Another successful showing for Steffanie Lorig, Artist, Creative Consultant & Founder of Art with Heart, took place at the SZ Gallery during February's First Thursday event. This especially heartfelt evening was not only an opportunity to explore Steffanie's impressive collection of mixed media paintings, it was also gave way for her community to pause & raise a glass in gratitude for Steffanie's immense accomplishments. After more than 20 years of dedicated leadership, Steffanie proudly hands over the reins as CEO of Art with Heart to Heidi Durham and their growing team. Here's a brief interview with these two impressive women:
Those interested in learning more about the meaningful work of Art with Heart were warmly greeted by Jake Abbott, Development Manager, and Lisa Caldwell, Data & Development Coordinator, who presented various books & curricula currently offered. Both Art with Heart's new CEO, Heidi Durham, and their Board Vice President & Treasurer, Kato Wade, offered these kind words:
In addition to the usual wine tastings being poured by our event sponsor, Mike Donnelly of Bell-Anderson, a spectacular spread of delicious & vibrant hors d'oeuvres was generously provided by Caruccio's Culinary Events Center (coming to the Mercer Island Town Center this Summer). But more on that bit of exciting news in future posts... Stay tuned!
About Art with Heart (in their words):
Art with Heart is a nonprofit based in Seattle, WA, dedicated to supporting the emotional well-being of children adversely affected by hardship, using creativity to lead to inspired possibilities. Since 2002, we have created healing, therapeutic books that bring together the best in therapy with the best in illustration to help children and teens facing distress and hardship. We offer trainings and programs to help children locally as well.
We believe that despite the many challenges children and teens face – illness, rape, divorce, separation, grief – their hearts can mend and they can thrive once again.
Our well-researched and evidence-based methods allow them to express their pain and their power so they can move beyond hardship and uncertainty to a lifetime of confidence and courage, so they can re-write their future.