Thursday, November 20, 2014
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Today, we're happy to feature these small original paintings and vessels by Ginnie Conaway.
Ginnie creates a variety of paintings, both framed and stand-alone, and paper mache vessels and critters. Be sure to find her art on Saturday!
Monday, November 17, 2014
Learning Art Together channels the creative and entrepreneurial spirit of low income, minority, refugee, and immigrant women in Guilford County by introducing the arts as a means of linking their native cultures to American cultural. Through the program, the women develop entrepreneurial, marketing, and business skills that lead to long-term economic and social self-sufficiency. Their work also creates and extends opportunities for multicultural awareness and sharing to the larger Greensboro community.
In February of 2014, a group of women from different countries with different cultures and languages met in Greenhill’s ArtQuest to start learning about art. Over time the students became teachers; they taught, learned to communicate with, and encouraged each other. The intertwining of cultures revealed commonalities that led to “From My Table to North Carolina.”
This project underscores the importance placed on preserving their culture and customs through food. A simple discussion about food conjured sights, smells and tastes now shared with you from El Salvador, Mexico, South Korea, and Vietnam.
At our 2014 fall show, Learning Together Art will sell cards and collages that will eventually become the page of their cookbook. Each collage card is created with hand painted and printed paper and is the vision of the individual student, based on memories of cooking and sharing food with family.
Learning Art Together is made possible through the Women to Women Grant from the Greensboro Community Foundation.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
It’s been four years, one month, and five days since I returned home from my deployment to Afghanistan. Since landing back in the USA from my deployment there hasn’t been a single day, and rarely a single hour awake, that I don’t think about something or someone or some memory from that deployment.
I served in the military as an Air Force officer for six years, but for the rest of my life I will be a veteran of the US armed services whose life was dramatically altered from an intense, frightening war experience. I returned home a broken soul who suffered from undiagnosed PTSD for many years. I was finally diagnosed, properly treated, and cared for by my family, friends, military command--and my dog, Bella. While the support of my family and friends was unparalleled, the love and support of my service dog Bella is what really rescued me in the end.
As more and more veterans are receiving treatment for PTSD, the need for trained service dogs to support the veterans through their treatment process is also on the rise. Once again this year at the Whimsical Woman show, we are going to support a local North Carolina organization dedicated training rescue dogs to support, love, and care for veterans struggling with PTSD.
Founded by two local Iraq veterans, Warrior Service Dogs is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Asheville, North Carolina that is dedicated to linking trained rescue dogs to veterans suffering with the challenges of PTSD. The organization is the only of its kind that actually links the dog with the veteran and that supports dog and veteran through the service dog training process from start to finish. Once the dog and veteran are linked together, the veteran will work with the trainers of Warrior Service Dogs to train the dog to support the veteran’s needs.
One might ask how a dog can provide support for someone with PTSD? While the specific struggles with PTSD varies from individual to individual, dogs can be trained to specifically help a person with disabilities manage their recovery process as well as provide therapeutic support along the way. Besides the unwavering love Bella provides in my life each day, Bella also wakes me up from PTSD-induced nightmares at night.
Last year Whimsical Women helped raise $3000 to support Warrior Service Dogs. Since last November, the money raised during the Fall 2013 show has gone directly to supporting eight local veterans with eight new rescue dogs trained to support these disabled veterans and help them get back on their feet. Your outpour of support has directly translated to positively impacting and honoring members of our community that have served our country in uniform. With such an amazing show of support from last year’s show, we have invited Warrior Service Dogs back to Whimsical Women's 2014 show to help raise awareness of veterans’ needs and the positive impact of the love and support that a service dog can have in a local veteran’s life.
Right now, Warrior Service Dogs need your support with donations of:
-Moist dog treats for training
-Small orange cones for training
-Gift cards to Wal-Mart and Lowe’s Home Improvement
-Collapsible dog bowls
-Dog crates of different sizes
-Cash donations to help with veterinary bills, service vest gear, and dog registration
Wag more, bark less!
Molly Mae Potter, Veteran, United States Air Force
Sunday, November 9, 2014
for Chris Ogden's iSpy wreaths at our fall sale!
Thanksgiving Greeting Wreath
Record Wreath: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
The Whimsical Women are happy to announce that we’ll have additional parking for our November 22 fall show!
Brookstown United Methodist Church, located on the corner ofYadkinville Road and Lewisville-Vienna Road, has generously agreed to let us use their parking lot. The church is about ¼ mile from the show site. There will be a shuttle bus to take you to and from the event. The shuttle will be FREE! (However, we’re pretty sure the driver would gladly accept tips.)
If you choose to park at the church, please park in marked spaces only (not on the grass). Thank you, and we can't wait to see you soon!
Sunday, November 2, 2014
It's November! The countdown to our fall show is official: only three weeks to go.
Today we offer a sneak peek of beautiful beadwork by Carolyn Fay. Carolyn began doing hobby bead work with stringing and bead weaving in the 90's. Upon retiring in 2013 from 34 years as a dance costume designer and technician at UNCSA, she began reveling in bead weaving and bead embroidered jewelry-making full time.