Monday, July 30, 2012

CaC in the News!

Check out our spread in Sunday's Washington Post Capital Business publication (this version is a little easier to read).  

We are so thrilled by this portrait of our Pop-up Gallery.  We would like to clarify that this article reflects our fundraising goal, not the amount of funds actually attained at the event.  We have submitted a correction to the Washington Post, to whom we are truly grateful for their coverage of the event.  At this time, we are still awaiting the final tally from last week's event.  The final amount of funds generated by our inaugural Pop-up Gallery fundraiser will be available via our website as soon as financial reports have been submitted by our partners.  Thank you for your continued support!


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Create A Cure Featured Artist: Monica de Gastyne

Hello, Creative People of DC!!!!  Today is the day of our first ever Pop-up Gallery.  It brings me great pleasure to share the biography of artist Monica de Gastyne with you just 12 short hours before the opening of our gallery event.  Please read on to learn more about Monica!

Acylic portrait artist Monica de Gastyne was born in Virginia in 1984. She grew up in Springfield with her three sisters and their mother. Ms. de Gastyne keeps her maiden name for her artwork to honor the heratige from which her talents came. She was in the 1st grade when she began drawing And profiting from detailed portraits. Since then, she has experimented with many different media, settled on acrylics, and is well underway to perfecting her technique, style, and signature.

Monica gained a firm foundation in drawing early on. She uses an approach to drawing the light rather than the object, granting the ability to draw just about anything she sees. She is self taught beyond her high school art education.

Ms. de Gastyne's work has been exhibited in Artomatic 2012, RAW Artists of DC July exhibition, and the Backlash exhibition for SOHO20 Gallery in New York City.  She is participating in Create A Cure to honor Connie O'Mara and her ongoing battle with Cancer, as well as the late Jim Collins.

Come out tonight to see Monica and the other amazing Create A Cure artists! <3

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Create A Cure Featured Artist: Rachel Bingaman

Hey there, Creatives!  Meet this week's Featured Artist, Rachel Bingaman!

"I'm a full-time freelance artist living in the D.C. area with my husband and two beautiful children. My oil paintings can be found in private collections all over the United States and Australia. For now, I focus primarily on contemporary and abstract landscapes and seascapes and lately have enjoyed creating more textured pieces as well.

My inspiration has come from all over, but the source remains the same: God. From the beauty he allows in nature to song to family and life events. His inspiration has allowed me to pull colors from past memories and present experience and mix them into something I think is fit for canvas. Sometimes, even the most mundane of moments finds itself transferred onto canvas and transformed into something beautiful."

Check out Rachel's work on Etsy or come see for yourself on July 25!

New Store Front!

Get a sneak peek of select pieces that will be featured in Wednesday's Pop-Up Gallery through the Create A Cure Online Storefront, now open for business! Between now and the end of the event you may stake an early claim on pieces of interest. Get in there and start shopping!!

Saturday, July 21, 2012


We've got MACARONS! These delicious little morsels are generously being provided by Crème Chocolat. More info to come! ♥

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Create A Cure Featured Artist: Nina Angelini Young

This week's Create A Cure Artist is an amazing mother, chef, mixologist, DJ, and probably other things I'm leaving out in addition to being a wonderfully generous, caring, and talented artist.  Please read on to learn more about the fabulous Nina Angelini Young!

"My name is Yanina Angelini and I am an Uruguayan-born artist and designer currently living in 
Fredericksburg Virginia.  From a young age I have been exposed to all sorts of art.  It became a love affair, bordering on obsession.  In addition to art, I have always been fascinated with anatomy.  I never imagined that these two could meld together and become such a big part of my life.

When the time came to choose a career, I went for what seemed logical and safe and chose to study nursing.  The more I learned about anatomy and how intricately created humans are, the stronger my inspiration and desire to create became. I began sketching again. The main subject being anatomy and medical conditions.

At church I met my best friends, fellow artists and family, Nate and Leah Lewis whom share the same fascinations as I. They encouraged me to pursue art and perfect my craft. When Nate founded an art collective, Somaphony, I felt home at last!

The purpose of my work (of my life) is to glorify God, the Creator.  I firmly believe that He is most pleased when we reflect His creative nature.  Romans 11:29 says 'For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.'

I now know that, all along, His plan and calling for me are to create!"

We are so grateful that your pursuit of your artistic calling has lead you to share your gifts with us, Nina.  Thank you for helping us to create something beautiful!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Create A Cure Featured Artist: Antonia Naglieri

This particular Featured Artist holds a very special place in my heart.  Antonia Naglieri has been my dear friend since Middle School.  When I shared the Create A Cure concept with my network, Antonia immediately responded with an outpouring of support, to include producing our video promo.  Please take the time to read the bio below, and be sure to come see her amazing photography on July 25th!

"My Name is Antonia Naglieri and I am a Video Editor and Producer. A lot of people don’t think of video creation as an art – but to me it is! To me, there’s something so exciting about taking normal footage and creating something unique out of it by using creative editing. In this way I like to think of myself as an “artist.” I also dabble in photography and make collages.

My Grandfather was an artist. Not in the traditional sense of a sculptor or portrait painter, but he seemed to know how to make everything and beautifully! I can still remember sitting in his dark, musty work room as a little girl, watching him carve beautiful ducks out of a plain block of wood. These ducks decorate my Grandparent's house along with beautifully painted birdhouses, shell and sand boxes, stained glass windows and more. My Grandfather also had cancer. Although he's no longer with us, his work is all around. Grandpa Sam Naglieri inspired me to be involved with Create a Cure."

Thank you Antonia, my dear old friend, for sharing your many talents with Create A Cure.  Because of you, we are able to create something beautiful.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Create A Cure Featured Artist: Lead Publicist Marc Marco Marcos

Today's Featured Artist is a truly talented man who literally oozes creativity.  Marc Marco Marcos, Create A Cure's Lead Publicist, is an illustrator, model, and creator of all things fabulous.  Read on to learn more about Marc!

"I graduated from the Art Institute of Washington in 2007. I studied Media Arts & Animation, but my interest is in Illustration. I am also currently pursuing a modeling career.

Creativity has been a large part of my life pretty much since birth. My mother was creatively inclined so I guess those genes passed on through me. She studied fashion design before I was born, which is probably why I have an interest in the fashion industry.

I have always felt that my talents were given to me to do more than just provide personal gain. Being given a talent is almost like being a super hero (with great power comes great responsibility), but the journey isn’t always easy.

In both my pursuits (college & modeling), my start was never what I expected. During one of my first classes at AIW I felt I would never make it to graduation day let alone have the skills I needed to actually call myself an artist. With modeling, I was completely doubtful of my ability to perform well in front of the camera. Fear is a huge obstacle, but perseverance and help from your friends can enable you to overcome anything.

There is no better feeling than being fulfilled physically, mentally, and emotionally. I’m doing what I love and I’m sharing those experiences with the people I hold dear.
I am indeed creating my life."

Marc is walking in the upcoming Artomatic Grande Finale Fashion Show.  Go check him out!

Thank you Marc for sharing your gifts with us as we strive to create something beautiful!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

A Creative Reality

Hey Creatives!  I am so excited to share this post with you.  I had the privilege of hosting blogger Kara Johnson in my home studio over the weekend to share my art and discuss the Create A Cure project.  Check out this lovely blog post and photo spread she's put together!

Create A Cure <3's A Creative Reality!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Create A Cure Featured Artist: Lead Artist Felicia Woodward

I am so excited to share the profile of our Lead Artist with you today!  Not only is Felicia a massively talented Designer/Illustrator, but she is also a fine artist and one of the most integral members of the Create A Cure team.  Among her many generous contributions to this project, she is responsible for our branding and web/media presence.  Please read on to learn more about this incredible woman!

"I am an Army Brat born in  Oklahoma and raised in Detroit, Michigan.  I started my artistic career early in life taking commissions from my Grandfather (they were mostly dragons and monsters and often not what the client had requested). He always praised me an encouraged me to do whatever I wanted, just to be great at it. He and my Aunt would always tell me that there were great things in store for me and that all I had to do was go out and get them. My Aunt passed away from stomach cancer and my Grandfather soon after. They both tried to push me to use my skills and I want to show them that all their love and encouragement wasn't for nothing."

Thank you, Felicia, for sharing your many wonderful gifts with us and helping us to create something beautiful!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Pop-up Gallery Scheduled!!!!

Hey there, Creatives!  The Pop-up Gallery has been scheduled for Wednesday, July 25 from 6-10 at Napoleon Bistro and Lounge.  

Please come out and support in whatever way you wish!  There will be a variety of ways for you to contribute.  In addition to a wide array of beautiful pieces available for purchase at a variety of price points, there is a suggested donation of $5 (or more! wink) at the door and Napoleon will generously be providing a specialty cocktail, some of the proceeds of which will benefit Create A Cure.  You may also donate to Create A Cure at any time using the button to the right -->

It's also not too late to submit art!  Click the submission form tab if you'd like your work to be featured.  All original art must be completed and submitted by Wednesday, July 18th.  If you are interested in helping out at the event or becoming a social media ambassador for Create A Cure, please reach out.

Thank you for reading and see you at the event!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Create A Cure Featured Artist: Stephen Reasonover

Hey Creatives!  Happy Memorial Day :-).  It's my pleasure to introduce you to today's featured artist, Stephen Reasonover:

Stephen is an amazing photographer whose work will be featured in the Create A Cure Pop-up Gallery Event!  

"My goals is to create a relationship between the viewer and an image. My style is truly unique, artistic, and sweet. I try to capture human emotion without being obtrusive and tell a story through a photographic image. I’ve photographed weddings, engagements, cars, families, and fashion editorials. I hope my images create an impact on you for making you smile and happy."

We are so thrilled to have Stephen involved and can't wait to see his beautiful photographs on display.

Don't miss out!  Subscribe to our blog so you can stay up-to-date on the latest news from Create A Cure.

Thanks to Stephen for helping us to create something beautiful!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

CreateACure Promo Video Launch!

Hey guys!

We recently completely a lovely promo video for CreateACure! It's a great way to learn more about us and what our mission is.

Check it out here or on facebook (and don't forget to share!)

Special Thanks to:

Antonia Naglieri Producer/Editor 
Nick Brown  Videography
Felicia Woodward Designer/Participant
Maria Illingworth Participant
Nina Angelini Participant
Michelle Biederman Participant
Marcus Early Participant
Stephen Reasonover Participant
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Friday, May 4, 2012

Create A Great Mother's Day!

Hey Creatives!  Are you looking for a good Mother's Day gift?  Loft is doing a really cool promotion in partnership with St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital this year.  Buy a Loft Cares Card to receive 20% of any $100 purchase.  90% of the purchase price goes to the charity.  Score a great gift for Mom, celebrate the beautiful art created by these children and support St. Jude's!  Winning.

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Monday, April 30, 2012

The Creative Ritual

It's so granola of me, but I really love to create right after a good yoga session.  Of course yoga is a practice that is designed to relax your mind and prepare your body for meditation.  For me, it completely relaxes my muscles and clears my head.  My favorite is the evening Vinyasa Flow class most weeknights at Stroga, but I just got a Living Social voucher for Buddha B so I'm going to give that a whirl.  Do you have a favorite yoga spot in DC?

My creative ritual isn't just about feeling relaxed.  It's also a way to punctuate my day.  If, like me, you're not a full time creative, you might also need something like a yoga class, a long run, or some other measure of time where you have the opportunity to release whatever else has been preoccupying your mind in order access that higher level of awareness you need to really dig deep and create.  Other people are more concerned with preparing the environment they will create in through cleaning it, playing music, lighting candles, etc.  How do you get yourself in the right headspace for creating?

Let us know!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Hey there, Creatives!  Looking for some inspiration?  Check out one of my favorite DIY blogs,, for everything from home improvement to furniture, rugs, wall decor, to painted glassware.

Check out this Roundup up of easy, budget-friendly wall art ideas like this:

And instructions on creating beautiful, hand-painted stemware, like this set of tumblers:

Perfect to say, make and donate to a charity Pop-Up gallery?  ;-)

Now get out there and make something beautiful!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Inspiration Behind Create A Cure

There is an organic connection between this cause--the research of treatments and a cure for Cancer--and art. It all centers around the concept of vulnerability.

The really terrifying thing about Cancer is that we are all vulnerable to it because we haven't identified the exact cause of this disease and once it's contracted, we don't know a foolproof way to cure it. There are many stories out there of the sudden, unexpected onset of Cancer that has claimed the life of a loved one.

Whether you're a patient or a loved one of a patient, you have to process the seeming randomness of the disease, all the unknown variables that impact treatment, and being starkly confronted with your own mortality. It takes a lot of bravery to get through that kind of uncertainty.

In a similar way, the act of creating is an inherent act of bravery. You are taking this expression of your raw self and putting it out there for other people to interpret--potentially slaughter--and that's very scary. Maybe that's why artists are so sensitive, because they're always walking around exposed, like so many mounds of metaphysical hamburger meat.  There's something sort of morbid about it, but ultimately it's what makes art so compelling, and it's the reason that I couldn't fathom doing anything to honor my Grandmother, our family's experience with the disease, and the experiences of others without incorporating art.

I hope that this resonates with you.  If it does, please consider being involved in Create A Cure, either through submitting a piece of art for the upcoming Pop-Up Gallery (event info TBD) or by making a donation through the website.

Join us and together, we can create something beautiful!