big pink blanket of love

August 2019

Six months have slowly passed since we lost my courageous daughter, Kristin Heaton Peabody, to parotid cancer.  I was scheduled for a solo show at the Davis Gallery in Austin this September. I was not ready and the exhibit was rescheduled to Fall 2020. Kevin Ivester, Gallery Director had a plan. In September the gallery will present an exhibit honoring Kristin and supporting her legacy. Big Pink Blanket of Love, an invitational group show that will focus on love and community. 60+ artist friends creating small 4 x 4 pieces of pink hued art. They will be handsewn together into a wall installation, a big pink blanket of love. (While Kristin was going through treatment she often asked her friends and family for strength and to visualize the pink blanket of love for her.) The art installation will be donated to Dell Children’s Medical Center, Art of Giving 2020. The Art of Giving supports music and art therapy programs for patients at the hospital. Ten percent of the exhibit proceeds will benefit the Peabody Fund, and the personalized cancer vaccine initiative at UCSD. In addition to this collaborative quilt, an extended group show focused on love, gratitude, and family will feature original artwork by myself and over twenty other artist friends. A huge thank you to Davis Gallery for their very generous support. The exhibit will open on September 14 from 7 to 9 pm, and run until October 12.  Grateful for the circle of family and friends who have consistently supported Kristin and our family. We can feel the love. Looking forward (wish me luck) to a podcast interview this month with Scott David Gordon, Austin Art Talk, about the exhibit.