CROWN POINT | Hospice of the Calumet Area’s Hospice Artisans recently formed a new and unique partnership with Crown Point High School’s National Art Honor Society.
While visiting a Pop Up Art Show, Crown Point High School Art Department Chair Karen Cox happened upon a table featuring the handmade jewelry and photography of Hospice Artisan Joanne Markiewicz.
Cox was impressed with the art, and equally impressed that all proceeds of sales are donated to Hospice of the Calumet Area, a not-for-profit organization headquartered in Munster and dedicated to improving the quality of life through compassionate care for families facing a life-limiting illness.
She thought this would be a great way for her art students to give back to their community and learn from other local artists.
After an initial meeting, members of the Hospice Artisans visited the classroom of art teacher Lyndsey Sadler and presented to students their mission to create quality handcrafted merchandise to sell to support the good work of Hospice of the Calumet Area. The students immediately asked how they could help.
Hospice Artisan Pam Sussman, with the support of Artisans Lydia Dershewitz, Shirl Pawloski, and Julie Glaser, conducted a workshop for the students on mixed media card making, including paper and dimensional items.
This became the start of a Hospice Artisans Crown Point High School student card collection titled CP3D that will be featured at Hospice Artisans shows and community events.
The collaboration couldn’t be more perfect with the union of two mission-driven artists groups, said Jenifer Vargo Okamura, director of development for Hospice of the Calumet Area, while also joining multiple generations to learn from one another and serve the community through the creation of visual art.
The Hospice Artisans include more than 50 women and men who meet as a group, host teaching/training workshops and work individually to make high-quality handcrafted items including journals, hand knit scarves and handbags, and fabric accessories that are highly embellished and creatively packaged. Sold at events throughout the area, all proceeds benefit Hospice of the Calumet Area.
Since the group’s inception eight years ago, the Hospice Artisans have donated more than $250,000 for patient and family care.