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Paving the Way to Bright Futures

If you are on the grounds of the hospital, take a moment to explore the James F. Chambers, Jr. Youth Fitness Park. The park features a large green lawn surrounded by an inviting walking path, which winds past decorative sculptures and recreational areas. In this tranquil outdoor setting you will also find a brick pathway.

Upon closer inspection, you will discover that these bricks are unique. Many of them are engraved with a name or personalized message to honor a loved one or celebrate a milestone. But one thing these amber-colored blocks have in common is that each one is a symbol of hope and support for Scottish Rite Hospital patients.

“Participating in our brick program is a meaningful and affordable way for our donors to leave a legacy on the grounds of Scottish Rite Hospital,” says Stephanie Brigger, the hospital’s vice president of Development.

One of the longtime supporters, Dallas-area donor Michael Turner, began creating a legacy when the program started 20 years ago. Since then, he has donated more than 100 bricks to the hospital.

“I give from my heart,” Turner explains. “I give bricks rather than flowers because a brick will last forever.”

Individuals, families, corporations and anyone who wants to create a bright future for the patients of Scottish Rite Hospital can participate in the program. The cost of each brick is $150 and multiple bricks can be purchased, with all funds supporting the hospital.

Remember a loved one, commemorate a milestone or celebrate a special occasion, while benefiting hospital patients. To purchase a brick or receive more information, call 214-559-7650. You may also download a donation form from our website at scottishritehospital.org/give.

Summer Colors Art Auction: Meet the 2017 Artists, Part III

Summer Colors, now in its ninth 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.

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 27, at Scottish Rite Hospital. Additional information can be found at community.tsrhc.org/summer-colors.

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

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.

CHARLSIE DOAN

In her own words: I am a self-taught landscape artist, primarily using oils and sometimes watercolors.

Inspiration: My inspirations are the colors of the sky. My grandparents live on a farm in rural New Mexico, and I love being there because the sky is so wide and huge that it is possible to see everything, the stars, the clouds, the sunrises, and the sunsets. I especially love the vibrant oranges and reds of sunset, and these are the colors that you can see most in my paintings.

 

MEAGAN JOHNSON

Bright colors, bold contrast, and unique expressive subjects. My small business focuses on pet portraiture, but is inspired by new school style flash art and pop art.

 

 

 

 

 

JOANNE “JOJO” HERDA

Joanne Herda -The Miracle of LivingRocket 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.

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 my art please go to: cmerilart.com

MARCI KAWALEK

In her own words: Life inspires me, both postively and negatively. Because I consider myself to be an experimental artist (not limiting myself to one particular style or palette). I am free to explore the various media and palettes that will best express my understanding of and feelings about whatever my current passion or subject is.

 

 

 

 

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.

My 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!).

LORI CUSICK

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.

LACELLIESE KING

My work reflects an intrigue with harmony and dissonance between wildlife in nature and their depiction in art. Their powerful beauty is an irresistible invitation for realist portrayal, but what inspires my interpretations is the complexity of subjects that can not be tamed, whether in the wild or on a canvas.

Working in mixed media, including oil, acrylic, and graphite, I allow my wildlife portrayals to take on a life of their own. Contrasting elements of abstract expressionism and realism, my desired aesthetic is one of simple elegance and esprit. 

CATHERINE SEALES

I am inspired by colors and the moods that they create together. Raising three small children can by exhausting, but at the same time gives me energy and brightness to my art work.

Grant’s Moment – KidSwing

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As a patient, Grant has a special appreciation for Scottish Rite Hospital and a desire to give back. He does so by participating in the hospital’s annual KidSwing Golf Tournaments where Grant doesn’t just play golf – he plays for a purpose.

For more information about KidSwing, please visit kidswing.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Summer Colors Art Auction: Meet the 2017 Artists, Part I

Summer Colors, now in its ninth 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.

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 27, at Scottish Rite Hospital. Additional information can be found at community.tsrhc.org/summer-colors.

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

LYDIA ABIGAIL

Background: Lydia Abigail has been heavily involved in the art industry for nearly 7 years. She has participated art shows with the North East Art Association, Texas Woman’s University, the 101 Gallery, and many local shops. Lydia loves to connect with other artists and has completed many art shows, pop-up galleries, or craft markets with other artists in her area. Not only does Lydia show her work locally, but she also has completed live art drawings for coffee shop events and lead therapeutic art workshops. She has completed commissioned jobs with work in oil paint, pencil, charcoal, ink, and chalk. Lydia has been trained in oil, acrylic, watercolor, charcoal, pencil, woodwork, and clay and is always continuing her study of these mediums. Lydia Abigail is currently involved in many local creative organizations which give her inspiration and encouragement!

Inspiration: Lydia Abigail is inspired by this magnificently beautiful world around her. Many of her works of art are based off of or are impressions of nature. Natural sources and images are often incorporated into each of her pieces, whether by pictures, scientific studies, or the simple observation of earthly-details. Overall, she finds the outdoors to be her main source of inspiration for her creative journey.

JENN THATCHER

Jenn Thatcher has always has a love for color and design. After moving to Texas from Chicago 10 years ago, she was working for a Wall Street firm with a demanding travel schedule and long hours. Being a wife and mother of three, with two of the children being Scottish rite patients, she finally decided to leave her corporate career to pursue painting full time. Jenn believes that creating art is a gift from God, and a blank canvas is a metaphor for life. It can be anything you want it to be. And if you don’t like the direction it’s going, it’s never too late to start over or change direction. It’s so important to remember that everyone and everything can be beautiful at some point in time, it’s all a matter of how you look at it. Jenn’s work is featured in stores through the US and works directly with designers and clients in the Dallas area. Some of her work can be viewed on Instagram @Jenn_Thatcher_Art or on her website at www.jennthatcher.com.

JACQUELINE MCKNIGHT

In her own words: I’m a lifelong lover of art, classically trained in oil painting by Phoenix artist Barbara Bond. She taught me how to prepare for my work, create my own colors and be bold. These lessons have touched every part of my life, from my education, career and raising my own children to developing art programs for children and adults. Art allows me to make my world as vibrant and whimsical as I can dream.

My work has been shown in the Groove Salon in Deep Ellum and the Harvest Street Café in the Oxy Building in Dallas. I’ve also worked with non-profits Susan G. Komen, Loving Mothers and the Dream Warriors Scholarship, to date. I’m very excited to participate in Summer Colors!

This year, it is my philanthropic goal to donate 12 paintings, one for every month, to a non-profit whose work I believe in. A friend shared the work of Scottish Rite Hospital and the Summer Colors art auction with me as a possible match for this “Actions Speak Louder” goal, and I knew right away this would be a good fit! As a parent, who would not be able to financially provide extensive medical care for long term health issues in my own children, I can only imagine what a blessing Scottish Rite is for families who need the care. I am moved and inspired by the cases my friend shared with me. It is my honor to donate a piece of my artwork to this cause. Thank you for the opportunity!

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.

Allyson Hall- OtamiAbout 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.

ERIKA KRIVDA

In her own words: I believe that there is no one “thing” that inspires me. My inspiration comes from an accumulation of three things: my past, present, and future. Coming from a family of artists, I have been painting and creating since I was a child. I’ve watched my artwork evolve over the years and I love finding new ways to create. Painting is my way of understanding myself and everything around me.

CHRISTINA MITCHELLA

Dallas native, Christina Mitchella, is an accomplished and award-winning artist specializing in impressionistic drawings and abstract oil paintings. Her life-long zeal for the arts transitioned from passion to career, leading her to pursue an education in art at Dallas Baptist University. After graduating with a Bachelors in Fine Arts, Christina began actively showing her works in galleries throughout the DFW area and across the state, competing in art shows and completing commissioned pieces for her growing base of followers and supporters.

Christina Mitchella- For AUCTION C.MitchellaChristina’s art is remarkably inspired and contemplative, spanning many different artistic mediums. She often uses the synergistic relationship between music, color and light as a muse to gain insight into her works. Whether she is creating a portrait, painting in still life, or transforming a canvas with abstract expressionism, her impeccable attention to detail and vibrant use of color breathes life into every stroke and sketch.

Christina is affiliated with a number of local arts organizations, including Art House Dallas, Irving Arts Center and the Creative Arts Center of Dallas. She also maintains membership with the Plano Arts Association, the Associated Creative Artists of Dallas and the Texas Artists Coalition of Fort Worth. It is Christina’s hope that her works will emit joy, stir inspiration and spread enthusiasm for the arts in all who view them. Her works can be viewed in galleries throughout Texas, and she is currently available for commissioned work.

ANITA FELIX

Anita Felix 24x30Anita is renowned for her interpretations of ballerinas, churches, barns and of course, angels.

Her current surroundings in east Texas inspire her modern paintings of quaint historic barns and churches.

After living by the ocean for many years, you can see the influence of water in many of her contemporary pieces.

HELEN DOTY

Background, in her own words: I was born and raised in Manchester, England. As a teenager I lived with my parents in Singapore for 4 years, before moving with them to Chicago IL. I was working as a computer programmer when I met my husband. After marrying my American, we moved down to Texas, where we have lived happily for over 10 years. We are now raising our two daughters here in Frisco, Texas. I have only been painting for a year. Purely for just the pleasure of creating at first. Then as gifts for friends and family. I am excited to have just sold my first commissioned piece!

Inspiration: I get my ideas by chatting with the person that is looking to add something to a space or room, with photos, or a certain color palette.

Calling All Princesses and Superheros – Character Breakfast is July 17

CharacterBreakfastOn Saturday, June 17, from 9 – 11 a.m., more than 50 favorite children’s characters will visit Scottish Rite Hospital for a magical meet-and-greet experience. The event is open to the public and ticket sales benefit the hospital. Attendees will enjoy breakfast, an autograph session, face painting and more!

Hosted by the hospital’s Crayon Club, the fundraiser is now in its fifth year. Tickets can be purchased at scottishritehospital.org/characterbreakfast. For details, call 214-559-8682.

Christopher & Stacie Martin will be the Honorary Chairs for this year’s Accessible Luxury

Screen Shot 2017-04-11 at 1.38.59 PMChristopher and Stacie Martin will be the honorary chairs for this year’s Accessible Luxury. Scottish Rite Hospital is thrilled to have this wonderful couple be a part of the event.

Many have seen Christopher Martin’s gorgeous paintings. In addition to his expert artistic skill, Christopher is a generous philanthropist. He has worked with our hospital patients for more than 15 years to create paintings that are auctioned off at Treasure Street, the hospital’s signature event. This selfless donation of his time and talents has raised more than $160,000 for Scottish Rite Hospital. A self-taught artist whose career spans nearly 25 years, Christopher’s works can be found in private and corporate collections in the U.S. and abroad.

Stacie Martin was one of the founders of Accessible Luxury, along with Harriet Kelly and Model Citizen, an organization focused on the fashion industry coordinating efforts to help worthy causes.

“It is gratifying to see the wonderful partners we enlisted for the first Accessible Luxury event 8 years ago; Campbell-Wagner Runway, Beretta Gallery and the fabulous Salon Pompeo that continue to be loyally committed to helping the kids of Scottish Rite Hospital. It’s phenomenal to see the new community partners stepping up to sponsor what has become a highly anticipated event. Zac and Emily-Ray Porter, and Cullen Potts and Harriet Kelly’s amazing team have done an exquisite job with this year’s Accessible Luxury ~ it is full of luxurious surprises.”

Chris and Stacie are avid supporters of the hospital and its work – in the last six years two family members have received life-changing care from Scottish Rite Hospital.

Both Chris and Stacie find the hospital to be a wonderful example of greatness in a pediatric hospital. Christopher says, “It is a fine addition to the city of Dallas, and we are honored to be involved in any way in aiding Scottish Rite’s success.”

Our KidSwing Golf Tournament is Celebrating 15 Years!

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  • In sports…Mike Weir won the Masters, the San Antonio Spurs won the NBA Championship, The Marlins won the World Series, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won the Super Bowl.
  • At the movies….The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King and Finding Nemo were tops at the movie theater. Chicago won the Oscar for the Best Picture.
  • On Television…CSI, American Idol, Survivor, and Friends were must see TV.
  • On Radio…50 Cent’s “In Da Club” was number one on the Billboard Charts, and Beyonce was “Crazy in Love.”
  • At the bookstore…Everyone was reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
  • Crazy but true…Baseball fan Steve Bartman reached for a ball that Chicago Cubs outfielder Moses Alou was trying to catch, continuing a Cubs World Series drought that would last 14 more years.
  • Music news…The iTunes Music Store as Time Magazine’s invention of the year.
  • In technology….Camera phones became popular.

For more information about KidSwing, a 9-hole, best-ball scramble for players ages 5 to 18 of all levels of golf ability, visit kidswing.org.

The Cotton Patch Cafe Challenge is Back!

Thanks to our wonderful friends at the Cotton Patch Cafe, every donation of $25 made to TSRHC beginning Monday, March 6 will be matched in $25 Cotton Patch Cafe gift cards (up to $1,000 per donor).

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All proceeds from the Cotton Patch Cafe Challenge directly benefit Scottish Rite Hospital and allow the hospital to provide world-class medical care to kids, regardless of any family’s ability to pay. With the help of our great friends at the Cotton Patch Cafe and dedicated donors like you, we can continue in our mission, bringing health, hope and happiness to thousands of children. We greatly appreciate your support!

Take The Challenge Today!

Announcing the 2017 Accessible Luxury Chairs

Accessible Luxury 2017 is pleased to announce this year’s Chairs, Emily Ray-Porter, Zac Porter and Cullen Potts.

After falling in love with the concept of Royal Blue in Austin, co-owners Emily Ray-Porter, Zac Porter and Cullen Potts brought this fabulous grocery store to Dallas in the fall of 2015. The boutique grocer offers everyday essentials, gourmet goodies, Stumptown coffee bar and great wines. Its charming setting has quickly earned itself an irreplaceable spot in Park Cities culture.

DSC_6204_blogEmily Ray-Porter is a highly sought-after real estate professional with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. For the past six years, Emily has been recognized through Dave Perry-Miller and D Magazine for her sales production and dedication to her clients. Emily is passionate about her work with Family Legacy and Naomi’s Village, two organizations dedicated to caring for orphan children in Africa.

Zac Porter is a founding partner of Viceroy Realty Advisors, which provides advisory services and development consulting for mixed-use and high-street properties. Zac is active in the Dallas community and is currently a part of the prestigious Leadership Dallas – Class of 2017. He is past president of Dallas Roundtable and a board member with Uptown Dallas, Inc.

Cullen Potts works as a proprietor of Capital Institutional Services, Inc., an independent brokerage firm founded in 1977. Additionally, he is a real estate investor and serves as director of Family Business Affairs and board director for Capital Institutional Services.

For more information about Accessible Luxury, please visit accessibleluxury.org.

December: Max’s Moment to Shine

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Meet Max, age 9, of Arlington.

My Defining Moment:

Max’s mom, Virginia: TSRHC’s reputation gave us the confidence to adopt a child who had a prosthetic leg and hand differences.

My Moment to Remember:

We are always shown so much love and respect at the hospital. Our son is not just another appointment time or a number.

My Moment to Shine:

Max is a gifted artist. He was so excited when his drawing was selected as one of the hospital’s 2015 holiday card designs.

Give a Patient like Max a Moment to Shine – To support the hospital’s mission of giving children back their childhood, please call a TSRHC Development officer at 214-559-7650 or 800-421-1121, ext. 7650, or visit scottishritehospital.org/give.