Grants Pass, OR
Date and Time
Saturday, November 23rd, 2013 at 6:00pm
“Buddha’ s For Katelyn” painting retrospective Fundraiser by artist Louise Rouse
In the spirit of Thanksgiving a Fundraiser of 108 Buddha’s are coming to the Historic Ashland Armory Saturday Nov.23. The story behind the Buddha’s arrival is about healing grief through giving to another, which naturally returns to giving to the sender in the most mysterious ways. We would love your help.
In 2007 Louise Rouse began painting in an unconscious attempt to bring her son Hudson Thomas back to life after dying from a heart attack. The painting ended up in the image of a Buddha. In the process of healing her grief she continued to paint more Buddha’s to practice the Buddha teaching that all attachment leads to suffering, One night while she was working on a Buddha painting, Louise felt her children’s grandmother Barbara crossing over to the other side. She stopped painting and went outside under the stars and sent Barbara a telepathic message; asking her to send her love to her son, and to please watch over their sweet eight-year-old granddaughter Katelyn Robertson who has a complex medical condition called KT Syndrome. Under the moonlight she intuitively sensed a message back that she could help Katelyn through her paintings by creating a fundraising event for her medical treatments.
When she went back into the house, she picked up the book that she was reading called Eat, Love, Pray by Elizabeth Gilbert. Louise was drawn to the page with 108 prayer beads, and intuitively knew this was the number of painting she would paint 108. Deeply moved she went back outside and shouted out to the stars, “OK, I will commit to painting 108 painting but you better make sure they sell.” Time sometimes moves by so slow, and other times so fast as now five years later Louise has completed her goal of 108 Buddha paintings and then some.
Healing grief is a process that we all go through at one time or another. Buddha’s For Katelyn is a live example of how doing something creative is a healthy tool and when combined with doing something for another it is a powerful way to heal the hole in your heart.
“When I paint I enter the now, the flow of being totally in the moment. I feel connected to the Divine; it is as though I am using painting as art form for prayer. During my mourning year all of my pain, my shattered hopes and dreams disappeared when I was painting. ” Louise Rouse
The fundraiser will be held at the Ashland Armory Nov.23, 2013. The Armory was donated for the event by the generous hearts of Derek and Brook DeBoer. There will be an open house to see the paintings from 1 to 4 and then again from 6 to 10. In the after noon you can meet Katelyn find out more about KT and have the opportunity to either put a bid on a painting or purchase the painting at the value price. During the evening again you will be able to meet Katelyn and Louise will share stories on the journey of Buddha’s for Katelyn and live music featuring Three Little Birds. Refreshments and a light dinner will be offered. The paintings will be sold by a silent auction and a live auction at 8:30. The story of Buddha’s for Katelyn and the photos of Louise Rouse’s painting are also being made into an e-book. All proceeds will of the paintings go to Katelyn Robertson for her medical expenses. Katelyn has on going laser treatment treatments and will be going to New York for surgery this year. The surgery is to remove an extra main vein in her right leg.
The108 Buddha’s for Katelyn is a live art experience on the gift of giving. The paintings are a mix media of acrylic.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving it is a perfect time to stop and remember all the things to be thankful for. Healing grief is partly remembering all that we are grateful for. Louise discovered that giving to another is a fulfilling uplifting emergence from the dark night of the soul. Please join them and be inspired in the powerful story on healing grief, and giving to beautiful Katelyn. Prayers would gladly be accepted too.