Oman

Sketch Muscat for Charity Update

A quick update on the Sketch Muscat for Charity event - Sue Pownall, event organizer, set up various arrangements on tables for inspiration - flowers, food, bottles, shells, and other found objects. Looking out the many windows provided ample inspiration from the city skyline. Sketchers as young as three drew shells, flowers, and candy. Some architects sketched amazing city skylines, while a few other artists sketched other sketchers hard at work. It was a fun day for all and everyone contributed to help the children of Syria. 

 My sketch of a mixed bouquet featuring roses.

My sketch of a mixed bouquet featuring roses.

 Event results. Image credit to Sue Pownall and  Alexandra Hoepfner.

Event results. Image credit to Sue Pownall and  Alexandra Hoepfner.

You can help, too. The donation site remains open until July 2014.

http://fundraise.unicef.org.uk/MyPage/Sue-Pownalls-annual-fundraiserSketch-Muscat-for-Charity#.U1NCZVet8h0

Donation site funds go direct to: UNICEF UK This money will be presented by cheque to UNICEF Middle East and North Africa Oman office.

Thanks.

--Debbie

Sketch Muscat for Charity

Tomorrow I'll be participating in a charity event, "Sketch Muscat for Charity", organized by artist, Sue Pownall. This year's event is in support of UNICEF Children of Syria. 

 Advertising poster of event by Alexandra Hoepfner, designer & gallery manager of MuscArt Gallery.

Advertising poster of event by Alexandra Hoepfner, designer & gallery manager of MuscArt Gallery.

I am really excited to be helping with this worthy cause while practicing my art with other local artists. If you would like to contribute, you can donate on Sue's unicef donation page: 

http://fundraise.unicef.org.uk/MyPage/Sue-Pownalls-annual-fundraiserSketch-Muscat-for-Charity

--Debbie

"Rock What You Got" --Jill Brzezinski-Conley

Last February I participated for the 2nd year in the Art 100x100 Cancer Charity Fundraiser supporting the Oman Cancer Association. This event, organized by artist Ibrahim Gailani, featured 100 artworks donated by artists all selling for 100 Omani Riyals each (approximately $260 US dollars) with all proceeds going directly to the charity. 

 "Spring of Hope" Acrylic on Canvas 29 x 23 in.

"Spring of Hope" Acrylic on Canvas 29 x 23 in.

My piece, titled "Spring of Hope", was done in honor of Jill Brzezinski-Conley of Las Vegas, Nevada. Jill was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer at the age of 32. Just twelve months after the initial diagnosis, Jill found out she had incurable bone cancer. Now, four and a half years later, the cancer has spread to her lungs and she is fighting for each breath. Instead of being a victim, Jill is full of joy and light. She has dedicated her life to helping other women with similar struggles find beauty and joy in themselves and their lives each day. In Jill's words, you've got to "Rock What You Got!" To learn more about Jill and her charity, please visit Jillswish.org.  

--Debbie

Artists, Creativity, and Community - All Mixed Up in a Synergetic Way

What do you get when you mix paint, brushes, canvas, music, and a group of fun-loving, supportive artists together? - Synergy Art. The concept, created by artist Rasha Sawas under the supervision of the Omani Society of Fine Arts and supported by Paragon International, is a nonprofit organization that once a month brings a group of artists from Oman and several other countries together to paint, learn from each other, and have fun. 

Being a part of this group is a great experience for me. One of the things I love most about this group is the opportunity to work with artists from around the world sharing techniques and creative inspiration. As an expatriate far from home, it is great to feel a part of the local creative community - my home away from home.   

--Debbie