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The Day We Have Been Waiting For…
September 4, 2013, 2:16 pm
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Two years. Two years+ in Austin leading up to this day. Today is the day we will be giving back our first superYou capes to ten creative, talented, SUPER teenage girls who participated in our first Austin superYou workshop. I am beside myself with excitement!

This day represents countless hours of time. Time invested in each of these girls. Time invested in this organization that creates moments of beauty and magic, power and awareness for kids who really need to see that they matter. For who they are. Not for what they just happen to be going through.

This day represents the hearts of the “A-Team” – the core group of 3 volunteers who have put their needs aside to come abord the wild ride that is art2love. Who have sacrificed time with their kids to show these kids love, and to honor their dreams.

This day represents love. Love and persistence. Love and strength. Love and art. art2love.


art2love view book on line!
September 28, 2010, 9:41 am
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art2love's viewbook


art2love booklet

Ava Ballerina
August 17, 2009, 10:11 pm
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A Tribute to Ava

A Tribute to Ava

Ava Ballerina was lovingly drawn by her siblings in memory of their sweet sister. I was captivated by the details they drew on her special socks, her exuberant smile and her expressive eyes. When children draw, every detail is meaningful – but for this project, even more so. Ava Ballerina exhibits every little snippet of detail so thoughtfully included in the drawing by her three siblings.  I was so touched to receive an e-mail from Ava’s mom describing her children’s pride and joy when they opened the package and saw their drawing brought to life.  I never met Ava in person, but I feel like she somehow guided me through the creation of her artling, leading me to the appropriate fabrics, ribbon, yarn for the perfect hair…Dance sweetly, little Ava…

Video from the CHOP project
May 29, 2009, 9:51 pm
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Video of art2love at CHOPArtlings at Children’s Hospital

Karen Lefebvre-Christou of Melrose Park brings children’s artwork to life with her dolls called Artlings, in the oncology clinic at The Children’™s Hospital of Philadelphia. Video by SHARON GEKOSKI-KIMMEL/ Inquirer Staff Photographer

An Artist’s touch – Philadelphia Inquirer
March 30, 2009, 9:26 pm
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Philadelphia Inquirer



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Annual Juried Show 2008 – December 13, 2008 – January 24, 2009
February 12, 2009, 12:44 am
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Queen motherAbington Art Center’s Annual Juried Show is on view now through January 24, 2009. Exhibiting over 70 works of art by local and regional artists. The Philadelphia Inquirer says, the Annual Juried Show “…is refreshingly different from most group shows… And quality abounds.”


This year’s juror was Virgil Marti, one of Philadelphia’s most nationally known artists. A graduate of Washington University (BFA, 1984) and the Tyler School of Art (MFA, 1990), Marti exhibits regularly with Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York City, NY. He has had solo exhibitions at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; The Design Center at Philadelphia University; Santa Monica Museum of Art; and Philadelphia’s Institute of Contemporary Art, among others.

Calfayan Construction Award for Creativity was given to: Karen Lefebvre-Christou of Melrose Park, PA

Art and Change Grant from Leeway Foundation
February 12, 2009, 12:39 am
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picture-11Karen Lefebvre-Christou receives Leeway Foundation’s Art & Change Grant

The Leeway funding will allow art2love to move forward with artlings workshops at CHOP! Eighteen more children in the outpatient oncology clinic will create and receive their own artlings. Thank you Leeway Foundation! 

“Karen’s workshop will be a continuation of an earlier project she organized at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Karen will ask children in the outpatient oncology department to draw pictures of something or someone they would like to keep them company during their time in the hospital. She will then re-create the drawings in fabric as custom, plush, soft sculptures and give these “artlings” to the children. The goal of the workshop is to empower, encourage, and heal children in crisis through art–their own art.”