(Artwork above: "The Caring Tree" by Michelle Hughes, published in the Cancer Foundation's 2017 Calendar)
It is with a heavy heart that I share the news that my friend and ARTbar partner, Michelle Hughes, unexpectedly passed away late last week.
Michelle has helped hundreds of artists at many of our ARTwalks, parties, event booths, and workshops. I couldn't have done so many events without her! But more than her help, I will miss her creative spirit! An artist since she was young, she found the ARTbar over 5 years ago, and then became a "regular" at our Zentangle and painting workshops. Before long she was featured in a book, with other publications and art boutiques soon following. It was fun to see how she would take a technique and then apply her original style to it.
Below is Michelle's artist Bio that she handed out with her artwork just recently at the December and March ARTwalks . . . I am honored to have several of her original drawings and cards to treasure.
We will miss you so much, Michelle! Thank you for sharing your creative spirit with us.