Ruth was bombarded with cards. Many students had never sent anything through the post much less made a card. A few were at a complete loss at things I assumed they knew; questions came at me like, "Mrs. Litwin, where does the stamp go?" or " Where do I put the address? " It was wild, it was wooly but most of all it helped everyone. Ruth's spirit lifted with each handmade card and we all felt like what we were doing made a difference.
Once again , the power of art was like a neon sign on a dark night with a spotlight on it. Just over a month ago I posted my driftwood painting of a sailboat on Namequoit Point as part of a blog entry on rejection. The Concord Art Association had not selected it and I wrote about artists putting themselves out there. Little did I know my best friend would call right after I sent her a card of that image and said she wanted to order fifty. I said " fifty, as in five 0? " She said "yes". Since then I have sold another 225! So now I think the universe is trying to tell me something and I am listening.
I plan to market these so a percentage of the proceeds go to charitable foundations such as Cancer research and The Anne Carroll Scholarship Fund. Any brilliant suggestions relating to my venture ie vendors, volunteers or retailers are welcome. Thanks in advance.