Friday, March 18, 2011

This little piggy went to market... well to Hope Rural School's annual fundraiser in Indiantown. It was hard to let her go! When she arrived in my studio she was an old piece of yard art, grey and flaking big chunks of fiberglass. It was love at first sight! We patched her up with Bondo and magic took her to my friend, Mike Kirkhart, at New Wave Taxidermy. I know, I know, TAXIDERMY? Yes. New Wave Taxidermy has a world class reputation (go look at, and through the years they've seen just about every critter come through their doors, but this was their very first yard art pig. Brilliant artist that Mike is, he knew exactly what she needed, and in a couple of hours this little piggy had a pair of custom wings. I splashed her with a coat or two of paint and some special wax for effect, we cut a slot in her back and plugged her belly with a big black stopper. Now she's going off to earn her keep as a (piggy) bank for the donations made to Sister Mary Dooley's kids at Hope Rural School. For more information on the school (which serves the children of migrants), their students (134 brilliant boys and girls), and their only fund raising event of the year go to

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Hope Rural School's Annual Fund Raiser!

I had the good fortune to spend a morning last week with these talented girls from Hope Rural School in Indiantown. We met by the river and painted a piggy bank together. They were fun and smart, and well, just look at their sense of design! Every year Hope Rural School has a fundraiser to support their amazing programs, and this little piggy is going to be one of the auction items. Their fundraiser is held on Sunday, March 20, 2011. Did you want to bid on this lovely pig? You can find more about the school, the children of migrant workers who attend, and Sister Mary Dooley, who runs it. Go to . Reminds me of my favorite quote: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world, indeed it's the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead