2006-2007 Community Projects

Farmington Valley Arts Center - SweetheART Auction
February 9, 2007 - 8 PM

Painting for Charity
For much of Karen's fine arts career, she has worked on a larger scale, creating everything from large commissioned metal sculptures and installations to wall-size murals. Furniture, including folding screens, mirrors, chairs, and tables, has also been a focus of her artwork. So, when Jim Brunelle of the Farmington Valley Arts Center approached her about painting a headboard for their upcoming SweetheART Auction, she was unable to resist. Painting for a good cause, as well as utilizing the "canvas" of a headboard, were exciting propositions.

Step by Step
Karen had always wanted to create an Adam and Eve headboard, and this project was the perfect opportunity to do just that. She was able to play with a nature-based theme to bring a bit of the outdoors inside. The headboard was initially painted with an antiqued effect, onto which Karen then stenciled leaves and vines. The next step involved adding grasses, and creating a lush, green "Garden of Eden" background. Finally Adam and Eve and a host of animals (including Karen's very own Taco and Pucci) were added to inhabit the painted garden. A variety of mediums including acrylic paint, watercolor pencils, and spray paint were all used to achieve the final, unique painted effect.

On Display
Karen's headboard was on display at Scandia Down in West Hartford Center, where it was adorned with high-quality linens. The Farmington Valley Arts Center's Second Annual SweetheART Auction will be held on Friday, February 9 from 6:30 - 10 PM at Avon Old Farms Inn. For more information and ticket prices, visit




On Display
Karen's hand-painted headboard was proudly displayed in the window of Scandia Down in West Hartford, CT.

Step One
Karen stencils leaves and vines onto the headboard.

Step Two
Grasses and trees add color and life to the background.

Finishing Step
Karen adds a final coat of polyurethane to the Adam & Eve headboard.


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