Linda Golden came to value hospice services in a very personal way.
She saw the caring attention given to her mother before there was a Jewish Hospice and Chaplaincy Network (JHCN), and she saw the spiritual attention extended to a sister-in-law after the religion-based program was established.
Golden, a jewelry artist who networks with artists working in various media, decided to say thanks by helping to raise funds for JHCN, and she turned to professional colleagues designing wearables to join her.
The result is an art show and sale, Designer Jewelry and Wearable Art Event, offered in her home, which reflects her skills and experience as an interior designer. The event launched last year, and its success encouraged a follow-up with new pieces this year.
The community is invited to browse and buy with 20 percent of proceeds going to JHCN, a non-profit organization providing the Jewish component to the hospice initiative.
Each artist will have a station 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, when there will be an opportunity to place special orders.
“We don’t want any Jew to be alone as they face life-threatening illness,” says Golden, whose work is regularly available through the Whitespace Collection in West Palm Beach and has been shown at ArtPalmBeach, Art Boca Raton and the Palm Springs Art Museum.
“Everyone I asked to be part of this program had a hospice story, and they wanted to participate. Except for one, all the artists showing work are Jewish, and each piece is one-of-a-kind. The one artist who is not Jewish is married to a hospice chaplain.
“The people serving JHCN are compassionate, caring and wonderful, and they make sure families don’t feel alone.”
In recalling last year’s event, Golden pointed out that prices for the wearables range from $25-$400. Some people gave donations without purchasing any items, simply enjoying the friendly mood provided by the home environment.
This year, Stacie Berman of Slo-Mo Cakes and Cookies will showcase her edible art to add to the atmosphere and provide more opportunities for giving at a basic level.
“Stacie will have her fabulous cookies for sale in a combination of ways, such as singles and gift boxes,” Golden says. “We are thrilled she will be participating because her work is fantastic and adds a new dimension for us.
“Many people want to support what Jewish Hospice does, and we want people to feel welcome. Stacie’s cookies allow everyone to support JHCN without feeling they are obligated to make a big purchase because they attended our event. All the artists really want the event to stay social and friendly.”
Bonnie Laker, responsible for community outreach at JHCP, will have her own station to explain organization services, hand out materials and accept donations without purchases.
Golden, who says the artists often buy from each other, showcases contemporary pieces that have an appeal for anyone who wants to have a signature look. Golden wanted all the artists to offer that same kind of unique appeal.
■ Another jewelry artist, Olga Babushkina, is a trained chemist who designs necklaces as large statement pieces with natural stones, including turquoise, corals, quartz and amber. Pieces often are highlighted with antique silver.
■ Arlene Lullove is a fiber artist making women’s purses as well as felted silk and hand-dyed scarves. She works with a range of fabrics, such as leather, faux leather, suede and fur. The former owner and partner of Blinds & Designs, Lullove created commercial textiles and manufacturing window treatments and applies those skills.
■ Diane Mondry, formerly a buyer for Marshall Field’s in Chicago, is known for Diane M., a women’s clothing and accessory boutique she had locally. The Diane M. Jewelry Collection features relaxed pieces.
■ Laurie Winston works with jewelry and accessories specializing in knitting, crocheting, mosaic and needlepoint, and she creates unique beadworks to be worn or displayed. She has taught and offered her vintage beaded designs for many Florida art shows.
■ Terrie Voigt, an award-winning artist, is a fine arts graduate of Michigan State University, and she blends vibrant colors and textures to create sculptures, vessels, wall pieces and jewelry. She dyes and paints silk, linens, rayon and fabric blends to create tunics, jackets, tops, shawls and scarves. Some items showcase her exclusive glass closures. *
The Designer Jewelry and Wearable Art Event is scheduled as JHCN has entered its annual campaign with the mailing of a 16-page photo essay on one person who received help. For details on attending the art program, call (248) 592-2687 or contact
By Suzanne Chessler, Contributing Writer