Show Highlights 2016

We had an amazing turnout on Nov. 5th 2016 for our art show in Mesa, Arizona!

Over 200 visitors came to the show and through our efforts we raised approx. $1,444 to divide between the two charities that we selected.

Here are a few highlights:
















Artist Demo by Antonetta (Netta) Dill

Artist Demo by Antonetta (Netta) Dill

What’s Next?

We are talking about our next show for 2018 and will be looking for a unique charity that makes a difference in our community and needs the support of our team of creative and entrepreneurial artists.

We invite you to create the next ripple by channeling your appreciation of art into the betterment and support of our community. Our art shows extend a unique opportunity to serve our community through fundraising for important local charities. By organizing a show we engage with art at a different and significant level.

The following charities we have helped over the past few years:

Show: Inspired! 2016
House of Refuge
Arizona Brainfood, Inc.

Generations Show – 2015
Sunshine Acres
AZ Wall Project

Show: Artstrings – 2014
Relay for Life
Free Arts for Abused Children

Fairy Tale Illustrations Inspired by Dreams & Grief

Fairy Tale Illustrations Inspired by Dreams & Grief

by Claire Perkins

My latest art project is a series of illustrations for a spiritual fairy tale I’ve written. The story itself was inspired by a dream from many years ago and a phrase that has rattled around in my brain ever since, begging me to unravel its mysteries, to understand its meaning.

wip-intotheunknown1smallerIn my long ago dream, I have lost my four-month-old baby and I am beside myself with grief. At the memorial service for the child it comes to me that I will create the “Deep Water Leaf Society” and that will alleviate my grief and create healing for many others as well. When I woke, still disturbed by the deep feeling of grief the dream expressed, I was puzzled. My children were all growing up; I had no more “babies”. And I wondered what in the world a “deep water leaf” might be, much less a society of them.

Fast forward several years – seven, to be exact – and I did lose a child, my eldest son who was 26. During my deep grief, I spent a lot of time revisiting my old journals and filling many new ones with my journey to healing. Along the way, I found the record of this deep water leaf dream and it resonated deeply.

My son, Cameron, was born in April. Suddenly “four-month-old” became a metaphor for this child of mine, born in the fourth month, who I now grieved so deeply for. The dream seemed to hold a prescription for healing. In time, I wrote my first book partly as a chronicle of my own healing journey and partly as a self-help roadmap for others who were grieving. I titled it The Deep Water Leaf Society in honor of the dream.

But I still wondered, what IS a deep water leaf? Inklings of the answer had come through in the book I’d written, but there was more mystery yet to be unraveled. The question continued to rattle around in the back of my mind.

Over the years since Cameron’s death and the publication of the first book, my dreams and meditations have slowly been answering that question. In my new book, Fallen, I explore the answer in the form of a fairy tale or fable about the first Deep Water Leaf.

In it, my protagonist Alora falls from the Dreaming Tree into the strange new land of Lake Sojourn where she struggles to remember who she is. Will she continue to drift on the surface, always at the mercy of the elements? Or will she find the courage to face her fears, dive deep and reclaim her true power?

No spoilers here. You’ll have to read it to find out. 😉

Fallen, the Adventures of a Deep Water Leaf is scheduled for publication January 2017.

Several of the original illustrations – 11 x 14 watercolor and colored pencil on bristol – will be on display in the Southwest Visual Art League’s INSPIRED! Art Show this November in downtown Mesa, Arizona.

Raffles & More

Sponsor Raffle Gifts and Donations

Thank you to our sponsors for financial and services donations, check them out here.

Raffle prizes will be going on throughout the day of the art show. Raffle tickets are sold for $3 each. We have many generous donations. All proceeds from the raffles go to the 2 charities; House of Refuge and Arizona Brainfood Inc.

A  few of the prizes:

  • Red Mountain Golf: A certificate for a round of golf for a foursome or it can be used 4 time by one person. $200 value.
  • Six Salt Therapy Sessions donated by Salties Mind and Body Spa
  • Skin Care Starter Collection donated by Joelle Martine Skin Care
  • Gift basket of essential oils and a diffuser
  • Dog themed goodie basket
  • Basket with dessert plates and entertainment items
  • Lotions & Potions Basket
  • Happy hour baskets
  • Art supplies baskets
  • and more!

Charity Fundraiser – House of Refuge

houseofrefuge-web“House of Refuge is a faith-based, non-profit organization helping homeless families in crisis by providing transitional housing and supportive services that assist participants as they strive towards self-sufficiency and seek to obtain permanent housing.”

The 20 acres and 88 homes located at the former Williams Air Force Base were conveyed to House of Refuge in 1995 with the stipulation to provide transitional housing and supported service programs to eligible homeless families and individuals. In October 1996, the first resident was accepted into the program. Since that time, they have assisted over 7,000 individuals out of their homeless cycle and averaged a 90% success rate in moving them into permanent housing. Many of the residents come from a history of domestic violence.

In May 2016, HUD notified 50% of the USA transitional housing programs that grant funding was discontinued retroactive to February 2016. House of Refuge was impacted by this decision and, at that time, their 81 housing units were fully occupied. This budget reduction forced residents in 69 housing units to be relocated to other living facilities. Currently, their budget can only support servicing 12 units and they are seeking private funding to cover the costs to reopen the unused units. There is a waiting list of over 100 requests.

House of Refuge is hosting their 20th Anniversary Event on October 29th and the theme is “It will be a Night For Refuge to REBUILD THE HOUSE”.

Mesa United Way named House of Refuge its 2015 Agency of the Year. For more information, visit their website:

Charity Fundraiser – Arizona Brainfood Inc.

As a result of organizing this art show, we enjoyed the unique opportunity to join forces with a group of creative people who are working together to bring more visibility to the visual arts in our community.

As individual artists and as a collective, we embrace this event to share our artistic creations with the general public in addition to giving back to the community.

Each year our art show has a fundraiser for chosen charities. Our goal is to make a difference in the community through donations to these charities and raising awareness for their causes. This collaborative project is truly rewarding! Donation funds are generated from raffle prizes, sponsor gifts, and artists’ donated original art. Because our show is in Mesa this year, we chose to sponsor the following local, vitally important, non-profit charities: Arizona Brainfood Inc. and House of Refuge Inc.

Arizona Brainfood Inc.

AZ-Brainfood-Logo-2“Arizona Brainfood is a non-profit organization that discreetly provides a backpack of food to feed hungry school children on weekends. We hope that each child will return to school every Monday mentally aware and physically able to concentrate.”

In the fall of 2009, Arizona Brainfood’s program began by providing food bags to 180 children in two Mesa elementary schools. Its mission was to make sure that elementary children wouldn’t go hungry over the school year weekends so that their Monday mental and concentration skills were positively impacted. The program has grown considerably over the last seven years and continues to grow. It has even expanded to other Arizona cities (Chandler, Gilbert, Tempe, Fountain Hills, etc.).

At the beginning of the 2016 school year, 3,400 food bags were discreetly provided to a total of 104 Arizona elementary schools. Included in that total number, approximately 2,000 food bags were provided to 55 Mesa elementary schools.

Many local businesses and individuals donate all of the resources needed to make this a successful program. Major contributions include food, packing materials, and delivery trucks/drivers. Mesa Public Schools provides a “pro bono” warehouse space to store and pack all the food bags. Every Thursday morning, approximately 80 volunteers fill and load the food bags into the trucks for delivery to the elementary schools. On Fridays, teachers/counselors discreetly put the food bags into each designated child’s backpack.

Arizona Brainfood’s Board of Directors and Staff are all volunteers. For more information, visit their website: