Trischa: A Silent Auction to fund the subject’s cancer treatments

Trischa oil on canvas 2018

Trischa (Silent Auction)
Oil on canvas
41cm x 41cm (16” x 16”)
2018

Current highest bid: $2,200 from Victoria, Australia
Retail value: $3000

This portrait is currently being auctioned through Bluethumb Gallery with 100% of the proceeds going directly to Trischa and her family. Battling Breast cancer for the 3rd time, Trischa has found tremendous success in integrative cancer treatments, most of which are not covered by medical insurance. To participate in the silent auction simply follow this link and click ‘Enquire Now’ to send your highest bid to the Bluethumb Curatorial team by 15 July 2018.

Trischa is a fierce friend who has been in my life for 15 years since we were paired randomly as flat mates in New Zealand. She is now settled with her partner and 2 beautiful children. When Trischa couldn’t explain her Illness to her little kiddo she decided to write a children’s book about a family of fish, which I had the great honour of illustrating. The illustrated children’s eBook is available in German and English. Please reach out to artist@kimleutwyler.com with enquiries about the illustrated book. To make a donation to support Trischa’s treatment and the care of her family, please visit gofundme.com/rjcu83-trischas-medical-expenses

UPDATE

I am happy to share that this auction has surpassed our initial goal of $2000AUD and ended at $6070 AUD.

Big thank you to Bluethumb for the support and amazing press around this auction!  See their article ‘Silent Auction: Help Kim Help Her Friend’ here.

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Featured Non-Profit: Australian Youth Orchestra

During the month of April I’ll be donating 10% of the proceeds from my original artwork sold to the Australian Youth Orchestra.  The AYO is a not-for-profit organisation training young musicians from around Australia!

AYO Mission: To empower young Australians with musical knowledge and imagination and instill in them a love of music and a dedication to the highest standards of performance.

Creative Partnerships Australia has endorsed AYO’s vision for the future and will match dollar for dollar every donation they receive by 25 May 2015!  Purchase any available painting from kimleutwyler.com and 10% will be donated and matched for AYO.

Want to help AYO directly?  Donate now to AYO’s Gift Match Appeal and your gift will give twice!

National Novel Writing Month – I’m participating!!

One of my first “art” assignments at University was to create the worst painting I possibly could. The graduate student who gave us the assignment explained that we should push ourselves, try new things, and do everything within our power to make the most terrible piece of art we could imagine. Some students created abstract paintings with excessive texture, others made collages out of magazine clippings and Polaroids. One student’s tongue-in-cheek humor prompted him to paint a delicate rose with drops of morning dew…something you’d find in a commercial gallery on a major street in some generic tourist destination. Surprisingly, when we all came together for the group critique, each of us fell in love with at least one painting in the studio. I can’t remember the grad student, or even what I created for the assignment, but the lesson has stuck with me over ten years later.

In celebration of National Novel Writing Month, I will be participating as a novelist and will attempt to write the first and worst novel of my month-long writing career.

My novel cover art!

My novel cover art!

I love NaNoWriMo’s mission to use writing to make the world a more creative and vibrant place. As someone who loves to read but is averse to writing, I figure that attempting to create something truly terrible will free me up to experiment and not take my work too seriously! Will I create something glossy and palatable to the masses like my tongue-in-cheek classmate? Will I use the power of appropriation, taking excerpts and styles from existing writers to create a literary collage? Or will I try my worst to make a huge gooey mess and have a bit of fun with it? I’m betting on all of the above.

For the month of November, 10% of my original artwork sold will be donated to NaNoWriMo.org. The funds will go toward helping the organization run their Young Writers Program, and Camp NaNoWriMo.

Want to write your own novel during the month of November?! Check out NaNoWriMo.org to get started 🙂

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