"My Little Hummingbird"

by Erin K. Nolan, 2013

From the Heart of Rockford –Art for Healing strives to bring together the vibrant talent and the spirit of generosity that springs from our community to make a positive impact in the wake of the events that cut short the lives of 26 innocent students and their teachers this past December at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. The purpose of the event is not only to raise money but more importantly, to donate to the Newtown School District the very thing that is at the heart of our own community—our art. Our intention is to donate 26 pieces of our finest Rockford area art to the community of Newtown.
At the Art Show, featuring the work of 26 of the Rockford-area’s best artists, attendees will be able to purchase the sponsorship of one or more pieces of artwork, which will be donated to the community of Newtown, Ct. Each piece of artwork will be paired with a Rockford-area student artist piece. The sponsor of each piece will be recognized as the donor on a nameplate that will accompany the donated piece and they will be able to take home the student artwork, which will not be donated to Newtown.
Piano music for the art show will be provided by Michael Campa, a student of the Music Academy in Rockford, followed by a live choral performance by the Elysian Voices.
40% of the proceeds generated from the sale of the art will be donated to benefit Healing Newtown, an arm of the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission and a partner with the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, while 50% will be donated to Ceasefire Rockford. The artists will be given 10% of the art sales proceeds. All profits generated from door donations and a raffle during the event will be split 50/50 between Healing Newtown and Ceasefire.
This event is partially funded by a grant from The Rockford Area Arts Council, as well as by the generous contributions of: Rockford College, The Law Office of Christine Garner, The Music Academy in Rockford, Wallblank, Greg Lang Design, and Elysian Voices. 

 Spot Illustration created traditionally in Acrylic by Erin K. Nolan, 2013

Editorial Illustration created digitally by Erin Nolan, 2013
It seems no one under 35 has ever heard the phrase "cut the apron strings."
None of my fellow classmates understood the image and were very confused by it.

"Caged Bird"—Traditional acrylic painting with gold leaf with digital edit by Erin K. Nolan, 2013.

"Portrait of John Muir"—Digital painting by Erin K. Nolan, 2013