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Dylan watches as Valentin spreads paint with his hands (sorry mom!)
Creative Chaos

Word is getting around the Richmond artist community (and beyond). Our Heroes Art Sessions are THE PLACE to expand your creativity and foster the creative talents of kids and teens. A baker’s dozen showed up at the Visual Arts Center for our March Heroes Art Session. The artists pulled carts overflowing with art supplies like clay, large canvases, small canvases, textured paper, paints, paints, and MORE paints! With this many artists and hero families, we needed two studios. Everyone spread out and got to work!

The artists came to the Heroes Art Session with a concept for an art piece that children of all ages and abilities can create together. Their only “rule” is to have the piece ready for us to put it up for auction at the Heroes Art Ball. After the art session, the artist will add a few finishing touches, but, pretty much, the childhood cancer heroes created the art.

John is looking for a spot to paint
John finds the perfect spot to make his mark on the children's collaboration with Dylan Lynch
Artist Mentors Travelled From As Far As Nashville To Create With The Kids

For the March Heroes Art Session, we were excited to have back several of your favorite Richmond artists. Nico Cathcart is known for her murals painted all over Richmond. Frankie Slaughter showed up ready to get the kids stamping another, what we expect to be, show-stopping piece. Alex Georghiou Frankart traded her pastels for watercolors. We first worked with Dylan Lynch at an event last summer. Dylan drove all the way from Nashville. Emilia Texler loves circles so much she brought large canvases in the shape of circles! The kids got messy with Dale Knight growing a garden of paper mache flowers. Maddie Koerber and Jennike Duignam returned. Mel Hause and Sarah Cross tried something new this year — clay!

New Artist Mentors Enjoyed Their First Session

KK Harris, Taddy Mikelaites, Kyle Epps, and Oxana Blake are new artists to the Heroes Art Ball. They jumped right in! KK Harris, in an Instagram post, described the day

“It was so wonderful to facilitate something physical for kids who need to get out of their heads.”

And there are more artists coming to the session in April! The 12th Annual Heroes Art Ball is on Friday, May 5. We are close to selling out! Don’t delay. Grab your ticket so you can fill your house with art created from the heart.

Once again, Patience and Kristin from Lens Of Hope captured the creative chaos of the March Heroes Art Session. They are featuring the childhood cancer heroes honored at the 12th Annual Heroes Art Ball in a photo series. In moving words and beautiful pictures, they share each family’s cancer journey. Each portrait will leave you inspired and hopeful.
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About Heroes Art Session With Childhood Cancer Heroes And Their Families

Our Heroes Art Sessions provide a supportive environment in which childhood cancer heroes and their siblings can make art and build community with other hero families. At the sessions, you feel a collective sense of healing by creating and being together. We are grateful to Visual Arts Center for giving us the space for an open studio. And to our donors who allow the Heroes Art Sessions to happen at no cost to our families and to supply the artists with the materials they need.

Childhood Cancer Heroes (and/or their siblings): Ben • John • Micah • Charlotte • Grayson • James • Jillian • Levi • Autumn • Kennedy • Adam • Meya • Nate • Addie • Lindsey • Alvion • Ahmod • Willow • Olivia • Valentin • Florian

Hero Artist Mentors: Alex Georghiou Frankart • Frankie Slaughter • Dylan Lynch • Nico Cathcart • Emilia Texler • KK Harris • Dale Knight • Taddy Mikelaites • Kyle Epps • Maddie Koerber • Jennike Duignam • Oxana Blake • Mel Hause • Sarah Cross

Thank you to the many volunteers who assisted the artists and heroes.

Heroes Art • March 2023