I’m very excited. REACH, a Massachusetts organization that helps victims of domestic abuse, has again asked me to design a plate for its “Reach for the Stars” event.
Each year, REACH holds a fundraiser in which plates designed by celebrities (Harry Belafonte, Ellen Degeneres, Jeff Bridges, etc.) and artists are auctioned off to support programs. This is the fourth time I have been invited to create a plate. Each time I am so honored to do it.
Domestic abuse touches and destroys so many lives. And part of the horror is the secrecy. Victims go about their lives pretending that everything is OK because they fear for their lives or those of their children, until the abuse can no longer be hidden or tolerated. Thank God for organizations like REACH that offer safe havens for victims to piece their lives back together and reclaim themselves.
As an artist one of my greatest pleasures is being able to share my art in a meaningful way. And this is certainly meaningful. Knowing that something I create can help someone brings me closer to feeling that my talent is fulfilling part of whatever purpose it is meant to fill.
I’ll provide more details about the Nov. 4, 2010 event in the fall and share my design with you. Above is one of my earlier designs, which was used on the brochure promoting the event that year. It is titled “All is Within Reach.”