Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
Rebecca Rush Profeta is one of my oldest and dearest friends. Something horrible happened to her this week.
She came home from a 3 day art show to find the police at her home. Her husband had passed away in their home...probably just several hours after she left for the art show. Her husband, Joe had a heart attack on Thursday, and wasn't found until Monday afternoon.
The police took him [and their bed] away and a hasmat crew is trying to "clear the air" in their house.
This is a couple who were living hand to mouth... after the crash in '08, they found they were upside down on their mortgage. He was 64 and had not been able to find much work over the last few years...until this past May. They've been living on whatever pension and savings they had - which is gone. She's not in debt, and this is not a luxurious home, either [it's probably worth 80K] but she doesn't even have the money to replace her bed right now!
Because of the odor in the home, she will have to dispose of or professionally clean a lot of items. Other than that...most of her art supplies [paper and fabric] have been compromised and can't be used.
There is no life insurance, and she will have to eventually leave the house - without an extra income, she probably can't afford to live there. She has been making some money painting, doing repair work, and of course, making her hand made books and journals. She is 59.
This is her site... http://www.rebeccarushdesigns.com/index.html.
I doubt if she would qualify for the CERF funding - I am willing to help her financially - but I thought I might also come to the community to see if anyone feels like they can kick in a few bucks to help her replenish her paper stock or a place to lay her head.
I found out her paypal account is email@example.com and her mailing address is: Rebecca Profeta, 1022 E. Weldon, Phoenix, AZ 85014