The trip made me think about what home means, and it inspired me to create three new illustrations about home and these men and women moving and leaving at a moment’s notice.
St. Louis, Missouri (PRWEB) March 27, 2013
Renowned artist Mary Engelbreit met with the Officers’ Spouses’ Club (SOSC) at Scott Air Force base in Southern Illinois last fall, and the trip inspired three illustrations to raise money for military charities. All proceeds from prints and products featuring the illustrations will benefit the Military Child Education Coalition and the originals are being auctioned off at the annual United States Air Force Charity Ball in Springfield, Virginia outside of Washington DC on April 6, which benefits the Air Force Aid Society.
“I agreed to speak at the SOSC meeting last fall thinking it would be a tiny contribution I could make to the brave men and women who serve in the armed forces,” said Mary Engelbreit. “It turned out that the day was truly an inspiration to me. I did not know what to expect, but I was somewhat surprised to learn that a military base is first and foremost a home for families. The trip made me think about what home means, and it inspired me to create three new illustrations about home and these men and women moving and leaving at a moment’s notice. I wanted to honor the sacrifices they and their families make to protect our country.”
Engelbreit’s three illustrations are titled “Bloom Where You're Planted", "Home Is Wherever We're All Together" and "Safe And Sound". “Bloom Where You’re Planted” features a military spouse watering flowers in a patriotic flower box. "Home Is Wherever We're All Together" depicts a home on wheels with an American flag. And “Safe and Sound” is a touching scene of a reunion between a serviceman and his two children.
Engelbreit was also inspired to help the families in the military by donating the proceeds of the illustrations to charity.
“The women at Scott Air Force base also told me about how difficult it is for their children, because they have to switch schools so often. And because curriculum is different in each area, military children often have holes in their education or learn subjects twice. These children face this challenge while often being separated from a parent who is in active duty. I wanted to do what I could help, so I am donating the proceeds from these illustrations to a charity that helps this situation,” said Engelbreit.
The SOSC members chose the Military Child Education Coalition as the recipients. This wonderful organization focuses on providing educational opportunities to the children of military families. All items featuring the illustrations on http://www.maryengelbreit.com will be donated to this organization. And select products featuring the illustrations will soon be sold in AAFES locations in the United States.
Additionally, Engelbreit donated the three original illustrations to the annual United States Air Force Charity Ball on April to be auctioned for the Air Force Aid Society.
“I hope everyone will join me in helping these children. I'd like to thank Deb Arquiette, wife of Brigadier General Steven Arquiette, and all the members of the SOSC for being so kind and welcoming, for their service, and for being an inspiration,” added Engelbreit.
The prints of these illustrations are available right now to purchase at http://www.maryengelbreit.com/store/Mary-Engelbreit-Art.html.
About Mary Engelbreit Studios
Founded in 1983, Mary Engelbreit Studios is an art licensing studio based in St. Louis, MO. Mary Engelbreit is the artist and CEO of the Studios and known for her distinctive illustration style, imbued with spirit wit and nostalgic warmth. The Studios license with dozens of manufactures to reproduce Mary Engelbreit original designs on gift and home décor products including calendars, greeting cards, books, best-selling children’s books, stationary, fabric, crafts, kitchen accessories, dinnerware and other gifts and home accents. For more information about Mary Engelbreit and the Studios visit http://www.maryengelbreit.com.