The fundraiser was: A Silent Auction on Shawna’s Facebook Page: Shawna Lewellen Art
Bidding began April 1st – Bids were placed by private messaging Shawna (by clicking on “Message” along bottom of her cover photo) – Bidding Deadline was EXTENDED TO April 18th at Midnight!
Highest Bid winner is a cool story! More details on that coming soon!
Winning Bidder receives 30×20 oil painting or pastel piece in their choice of subject matter: family portrait, favorite animal, favorite sports team/athlete, anything… Shawna will bring your vision to life!
To read her impressive bio and view samples of her artwork, go to her Facebook Page: Shawna Lewellen Art, and her website: www.shawnalewellenart.com.
All proceeds go to New Hope Counseling Center.
NHCC Director, Cindy Farrington, was recently contacted by nationally acclaimed artist, Shawna Lewellen with an incredible offer. Shawna has been a very special friend of New Hope for many years. She had the idea to auction off a special art work as a fundraiser for the charity organization. Farrington explained it as “an example of God’s Sovereign Hand at work.” She tells the story of their first meeting: “Over 10 years ago, while preparing to begin a New Hope Seminar class, a teenage girl walked up to me and asked if I had ever thought of having our materials illustrated. The thought had crossed my mind once or twice, but I was sure that would be far too expensive. She then told me that she was going to art school to become an illustrator and asked if I would take a look at some drawings she had brought. She told me she had done some drawings and had felt like they were for a special purpose, but at the time, she really didn’t know what that might be. All of them had been drawn over a year before she had ever heard of New Hope. After starting a New Hope class and seeing our materials, Shawna knew in her heart the pictures had been created for specific chapters of this very book. It was almost time for the class to start, but I said I would love to see them. When she opened her portfolio and I saw the first drawing, my knees almost gave out. It was an indescribable God moment for me. As I went from drawing to drawing, I knew exactly where each and every one of them was supposed to go. There were 16 in all. She just handed them over to me as a gift. I knew it was an incredible and very special gift…but I didn’t know quite how incredible it really was. Fast forward now to the present. Those 16 drawings by any artist would have been quite expensive to have created for our books, but now, 10 years later, they have become a lot more valuable! You see, God chose that young woman to do something special for Him, and then He asked her to freely give it. But what none of us knew was just how much God was going to bless and repay her for it. That young woman, Shawna Lewellen, has now become a nationally acclaimed and highly successful artist.”
Lewellen’s website provides a very impressive bio: Shawna Lewellen is an imaginative illustrator, painter, and designer who is driven by an incredible passion for self-expression through art. Her works are often noted for their unique style, elegance, and technique. Shawna has developed an innovative style that blends precise realism with abstract expressionism. Her use of vibrant colors and strong lines make her work an excellent choice for a wide range of projects and purposes. Shawna is accomplished in using traditional methods as well as modern technique. Her art has been featured in museums across the nation, Olympic game advertisements, international magazines, art galleries, as well as having a permanent display in the United States White House. Shawna’s illustrations have also appeared in numerous publications including national best selling print and media ranging from children’s picture books to cover art for adult fiction/nonfiction best sellers. Shawna consistently works on one of a kind three dimensional murals, concept designs, as well as ongoing innovative and diverse projects for CEO’s and private parties, how-to articles for international magazines, large and small corporations, over sea work, as well as working with the owners of custom bike/chopper/auto shops to name a few. She’s also personally developing and illustrating several children’s books which are projected to be produced into video game media, technological applications, and the like. Several of the children’s books she has written and illustrated will soon be in Barnes & Nobles. Although Shawna loves to express her vision through art, she is also adept at creating commercial works and readily communicates the vision of her clientele. Shawna consistently trains and communicates internationally and nationally with the most proficient artists in the world because she believes knowledge and education are key to success. Give her a challenge…Shawna loves new, innovative, and custom project ideas!