The Distelfink Artisans, a Pennsylvania chapter of IDAL were the winners of the Annual Adele Bishop Scholarship Award 2012, presented at the National Convention in Reno, Nevada. This award was established in 1996 in memoriam of Adele Bishop Callaway, known affectionately as the First Lady of Stenciling. Each year an IDAL chapter is awarded this honor in appreciation of a philanthropic project that serves the chapter’s local community.
The Distelfink Artisans Chapter of IDAL continued its 20th year of offering the community a unique juried country Christmas craft show at the Thomas Brendle Museum in Schaefferstown, PA on November 11-13, 2011.
This year the Metro Artisans Guild of Greater St. Louis (MAG), approached DiAnne L. Mueller, M.S.,LPC, the chief executive officer of the Crisis Nursery and asked what we might do for them. We let DiAnne choose the site she felt could most use our help. She chose the Crisis Nursery Center in South St. Louis.
The Carolina Creative Artisans learned ‘Embedded Looking Glass’ at their June meeting with guest instructor, Cindy Testarink. We used our images, a plain glass, and some spray Looking Glass to create a mirror with an embedded picture. The creative juices were flowing as we discussed different projects we could use this technique on. We also learned how to antique the mirror.
The Houston chapter of IDAL, Bayou City Artisans, had the opportunity to contribute to a very worthy cause in Houston. Several of the members participated in Project Independence. This was a project put together by Remodelers Council (RMC) and GHBA, Greater Houston Builders Association. The focus of the project was to assist female veterans who have served our country, many in the Iraq war. These women, after returning home, have found that they themselves were in need of assistance. In the same spirit of Habitat for Humanity, Project Independence was a collaboration of builders, designers and countless contributors and volunteers who got together to show these veterans that their service had not gone unnoticed and they were not forgotten.
Last year Extreme Makeover: Home Edition was called to Baltimore Maryland to provide a new home for the girls enrolled at Boys Hope Girls Hope. This organization is a privately funded, non-profit that provides at-risk children with a stable home, positive parenting, high quality education, and the support needed to reach their full potential. Many of the children come from home environments marked by drug abuse, poverty or neglect, while others come from caring families unable to meet the child’s needs. The boys nominated the girls for a house – and the rest is (television) history.
In October 2010, the Inland Northwest Decorative Artisans participated in a philanthropic project for Catholic Charities of Spokane’s, St Margaret’s Shelter. St. Margaret’s is an emergency and transitional shelter for homeless women and their children.
Five decorative artisans from the IDAL Chapter, Cascade Artisans Guild, recently installed the IDAL philanthropic mural which was created at convention.