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Art for the Family Shelter

As you all hopefully know, we have been working on the family shelter project, with MUCH HELP from many, many, many of you. Thank you all so much. Besides all of you who donated funds, there have been so many smaller artists/makers that have been so lovely (and quick!) to donate their artwork. My friend, Danielle of the Jealous Curator and reached out about art, and then contacted some of her artist friends to see if they would be interested in donating a print for the project.

Click through to see more of the artists’ work:

She had an amazing response and so we wanted to share some of our favorite pieces from those that have donated.  Thank you guys, we cannot wait to start curating gallery walls with your awesome work.

For the shelter we wanted images that were happy and inspiring. The space is HUGE (16K square feet) so we need to fill these walls and not with generic diptics from a big box store. We will have a lot of photos of the success stories (families that have moved on to homes of their own) but the power of artwork is undeniable so having artists donate their work to the space is invaluable. Also for most of these we are using prints, not originals, so if there is something you love you might be able to buy the print OR the original if it’s not sold already.


Kelly Ventura – How happy would these be in the dining room or the kids snack area?


Jessica Brilli Beautiful paintings of simple objects. Not sure which ones we are getting for the shelter, but they are cool and weird – maybe for the bedroom?


Kiana Mosley Watercolor + flowers = hand-made joy.


Leah Giberson I’ve loved her work for a long time – so simple and such pretty light on those paintings.


Lisa Congdon– Lisa, you and your wonderful, joyful style is effervescent.


Lola Donoghue Ridiculous. I would love to own that bottom left one as an original in my house.


Lisa Golightly. Ugh. I love Lisa’s work. I bought an original from her 3 years ago and  I still LOVE it. Also she’s from Portland so that’s awesome. MARTA SPENDOWSKA

Marta Spendowska – Pretty, fluid and just generally wonderful.


Trey Speegle – Inspirational AND playful. Nice job, Trey.

Hagar Vardimon-van Heummen

Hagar Vardimon-van Heummen – I also have an original of her work and love the weird images she uses to hand embroider over, so cool.

We also have a very fun community art project happening in a few week in collaboration with the awesome team at Crafting Community. Sometimes I just want to quit my job and work for them. It’s such a wonderful place full of incredible people who make working and playing with family a HUGE priority. Stay tuned for those details (and a call for help … potentially).

Thank you, everyone, who donated and all you artists who are willing to donate your hard work (including the cost of printing and shipping) to the cause. I promise the family shelter will be a happier place because of it. Thank you.

See the beginning post here, the first update post here,  a last little nudge to our indiegogo campaign here, and a big thank you to those who donated here.

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patty blaettler
9 years ago

KUDOS! That’s fantastic stuff!

9 years ago

Hey Emily!
These are all so beautiful. Do you need any more art? I’d love to donate a print (or several) if you could use them. 🙂

9 years ago

What an amazing project. Everything so bright and beautiful I hope it brings a positive light to everyone who sees these pieces.

9 years ago

I have volunteered at a shelter and it was painted hospital green with very little art on the walls. So depressing. The pieces you’ve chosen are amazing and happy. I think this place will become a model for others. Well done, Emily and team.

9 years ago

Wow. This collection feels so much like hope! The colors, the subjects, so refreshing! And, WOW Trey Speegle, LOVE his art and never would have seen it if it weren’t for you! Thank you!!!! You guys really rock, for so many reasons.

9 years ago

Emily, so so happy to be involved in this beautiful project!
Sending best wishes and thank you for the feature:)

Much love,

9 years ago

Trey and Lisa’s prints are definitely my favorite, but I’m a sucker for positive themed graphics. Can’t wait to see all the art up on the walls in the house!

Josh – The Kentucky Gent

Deirdre Cerasa
9 years ago

What an amazing collection! So many lovely prints. I am fairly sure the CITGO print is of the one at Fenway Park in Boston.

Eli Johnson
9 years ago

You are spot on as always Emily. Bright and colorful is so important for a shelter because in some ways, it sends out bright and colorful energy for the future that I’m sure they want to have. And some modern ones to trigger ice breaking conversations and get their creative juices going. Glad to see this process in action.

9 years ago

What a great project, and so much lovely artwork. They are all beautiful but Lisa’s paintings really talk to me, thank you for sharing.

9 years ago

Wow — these are great! I am going to go through each of their websites. Thanks for sharing — glad the shelter is progressing!

9 years ago

Emily, I too would like to contribute 8×10 prints if you are still in need.


9 years ago

Like the frosting flowers on a cake, how lovely. So great to see at least 3 artist work that I’ve searched out and purchased from in the past…..directly because I either saw their work specially on your blog or found through the Jealous Curator whom I heard about through your blog. Just one of the many things I love about you. So excited to see the final space. Thank you so much.

Julia R
9 years ago

bathroom post? 🙂

9 years ago

This whole project warms my heart and fills my soul! Emily you are fabulous and the generosity of the artists and their beautiful art will brighten the walls of your family shelter. I hope your idea multiplies and others follow your lead. Thank you and thank you artists! I love you all!

9 years ago

Such cool art! 🙂

9 years ago

Hi Emily! I adore the artwork you’re featuring in this post. Art is so meaningful, it changes our surroundings and adds life to any room in an uplifting, beautiful way. I opened my Etsy shop earlier this year, and I paint abstracts (along with designing jewellery). I’d love to donate a piece of art of your choosing to this your family shelter project. They are originals on paper (not prints).

Please have a look and send me a message via Etsy if you’re interested in any of these pieces: I’d be more than happy to send one your way.

9 years ago

This is just lovely! What wonderful artists choosing to do good with their work.