For the past week, I've been up until 1:30 or 2 a.m. working on a concept for a project. The project is the artwork for the chapel in the new Hospice of Chesapeake (HOC) building currently underway in Pasadena, Maryland. Proposals were due yesterday and I hand delivered mine, hoping to take a sneak peak at the new facility, but although it's bones are up, the interior of the building is very unfinished and I left my hardhat at home...not like the construction guys were going to let me on the site anyhow, so I did a drive by.
It's beautiful! The architecture is very un-clinical. It looks as if it could be a grand lake house in the Midwest. I hope that I am able to at least get to the finals in this competition, but regardless, I'll be back to see that building when it's done.
Hospice of the Chesapeake holds the "Hospice Cup" each year, a regatta to raise money and awareness for Hospice services. To generate interest in the event, they sponsor a poster competition for a primary image to use on marketing materials. In 2013, my image got the second most votes, losing by two, which is funny, because my baby was sick the evening of the voting reception and myself, my husband, and parents therefore did not attend (or vote). Ugh. Such is life.
But I already have my image ready to submit for the 2015 regatta poster competition...just waiting on the call for entry at this point.
Anyhow, please wish me luck on the HOC chapel art project. I would so much like to contribute something tangible to the place patients, families, friends, and hospice workers, go to reflect, engage God, or to be inspired to push on through the dark. When I worked in healthcare I got to see first hand the professional excellence hospice offers the dying. And extensive hospice services are unique to the USA. Because of their labors, devotion, and tireless efforts on behalf of the declining, patients are able to process death without pain...they have the opportunity to reason, and engage sound pastoral and clinical guidance through their journey.
I hope that you will consider visiting the Hospice of Chesapeake or attend and donate to the regatta this year. The work they do there is significant and life-affirming for those navigating death.
I'll post my drawings for HOC after I scan them.
I hope that you all are having a splendid Thursday morning!