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THANK YOU! 2015 in review

2015 Year In Review Map
Providing Healing Support for Survivors

Thank you for your support this year!

Fiscally sponsored by the New York Foundation for the Arts, The Art For Arachnoiditis Project is working to Empower Spinal Arachnoiditis Survivors via participation in the Arts. This website is dedicated to providing healing support to fellow Survivors.

With your help this project becomes a valuable resource to Arachnoiditis Survivors around the world…93 Countries! We couldn’t do it without you.

FUND YEAR 2 ~ It’s tax deductible AT
NYFA [The New York Foundation For the Arts].Or by check payable to the New York Foundation for the Arts, Memo: The Art For Arachnoiditis Project mailed to: SheilaLynnK Art Studio, 345 South Main Street, Wellsville, NY 14895.

Contributions of $2500 or more must be accompanied by a Contribution Letter

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for artforarachnoiditis.org. Check it out to see how we’ve been doing!

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,900 times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Independent Publications by Survivors

Cover Image for Still Standing Sometimes (Part 1)
Cover Image for Still Standing Sometimes (Part 1)

ISBNs Needed!

I have finished the written aspect of this publication.

Introduction excerpt:

“Hearing of many more cases of uncompensated Arachnoiditis while struggling both physically and financially, as well as, in numerous other aspects of my life; in the end, I felt compelled to present this case to the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court….The details of that pro se appeal follow.” ~slk

When I reach the $200 per release mark on my Patreon Page and/or Pending adequate funding, I will purchase an ISBN for this publication so that it can become an affordable resource for Arachnoiditis Survivors working toward accountability for this preventable medical injury. This publication will be free to all who subscribe to the Art For Arachnoiditis Project Newsletter.  Proceeds from any purchase of the publication will be invested in the project.

The Art For Arachnoiditis Project YEAR 2 Budget includes ISBNs for this and other Independent Publication for and by other Arachnoiditis Survivors. We can get 10 ISBNs for $295. Tax-Deductible Contributions made via my fiscal sponsor, The New York Foundation for the Arts, also Support the purchase of ISBNs for Survivor Publication.

Still Standing, Sometimes Part 2: Survivors’ Stories from the Art For Arachnoiditis Project will be Sheila’s Adaptability and Survivor story into Creative Wellness with a collection of all of the stories entered in Year 1 of the Art For Arachnoiditis Project.

Still Standing, Sometimes Part 3: Survivors’ Stories from the Art For Arachnoiditis Project will be a collection of all of the stories entered in Year 2 of the Art For Arachnoiditis Project.

The Survivors’ Exhibit is an art book for the coffee table featuring a collection of all works displayed at the project exhibits during Year 1  of the project.

Survivors Exhibit Art book In progress
Survivors’ Exhibit Art Book ON SALE NOW

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ALSO STILL IN THE WORKS

Creative Pain Managment
Activity Book {PREVIEW and BUY IT NOW}

Thanks to patrons on my Patreon Page ; we have reached the $50 per release goal which allows me to purchase an ISBN for this Publication. (updated April 25, 2015)

The Creative Pain Management Assessment and Activity Book is NOW Available for purchase for ONLY $15. 

When I get to $400 per Release at Patreon, I will order FIFTY copies of the Creative Pain Management Assessment & Activity Book  for Arachnoiditis Survivors. These copies will be sold to interested Arachnoiditis Survivors registered at the Art For Arachnoiditis Project at the Survivors’ Rate of  ONLY $5.00 (to cover shipping expenses).

I will purchase an ISBN for this publication so that it can become an affordable art & coping tool for Arachnoiditis Survivors Registered at the Art For Arachnoiditis Project and affordable for others living with Chronic Pain.

FUND YEAR 2 ~ It’s tax deductible AT
NYFA [The New York Foundation For the Arts].Or by check payable to the New York Foundation for the Arts, Memo: The Art For Arachnoiditis Project mailed to: SheilaLynnK Art Studio, 345 South Main Street, Wellsville, NY 14895.

Contributions of $2500 or more must be accompanied by a Contribution Letter

At the request of members of the Arachnoiditis Survivor Community; the on-line payment option to support the Art For Arachnoiditis Project as a gift purchase to them is now available.

100% of the gift amount is contributed to the Art For Arachnoiditis Project in honor of the intestinal fortitude of the Arachnoiditis Survivor.

Gifts Purchased in the Art For Arachnoiditis Project SHOP also help support these Independent Publications and other aspects of the project. These fair market and below prices are not tax-deductible purchases.

These works are made possible with support from people like you.

Thank you.

Art Every Day Month ~ Day 10

Water Color Home Decor Design
#AEDM2015 Day 10 “Coq Au Vin” Table Top Design from sheilalynnkart.com

Finally adding color to this table top that I created for an old round patio table that I use in my kitchen at the studio. I completed the pattern for it during 30.30.30 in September. This cold, drippy, dreary day needed a little bit of color. So, I thought, maybe YOU could use a little bit of color, too. ~slk

One of the things I have noticed lately is that having multiple work stations means that I have multiple projects going all at the same time. My ‘normal’ personality cringes at this. Once upon a long time ago…I would pull all-nighters…just to stay in the flow when A project was going really well. After eight years, I am STILL learning to condition myself to believe that it is okay to complete a project in stages and to STEP AWAY FROM THE PAINT! when my body needs something else.

Slowly, I am developing an acceptance for the “unfinished” work sitting around my house and studio. The work still gets done. …Just NOT in the linear productivity way to which I was accustomed. Admittedly, there are times when my muses resent the intrusion of meeting my bodily needs (TMI, but they’ve even felt this way about when I need to pee. So, I guess they better just put on their big girl panties and deal with it, lol.)

ONE thing I HAVE found that helps with the intrusion is to keep a sketch book and/or a couple of notepads by the bed or by my cot. If I really MUST step away from a project that is going very well, I hesitate to jump into a different one. So, I switch positions and keep thinking about the same project. I express these thoughts in words and sketches to stay focused and pick up where I left off as soon as the timer beeps. [Just a quick note…this doesn’t always mean going from vertical to horizontal…I have to change positions often. This means that even if I am drawing on my cot, I STILL have to get up when time is up and go to a different position. It takes some time (and self-discipline) to get used to working this way. Sometimes I do better at it than others. Truth is though, I have my BEST days, especially during winter months, if I follow this process.]

Portable projects work well because they can switch positions with me. However, other ones just turn out best when they stay in one spot. Planning for it is an important part of staying creative.

The Rest of the Art Every Day Month Series of Posts are  Here 

NOTES FROM AEDM 2015 DAY 1

I have decided to participate in Leah Piken Kolidas’ Art Every Day Month Challenge atCreative Every Day during the Month of November. For the first time, as I do this 30 day challenge, I will be posting my progress HERE for arachnoiditis survivors and advocates.

I hope you will join me for this creative journey. If you are an Arachnoiditis Survivor creating any art during the series that you would like to share with The Art For Arachnoiditis Project feel free to do so in the Art For Arachnoiditis Project Facebook page, share links in the comments below, or submit the work for use in YEAR 2 of the Survivors’ Art Exhibit. (Accepting Entries until Feb 15, 2016.) Although the Art By Survivors’ exhibit is open only to the Survivors; other creative minded individuals are invited to share in all of the other places.

SUBSCRIBE to get the quarterly Art For Arachnoiditis Project Newsletter

WATCH VIDEO FROM OUR 2015 SURVIVORS’ ART EXHIBIT HERE

SHOP Awareness Art,Your purchase will benefit the Art For Arachnoiditis Projects at the studio. These fair market prices are not tax-deductible purchases.or Make a tax-deductible contribution via our Fiscal Sponsor,  NYFA [New York Foundation for the Arts] Or by check payable to the New York Foundation for the Arts, Memo: The Art For Arachnoiditis Project mailed to: SheilaLynnK Art Studio, 345 South Main Street, Wellsville, NY 14895.

To submit original art to this catalog to benefit the Art For Arachnoiditis Project Awareness Efforts. Send submissions with your signed Art In-Kind Form to sheilalynnk@yahoo.com subject line: Add My Art

This is the first time I will be doing daily art for The Art For Arachnoiditis Project. If you have never seen these posts before; you can get a better idea of what this is all about by checking out a A Few of my Similar Month-long Projects/Posts/Series from the Past.

My 30.30.30 [30 Days, 30 Pieces/posts, 30 minutes each] activities have previously been posted on my blog and on my facebook page. The most recent one I did in September 2015 is available HERE, April 2015 started HERE: 
 
April 2014 I alternated between painting and drawing HERE andHERE
January 2014 ~ 30 Day Art Journal Project HERE
September 2013 was a daily Mandala Project (which grew and ended up in my 2013 Show, “A Round Now In A Square Time” with artist & friend, Allison Midgley) That project startsHERE
The Show is HERE

Arachnoiditis Survivor: A Portrait of Resilience Against Patient Harm In America

Arachnoiditis Survivor: A Portrait of Resilience Against Patient Harm In America

Art For Arachnoiditis Portrait Project currently in progress at SheilaLynnK Art Studio.

Accepting tax-deductible contribution via AIM|Hatchfund until July 6, 2014. All contributions are guaranteed to be applied to this project.

Survivors Please print and complete the Arachnoiditis Survivor ANONYMOUS Survey and mail it back to the studio. Deadline August 15, 2014

and/or

Tell Us Your Story  and become a project participant.

Send your photos about your arachnoiditis experience to sheilalynnk@yahoo.com with Subject Line: Arachnoiditis Survivor Photos. (Please be sure to identify the name of the photographer if you would like the photo credit to be listed in project publications and exhibitions.)

or

SheilaLynnK Art Studio, 345 South Main Street, Wellsville, NY