May 15, 2014

#bringbackourgirls: A Charity Art Auction

It has been one month since nearly 300 girls were kidnapped in Nigeria from their school by the terror group Boko Haram.  As of this writing, the girls have not yet been found, though it seems that 50 of them were able to escape.  The U.S. is flying drone planes over an area the size of West Virginia in an effort to help locate them.

Unable to sit still, artist Jessica Sporn stood up.  She stood up and asked other artists to stand up with her.  Her Call to Art has summoned more than 50 artists to donate works to an online auction beginning TODAY as an effort to raise monies and awareness of the importance of educating girls.

Girl Rising is a global campaign for girls' education; their mission is to change the way the world values the girl.  All proceeds from the auction will be donated to

I created two pieces for the auction.  The first I have titled Illumination.

As important as education is to bringing enlightenment to those in the classroom expecting to learn, my hope is that any group or individual who feels threatened by the idea of education for girls or women may be awakened and illuminated to the positive impact and societal depth they are denying their own selves by not allowing females the opportunity, the right of an education.

I punched around 300 holes in a piece of painted and inked patterned paper.
As I was collaging them on I was thinking about the girls wanting
an education, and their captors needing one.

Lots of texture and layers to create the elements.

I also created a small mixed media papier mache piece called Little Reminder.  It's important to remember that Change is Good.

I really enjoy making these little shadow box-ish hangings.
from constructing the bases from torn book pages to deciding who
will live in the recessed area.

I hope you will visit the auction site and check out the lovely mix of art items and jewelry up for bid.

Here is a list of blogs and websites of many of the other contributing artists.  You can find out more information about the particular pieces they've crafted and also get to know them and their style, too!

Marjie Kemper
Lisa Pace
France Papillon
Sally Lynn MacDonald
Marybeth Shaw
Jill Meyer
Kerry C. Mitchell
Barbara Lanza

Thank you SO very much!


  1. Oh, the work here is just beautiful!! And I LOVE what you said about the girls wanting an education - and their captors needing one. So true. Happy to be in the auction with you, xo

    1. Thank you, Kristin! It's been such a great experience to be involved with the #bringbackourgirls cause and to "meet" so many wonderful artists I've not known of before. Hugs to you!

  2. Ugh! I got outbid on Illumination. Some people!! Beautiful work as always Lisa, so proud of you!

    1. Thank you so much, Alisa!!! The bidding was anonymous on my end, so such a lovely surprise to see that you were bidding on my piece! Love you!


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