GIVING BACK through
"To Know Even One Life Has Breathed Easier Because
You Have Lived. This Is To Have Succeeded"...Ralph Waldo Emerson
here are some causes Murals by Becca thinks are important:
Gift to Mary at Grand Anse, Grenada, Overlooking Hog Island!
Mary Ross was so well loved, a great friend to cruisers and locals alike. She was adored by family and worked her butt off at Roger's Barefoot Beach Bar on Hog Island in Grenada, West Indies. Every morning they would pass our boat and unload the supplies to keep us happy at the bar and then the massive amounts of local fare she prepared every day kept us happy too. She was Roger's side kick, chief chef and bottle washer, yet as we got to know her she wanted a street level cafe of her own. We cooked for her and tried to give her breaks by chilling on ALTAIR. I wanted to give back after the years of benefiting from her friendship and hard work providing great delicioso Grenadian feasts. The tiny murals I donated in her sweet gathering spot (that Roger carved out of the mountain under her home) connected us so beautifully. She sadly passed away recently and even though we aren't there, we have Roger and Mary in our hearts forever. The Cruiser's Site of Grenada, on Facebook honored her and I had the pleasure to do so too!
MURAL DONATED TO the DOVE SANCTUARY at Mt. Hartman, Grenada National DOVE SANCTUARY.
We were invited to a fellow cruiser's boat when we met Tony, the National Forestry Service guide for them that day. After laughing, learning about the National Dove and some indigenous tidbits, the conversation led to finding out I am an artist. They wanted to know if I would paint their precious national bird in their Visitor Center. I was very excited about helping them. They built me a scaffold, picked me up at Port Louis Marina every day and delivered me to the Dove Sanctuary where I proceed to paint their National Bird, The Grenadian Dove. I had some great company, the staff who gave tours, feeding me, giggling every day and I just loved them.
WORLD FOOD DAY...The Grenada National Forestry Service requested my services again...
World Food Day 2009: "IMAGINE...ACHIEVING FOOD SECURITY IN TIMES OF CRISES". They wanted me to paint for them again. This time it's to provide a talking point at the National Stadium for World Food Day. This mural was to teach the locals about the demise of their food source by hunting during breeding season. The mural included the Manicou (opossum), the Tatou (armadillo), the Mona Monkey, the Iguana and the Red Necked Pigeon. They brought me the supplies and I hung that "canvas" at the Marina next to our sloop where I painted for 3 days. We devised an awning, our fellow cruisers kept me company and made sure I was hydrated. I was properly and lovingly invited to the National Stadium for this important event.
THE JUNIOR DIABETES RESEARCH FOUNDATION. FUNDRAISING GALA, 2016
Artists were invited to create a piece that spoke to finding a cure for TID, Type One Diabetes. I submitted this 40" x 40" watercolor of a Rainbow Eucalyptus. "Rainbow of Hope". It was successfully auctioned off for the cause.
JDRF--JUNIOR DIABETES RESEARCH FOUNDATION FUNDRASING GALA, 2017
Apparently having artists who are willing to help the cause is working! I was asked again to paint for the Gala this year. They had the brilliant idea to auction off Adirondack chairs. I was the only artist to get the two chairs. I didn't have time to paint both, so my wonderful artist friend Carol Gregoire offered to paint the second chair. Fortunately she is still my friend...holy cow, we joked that she would still talk to me afterward. What a challenge. I did the green chair with finger prints and the dots representing the multiple finger pricks from needles. They asked that I do something else, since all the donors would not understand my intention. The hibiscus flower chair was the approved and applauded version. Carol did the beautiful blue chair with her famously adored landscapes.
JDRF-JUNIOR DIABETES RESEARCH FOUNDATION GALA 2017
The Youth Ambassadors not only volunteer to help with the auction at the Gala... they are kids who are learning how to live with T1D. The Foundation and their dedicated parents who don't sleep much, get interrupted at work hour by hour and fret daily about their children and their welfare, never stop loving, giving and researching. I was asked to work with these children, amazing in their own rights, guiding their brushes and encouraging them to dig deep to find their voice with paint. I asked them to keep their creations in the center so I could cut it up into puzzle pieces.
I decided to make a "T1d Puzzle" outta of their artwork depicting the ongoing research and puzzling work to present it for auction along with a long list of donors. They had a blast, I had a challenge and it worked out perfectly for one more piece to generate funds for the research.
AEA ASOCIACION EMERGENCIA AYACUCHO- A FUNDRAISING GALA...2017
This amazing 501(C)3 organization was formed to help children who were abandoned or orphaned in Ayachucho, Peru. This was the painting I donated for the auction and it did very well for this cause.
THE NATIONAL TRUST FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION
100 artists were invited to transform the stadium seat from the Marine Stadium at Virginia Key into an art sculpture. The works will support the promotion of Virginia Key and the stadium.
I asked for two chairs and received #s 14 and 17 which I preserved in the "conch shell". As a scuba diver and sailor this sculpture evolved naturally. The fact that we took our sloop SV ALTAIR to the Marine Stadium for years, when a hurricane warning was official, definitely sparked this inspiration. We dove our giant anchors to make sure we did not damage the coral. "The Reef Below my Sloop" is the name. 50% of the proceeds from the sale of the seats will go to benefit The Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, Miami's historic "Colored Only" beach adjacent to the stadium.