Posted by Mercedes Arteaga on December 03, 2010
On Saturday, July 17th, there was an art workshop at the offices of ALMA, the CML patient association in Argentina. The Max Foundation’s art contest 2010 had been announced, and many people confirmed their interest in participating, so what better way to do it than getting all together to draw and paint?
So, we organized an art event! We bought the art materials and invited the patients, many of whom joined us. And, to top it all off, we had the help of a volunteer painter, creator of the most awesome art herself, María Inés, who gave us a hand being available for anyone who needed an opinion, an idea, or just some encouragement. She was there to give a boost to those of us who weren’t so sure how to make faces, houses or wings. Not only that, but we also had the help of Diego, a CML survivor with a great hand for drawing who, after making his own artwork, helped others create their own.
It was three hours of hard work, accompanied with Zen music, courtesy of ALMA’s star secretary, Viviana. Whether it was with pencil, paintbrush, crayon or watercolor, everyone was able to create a wonderful piece. We all kept in mind, of course, the theme of the contest: Maximize Life.
Once the paintings were finished, we were showered with beautiful artwork to behold! Then, everyone was invited into the next room for some soda and sandwiches. Needless to say, all of the refreshments were gone in a flash. The day was over, and all the patients and caregivers who had come were homebound again, leaving us with the gift of artwork for submission to The Max Foundation’s 2010 art contest. Will one among us win a prize? Hopefully! Regardless, we gave ourselves a fun afternoon and the knowledge that we can create anything we set their minds to. And that’s something to be proud of.