This weekend, a special silent auction and raffle will be held in Maggie Valley, NC with the help of many local Asheville artist. (sold out event with Peter Mayer & Friends) All proceeds will help Wind River continue to provide support to future budding artists who are also cancer survivors, at no charge to them!
Annie Hartline was an Asheville Artist. inspired by the love of a local artist Bee Seiburg and Wind River Cancer Wellness Retreats, In June of 2007 she was diagnosed with breast cancer. That fall she attended the inaugural Wind River Cancer Wellness Retreat where she was given watercolors and a brush. Long after the others had put their brushes away, Annie continued to paint, dipping her toes and then her brush into the water. “I have been unable to concentrate on anything for more than 5 minutes since chemo started. Finally I found something I can sit and do for hours (paint). It’s AMAZING to feel alive again!!!”
After returning home, she had a new zest for life and a yearning for more art in her world. She found Bee who opened her heart and her studio to Annie and that was the beginning of Annie incredible talent being unleashed for all of us to share and enjoy. Annie continued to paint throughout her 6 1/2 year fight with cancer. She is missed dearly by many of us, but her incredible heart continues to live in ours.
Thank you to the planners of this weekend's event and for the support to Wind River, and also for continuing to let Annie's passion for art be spread in the world. With love, Shannon