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Dallas Marathon Patient Champion Spotlight: Omar, age 11 of Dallas

Since 2007, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children patients have helped encourage and cheer on the runners of the Dallas Marathon through the Patient Champion program. This program is a way to highlight some of the wonderful kids the marathon generously supports each year. This year, we are excited to introduce you to Omar!

OmarOmar, age 11, of Dallas, Texas, has been a patient at Scottish Rite Hospital for about one year. He was diagnosed with osteosarcoma and as part of his treatment underwent a left leg above-the-knee amputation. Omar is now in remission and has been encouraging everyone he comes in contact with as he fearlessly learns to walk on his new prosthetic.

Omar is strong, outgoing and loving. He enjoys drawing, playing video games, riding his bike and playing monopoly. Before his amputation, Omar played football and basketball, and he hopes to start playing again soon. Omar is excited to cheer on all of the Dallas Marathon runners in December!

We invite you to join our team of fundraisers on behalf of Patient Champions like Omar and all the patients of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children through our crowdrise page.

Watch a behind-the-scenes Facebook Live of his prosthetic fitting and one of his physical therapy appointments.

Holiday Special Events Roundup

Learn more about some of the following special events taking place; full details are available on the events calendar.

Dallas Cowboys Holiday Visit

Members of the Dallas Cowboys team and cheerleaders have been visiting Scottish Rite Hospital patients since 1996. Their annual holiday visit will take place on Monday, December 5 at 9:30 a.m.

  • Scottish Rite Hospital Atrium
    Monday, December 05, 2016 | 09:30 AM

Dallas Stars Visit

Members of the Dallas Stars hockey team will visiting Scottish Rite Hospital. They will visit in the Atrium with our patients and play games and craft at various tables.

  • Scottish Rite Hospital Atrium
    Wednesday, December 07, 2016 | 01:30 PM

Dallas Marathon T-shirt Visit

This event is a special time for elite runners, Dallas Marathon board members, DPD officers and special guests to visit the hospital and pass out Dallas Marathon kid T-shirts to TSRHC patients. It is a wonderful opportunity for guests to see how the event proceeds are making a difference in the lives of our patients.

  • Scottish Rite Hospital Atrium
    Friday, December 09, 2016 | 09:00 AMFor more information about the Dallas Marathon, visit bmwdallasmarathon.com.

BMW Dallas Marathon

The 2016 BMW Dallas Marathon will take place on Sunday, December 11, 2016. BMW has announced that it will be the title sponsor for this year’s race. Since 1997, Scottish Rite Hospital has been the primary beneficiary of the Dallas Marathon. From 1997 through the end of 2015, the marathon has donated over $3.8 million to TSRHC.

Santa’s Texas Team Holiday Visit

Santa’s Texas Team, an annual holiday visit at Scottish Rite Hospital, is an organization dedicated to bringing happiness, goodwill and the Christmas spirit to children throughout the community. Santa and Mrs. Claus travel to the hospital in Bell Helicopter to spread holiday cheer and deliver toys to the children. Santa’s Texas Team will be coming to the Atrium after the landing for pictures and crafts with our patients and their families.

  • Thursday, December 15, 2016 | 01:30 PM

Dallas Marathon Patient Spotlight: Grace, age 14, of Lucas

Since 2007, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children patients have helped encourage and cheer on the runners of the Dallas Marathon through the Patient Champion program. This program is a way to highlight some of the wonderful kids the marathon generously supports each year. This year, we are excited to introduce you to Grace!

GraceGrace, age 14, of Lucas, Texas, has been a patient at Scottish Rite Hospital since 2014, when she came for treatment of scoliosis. Grace wore a brace for two years but hasn’t let it slow her down.

Currently in 9th grade, Grace is musically inclined. She plays piano and violin in the Allen High School orchestra and takes singing lessons. Grace enjoys swimming and giving back to her community. She has also been a member of the National Junior Honor Society since 8th grade and plans to go into the medical field as a pathologist.

Grace’s upbeat, outgoing personality makes her the perfect mentor for younger kids. She was a junior volunteer at Scottish Rite Hospital this summer and plans to return next year. Recognizing her mentoring qualities, Grace’s school district chose her for the PAL® Peer Assistance and Leadership program. She also teaches kindergarteners and first-graders at her church.

We invite you to join our team of fundraisers on behalf of Patient Champions like James and Matthew and all the patients of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children through our crowdrise page.

 

 

Dallas Marathon Patient Champion Spotlight: James and Matthew, age 13 of Plano

JamesSince 2007, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children patients have helped encourage and cheer on the runners of the Dallas Marathon through the Patient Champion program. This program is a way to highlight some of the wonderful kids the marathon generously supports each year. This year, we are excited to introduce you to James and Matthew!

James and Matthew, 13-year-old twins from Plano, received treatment for cerebral palsy and a seizure disorder, respectively, from the medical experts at Scottish Rite Hospital. These fun and energetic boys love their friendly medical team, as well as attending hospital events and eating the hospital’s famous popcorn.

James and Matthew love swimming, playing cards and listening to music. They both value helping others and serving their community. James is passionate about music, specifically rock, and dreams of becoming a professional cheerleader when he grows up. MatthewMatthew is the family funny man, who enjoys doing comical impersonations. When he grows up, he hopes to become a police officer in a K9 unit. James and Matthew are excited to support all the runners of the 2016 Dallas Marathon, including their dad and step mom.

We invite you to join our team of fundraisers on behalf of Patient Champions like James and Matthew and all the patients of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children through our crowdrise page.

Dallas Marathon Patient Champion Spotlight: Gianna, age 7 of Dallas

Since 2007, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children patients have helped encourage and cheer on the runners of the Dallas Marathon through the Patient Champion program. This program is a way to highlight some of the wonderful kids the marathon generously supports each year. This year, we are excited to introduce you to Gianna!

GiannaGianna, age 7, of Hurst, came to Scottish Rite Hospital for the first time when she was less than two weeks old. She was born with a congenital hand difference.

Because of the world-renowned care she has received from the hospital’s Charles E. Seay, Jr. Hand Center, Gianna enjoys pursuing her passion for music. She is a member of the Suzuki Strings program at her school, where she plays the bass. Science is another field of interest for Gianna, who hopes to be a science teacher someday. She is a pleasure to be around, and when she becomes a teacher she will undoubtedly create a caring, nurturing atmosphere for her students. When Gianna visits the hospital, she says the staff makes her feel special; and that’s undoubtedly how she will make the runners feel as she cheers them on at the Dallas Marathon!

We invite you to join our team of fundraisers on behalf of Patient Champions like Gianna and all the patients of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children through our crowdrise page.

Fall Special Events Roundup

From golf tournaments to a Treasure Street tradition, our fall events calendar delivers a full slate of activities for those chipping shots on the greens or chipping in their bids for a benefit auction. Learn more about some of the following special events taking place; full details are available on the events calendar.

Meet and Greet Football Greats

RIC_7815Jackie Sherrill made headlines for his creation of the 12th Man Kickoff Team during his tenure as football coach at Texas A&M University. In September, Sherrill, members of Texas A&M University’s 12th Man Kickoff Team, and former Texas A&M football stars will visit the hospital for a meet-and-greet experience made possible by the 12th Man Kickoff Team Foundation (12thMKOT). These football greats will sign and autograph items for hospital patients, and copies of Sherrill’s book “No Experience Required” will be available for purchase.

  • Friday, Sept. 23, 10:30 a.m. to Noon | Atrium at Scottish Rite Hospital

Take to the Greens

Don’t put away the clubs yet. Our patients can take to the greens this fall for the remaining Learn to Golf Clinic in Dallas.

Jim Morgan; Stephen Midturi, 7; Ava Loiselle, 9; William Shewmaker, 6The Learn to Golf program gives hospital patients with physical challenges opportunities to learn golf fundamentals. For registration information, visit scottishritehospital.org/learn-to-golf.

  • Saturday, Sept. 24 | Cedar Crest Golf Course, 1800 Southerland Ave., Dallas

 

J. Crew Shopping Night

J.Crew will host a cocktail reception at their three NorthPark store locations for the ninth year in a row. Merchandise will be offered at a 20% discount for purchases of $100 or more, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the hospital. The event will be hosted by Dr. Christine Ho and her family as well as Crayon Club Advisory Committee Members, Austin Lewis, Ashley McClure and Kirsten Meador.

  • Thursday, October 6 | 5 – 8 p.m. | J. Crew, J.Crew Men’s Shop and crewcuts at NorthPark Center

Sporting Clay Shoot

San Angelo Sporting Clay Shoot_smallNow entering its 19th year, the San Angelo Sporting Clay Shoot rallies the West Texas community in support of Scottish Rite Hospital. Conceived by hospital trustees Dan Davidson and Graham Childress, this event has raised more than $840,000 for Scottish Rite Hospital over the last 18 years.

  • Saturday, Oct. 8 | 8 a.m. | San Angelo Claybird Association Range (SACAR), 12026 U.S. Highway 67 South, San Angelo

Treat Yourself to Fall Treasures

celebrate TSFrom fine fare and entertainment to extraordinary auction items open for bids, the 21st annual Treasure Street event is the hospital’s signature event. Created by a group of Scottish Rite Hospital family members of patients being treated for Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC), the event has grown into a community-supported event that raises funds for research and treatment for TSC and general patient care at the hospital.

  • Thursday, Oct. 13 | 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. | Old Parkland

To purchase tickets, please visit treasurestreet.org or call 214-559-7656.

 

Crayon Club’s Truck or Treat

We invite you to our 5th Annual Truck or Treat event in Chambers Park at TSRHC. This year, we will feature a dinner food truck, dessert, lawn games, hospital tours and live music on the lawn.

Crayon Club members and guests will decorate pumpkins and cards to be given to our patients for Halloween.

  • Thursday, October 22 | 6:30 to 9 p.m. | Chambers Park at TSRHC

To purchase tickets or find out more about Crayon Club, visit scottishritehospital.org/crayonclub.

 

Patients Rock the Runway in JCPenney Fashion Show

The ninth annual JCPenney Successful Bridges Fashion Show recently gave some of our spina bifida patients an opportunity to shine in the spotlight. The event took place Friday, August 5, at the JCPenney Home Office, in Plano, Texas. Learn more about this event and discover how the Successful Bridges Teen program at Scottish Rite Hospital gives patients confidence, self-esteem, and the courage to empower themselves and inspire others like them.

Scottish Rite Patients Rock the Runway

Thanks to a friendship with JCPenney, the Successful Bridges Fashion Show gives teens being treated for spina bifida a setting to showcase their individuality amid community support. This friend-raising, rather than fundraising, event boosts teens’ self-confidence.

Created in May 2003, our Successful Bridges Teen Program aims to help teen patients with spina bifida build bridges of self-sufficiency. In addition, this program also supports the family members of these patients, giving moms, dads, siblings, and caregivers the knowledge and the help to guide their loved ones through important teenage developmental milestones. Community collaborations, like the friendship between Scottish Rite Hospital and JCPenney, further enhance the Successful Bridges Teen program.

Defining Developmental Disabilities

Scottish Rite Hospital treats many pediatric patients with developmental disabilities. These disabilities are generally associated with orthopedic conditions, including cerebral palsy (limited to related orthopedic conditions), specific genetic conditions with orthopedic complications, and spina bifida.

In addition to health-related support, Scottish Rite Hospital maintains two clinics for children with developmental disabilities. These clinics give children the knowledge and confidence to care for themselves, maximize their health, and remain independent as possible.

**View Media Coverage from this year’s event featured on Dallas’ local NBC and CW.

Summer Colors Art Auction: Meet the 2016 Artists, Part V

Summer Colors, now in its eighth year, was an idea born out of passion for both art and the patients of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Founded in 2009 by Jenny and Loren Koziol and Jill and Dupree Scovell, this silent art auction raises awareness about the hospital, while also exposing the Dallas community to up and coming local artists. To date, Summer Colors has raised more than $66,000 for the hospital.

Each year, local artists donate original pieces of art to be featured in the auction, with all the proceeds benefiting Scottish Rite Hospital. Over the next few weeks, we will be introducing you to all of the artists.

This year’s event will be held on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at Scottish Rite Hospital. Additional information can be found at community.tsrhc.org/summer-colors.

Meet our second round of artists below! Please note: all photos of the art are shown as examples of their work. 

You can also view the rest of the artists in other posts:

LORI CUSICK

They’re Home!Background/Bio: In 2002, Lori decided to follow her life’s passion and recommitted herself to painting. At this time, she first engaged in plein air painting. “The challenges presented by painting nature while being part of that nature have taught me a tremendous amount about studying light and manipulating paint.” The one constant through her paintings: her energetic spontaneous brushstroke, applying paint with a confident contemporary approach.

Lori resides in Dallas, a long way from the mountains of New York where she was born and raised. She attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, earning a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art. Over the following years, Lori successfully pursued a career as a commercial artist designing for advertising agencies and running her own design studio. She is currently Design Director for the award-winning Private Clubs magazine. You see the influence of her commercial career in her exciting compositions … silhouettes of the world.

Inspiration: Nature and the ever changing light.

MICAH SAN JUAN

Micah San Juan ArtA graduate of Harding University School of Art and Design, Micah San Juan works as a production artist by day for Fossil Group, but immerses himself in his passion for painting when it comes to raising awareness on community issues. He is a 5 year member of Resounding Harmony (a philanthropic choral group) and has also used his love of charity to do works for Big Thought, The American Heart Association of North Texas, The Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas as well as Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

I find inspiration from classic commercial artists like sign painters, illustrators and printmakers and well as the street artists from round the world.

CHRISTOPHER J. MILLER

While many artists take their craft from traditional to digital, CJ Miller’s artistic journey has been quite the opposite.  CJ Miller, the nom de guerre of Christopher J. Miller, founded the marketing communications firm Rainmaker Advertising more than 20 years ago.  His initial artistic training is rooted in computer graphics, marketing and visual communication but in 2000 he decided to explore traditional fine arts.

Christopher Miller -cjmiller_ontherocksThis journey began with several years tutoring/training with Mary Kathryn Collins, a Dallas artist and instructor who supported Mr. Miller in uncovering his unique artistic identity – sort of like uncovering your artistic thumbprint.  For the last six years, he’s taken annual sabbaticals to train with Virginia Cobb in her Santa Fe, New Mexico, artist workshop.  Ms. Cobb is known for her unique technique, detailed in her book, “Uncovering the Hidden Eye: Experiments in Water Media,” which is a result of years of teaching experimental workshops.  She believes that every painting is an experiment, a philosophy Mr. Miller has embraced as a way to gain a deeper, more personal perception of the physical world.

Mr. Miller continues to explore methods of utilizing different tools and materials.  He has experimented with mixed-media, graphite, chalk and crayon, and matte finished acrylics on canvas, wood and Strathmore 500 Bristol Board.  He believes that painting is a spiritual expression which reflects his current vibration and belief systems.

Joanne HerdaJOANNE “JOJO” HERDA

Rocket scientist turned self-taught abstract artist utilizing a blend of the analytical mind and artistic passion to create harmonious balance of color on canvas with compassion and diligence. Artwork is created for the individual collector, clients of leading interior design and non-profit organizations. JoJo was honored to be named a Fashion Group Internal of Dallas 2016Rising Star Nominee in Art.

Inspiration: Artwork inspiration is drawn from life experiences, 80’s flare, and the color found in everyday objects.

NANCY FERRO

Ferro. READ. jpgNancy began her studies of art at Hockaday, continued them at The University of Dallas. There, her MA and MFA were in printmaking and drawing. Later she learned the art of painting with beeswax, encaustic painting, from The Encaustic Center in Richardson and Truro Center for the Arts in Provincetown, MA. And was recently accepted to The Vermont Studio Residency.

She is a long life resident of Dallas and has lived and worked there over the years, both in Deep Elm, at The Continental Gin Building, and now in her studio near White Rock Lake. She has exhibited in galleries, competitions and museums, throughout the states: Chicago, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Morro Bay, Provincetown, and St. Louis.

Her work has always been about including some concept, or part of the past, while dealing with the present. She enjoys mixed media as well as incorporating various processes.

CAROLINE QUISENBERRY

Constantly in need of a “creative outlet”, I would often find new project and hobbies to test drive. The day I was introduced to jewelry, jewelry design, and a paintbrush was the day I realized I could put my biggest passions of creative design, the arts, and crafting into a tangible product to give back to the world.

Caroline Quisenberry- IMG_1772My personal relationship with design has evolved into a love and passion I incorporate into every aspect of my life, both personally and professionally. Throughout my professional life, I have broadened my creative abilities through even planning, jewelry designs, painting, branding, business development, client relations, and marketing. Alongside my professional life, I have grown my design skills through my jewelry and painting business, CLQ Designs.

CLQ Designs offers custom jewelry design, jewelry redesign, and abstract acrylic paintings, while catering to the client’s style, need and budget! CLQ Designs offers the best of both worlds – unique handcrafted jewelry and art sure to make you and your home the statement piece at your next event and a price point that won’t send you running for the hills! I want my clients to be able to call me on a random Tuesday and ask if I can design them something new because they need to “spoil” themselves.

Since childhood, my creativity and passion for design has fueled my drive to explore new experiences, learn new skill sets, and cultivate meaningful relationships. For me, the most exciting and rewarding part of CLQ Designs is knowing that I am not limited to what I can learn, design and create. I love getting together with my clients to get our creative wheels turning together in order to design their one of a kind piece from CLQ Designs. I love the challenge of design and thrive off creativity (I can’t get enough of it!).

ISABELLE PIERCE

Isabelle PierceI graduated from Wake Forest this past May with a minor in studio art and major in non-profit business. I had not been an art student since I was in the 5th grade, but I fell in love with the studio while taking a divisional. I took several oil classes and sculpture classes. I was hooked on using my hands and the tangible experience of creating something new.

I recently moved back to Dallas and have continued to paint, doing several commissions and projects. I started exploring mixed media by integrating acrylic and mod podge into my pieces. I paint in my backyard with my two dogs.

Inspiration: I am influenced by the places I interact with. Nature is a broad term, but I like to focus on places I am and have been and the experience of being in that place. People, sounds, textures, and emotional responses are just some of the things that make up a place.

Summer Colors Art Auction: Meet the 2016 Artists, Part IV

Summer Colors, now in its eighth year, was an idea born out of passion for both art and the patients of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Founded in 2009 by Jenny and Loren Koziol and Jill and Dupree Scovell, this silent art auction raises awareness about the hospital, while also exposing the Dallas community to up and coming local artists. To date, Summer Colors has raised more than $66,000 for the hospital.

Each year, local artists donate original pieces of art to be featured in the auction, with all the proceeds benefiting Scottish Rite Hospital. Over the next few weeks, we will be introducing you to all of the artists.

This year’s event will be held on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at Scottish Rite Hospital. Additional information can be found at community.tsrhc.org/summer-colors.

Meet our second round of artists below! Please note: all photos of the art are shown as examples of their work. 

You can also view the rest of the artists in other posts:

Avery Hall - IMG_8988AVERY HALL

Background: I am a sophomore at Highland Park High School interested in art and animation. I want to pursue a career in animation.

Inspiration: I am inspired by music and animate works.

 

CHRISTI MERIL

Christi Meril has been creating mixed media art filled with simple and connectable images since 2006.  She has devoted herself as an artist to create images that speak to the eye and heart of the beholder.  Her artwork is filled with modern yet timeless pieces full of life, self-reflection and love.  Over the years, her work has appeared in ArtHouse Dallas, The Thrift Studio, Dallas, The Dallas Flea, The Jewish Art Fest of Dallas, Arts and Tarts, open shows at the 500X Gallery and sold locally.  She is also found in personal collections from California to New York and abroad. Christi resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband, two daughters, two standard poodles and English bulldog.

To see her art, please visit cmerilart.com.

AMEE CALLOWAY

When it comes to art and design, I truly just paint what makes me happy. I really donʼt have any set rules which allows me to experiment with abstracts but also try my hand at a portrait or landscape too. Trying new techniques and playing with different color combinations is my favorite part about this process. I just keep painting and tweaking until the piece feels balanced to me. My inspiration comes from my everyday life… it might be colors from an amazing interior design, a fun fashion layout, or even a sporting event. I work primarily with acrylics and mixed mediums to create layers of depth and texture. I still paint almost all of my work with a big blank wall in my own home in mind! My husband and I both grew up in Montgomery, Alabama. After moving around from Chicago to Virginia, we have settled in Dallas with our three boys(lots of sports to inspire me!) I canʼt imagine a day in my life without a little paint in it!

CATHERINE FEEHAN

In her own words: I was born and raised in Houston, Texas, and as far back as I can remember, I have been interested in art. As a child, I loved to draw and color, and I was always told by others that I was artistic. It wasn’t until the late nineties when I was teaching ESL to pre-kindergarten children, that I rekindled my true passion for art. When teaching, I often created my own props to go with my lessons, and it occurred to me that this part of my job was extremely rewarding and it was then that I decided to go back to school to pursue an art degree. After some investigation, I discovered the perfect field….art education! I already had the education background, and that would sustain me through the art study.

Catherine FeehanI started back to night school the next fall and I learned so much about the various aspects of art, that during the Thanksgiving holiday, I visited Italy to see some of the Renaissance masterpieces by Michelangelo, DaVinci, and others. I knew immediately that I would somehow find a way to return to Europe to study more art. The following spring, my ESL job was reduced to a half-day, but there was also a position opening for a half-day art teacher, as well. I took the ESL/ART position and began my career as an art teacher. I learned many practical things such as how to use a kiln, how to order art supplies, etc.

I also managed to return to Europe for the next two summers to complete my twelve elective courses in study abroad programs. The first summer I studied in Venice where I learned about techniques and materials of Venetian art, as well as paintings by the great masters such as Titian, Tintoretto, Bellini, and Veronese. The next summer was spent in the south of France where I studied impressionism and Post Impressionism and traced the paths of Renoir, Cezanne, Picasso, Signac, and others.

After teaching prekindergarten for several years, I transferred to a middle school and began teaching a half day of ESL and a half day of art. After two years, I became a full-time art teacher and remained in this position until I retired. I spent the next fe years completing my dissertation, which involved a study of three contemporary art museums in Texas, and the correlation between their exhibits and societal change. It was during this time that I developed a love and appreciation for contemporary and abstract art, an area that had previously been somewhat of a mystery to me.

Last summer I took a course on art and its markets at Sotheby’s Art Institute in London, England. It helped me to further understand how art is simply and expression of oneself, and how one views the world. There is no right or wrong, no good or bad, just one’s own artistic interpretation of life. That brings me to today, where I currently reside in Dallas, Texas. I have a small art studio where I spend most days painting and experiencing the joy and freedom that comes through self-expression.

Kristin O'Keefe- image3KRISTIN O’KEEFE

B.A. in art from Hastings College in Hastings, NE. I’m a jack of all trades and a master of none.

Inspired by ordinary moments, rainy days, and quietness.

CHRISTINA SANCHEZ

In her own words: The gentle flame of my creativity has always been kindled through imagination and storytelling. As a child I would often sketch out half written stories inspired by my surroundings, which continued as I grew into a young adult.Christina Sanchez -Illustration Sample 02 I graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2012 with a BFA degree in animation in hopes to pursue a career that would kindle my passion. I moved back to my home town in Texas and became a motion graphics artist at a small company. After creating many corporate-type videos, I realized that my creative fire was going out. I had been stuck in my comfort zone for a year and a half, and I felt like God was telling me it was finally time to step out. So, I left my job without any clue as to what to do next. I believed that God would not leave me in the desert to wander aimlessly with no manna to eat. He knows what he is doing! Many doors of opportunity began to open, and I discovered that my love for art and storytelling as a child was something I wanted to pursue. I realized that my vibrantly colorful and whimsical artwork brings joy to both children and adults, and is a reflection of God’s light, laughter and child-like delight. I am now a freelance children’s book illustrator and I am continuing to follow the path God continues to light for me.

Inspiration: I am first inspired by God and all of his wonders, whether it is through the vibrant colors of the galaxy or through the messages of beautifully orchestrated music. I also draw inspiration from many concept/development artists who work on animated films that tell a story and from children’s book illustrators as well.

Summer Colors Art Auction: Meet the 2016 Artists, Part III

Summer Colors, now in its eighth year, was an idea born out of passion for both art and the patients of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Founded in 2009 by Jenny and Loren Koziol and Jill and Dupree Scovell, this silent art auction raises awareness about the hospital, while also exposing the Dallas community to up and coming local artists. To date, Summer Colors has raised more than $66,000 for the hospital.

Each year, local artists donate original pieces of art to be featured in the auction, with all the proceeds benefiting Scottish Rite Hospital. Over the next few weeks, we will be introducing you to all of the artists.

This year’s event will be held on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at Scottish Rite Hospital. Additional information can be found at community.tsrhc.org/summer-colors.

Meet our second round of artists below! Please note: all photos of the art are shown as examples of their work. 

You can also view the rest of the artists in other posts:

ALLYSON HALL

Allyson Hall happily tabled her career as a journalist for the adventures of motherhood almost nine years ago. Four babies later, the youngest finally on board the “potty train,” she finally figured out what she wanted to be when she grew up. Allyson followed the pull to turn her creativity into a professional pursuit that excited her every day. It started with photography. She loves capturing the unexpected moment, the unposed expression on faces. Her Nikon is like a fifth child — it goes everywhere with her.

About face silhouettes is an extension of Allyson’s passion for photography, a new use for the thousands of .jpgs that were building up in her photo library. She was looking for a fresh medium to capture the images of her children and remembered the great black and white silhouettes of Allyson as a kid.

By first photographing her subjects’ profiles, she has a fixed moment from which she can trace a detailed silhouette. Allyson takes her time, putting great care into precisely cutting the slope of a nose, the pout of the lips or the curl in the hair. This is what sets an “about face” original apart from many other silhouettes. The greatest compliment she has received comes from clients who say they can fill in the rest of the silhouetted face’s features with their mind’s eye.

Allyson uses sturdy colored cardstock to give her silhouettes a modern vibe and to provide her clients another opportunity to express their individuality. So that’s what Allyson is about. She hopes that her work adds a splash of color to your walls and makes you smile.

PHYLLIS MABUS

Background in her own words: Studied oil painting under Clara Stovall at the Garrett Art Gallery in McKinney. (7 Years) Studied one semester under Janet Reynolds. Took drawing (MLA) at SMU.

Inspiration: I am in love with color! When I retired from teaching, I never expected to find something as meaningful to my soul as painting. I discovered God’s world in a whole new way. Though I only paint as my schedule allows, it is one of my greatest joys. I paint from my husband’s photographs, which are another inspiration. We are becoming nature lovers and so appreciate what God provides for us every day.

LAURA RUNGE

In her own words: I am a Texas native and earned a BA in Journalism from Baylor University. After many years in the corporate world, I took the leap of faith to pursue my lifelong passion as a self-taught artist. I am now a full time, working artist and dedicate my days to painting and searching for creative avenues in everything I do.

IMG_8946.JPGInspiration: My passions are creating and inspiring, and I wake up each day in hopes of combining the two in every endeavor. I paint in acrylics, often combining stains and metallic leafs and powders into my pieces. I am drawn to objects that reflect movement, and this is incorporated into my works. Finding beauty in unusual objects and places, I use unconventional tools and techniques to create imaginative, one-of-a-kind works of art. My goal is to create a painting for the buyer that will add flair and a special dimension to the space where it will reside.

MEGAN ADAMS BROOKS

Inspired by patterns and textures in the natural world, Megan Adams Brooks creates abstract paintings on silk that reflect the beauty found throughout nature. Brooks began painting interior scapes on canvas early in her career. It was through depicting the fabrics and patterns in a room that she discovered her fascination with fabrics, which led her to designing custom textiles.

From there, Brooks found her true passion for the silk medium. Painting on silk, similar to watercolor, provides many opportunities for unexpected challenges and happy accidents. The process is time-sensitive, multi-layered and endlessly inventive. Brooks’ unique method of self-expression fulfills her unending obsession to create.

Brooks’ work has been exhibited at Art Basel in Miami and McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC) at 3120 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX. Her work hangs in public and private collections, nationally and internationally. Brooks holds a Bachelor’s of Fine Art degree in painting and drawing from Southern Methodist University and a Master’s of Fine Art degree from the University of North Texas. She lives and works in Dallas, TX.

HILARY DONNELLY

In her own words: Born and raised in the Northeast countryside, I grew up climbing trees, pocketing frogs, and collecting bird feathers. Adventuring in my backyard as a child brought a freedom that I have rediscovered through creating art. Most of my adult life was dedicated to the study of clinical psychology, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Family Studies and a Master of Art in Clinical Hilary DonnellyPsychology. The healing journey of becoming a psychotherapist as well as Buddhist pilgrimages to Japan and India provided the necessary steps toward an unfolding of self that allowed my awakening to art. Playing with color, design, and texture brought me back to the bliss I felt as a child exploring my natural environment. Soon after complete immersion into art classes and workshops, my achievements attained recognition. I received the Studio Art Award from Cabrillo College and 2nd prize at SCAL’s 79th Annual Statewide Exhibition, Irreplaceable Places: Contemporary Landscape Painters. I also been invited and accepted into various group shows, including Santa Cruz Open Studios, a regional juried event that educates the public about the arts.

When a surprise injury limited my physical abilities, I surrendered to the moment and began to experiment with leftover materials such as nails and paper, allowing the process to be the focal point rather than the visual goal. My approach continues to reside in the moment as I merge a variety of materials into my own order, often salvaging objects and coaxing beauty from their parts. Once an idea has been explored or a material exhausted, I start a new project. This style encourages me to remain in a beginner’s mindset, full of wonder and possibility.

ANDREA NETTI

Andrea Netti- image3Background in her own words: I was diagnosed with scoliosis at 12-years-old and my doctors referred me to Scottish Rite where I later had a spinal fusion surgery. The incredible team at Scottish Rite helped me make the most of my recovery over summer vacation by bringing arts and crafts projects to my room. During this time I found great therapeutic relief through art, ad it has been my go-to source for joy.