Silent Auction Art!

The format for tomorrow night’s Tracy’s Kids Red Carpet Fundraiser will include a silent auction of some very special Washington, DC-themed works of art. Five are by groups of kids working together at the Tracy’s Kids locations, two by artists who are friends of Tracy’s Kids, and the other by Tracy Councill.  For a sneak peek at the items, take a look at the photos and descriptions below. Hope to see you there!Fourth of July Monument

1. Washington Monument on the Fourth of July: 38 inches wide and 60 inches tall, acrylic paint on unstretched canvas. Created by patients at the Lombardi Cancer Center, working collaboratively using syringes and hospital equipment, in addition to conventional art materials, to  pay homage to the Monument in its scaffolding during renovation.
Cherry Blossom Monument
2. Washington Monument at Cherry Blossom Time: 37 inches wide and 60 inches tall, acrylic paint on unstretched canvas. Created by patients at the Lombardi Cancer Center, working collaboratively using Operating Room sponges create the effect of the blocks the Monument is made of, and hospital toothbrushes to make the cherry blossoms, in addition to conventional art materials.
Washington Monument Kite Festival
3.Washington Monument during the Kite Festival: 39 inches wide and 60 inches tall,  acrylic paint on unstretched canvas. Created by patients at the Lombardi Cancer Center, working collaboratively using Operating Room sponges create the effect of the blocks the Monument is made of, in addition to conventional art materials. Each participant designed an origami paper kite to represent him or herself,  flying around the monument grounds.
DC Skyline
4. Washington Skyline Composite Painting: 40 inches wide and 36 inches tall (approximate), assemblage of canvas boards, acrylic and mixed media, mounted on foam core. Painting was created by inpatients and outpatients at Children’s National Medical Center, showing the Washington DC skyline as visible from their hospital windows.
Alamo
5. The Alamo: 38 inches wide and 27 inches tall, assemblage of canvas boards, acrylic and marker, mounted on foam core. Created by patients and families members at the newest Tracy’s Kids program at Methodist Children’s Hospital, San Antonio, TX. Even kids in isolation for Bone Marrow Transplant could participate in this group project because the individual canvases were painted separately and put together after!
Jefferson Memorial
6. The Jefferson Memorial at Cherry Blossom Time: 16×20 inches framed, soft pastels on paper. This pastel painting was created especially for this event by TK Program Director, Tracy Councill. Tracy earned her BFA in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University and her MA in Art Therapy from The George Washington University. In addition to her work with Tracy’s Kids, she continues to create and show her own drawings, paintings and block prints.
Light Square
7. Light Square #2: 30×30 inches, Acrylic and molding paste on canvas, by Kari Kant, www.karikant.com. Kari Kant is a professional artist based in Washington, D.C. with a studio in the Newseum Residences. Influenced by Post-Impressionist artists such as Vincent Van Gogh she has adapted techniques such as the thick application of paint and the distortion of form for expressive effect to create her own unique use of texture and color.
Washington DC at Night
8. Washington DC at Night: 30×40 inches, Acrylic on Canvas,  by Sabra Rodgers, age 11.  Sabra is an evolving artist from McLean, VA who has donated her time and work to Tracy’s Kids. This piece is her latest contribution.

Gallery Talk January 19: Children’s Art, How to Appreciate, Enjoy and Display It

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Join Tracy Councill, Tracy’s Kids founder and art therapist, Kathryn Horn Coneway, art therapist and art educator, and Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey, Interior Designer, for an informal gallery talk about the significance of children’s art. Parents, grandparents, and kids’ art afficionados will enjoy an in-depth discussion of the developmental, emotional and aesthetic dimensions of children’s art.

Seating is limited and available on a first-come first-served basis.
Refreshments courtesy of Geppetto Catering. 
For information on making a donation to Tracys Kids, go to www.tracyskids.org

Tracy Councill started an art therapy program in 1991 for patients and families in pediatric hematology-oncology at Georgetown University Hospital’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, with a grant from the Prevent Cancer Foundation. That highly successful program evolved into Tracy’s Kids (www.tracyskids.org), a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and sustaining art therapy programs for pediatric hematology-oncology patients and their families, with programs in four locations. Councill earned her MA in Art Therapy from The George Washington University in 1988. She serves as lead art therapist in the Tracy’s Kids program at Lombardi and as Program Director for Tracy’s Kids, in addition to teaching Medical Art Therapy at the George Washington University.

Kathryn Horn Coneway is the co-founder and director of Art at the Center (www.artatthecenter.org), a studio lab for children and families in Alexandria, Virginia. Kathryn released two new picture books in 2013. Oops Paint, aimed at toddlers and preschool children, introduces stamping with everyday objects through a fun story of a family accidentally dropping things in paint. COLLETTE A Collage Adventure, tells the story of a bottle of glue who wants to get in on the artistic action in a painter’s studio. A visit from a young girl leads the two to discover the expressive possibilities of collage. Kathryn earned her MA in Art Therapy from George Washington University in 2003 and interned at Lombardi Cancer Center while a student. She will be selling and signing books at the talk, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Tracy’s Kids program.

Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey, owner and lead designer of SCW Interiors (www.scwinteriors.com), has had a lifelong passion for design with nearly 20 years of professional experience in the industry. A native of the Southwest, Shazalynn studied at the University of Texas, the Culinary Institute of America and Parsons School of Design. SCW Interiors is a full-service design firm specializing in innovative and distinctive spaces that incorporate signature elements for each client. Located in the Washington, DC area, SCW services a wide geographic area and works with both residential and commercial clients.

This event is concurrent with Artwork by Tracy’s Kids, on view at the Carroll Square Gallery through January 24, 2014.

Carroll Square Gallery
975 F Street NW, Washington DC 20004
202.347.7978
www.hemphillfinearts.com

Gallery Open During Business Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00am – 6:00pm

Image: Artwork by Tracy’s Kids, Carroll Square Gallery, 2014 (Installation View)

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And here is a link to a recent article on Kathryn Horn Coneway and her two new books.

http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2013/dec/19/art-educator-releases-two-books/

The doctor with the glasses

On the middle right in this panel from our Carroll Square exhibit in 2012 you will see a portrait of me that was done by an older kid--note the glasses!

On the middle right in this panel from our Carroll Square exhibit in 2012 you will see a portrait of me that was done by an older kid–note the glasses!

A little guy (almost three) was preparing to come to clinic with his big brother, who is the patient. His mom told him they were going to the doctor. “The doctor with the glasses?,” he asked. “No,” said mom, “the doctor doesn’t have glasses.” As they arrived in the clinic he came straight to the art area and said, “This is the doctor with the glasses, she lets me paint!” And paint he did. . .

Tracy’s Kids 2012 Annual Report

The 2012 Annual Report is now available!

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Tracy’s Kids participant at Life With Cancer

Included in the 2012 Annual Report are updates and photos from each of our five programs as well as financial information for the 2012 fiscal year.

The Art Room at CNMC

The Art Room at CNMCYou can access the

 You can access the report in the lower left hand corner of the homepage of our website or by clicking here.

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Kathleen Sutter and one of the Tracy’s Kids participants in the art room at MCH-San Antonio

 We are proud of the work done in 2012 and excited about all the new things happening this year for Tracy’s Kids!

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The entrance to Lombardi Cancer Center at Georgetown University Hospital features Tracy’s Kids artwork all year long.

Grand Rounds, April 19

 I will be speaking at Georgetown University Hospital’s Grand Rounds on Friday, April 19 at 8:00 a.m. Grand Rounds is a lecture series provided for the whole medical community, and it is a real privilege to be invited to present. I will give a short history of how Tracy’s Kids got started at Georgetown over 20 years ago, and then talk about the theory and practice of the approach that grew into Tracy’s Kids.  Everyone is welcome, so please come if you can!

DEPARTMENT of PEDIATRICS

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

 GRAND ROUNDS

 April 19, 8:00 a.m.

Lombardi Cancer Center Research Auditorium

Art Therapy in Pediatric Medicine

by Tracy Councill, MA, ATR-BC

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In 1991, with a grant from the Prevent Cancer Foundation, Tracy Councill started the Art Therapy Program in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at Georgetown University Hospital’s Lombardi Cancer Center. Medstar Georgetown University Hospital’s core value of “cura personalis” allowed this unique program to grow and flourish, eventually becoming Tracy’s Kids, www.tracyskids.org, a non-profit that serves thousands of young people and their families here at Georgetown and in other centers.

Ms. Councill will provide a short history of the Art Therapy Program, and discuss the theory and practice of art therapy in medicine, emphasizing the role of art therapy in supporting normalization, resilience and coping in patients with chronic life-threatening illnesses.

Ms. Councill’s professional awards include: the Potomac Art Therapy Association Professional Development Award, 2008; the American Art Therapy Association Clinician Award, Children, 2004; the Holly Award for Excellence in Patient Care, 2003, Lombardi Cancer Center; the Lombardi Cancer Center Award, October, 2001; and the Individual award for Excellence in Professional Practice, 2000, Georgetown University Hospital.

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