Oodles of fun
when fun is hard to come by
Express Staff Writer
a really sick kid to do in a hospital? Watch Oprah, or worse?
despair. Seattle-based Art with Heart programs and workshops came up
with an idea. Art with Heart is a spin-off of the American Institute of
Graphic Artists. Normally their programs serve inner city, multi-racial
children in crisis, ranging in age from 6 to 18.
Door knob sign
by Riccardo Stampatori
a little divine intervention and inspiration, one of those programs has
resulted in a beautifully illustrated and inventive new book,
"Oodles of Doodles for Your Noodle!" It was complied
especially for children who are bed ridden or hospitalized due to
serious or chronic illness.
Carpenter, an Art with Heart Board member and Ketchum resident, was
involved in the creation of the book. Carpenter and his partner Robin
Reiners also own Gallery DeNovo in Ketchum.
art from the book will be featured at their gallery during the Ketchum
Gallery Walk on Friday, Nov. 29. All of the proceeds from the sale of
the artwork will go to the second printing of the book that is donated
to hospitals. The exhibit will remain on display until Dec. 20.
winning "Oodles" features work by 97 illustrators and
designers, including "Harry Potter" illustrator Mary Grand
Pré, as well as Michael Mabry, Milton Glaser, Gary Baseman, Lori
Siebert, Charles S. Anderson, Riccardo Stampatori, Gerald Bustamante,
Doug Fraser and Joel Nakamura. Of the 17 original works that will be
featured at DeNovo Thanksgiving weekend, at least three will be in a
silent auction, including the one by Grand Pré. Signed copies of all
the "Harry Potter" books will also be a part of the auction.
the valley, Scott’s Frame and Matt, Blue Heron, and Severn Art
Services have all donated one complete frame and mount for the show at
by Coco Masuda
the art work is the catchiest aspect of the book, the spiral bound
"Oodles" also has calendars, and riddles, imagination station
pages, mazes, cutout post cards, cutout masks, removable posters, advice
told in approachable means and sections where children can write about
themselves and their families.
some of the pictures are empty spaces where a sick child may express
feelings that are normally hard to put into words.
charming section has cut out pictures to hang on one’s doorknob as a
warning to doctors, nurses and visitors, depending on the patient’s
mood. For instance: "Let’s play" or "I am tired
gives the kids something healthy and positive to do while they’re in
the hospital," Reiners said.
positive aspect: These books are donated free to hospitals, though they
pay shipping and handling at $25 per case of 30 books. So far, more than
8,000 children have received free books.
began with the inspiration of two little girls, Heather and Hallie. The
book is dedicated to them. Graphic designer, Steffanie Lorig, used to
baby sit for Heather, who died of cancer while the book was in progress.
And Hallie was diagnosed when she was 10 months old with leukemia.
Dickens, a friend of Hallie’s, brought her story to the attention of
Lorig, who, as a member of AIGA, was involved with Art with Heart. After
meeting Hallie she had a vivid dream about putting together a book for
kids in hospitals and proceeded to put her contacts and energy toward
volunteer project team that she rounded up contacted recreational
therapists, art therapists and child life specialists all over the
country to find out what special considerations and sensitivities they
should be aware of while writing the book. The activities in
"Oodles" are based on research that began in May 2000, as well
as Art with Heart’s basic goals: to empower children in crisis through
creativity. Eventually all the design, layout, graphics, pagination,
printing and art was donated.
artists and designers, many medical professionals helped out, including,
Dr. Joan Fleitas, a nursing professor at Fairfield University in Conn.,
who contributed several ideas for the book. She has a Web site that
"is very much geared towards helping children have a more pleasant
hospital stay," Reiners said.
want people to know there are children with chronic diseases here, in
Boise and Twin Falls," Reiners said. Local hospitals will benefit
from the sale at DeNovo Gallery through donations collected to pay for
the cost of shipping the book to St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center
and Magic Valley Regional Center.
Jauregui, St. Luke’s Health Foundation director in Boise said,
"We are thrilled to have access to such a wonderful book."
can also donate money for shipping and handling and have a case of books
sent to any hospital, one in their hometown perhaps, Reiners said.
"Thanksgiving is a time to appreciate what we have."
book’s publication celebration in Seattle, Hallie appeared. She’s
now 10 years old and in remission. "It’s been a miracle
project," Reiners said.