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The Carousel Project

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Artist puts her painting to work for kids

For every Prairie Rose, North Bay Carousel, or Christmas Carousel Horse print sold, one will be donated to a children's facility.

The reaction people have upon seeing my paintings of carousel horses made me realize that they deserve a bigger audience than one. They should be on display where people who need more happiness in their lives can see them, as viewers of the painting seem to experience the same joy I had in creating them. As there is only one original, I decided to come up with a way to donate the images of the paintings to facilities who need more "joy" in them. While Children's Hospitals came to mind immediately, I am open to hearing from any facility that could benefit from displaying any of these images.

Placements So Far

North Bay Carousel Placements So Far
DateGiclée SizeLocation & Notes
Nov 200870" x 56"Milwaukee, WI
Purchased
Mar 200970" x 56"Scotsdale, AZ
Purchased
Jun 200970" x 56"St. Elizabeth Pediatric Rehab Area
Appleton, WI
Donated
Sep 200958" x 47"UWM Children's Center
Milwaukee, WI
Donated
Feb 201156" x 45"Neenah, WI
ACES/Xavier Celebrate purchase
May 201156" x 45"Harbor House
Appleton, WI
ACES/Xavier Celebrate donation
Aug 201270" x 56"Ronald McDonald House
Milwaukee, WI
Donated
Prairie Rose Placements So Far
DateGiclée SizeLocation & Notes
March 201136" x 24"St. Patrick Hospital and Health Foundation
Missoula, MT
Donation
Sep 201136" x 24"Missoula, MT
Purchased
Sep 201236" x 24"Soup's On Auction American Red Cross
Appleton, WI
Donation
The Christmas Horse Placements So Far
DateGiclée SizeLocation & Notes
Feb 201536" x 24"Appleton, WI
Purchase of original painting
March 201536" x 24"The Trout Museum of Art
Appleton, WI
Donation
June 201536" x 24"Museum loans donated print to
The Boys & Girls Club of Menasha

 

Share the Joy
Comments from others

All of my pediatric patients notice the donated giclee and make comments about it.

It has added a dimension of "life" to our waiting entry area.

I had a little girl yesterday who has been coming to me over the past year. She was fascinated by the Carousel image. She said, "I want to ride that horse." She touched the horse and spun around.

A special thanks to Michelle for the amazing creation of this piece. It is perfect for a setting that serves kids. What a gift. Our institutions can use some life and animation to help children feel welcome and free to be children. It brings me great joy to watch children's faces and imaginations come alive when they see this beautiful painting.

-- Dawn Pieper, pediatric occupational therapist at Affinity Health Systems

 

The kids LOVE the painting. They see it as soon as they get off the elevator and the sounds of joy and excitement are heard even back in our offices. Everyone (staff and patients, young and old) are enjoying it. You made a beautiful painting Michelle. Thanks for sharing it with us!

-- Janine Boldra, P.T., Manager of Rehabilitation Services at Affinity Health Systems

 

Built by a community, the Heritage Carousel of North Bay, Ontario has been an inspiration to many. For more information: www.heritagenorthbay.com

 

A Carousel for Missoula began from one man's dream: www.carrousel.com

 

Christmas Carousel Horse is part of the Looff Carrousel in Spokane, located in Riverfront Park:

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