"Kindness is gladdening the hearts of those who are traveling the dark journey with us."
--Henri Frédéric Amiel, 19th century Swiss moral philosopher and poet
I really love this charcoal portrait of Patti Bloss. I have known Patti for ten years, ever since I moved to Easton. She frequently modeled at the Thursday Night Figure Drawing community sessions at Lafayette College. (I wrote a little more about my early experiences drawing there in my blog post "Letters to a Young Artist.") Patti was also the art monitor for the group, and now, many years later, I am her "assistant!" Patti also modeled at the Baum School of Art where I took figure drawing classes with Adriano Farinella.
Patti is a gentle, graceful, and sweet soul. She is well-known and much loved in the Lehigh Valley art community, since she has modeled for decades for artists and classes at local colleges in the area. So last year, when we found out she had liver cancer, everyone was very sad. Over the past year, Patti has struggled with this cancer and the additional financial burdens it imposed. So, I thought I would rally the art community together (I created a facebook group, "Helping Patti," and I worked to organize an "Art Fundraiser for Patti Bloss." The reception was last week, and it was a huge success!
Over fifty artists generously donated work to sell, and 100% of the money went to Patti to help with medical and living expenses. That night, we raised about $3,000 for Patti! I couldn't believe it! I had never done anything like this before, and I was very anxious that people wouldn't come, but happily, I was wrong! In fact, I was so overwhelmed by how happy I felt the next day, when I had time to reflect on the event. It feels so wonderful to be able to make a difference for someone, and to be part of a community effort like this.
Over the past few days, I have continued to receive checks for Patti, with kind notes and anecdotes about her early modeling days, and how she influenced many artists. No matter what happens, the best part of all of this is that Patti will know she is loved and appreciated by her many friends in the art community!
There are still many amazing pieces of art for sale. I put some of my favorites here in this blog post, and you can see the rest in my facebook album: "Art Fund Raiser for Patti Bloss." To buy one, just email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Payment can be made through Patti's Paypal account: email@example.com, or checks written out to Patti Bloss and mailed to Lauren Kindle Studio, 7B North Bank Street, Easton, PA, 18042. You must pay for your own shipping if necessary. Thank you!!