Wednesday, June 3, 2009

My Half Sistah!

For the last couple of months I have watched with a prayerful heart and not just a little concern, as my dear friend, the amazing artist Joanna Pierotti and her husband Ron, dealt day to day with the realities that his brain tumor had returned. With all their attention focused on Ron's health issues and his up coming surgery, Joanna struggled to produce and sell enough art to keep them going. A wonderful group of friends, fellow artists and collectors rose to the occasion and gave Ron and Joanna a financial blanket to wrap themselves in for a bit of time. Trouble is a planned one week hospital stay has turned into a 3 week hospital stay in one of the most expensive cities in America, the beautiful San Francisco.So tomorrow, Ron, minus the tumor that was robbing him of his speech and balance, will be returning to a home they might very well lose. While they still have some of the money lovingly raised in the fundraiser, I have a plan to add to those coffers...Lipstick Ranch style. Before we know it, Joanna and Ron will be creating new workshops and Joanna's work will be available once again to all of us who can't wait for that to happen. In the meantime, let's bridge the gap.

So here's the scoop...from now until June 15th...HALF of the Registration fees garnered for my KC Willis Collage Camp AND HALF of all retail sales at Lipstick Ranch will be sent to Joanna and Ron. So if you were thinking of joining Collage Camp or encouraging others to do so, this would be a good time. And if you ever thought of grabbing a piece off of my site and making it your very own...or giving it to someone you love as much as I love Joanna, this is the moment opportune. And for all of you who have already enrolled in Collage Camp or want to pass up Camp and go right into making Altars and Shrines etc, join Mixed Media Mania and I'll do the same thing. Enroll in the three-workshop-package and HALF of that will go to California, as well.

Collage Camp fees. Lipstick Ranch sales. I'm talking HALF people. (Don't confuse this with half off. This is full price with half going to Joanna and Ron)

Collage Camp wouldn't even exist without Joanna. It was Joanna and one of my other fab artist friends, Jane DeRosier, who not only encouraged me to do an on-line workshop, but gave me their time over and over again when I had questions about setting the whole thing up. I went to Joanna and said. "You know, I don't think I'm going to do this. What if I build it and they don't come." Joanna laughed and me and basically said "What you talkin' about, Willis?"

Was she right? You don't know the HALF of it.

Tell your friends.

Let's rock and roll.


grittyjane said...

That's very kind of you KC!

Suzan Buckner said...

Wonderful!! I know JoAnna is one of the nicest online people that I know!! This is really great of you KC!

Halo Hill said...

KC, your kindness and generosity never cease to amaze me. I've been a fan of Joanna's work for years, and I've been following along on Joanna's blog. My heart is heavy for them. I think I purchased my 2nd class about the same time you were posting your offering! I love it when God works like this!

Warm Hugs,

Anonymous said...

Hi KC ,
That's very kind . I know Joanna has been through alot this past year , so that's great .
Hugs Lorraine xx

Judy said...

For those who haven't taken the collage camp, you are missing a terrific and creative experience. If you think that altars and shrines, painting or altered books is more your style, then be sure to sign up! It will help out a great cause and be great fun as well!

My sister died of a malignant brain tumor almost 4 years ago. It is not an easy road for patient and family alike. Lots of time spent seeing doctors, tests, chemo, and even surgery. Not much attention paid to the everyday activities because illness consumes your life. Helping out Joanna and Ron is truly a wonderful thing to do.

KC, you are doing a wonderful thing helping out Joanna and Ron. I applaud you!!

Hugs, Judy

Gillian said...


This is such a wonderful and generous gift to Joanna & Ron, these guys have been through so much already. It's heartwarming to know that so many people care about them. Once again thanks for a great offer, I will definitley post this on my blog.


Kerin said...

Hi KC!!!

I saw your message on Facebook and I will definitely mention this on my blog. Joanna means a lot to me as well. :) Since you are already a member of please feel free to add this as a fundraising event on the main page.

Rock on!

PeregrineBlue said...

I know Joanna personally. We met at ZNE last year and have followed her art for years as well as her blog. What a fantastic idea and so generous of you to do this. I will be on a road trip up to Sequoia this week but will try and enroll in the online workshop as I return.

Connie said...

KC, can I post this entry on my blog?
this is very generous of you.
thank you.
connie williams

Blackfeatherfarm said...

" What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness." - Rousseau 1762

Joanna is a lucky person to have such a dear friend. I wish her and her husband well.