Monthly Archives: August 2014

Sample Survivor Portrait In Progress

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  We join this project already in progress…


Hanging on to summer as long as I can, such as it is in upstate New York this year, I have been spending as much time as possible outside, away from my computer, as much as I can. 

Although I have not worked on it since May 2014, I have resumed working on it with intentions to complete the drawing by September 1st…in time for the Wellsville Art Association Annual Member Show.   I am not an expert in the use of colored pencils. I am enjoying exploring this media. 

On a more personal note, this image has become a composite of multiple characters and sacred geometry & colors which influence, empower, and reflect me on this journey into the world of arachnoiditis.   I explored this symbolism during the Root:30 Day Journal Project with Lisa Sonora Beam and The Mandala Project from my show Around Now In A Square Time.

The Platypus is a new totem which represents a new dimension of the character of the person I am now.

The Arachnoiditis Survivor Portrait Project has been designed to permit me to make composite drawings of other survivors. Using imagery of traits, characteristics, and interests, these portraits will depict an image of the person NOT the “patient”. When I have accumulated what feels like enough of these drawings, I will host a public exhibition to increase awareness and prevention efforts. The collection will become a portrait of what it means to live with arachnoiditis. Hopefully, this will take place some time in 2015. 

My first interview is with an Arachnoiditis Survivor in South Bend, Indiana. He is also a survivor of the 2012 Fungal Meningitis Outbreak. I am looking forward to meeting him and hope that I can do justice to his story. ~Sheila L. Kalkbrenner 


Pampered Chef and Art For Arachnoiditis

Pampered Chef Fundraiser For:
Art for Arachnoiditis Survivor Project
Sheila Kalkbrenner & Jessikah Taylor on Behalf of All Arachnoiditis Patients Invite you to Join Us in this Fundraising Effort.  Please Share and Invite others to Join The Fundraiser! There are no markups in Pampered Chef Products during Fundraisers:)  So Shop Confidently as ALL our products come with a “Love it” guarantee, most have a 1,3 or 5 year warranty and many have Lifetime warranty! 
Support Arachnoiditis Efforts When You Stock up and Simplify your Kitchen with Quality Pampered Chef Products! Order August 1-15, 2014. Make sure to add your Order to the “Art for Arachnoiditis” Show
This is a Fundraiser to help raise the much needed funds for the 
Art for Arachnoiditis: Survivor Project
Which will promote Arachnoiditis Awareness, Document Daily Struggles and the Permanent Disability that Arachnoiditis Patients Suffer. 
Through Art we Hope to Open the Eyes of the Public to the Arachnoiditis Cause including Awareness, Education and Prevention. 
Sheila Kalkbrenner a New York Artist with Arachnoiditis, will be interviewing, photographing and then making a Conceptual Portrait of Volunteer Arachnoiditis Patients. Through these Conceptual Pieces, the artist will convey what it’s like to live with Arachnoiditis while Showing the Humanity which Still Resides within the Arachnoiditis Patient.
The Collection of Portraits will be Shown in an Exhibit Dedicated to Arachnoiditis Awareness and Prevention.
•Fundraiser Date: Aug 1-15, 2014
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*Add Order to the Show setup for
“Art for Arachnoiditis”.
•After you Order through the Fundraiser. Please consider Hosting Your Own Pampered Chef Show. You will get the Monthly Host Offer and FREE Products, Half-Off Products and Discounts on everything else you buy! Plus you’ll get 10% off any other purchases for a year!
BOOK Your Own Show During the Fundraiser and an ADDITIONAL Donation will be made to support Art for Arachnoiditis!
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•Pampered Chef Consultant: 741412 Jessikah Taylor (502)797-8955