Wednesday, April 15, 2009

THIS is what it's all about!

Maria Kovalenko Leysens is an artist who has her own studio, where she teaches workshops, classes as well as showing and selling her own work.  Put on top of that raising children, then you'll know how extraordinary it is for her to pull off one of the best ASAP contributions yet.  

She wrote:
I wanted to update you with some info and photos from the AFSA project that I did today with some of the students from my studio classes.  They were so excited and happy to do the paintings as a gift to the Butler County Humane Society. The students are 8 to 12 years old.We did 12 paintings of dogs and cats. 

She went on to explain the lucky recipient is the Butler County Humane Society there in Renfrew, Pennsylvania.

What Maria wrote in her blog was that she had wanted to participate in the Art for Shelter Animals project but decided to ask her studio class if they wanted to participate and she was met with a resounding , "Yes!".

So get this.... Maria DONATES all the materials for the beautiful watercolor paintings and the mats you see the proud artists holding after they finished their particular dog or cat.  

There's more... Maria painted two animals herself... "Pearl" and "Bandit" as you see in the middle.

But wait there's MORE!  Greg, her fifteen year old son wanted to participate also and painted that beautiful face of "Belinda" for the rescue.  Talent and altruism runs in the family.

Maria wrote that she learned it is a couple of weeks before the Shelter's annual fundraiser so her timing couldn't be better.  She will update us with how the paintings were received and how they are going to use them for the shelter animals.  If I'm counting right that's FIFTEEN paintings donated by the ingenuity and generosity of one wonderful woman!

Please drop by Maria Kovalenko Leysens' blog and check out her other fabulous work and maybe tell her what you think of her accomplishment for the project.    

Thank you Maria, special thanks to your son Greg and an extra special thanks to your wonderful class!  Teaching the next generation how to care for all creatures great and small is one of the greatest lessons there is.


  1. Aw, what an amazing thing to do! Not only for the animals, but to get the children involved in such a wonderful cause. That is what it's all about:) I applaud all of you: Sheila, Carrie, Sandy, Maria, and to all the students!

    P.S. Beautiful job on the paintings!

  2. That is so cool!!! What a great idea! Yea for Maria and the talented young artists!

  3. What beautiful paintings and a great group of kids! Very talented indeed!

    So nice to see what this wonderful blog has inspired others to do!

  4. This is SO wonderful! I just love it that the kids are doing it, and the paintings are so very fine! This is tremendously inspiring.

  5. SO COOL!
    I've been so busy this week, but next week I'll check with the local SPCA in my area and get something going.

  6. OMG!!! I am so excited about this! I'm contacting my local school system and emailing art teachers about this today!