Let's help out our favorite collage artist/instructor,
Kelly T.M. Kilmer, as she takes some time to be the sole advocate for her husband David, who is currently hospitalized (kidney just removed; diagnosis Cancer.)
Kelly has been tirelessly taking care of her husband and his medical issues, while working to keep a roof over her family's head and food on their table.
Kilmer travels all over the country teaching collage and altered art classes, puts together collage packets and has a book out for sale to help make ends meet, but with her husband's surgery, she has no time (or strength) to do anything right now but care for David.
Let's gather together and show her just how caring and supportive our artistic community can be.
My name is Suzi Finer. I have been in Kelly's position, and know what it is to struggle with Cancer in the family.
I was fortunate to have had the best supportive friends possible at my time of need.
No one should have to go through this alone.
I first met Kelly when I engaged her to teach book arts at my old shop in Beverly Hills, back in 2001. Her classes were always filled with avid students eager to learn her techniques; she never skimped on materials, always providing more wonderful supplies than anyone could use, and her generosity with sharing her knowledge is legendary.
She always has a moment to answer any questions, and to inspire more creativity.
From New York, Boston, and Arizona, to all over the State of California, Kelly traverses the country spreading her gift of teaching.
I am hoping we can raise enough money to take the burden of household expenses off of her shoulders for a few months at least, while she takes care of her loving husband and father of her son Tristan, a talented artist in his own right, currently studying at CalArts in Valencia.
Every cent of the money raised will go directly to Kelly.
Each dollar collected will provide a moment of respite from rent and bills.
Please share this campaign with your artistic friends...we are a tight community, and when one of our own is in trouble, I believe in my heart we rise up to support one another.
If each of you who have been touched by Kelly and her inspiration can come up with something, be it $5.00 or $500.00, it will make more of a difference to the Kilmers than you can imagine.
Let's do this.
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