From Renna: Hey, beautiful contributors, we're now able to offer a little Thank You to you.
There's a Musical Benefit & Art Auction coming up on September 20 as a fundraiser for Dede. Plenty of amazing art, from Dede & many other artists, will be available for silent-bid auction.
Simultaneously, there's a wild evening of jazz, blues & folk from some terrific musical friends (i.e. a nice percentage of The Mother Folkers, among others). We're requesting a donation of $10 at the door, BUT NOT FROM YOU and your date, you swell contributor!
Please just come by and spend a tuneful, art-filled evening with us. And get some hugs? Probably. Gathering the healing power of friends around Dede is at the heart of this party.
Dede LaRue Musical Benefit & Art Auction
Mercury Cafe, 2199 California St, Denver CO
September 20, 2013
Silent auction: 6-8:30 pm
Live music: 7-10 pm
Preview the art and see the full line-up of arts & musicians: http://www.larue-view.com
doing chemo now--yes, its sucky, but this will save my life. have way too much time on my hands, so days like today, when I feel better, I am going to moving as much as possible, doing a little studio work today, finally!
DD had her first Chemo treatment yesterday; today we returned to the Rocky Mountain Cancer Center for an injection that will help to raise her blood cell count. DD still has a long road to recovery with a total of 18 weeks of chemo (6 treatments with 3 weeks inbetween), followed by daily radiation. The cancer was also found in her lymph nodes. Cards, ready to serve/frozen food, and all support is so deeply appreciated.--Rebecca
Today DD had surgery to implant her Chemo port to administer the chemo during the next 18 weeks. She's exhausted. Imagine 3 surgeries since May 1, 2013. I can assure all it's easier to imagine than watching DD go through all this. Fatigue; vulnerable; nausea; fear; your body poked, cut, stitched; pain; appointment after appointment; and conjuring up the faith and focus to keep the positive. DD continues to thrive via your support, prayers, and love . Thank you.--Rebecca
THANK YOU SO MUCH, EVERYONE!--who has donated to my 'stay afloat' fund while I deal with demon cancer. feeling a bit better, getting ready for 18 weeks of chemo, then daily radiation. this is not a disease for the impatient. I have a ways to go, MUST still take it easy, and your generosity will enable me to take my time-
[from Renna] Amid the euphoria of Surgery #2 (No Cancer!) we can't forget that Surgery #1 found Breast Cancer in both breasts.
Double mastectomy? Done.
Chemotherapy, then radiation...
DeDe isn't out of the woods yet, not by a long shot.
All of your help - artists (and others) helping artists - is profoundly appreciated.
From Renna: Wow, as great as it is to see all the financial help coming in for Dede, your messages to her are amazing. Cancer - any crisis-illness - can be so isolating... Hearing how much your friends care about you is the sweetness, strongest, most magical Rx imaginable!
Thank You all!
Two surgeries: One wasn't cancer, but the other...
Artist DeDe LaRue
needs our help now
. DeDe has contributed to Denver's art-landscape for years - via galleries, arts festivals, even alleyways, with animal sculptures, flamingo graffiti, mirrored mosaics - always in ways that surprise and delight the viewer. She's best known for creating animal images that express deep aspects of the human condition while still respecting the nature of her animal "actors." Regionally and nationally, many private and public collections own her work: she's "successful." More importantly, she's a hyper-prolific creator, consistently challenging herself, always pushing her materials and her concepts further, into edgier territory.
Now DeDe herself is in edgy territory, with a diagnosis of breast cancer
. She's already had two significant surgeries - a double mastectomy for the breast cancer, followed by abdominal surgery for what happily proved to be a non-cancerous mass. Multiple months of treatment and recovery are to follow. Although her prognosis is now good, she'll be unable to work at her usual dog-grooming job, which is a standing-and-lifting gig (yes, even "successful" artists need day-jobs). DeDe's a strong woman and a survivor, but - between the illness, the surgery AND the treatments - this kind of major healing really takes time
Among its other scourges, cancer is a financially devastating disease, even with insurance. To keep DeDe's focus on healing, to lift the financial anxieties that come with being unable to work, we aim to cover several months of her key expenses. Vitally, this includes DeDe's hefty health insurance premiums and co-pays. Raising this money now
, ASAP, will help eliminate financial fears, and allow DeDe to enter treatment fully focused on recovering her health and her strength.
Like so many artists, DeDe has been wildly generous for years in contributing her artwork to fundraising causes, from big-name charities to my own cancer-recovery benefit nearly twenty years ago. Let's help manifest some Universal Balance here! If you're able to contribute and called to do so, in any amount, your kindly participation will be deeply appreciated.
Renna Shesso, the art critic formerly known Nancy Clegg, "Westword" 1982-91
PS: There will be a live fundraiser for DeDe at the Mercury Cafe in Denver on Friday, August 9 - Art! Music! Celebration! Details coming soon! (For donations: DeDe's legal name is Deidra Reich.)
by DeDe LaRue:
above: "Rose Bear" (2003) mixed media/neo-cartonnage, life sized
"Night Burn Tree" (2010) oil painting, 22 x 26
"Scapegoat" (2008) mixed media/neo-cartonnage, 32"h
"Shiny Zebra" (2006) mirror mosaic, 42"h
"Neon Tiger" at the Mercury Cafe in Denver
Also visit DeDe's website