Monday, January 31, 2011

Website and Exciting Things To Come

Did you know that we currently have things for sale from our Art Co-op in Haiti on our website?

Very very soon we will have more things available and we will be integrating this blog into our website so that there will only be one place for everyone to stop in and see what is going on AND what is for sale to help kids and families in Haiti.

We were thrilled to have a huge order of bracelets that will be sold to help women in Haiti in honor of an exciting theater production in Minnesota coming up soon. We will have more info coming up about that and some new artists soon too!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Dissecting Duvalier's Return

We are in the process of getting things photographed and ready to list. Until then, here is a link to one of my favorite blogs. While we were in Haiti, former Haitian Dictator Jean Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier very unexpectedly returned to Haiti. This surprised everyone and we weren't sure if we should be concerned or scared of what! There was a lot of speculation as to why he chose to come back and this blog does a great job of going over these possibilites. So, while you are waiting to see amazing new things listed from Haiti...check it out.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

From Oil Lamps to Battery Kits

This sweet girl is Claudette. She was living at the Rescue Center getting dressing changes while we were in Haiti last week.

She was lighting an oil lamp when her clothes started on fire. Her mother is bedridden and told her to quickly run next door, but as we all know fire and running don't go well together. By the time she reached her neighbors and they helped to put out the fire, she had burned the entire front of her little body. These burns are not uncommon in Haiti. I just read about this new Battery Kit project starting that will give Haitians an alternative to using oil lamps. Kind of an interesting idea.

(*This photo was taken when Claudette was thankfully
on Morphine and able to smile for a bit.)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Home From Haiti

We are back from Haiti and it was such an incredible week! I will have a lot more coming up here, including some wonderful things for sale, but for now here are a few pictures from our week. We taught classes on jewelry making, made gorgeous pendants from coconuts, sewed adorable chickens and donkeys, filled a huge order of recycled plastic bracelets for a theater company in Minnesota, worked with people in the community, and loved on some of the cutest kids ever. More to come soon...

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Why I can't wait to be back

There are SO many reasons I can't wait to be back. The beauty of Haiti, the strength and joy of the people, and the amazing children at the Rescue Center are just a few. We will be working with artisans throughout the week and teaching new classes, which means we will have some exciting new things available soon! Have a wonderful week and here are some pictures that show what I love about Haiti.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Artist Suzanne Carter

We are so thrilled to have Suzanne Carter as one of our new artists! I love when lives intertwine from different parts of the world for one reason. To help some beautiful kids in the mountains of Haiti have the food and care they need. Suzanne has offered to donate 50% of the proceeds from sales of her art from her website to help provide food and care for children at the Rescue Center in Haiti.

Suzanne Carter is a New Zealand Intercessory Worship Artist. She is a mixed media artist who uses primarily acrylic, but loves using texture and exploring new ideas and techniques. Suzanne is a member of the New Zealand Art Guild and has exhibited her work all over New Zealand. We are so excited that she is doing so much to help.

Thank you Suzanne for your generosity and for sharing about Artists For Hope in New Zealand and around the world through your art!

Visit Suzanne's website to learn more about her and view her work for sale to feed kids in Haiti. To purchase her work in the states, you can also buy prints from Red Bubble.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Artist Dori Settles

Funky Dori and daughter, Funky Erin work with fabrics and glass to create one of a kind accessories you just have to have!

Like so many other Lampworkers, Dori fell in love with the flow of the glass and the challenge of either making it do what she wants, or better put, giving in to what the glass wants to do.

Artist Dori Settles not only donated some amazing jewelry to Artists For Hope, but she also came to our Open House and made herself available to speak with shoppers about her work and see firsthand what Artists For Hope is all about. We loved spending time with her and everyone loved her jewlery! We will be listing some of her donations on our website very soon. Be sure To check out her website and her ETSY site to see more of her work.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

New RHFH Blog

Have you seen the new Real Hope For Haiti website? If not....go check it out right now. Seriously. It's great~ and you can see why we love these kids and the people who run the Rescue Center and Clinic SO much. They poor their hearts and souls into helping people in their community and it's an honor to use creativity and art
to be a small part of everything they do.

We are counting the days to when we return to Cazale to love on kids and work with more people in Cazale!
Buy art. Feed kids.