carnival” will be 5 to 9 p.m. May 20 at King’s Way Christian Schools, 3300 N.E. 78th St. in Hazel Dell.
The suggested admission is one Lego set per family, said Gretchen Kipp, a teacher at King’s Way.
Luke attended King’s Way, where his father, Steve, serves as a principal.
In March, Clark County commissioners approved naming a sports field complex next to the schools in memory of Luke. Construction has begun on the Luke Jensen Sports Park; fields are expected to be game-ready by spring 2012.
The donated Lego sets will be given to the Children’s Cancer Association and Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland.
Kipp said profits will be divided among Doernbecher’s, CCA, Children’s Healing Art Project and Lens of Hope, which offers free photography services to families with a member who has cancer.
Kipp said the event will celebrate Luke’s positive outlook.
A flier for the carnival quotes Luke: “I don’t have time to worry about the things that could happen. I am too busy thinking of all the happy things that have happened.”

Grace through CHAP

Sunday morning I donned my paint covered overalls and headed over to the soon to be new location of CHAP for a "paint party", to get the space ready for the grand opening next month. I was prepared to be handed a roller and can of white paint to make the space fresh and new. I was not prepared for the next 2 1/2 hours. I introduced myself and said I was there to help and was greeted by a young woman who proceeded to hand me a tray of chartreuse paint and a brush. I was instructed to pick a wall and paint around and behind the graffiti. I began to paint around the letters not reading the words at the beginning. I eavesdropped as two teens painted and discussed what they would be wearing to prom. Someone's docked i-pod filled the room with music. When I stepped back to refill my paint tray, I saw the walls in the large warehouse for the first time. It took my breath away. I asked one of the other painters who wrote these words on the walls and was told that there had been a "party" the night before for parents who had lost their children to cancer, to have their words and the words of their passed children, live on through the walls of the new CHAP space. I was overcome with emotion as I read these words that I had the honor of painting around, as if I was adding an exclamation point to these words of wisdom that brought me to a place of changed perspective. The positive attitude that exuded through these words was beyond words. In the background I began to hear Paul Simon on the i-pod singing Graceland. I began to hear the words as a soundtrack to the painting, thinking about Grace, to do honor or credit to (someone or something) by one's presence, a divine blessing. My body and my hand had begun to tire, but mostly my spirit and heart were overflowing. I had to head home. I took one last look at the room, the painters, the words. I took them all in and floated home filled with a combination of sadness and richness, but mostly deep gratefulness. 

Friday, May 13, 2011

Reliving the Wedding Memories!!

It has been well over a year, and we finally have a wonderful family portrait on canvas, from the fabulous Adam & Tiff wedding to share with you all! We are delighted with the work that Canvas on Demand did with the picture. It feels great to relive all the festivities and joy once again!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Sun

The Sun
Have you ever seen
in your life
more wonderful
than the way the sun,
every evening,
relaxed and easy,
floats toward the horizon
and into the clouds or the hills,
or the rumpled sea,
and is gone–
and how it slides again
out of the blackness,
every morning,
on the other side of the world,
like a red flower
streaming upward on its heavenly
say, on a morning in early summer,
at its perfect imperial distance–
and have you ever felt for anything
such wild love–
do you think there is anywhere, in any language,
a word billowing enough
for the pleasure
that fills you,
as the sun
reaches out,
as it warms you
as you stand there,
or have you too
turned from this world–
or have you too
gone crazy
for power,
for things?
~Mary Oliver~

 Last night was the last evening that we would be "dancing" to Mary Oliver's  The Sun. It was the third time I had the privilege of moving to this amazing poem. The visual way that Mary Oliver combines her words particularly speaks to me. I can grab onto and see each of her carefully chosen and placed words, and then begin to sculpt them with my hands, my body and my mind. It is so easy to get lost in her words and in doing so find yourself. Each time I show up to dance since my foot injury, the dance reinvents itself. Not by any means the way I would dance if this was a choice, but for now it has to be the only dance I can dance. 
The phrase that blindly chose me last night was "the sun, every evening". As always we each went around in the circle speaking our phrase, and then on the second go round spoke of how those particular words spoke to us at that moment in time. For me, it made me see how much I cherish that special sacred window of time each evening, when my beloved comes home and we share wine and conversation and dinner. It is usually the first time I am seeing him that day, so for me it is a beginning, like a new day, a sunrise. My dance felt rich and full, as I embraced and danced those words. I returned home feeling filled up only to be met with many emotions that I had to process as we continue on this journey of healing together. 

Getting the new "CHAP House" Ready to Roll!

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Greetings Fabulous CHAP Volunteers!!!!

You're invited to join us at an  
Open House Painting Party  
next Sunday, May 15th!!!

Come and help us paint the new and improved CHAP Art Factory!

Anytime between  
10 am - 5 pm
@ the future home of CHAP
1703 NW 16th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209  

Questions?  503.243.5294

We hope to see you there!!!! 

Hasta la Pasta,

Mr. Bossy and everyone at CHAP                                                                  
Children's Healing Art Project (CHAP)

2011 Street Party Gala: Mixed Media on Pavement


2011 Gala: Mixed Media on Pavement

You are invited to join us for a lively celebration of PNCA + MoCC at an elegant, tented dinner on the PNCA campus at 1241 NW Johnson St.
Animation by Matthew Seely ’13

The 9th annual gala will feature:
  • A delicious, seasonal meal by Art of Catering;
  • Student talent: A private viewing of the 2011 Senior Thesis Exhibition
  • Creative Direction by XPLANE and a unique, reimagined format;
  • A dynamic paddle raise led by auctioneer Johnna Wells, Benefit Auctions 360;
  • Fantastic entertainment provided by BodyVox;
  • Free valet parking;
  • An After Party where you can dance all night to 80s Video Dance Attack with VJ Kittyrox;
Individual tickets: $250
Table of ten: $2500
For sponsorship information, or to purchase tables and tickets please call:

Chair Affair + 2011 Final Tally Surpasses Expectations!!


ca-logo2THANK YOU to all of the talented contributing artists, generous event sponsors, tireless volunteers, and supportive donors and guests who gathered last week for two festive nights of CHAIR AFFAIR+ to raise $130,000 for the Warehouse.

Kudos to the volunteer Chair, Miriam Hecht, and her talented team of committee members and event volunteers who spent countless hours planning a successful and memorable party. The amount raised through this effort means that another 900 families will benefit from Warehouse services in the months ahead. Thank you everyone for a job well done!

Updates on What's Happening at CHAP in May

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May Happenings at CHAP

First everBossierthancancerfundraising extravaganza.                           

4-7pm Saturday  May 14th
@ CHAP3.0.......1703 NW 16th.....or the soon-to-be...1601 NW Savier

Bossier than cancer T's
Bossier than cancer wristbands
Bossier than cancer hair pruning....head shaving, bang trimming,
 and a variety of possibilities between these two hair options........

Don't miss the world premier of the
Dawnn of the Reverse Mullet.

Wear CHAP clothing as there will be lotza of house paint painting going on.
Be the nearly-first people to paint our nearly-new space.  
As Bossy  Dawnn says this is a fundraiser to raise fund$

BYOB..................Bring your own Bossy
BYOFD+F.....Bring your own food, drinks + friends
BYOooK...............Bring your own, or others, kids
B$...........................Bring cash
BYOSHA....Bring your own SUPER healing attitudes

Bring it BOSSY!
Run Like A Mother

THANK YOU to everyone, organizers (Anne Clemens!),
runners, and volunteers who made this first annual event a success.  
It was a sellout crowd and CHAP had a blast. 
A special congratulations to Maria, a former CHAPkid that came in 3rd
in her age division.

7 Murals 7 Days Update

Thank you New Seasons for hosting our murals and for all of your 
enthusiasm for having them at your stores. 
Thanks also to partners Clear Channel , Miller Paint, RACC, 
Work for Art, Oregon Art Commission, MCCC and 
the CHAP Art Clubers who painted the murals.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Run Like a Mother!

Well, I certainly can't run like a mother on Mother's Day but I certainly can work the race to benefit CHAP this year. Even if I wasn't still healing from my broken toe, running has never been my thing. The mission of Run Like a Mother® is to fuel a woman’s journey toward health and wellness, as well as empower with education and training programs and inspire communities, events and races. Run Like a Mother® Isn’t Just a Race, It’s A Way of Life. This year the proceeds from the race will go to The Children's Healing Art Project, an organization that I just began working with. I am looking forward to cheering on the runners as I work the sidelines knowing that I will also be cheering for the kids, healthy or healing, through CHAP! Let the race begin!

Drum Roll Please!!!

Our preliminary total for Chair Affair is $128,000.. that is money raised as of today.. our goal for budgeting purposes was $100,000!! 
Our wish was to raise at least as much as last year which was $112,000.  In addition to the money raised, we have many new friends
and donors for the Warehouse.  We are continuing to sell the last few art pieces chairs on-line so we expect the final income number to rise over the next few weeks. I am very proud to have been a part of such a successful event. I now plan to work over at the Community Warehouse Estate Store at least once a month to help sell the amazing remaining pieces of art as well as the phenomenal furniture and other decorative items that people have donated that are for sale each week at great prices.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Check out how many chairs + have sold!!!

WOW! The final tallies are not yet in, but if you check out the Chair Affair website you can see how many awesome creations have sold. There are still a few left if you missed the event. If you visit the website now, you can still purchase the amazing remaining works of one of a kind art! Thank you everyone for supporting this fabulous event and even more fabulous non-profit organization. I felt honored to work amongst such powerhouse volunteers on this event and also thoroughly enjoyed creating my chair! Until next year...........My wheels are already spinning!!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

The Chair Affair is A Great Success!! More to follow.......

Well.........big exhale......... Thursday and Friday night's big Chair Affair events were a smashing success! The tallies are not in yet but I know we will no doubt all be pleasantly surprised! The focus of the first evening's events was the big ticket auction items as well as the wonderful paddle raise for the Warehouse. That said, The Very Satisfied Caterpillar chair created by Tiff and Adam were quite a hit and sold the first night for full price!! Yeah!! I was a proud mama as I monitored and talked up the kids' section. I had a bid on my Curious George chair by a woman without small kids in her life. My heart was filled when she told me she would donate the chair to the Doernbecker Children's Hospital if she won it. It made me think about making more children's items for the hospital in the coming year. More wonderful possibilities to fill my intention life of service. Friday, the focus was on chairs plus. I loved greeting the artists as they arrived and gave them their name tag that had a picture of their creation on it. How great to put a face to the chair! I did my share of mingling as well. A highlight was meeting a man who kept lingering over my Curious George rocker. I happened upon him as he was placing his bid as well as leaving me a little note that it would be for his 5 month old son Luke if he won. We spoke a while and he told me he was not ready to make the top guaranteed price at that time and that if he won it would be fate. Later in the evening he tracked me down to tell me he could not risk losing the chair by being out-bid and he had decided to buy it at it's full price! I was delighted and told him to cherish this time with Luke and enjoy the chair as I reflect with deep motherly heartfelt love celebrating my "little boy's" birthday today, May day, as he turns 32!! It was only yesterday that he would have been sitting in this chair rocking as I read him Curious George! How deeply I am filled with a sense of gratefulness and richness for having been a part of such an amazing event- The 2011 Chair Affair, but more importantly the most important part I play in my life, that of mother! I am so grateful that I have a bed to sleep in tonight and every night (especially with my aching feet Thur and Friday!), and am blessed with a home filled with all my needs taken care of to create family. I feel so filled with gratefulness that my work with The Chair Affair committee as artist and volunteer gives me the satisfaction of knowing that other families will experience this feeling as well as they are now able to provide beds and the necessities we all need to turn our house into a home, because of the wonderful work the Community Warehouse does!