Sunday, March 24, 2013

My involvement with the Rocky Mountain LLS

I recently sent the following letter out to my friends and family. But this Sunday morning I decided that I could possibly raise greater awareness and help fight the battle to wipe out blood cancers more effectively if I brought my request to my readers and my followers. If this letter strikes a chord in you, please consider donating to Michael's LLS campaign. WIth deepest appreciation,
Laurie Maves 

Dearest friends and family,

As you know, many changes have happened in my life since December 2011. With those changes, I have had the blessed experience of pseudo-mothering a 17 year old boy, Michael Guglielmi. Michael decided recently to take on the amazing challenge of running his very own fundraising campaign to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Michael’s father, Ralph, who is very very dear to my heart, is an 8 year survivor of Leukemia.  Since my involvement with Ralph and Michael, I have joined them in their commitment to help wipe out blood cancers as best as any one person can do. Below you can read Michael’s request for assistance with his Man of the Year Campaign which only runs a few more weeks. I’m certain you know someone who has been either been effected directly or indirectly by a blood cancer in their lifetime. I’m hoping you can support Michael (the only teenager even attempting to run for such an honor this year in the Rocky Mountain Region) by donating to his campaign. 

 - his link is here: 

He has shown a great deal of maturity and has taken on a great responsibility with his efforts.  If you have any questions please contact me.  And know any amount you are able to give is substantial.  And please – forward onto as many friends and family as you are willing and able.  It’s amazing how passing this letter on has helped raise more than we could ever think possible.

With deepest appreciation,
Laurie Maves

Dear Friends and Family,

Over the next ten weeks I am privileged enough to represent the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s(LLS) Man and Woman of the Year Campaign . I decided to run in this campaign because not only is my father the current president of the board of trustees and was elected Man of the Year in 2007, but he is also a blood cancer survivor. When he was diagnosed with leukemia, he was only given a 15% chance of survival.  Since then, thanks to many advances funded by the LLS, people’s chances of surviving blood cancers have significantly improved. Unfortunately, there is still much work to be done. Every ten minutes, someone else loses their battle to blood cancer. I don’t want another person to go through what I witnessed my father go through. Yes, every dollar raised is a point towards the campaign, but more importantly every dollar raised, goes to finding a cure, funding physicians, and helping patients. I ask you to please not only visit my website, , but consider donating any amount that you are able to towards my Man Of the Year Campaign. Also please forward this letter to your friends and family so we can help wipe out this horrible disease. I promise you that you will be a significant part of not only my campaign, but a crucial piece in the puzzle that will provide help and hope for many people, children and families afflicted by blood cancers.

 With great appreciation,

Michael Guglielmi

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Laurie Maves Art VLog for 3.19.13

My art vlog for 3.19.13
there's always the question for an artist like myself..."am i or am i not accepted by the fine arts community in which i work?" sometimes i feel i'm more of an artist for the people and not for the gallery. after 16 years of living and working and showing my work in and around Denver, i have yet to have any real gallery interest in my work or representation. and what does that matter? i have work, i seem to have a brilliant following, and i lead an amazing life. yet something is still missing in the way i am working. in the way i am showing. in the way i'm accepted by Denver's fine arts community. and how does that shift or change?

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

sometimes we create, sometimes we break apart

Today's art sharing.
Once i made a painting to the song "LOVE DOG" by TVOTR, and called it "Shameless as an Ocean." I showed the painting for a year.
But then i felt the piece had run its course, so i deconstructed the painting into many many smaller "paintings" and sold all of the pieces on EBAY. They were called the "Blue Beasties"
Here is the video documenting the creating and deconstructing of the painting.
I hope you enjoy. :)
*** the Artsy video link LIVES here ***

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Steve Gold's Let Your Heart Be Known, Painted as Poppies

Below is a video / time lapse example of my work on unstretched canvas. These paintings are meant to hang like a tapestry for display purposes. This Commissioned Poppy painting made for a dear yogi friend, Charo, hung in her private yoga studio in Denver, Colorado. Directly inspired by Steve Gold's music, "Let Your Heart Be Known," the music and lyrics work their way into the piece.

I Will Hold You Up Poppies < - the video here

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Good Saturday afternoon. Today is the day I'm moving my blog from Posterous to Blogger.  Posterous, unfortunately, is heading onto to bigger and better things with Twitter, and shutting down its "doors" as of April 15, 2013. So after five years of hosting the Laurie Maves ART blog, it's time to move on myself.
I hope you continue to read, watch and respond to all the artsy happenings, interviews, vlogs, videos and images that I post on this site. I always appreciate your feedback.

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