Saturday, August 21, 2010

Kimberly Willcox - Help an Artist in Need

I subscribe to hundreds of blogs and I actually do read them, even if it takes until the wee hours of the night.

This morning I read a post by Daily Art Muse that touched my heart and has stuck with me like tears in the throat.  This could happen to any of us.

Susan Lomuto writes about fine art wood sculpture and jewelry artist Kimberly Willcox

Heart of Gold, from the Staves series
cypress, bronze, stone, steel, brass, 28″ x 8″ x 8″
Via Daily Art Muse and Kimberly Willcox
Last month, her studio was completely and devastatingly destroyed by an electrical fire.  Gone.  All her tools, many of which were large and expensive.  The entire studio structure.  Insurance has barely scratched the surface and won't come anywhere near to helping her rebuild her livelihood.
(photo via Daily Art Muse)

Imagine if this were you.  Your studio.  Many of us use our art to keep us sane in this crazy world.  Many of us use it as our sole income.  Some of us have supplies that are vintage, rare, or impossible to replace.  All of us would be devastated.

There's a way you can help Karen.  Daily Art Muse has set up a donation button via Paypal, and even if you only have $1, it can grow and help.  If you hurry and donate by Sunday the 22nd (and sorry, I only learned of this today), you can be in the running to win $150 worth of books.  

I'm going to add to that.  If you donate, come back here and comment on the blog and you'll be in the running for a big bead goodie bag from me.  The drawing will be a week from now,  August 28th.


Please Facebook, Twitter, and Blog (for an extra entry) if you feel the urge.  But donate if you can.

Thanks for reading.

Love, Lori




45 comments:

Tyne said...

This is horrible. Thanks for sharing. I just donated. I hope all gets back to "normal."

Shannon said...

Sick to my stomach, fire is my biggest fear. I donated and I am sending prayers...

Marbella Jewelry Designs said...

i've donated, i hope all is well very soon!

Fire Phoenix said...

I've also donated. It might not be much in the grand scheme of things, but I hope it helps! I couldn't imagine what I'd do if all my art and craft things went up in smoke :(

Kimber said...

Thanks for sharing the information Lori. I can't even imagine what a devastating loss it must be. I donated what I could.

Winchell Clayworks said...

It's just devastating to see all that damage. Wish I had lots more to donate. Any idea if CERF will step in and help?

Pretty Things said...

I did email them the link for CERF and hope they can help, too.

Lois Moon said...

I donated. Thanks for keeping us posted on the greater arts community.

Jane P. said...

Thanks for letting us know about this Lori - I have made my donation, and hope it will help in some small way.
Thanks,
Jane

Courtney said...

I can't even imagine. I have donated and will keep her in my thoughts.

miramecreations said...

Lori, that was sweet of you to post this for Kimberly. I will be donating and will keep her in prayer....so devastating. My heart goes out to her.

Flowermouse Design said...

Oh no - this is just terrible. I just donated and I´ll pray for her!! Thank you for your reminder!!

Flowermouse Design said...

Oh no - this is terrible!! I just donated, and I´ll pray for her. Thank you for your reminder!!

Skylar said...

What gorgeous sculptures. Glad most of her stock was in Ann Arbor. I donated.

Stefani said...

I donated - thank you for bringing this to our attention. (And also Daily Art Muse - good stuff!)

You are so kind & generous to offer your own give-away, Lori! Good Karma, my friend.

one-eared pig said...

I donated. What a horrible thing to happen.

Katie said...

Thank you for posting about this! I made a donation and am glad that I can do my little bit to help.

Francy said...

I donated. simply sad for her.

Shannon said...

I had to share this so I blogged about it and posted it to my facebook page. I hope it generates some donations.

Melanie said...

Thanks for sharing the link. Was more than happy to donate a little. That studio picture is horrible. Just twists your stomach up in knots. :(

Copper Diem said...

I donated - hope it helps!

kaelynn said...

I donated. What a terrible blow to an artist...hope the generosity that everyone is showing will enable her to get back on her feet and creating again in no time!

Wireworked said...

OK, so it took me a little bit to realize that I'm suppose to post under this Post not the other one! ;) I can't get over the pic of the studio, I just couldn't imagine. At least she had most of her sculptures with her. Prayers!

susanc said...

I found your blog through a comment you made on another blog I read! I'm so glad I did - I've donated to help Kimberly. Will keep her in my thoughts. Thank you for sharing this with all of us. I'm so glad I was able to do my small part to help.

One Woman's Thoughts said...

You have the heart of an angel to provide a way of helping. I was only to happy to give what I could.

Jan Vermillion-Thomason said...

I happily just made my donation - I hope their studio can be rebuilt - her work is amazing!

Thanks, Lori, for the chance to help out.
Jan

Jan Vermillion-Thomason said...

Not sure I posted in the correct place, so am posting here:)

I made a donation just a bit ago and was happy to do so - thanks for the heads up, Lori.

Jan

Sabine said...

I just added my little donation. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

Ann
http://mycriticaleye.com

Janet said...

Im just seeing this Lori and Im going to donate something! What a shame thank God she is ok tho. I hope many donations come in!

Paige said...

Though I've never read (or heard of!) Kimberly Willcox until last night, it's horrible what happened to her studio! I'm happy that the donation page is still up and running, and was happy to donate what I could to help her out.

quiltingjewel39 said...

That is so sad - thank you for making us aware of this situation. I donated. Please keep us updated.

Alesha said...

I've donated...hope it will help in some small way.

Thanks so much for letting us know, and giving us the opportunity to be a blessing to a fellow artist.

Blessings,
Alesha

Nicki said...

I donated some money too. But thanks to you Lori, for bringing this to our attention and even more for being so generous. I think this giveaway attracts just so many more people to donate than "just" a blog post about it. This will truely be good karma for you.

Lisa said...

Lori, I tried to donate, but there seems to currently be a problem on the donation page (Internet Explorer says 'fatal error', Mozilla just links me to my info on the Paypal site without any way to donate...)

Terrible situation, fire is really dreadful!

Laura said...

Thanks for bringing this to everyone's attention, Lori.

I just donated and I will tweet in a sec but don't add me to the draw. Your massive bag of beads would cost a mint to send to me! ;o)

Good luck to all who've donated and entered the draw.

Thanks Lori

Laura x

Pixybug Designs said...

Hi Lori! Thanks for sharing this. It is a big fear of mine too, I can't imagine how devastating this is (and hope I never know first hand). I donated and posted on FB with a link to your blogpost.
Stephanie

by keiara - lampwork beads said...

How awful. My studio supports my art which is my sole income. I'm a divorced mother of a beautiful daughter and I know how severely something like this can affect us. I've donated and linked on my FB. Thank you for sharing. xox

Freda said...

This is such a devastating loss. Hope you can find solace in knowing others are sending positive thoughts your way. Wish i could have donated more.

Shaiha said...

I donated today. I just feel bad that I wasn't able to contribute more. I am also putting up the link on FB

RockerJewlz said...

Lori, thank you for telling us about Kimberly's situation. I was happy to donate as part of my monthly tithe.

What a shocking photo...such a big space to burn.

Megilon said...

How horrible! I donated today.

Megilon said...

Oh and I blogged about it

Andrea said...

I was able to donate a small amount..it is so important and valuable that you are raising awareness on what happened! Thanks!

LissC said...

sorry i'm hearing about this so late in the game. Is she only able to take donations until the 22nd? I will be happy to donate, but i'm disabled on on a fix income and don't get paid until the 3rd. I can't give much but will be happy to help if donations can still be given next month. Please let us know.

KARNA said...

I went ahead and donated even though it is September...Surely they will getthe money...how devastating for them to endure such a loss....