an artful fundraiser with Altered Couture's Christine DeTroy

"Hats for Sale"

You’re invited to create a hat, a headpiece, a Chapeau, a Millinery Masterpiece, to raise our spirits and zest for Spring. And to raise $ for ArtVan!

There is no cost to sign up for this virtual showcase and shop experience. Whether you’d like to donate a % of sales or simply share your art, you are invited to send photos of your process and tell us something about your hat, including what inspired you. 

Kharris x ArtVan

Art – in whatever form you have within you – can give you a breather when nothing else can ...

Kharris Brill, Artist

A few years ago, Jamie Silvestri, ArtVan’s Founder/Art Therapist, came into Kharris’ shop with a storefront on the side of Reny’s parking lot in Bath.  Jamie shared about her work with ArtVan and engaging with the community – bringing the joy of art-making to those who had no means to access it.  Fascinated with ArtVan’s vision and dedication, Kharris and Ken Brill have been ardent supporters ever since!

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Kharris moved to Maine from Utah in 1989. She lived on Peaks Island for seven years, attended a year at Portland School Of Art (now MECA), and then bought and restored a house in South Portland. Since 2008, Kharris has been living in Bath with her husband, Ken. Kharris makes stained glass, batik, found object collages, pencil sketches, and furniture. Using mostly found objects, she re-imagines anything she salvages. Most of her work has been self-taught, learning new tools and techniques as she goes. She ran a small shop, Kharris B, in downtown Bath for a few years, but now works out of her studio at home.

KB: Just a general obsession with anything that would make a mark.  Needless to say, there were damaged walls in the process.  It’s something that’s always been in my head that I feel compelled to express through my hands – taking many different forms for as long as I can remember.”

KB: Mostly my inspiration is out of the blue. Kind of an ‘Ah hah!’ moment. Many years ago, I had an opportunity to help a friend clear belongings of his mother, artist Judy Brown. She made sculptures out of junk metal pieces – she was a tiny woman who made 15 foot high welded together sculptures in her side yard. Everywhere I’ve lived I’ve found changing sources of inspiration – it’s kind of a weird rambling journey for me.

Brunswick Artist, Maria Castellano-Usery, hosts her 62nd Brushstrokes with Impact socially-distant and virtually in her garage. A percentage of sales were donated to ArtVan. Hosting fundraisers like Maria’s makes a big impact because both artist and ArtVan are supported!