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My abstract sky piece is #9 in the auction

Brushstrokes for Brayden

Most people know that I have a few causes that are close to my heart: healthcare, women’s empowerment, the arts. I’ve done a lot of volunteer work and work-work raising funds and awareness, organizing, planning and jumping in wherever needed to give back, mentor and generally help out.

And over the years, I’ve asked for much support from my friends and family and community and have always been blown away by the resounding response.

In particular, through my work at The Brides Project and the Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor, I’ve seen the emotional, financial and logistical challenges faced by a family dealing with cancer. It’s pervasive. It’s unmooring.

There’s always another person, family or community to help. And for me, this month, it comes in the form of a charity art auction for the Ackermann family, whose 2 and a half year old son, Brayden has been diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor known as Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG).

I had never heard of this cancer, until a community of artists via Instagram decided to put together an art auction to raise money. DIPG only affects about 300 children per year, and what’s particularly scary is that Brayden was happy and seemingly healthy, until one day he lost use of the left side of his body. Of course his parents rushed him to Westchester Children’s Hospital, not knowing what to think.

How utterly devastating to learn that your child has a difficult diagnosis that’s rarely cured. And then to have to find the strength to do everything possible in the face of that and to preserve a normalcy and quality of life as much as possible for a child who may or may not really understand what is happening to him or her.

My abstract sky piece is #9 in the auction
My abstract sky piece is #9 in the auction

To try to help offset the financial worries for the Ackermann family, over 90 artists from around the world have donated pieces for an art auction to be held Friday September 16 – Sunday September 18. The auction will open on Friday at 7am Eastern on Instagram @brushstrokesforbrayden. Here’s the link for those that want to check it out or pass it along.

The artworks are currently being posted to that Instagram account so you can see what’s available before the auction opens. Opening bids are very reasonable, but hopefully we can raise a lot more money and awareness!

Please spread the word to your art loving friends, even if you don’t bid yourself. And if you find something you love, but don’t have Instagram, let me know, and we can discuss a proxy bidding system. I’m Artwork #9.

Thanks for always being there and exceeding my expectations.

xo

Hannah

Art Show & SALE 8/18/16

I’ll be showing small and medium-sized acrylic paintings at the M1-5 Lounge in Tribeca this Thursday evening, August 18, 2016.  Annnnndddd some of the paintings will be on SALE from prices listed on the website AT THIS EVENT ONLY.

Relaxing in Blue compressed

This show, like the last one, will be hosted by Conception Events, however this time, instead of purchasing tickets, I’m giving away free tickets to the first 15 people who let me know they’re coming.

I currently have THREE tickets left! So please let me know ASAP (if you haven’t already), if you’d like one. (You can also purchase them here.)

Please note the NEW time: 5-10PM

Address: 52 Walker Street (M1-5 Lounge)….food and drink available for purchase

Hope to see you there, and as always, thank you for your support!

xo

Hannah

Sunrise, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Abstractions: New Art

Like a lot of people, being in nature feels very comforting to me. I loved staring out the window of the car when I was a kid, as my mom can attest, getting lost in the shapes and colors of the clouds. I guess it was my version of meditation.

As an adult, I still love the sights, sounds and smells of nature. Just this morning I thought how happy I was to hear birds in Verdi Square at the 72nd Street subway while walking to work. It reminded me of growing up in the rural suburbs.

And I can still stare at clouds endlessly. The number of sunset and sky pics on my Instagram can corroborate. 🙂

So naturally, I’m drawn to the wide blue skies, sweet green grass and moody grey clouds in my painting. I try to capture the feeling, movement, calmness and tranquility I see and feel when I’m surrounded by the natural world.

In the grouping that I’m putting up today, you’ll notice a lot of playfulness and liberties taken with the idea of “landscape,” “seascape” or “skyscape.” These aren’t super representational works – definitely abstractions to one degree or another. But I hope they evoke in you a sense of peace and happiness when meditating on them. Enjoy, and I welcome feedback on what you’d like to see more of, so please comment or email me!

Artist Profile from Whom Studio

I had a fabulous time a few weeks ago having Candace from Whom Studio out to my apartment to photograph my paintings for my website and take some “candid” shots of me at work!

We chatted about my love of clouds, sunsets and general moodiness. As she was styling some of my favorite paintings with items found around the house, I told her the history or story of each item. Most of my furniture has come from family – like the red club chair from my grandmother.

And a lot of what I have decorated with around the house has come from our families as well: for instance a stuffed baby cayman (like a small alligator) from my great-grandparents’ honeymoon (when you were still allowed to bring those things into the country); and a bugle played by my great-great-grandfather to draw in crowds as he rode around the West with Buffalo Bill and his cowboy shows.

She wrote up this very nice blog of our get together and shared some of her favorite shots!

After you’ve read her blog above, pop over to my site to see what’s cooking in the art studio (aka my apartment).

green landscape.jpg

This blue jar was purchased by my parents at a Southern PA antique market back when they lived there in the 70s. These two little bronze dinosaur statues were my dad’s (perhaps as a child? Dad you’ll have to weigh in on their full story).

Thanks Candace!

 

 

Blue Landscape #2

Painting Up A Storm

Literally. I’ve taken to painting clouds and storms and snow.

I’ve “always” painted: in that ever since I was little, I’ve loved to draw and paint. I don’t have a degree in art, but since elementary school, I’ve taken extracurricular art classes: from drawing camp, to watercolor, figure drawing and painting at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art), to intro art classes at University of Maryland, art history at the Sorbonne, and continuing drawing classes at the Ann Arbor Art Center. My mom and I even went to Greece to paint when I was in high school, and I sent art slides with all of my college applications.

(Side note, that was crazy – that we made physical slides of art – I’m sure now people just upload photos! Our kids probably won’t even know what slides are. HA.)

It’s kind of funny in looking back over my life how much art has always been a part of it, and yet I always kept it as a hobby in the background. I’ve never thought about this long laundry list of credentials I actually have.

I’ve had an offer or two from folks throughout the years to buy this or that painting, but I never took anyone up on it.

Until now!!!

With the encouraging support of Megan Elizabeth and the NYC group of The Rising Tide Society, I’ve begun putting some serious focus on making art in a concerted and commercial way.

For those who haven’t heard me go on about about this yet: The Rising Tide Society is a group of creatives and small business owners who support one another through a spirit of community over competition. Started by my wedding photographers, Natalie Franke and Krista Jones, in Annapolis MD, it has now spread across the world with meet-up groups that function almost like modern-day salons, meeting once a month geographically to discuss relevant topics from copyrights to the client experience to finding your niche.

So when fellow artist and RTS friend, Megan, put together a beautiful exhibit at Rabbithole Projects in DUMBO in Brooklyn, and she generously invited those in our meet-up group to showcase some pieces too.

Ecstatic at the invitation, I included three paintings and, even more special, had about 15 friends and family attend to support me!! I’m seriously still over the moon about it and cannot thank everyone enough. I clearly have the best friends and family ever.

A website is in the works, and I’m excited to start this new adventure. Although when I tell people and they say “Oh I didn’t know you painted” (at least 95% of people have said this), I have to remember that it’s really not new at all.

Some things I’ve been working on:

Blue Series #1
Blue Series #1
Blue Landscape #2
Blue Landscape #2
Yoga Series #3
Yoga Series #3, styled, sold
Yoga Series #6
Yoga Series #6, sold
Sunrise Over Frozen Lake, Michigan
Sunrise Over Frozen Lake, Michigan
Sunrise, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Sunrise, Ann Arbor, Michigan