21st Annual Making A Mark Art Exhibit

Another Making A Mark opening has come and gone. We celebrated the 21st year of this amazing art show presented by The Periwinkle Foundation and Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers. The show always opens in September in honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and remains on exhibit on the Auxiliary Bridge through the 7th of October. Every year, we have over 340 pieces of art from out patients, their siblings and children around the world affected by cancer and blood disorders. This year, we had over 430 guests and more than 50 of the artists attend the opening. We all enjoyed music by Edmund Evans, ice cream from Ben and Jerry’s, face painting and arts and crafts. Thank you to the many volunteers who participated in this annual event. This year, 21 pieces (pictured above in photo slideshow) were selected by a panel of judges for “purple ribbon” acknowledgement, which means that these pieces were picked to represent Childhood Cancer Awareness month and of course purple because the periwinkle is purple. Also this year, featured artist Ann Johnson inspired and created a Friendship Fence consisting of 150 pickets and embellished by patients and sibling. We have lots if glamorous pickets, guitar playing pickets, snakes, a squid, Harry Potter, a bride, athletes and a bear, to name a few. During the opening they zigzagged their way down the bridge now they reside on the bridge by the display panels so please stop by to see each unique “friend” in our fence. This artwork is a message of hope and joy. The children are from all over Texas and around the world, ranging in age from toddlers to young adults. Please take the time to visit the bridge and read the comments by the artists and their parents. You can also write a postcard to a child through The Periwinkle Foundations, Postcards from the Road.