Well, it's been a while... I haven't had time to post anything because it has been so busy around here; getting ready for shows, working on orders, and painting two large 48"x36" paintings. I'll get these posted soon, but I need to get better photos first. However, if you are dying to see a sneak peak visit the Instagram page @megrie.
Anyway, the main thing I wanted to share with you is something that I really believe in, and that is putting kindness and good things into the world. There is so much bad, that sometimes I just feel compelled to do something, anything, to put something positive into this world we share. That is one of the reasons that I often donate a portion of my proceeds from direct sales to good causes.
For the month of November I will be donating 10% of my sales to help a new non-profit in Oklahoma, called Nexus Equine. Nexus Equine exists to provide options for Oklahoma horses and their owners to reduce the number of at risk horses. Read the following experience from Rita Trammell Hoch, the founder of Nexus Equine: "Have you ever had one of those moments when you wake up in the middle of the night worried about something or someone? Well, my sister did just that the night of October 9, 2016. She couldn't stop thinking about our mare, Lily, that we sold back in 2010. She had kept in touch with owner and had told her when she was ready to retire her, to please contact us so we can bring her home. Upon contacting her the next morning, she was told Lily was sold. We tried to contact the new owners and received no response and in fact blocked from this person's Facebook. We knew this was not a good sign and after much research found out that Lily was indeed at an Amish owned auction house and was scheduled to run through 10/14/16. Some horses go to slaughter from this auction, and needless to say we were more than horrified. Enlisting the help of Lindsay Treece and Alison Muzyka, they set off to Pennsylvania to get our Lily and bring her home. What a very stressful week, but we are happy to say "Operation Lily" was a success and she is back in Oklahoma and never going anywhere again!! We were also able to save 3 others that were in the same dire situation and they are the first three horses of our new non-profit, Nexus Equine. Words of thanks do not express the level of gratitude we have for Lindsay and Alison. Without their tireless efforts, we may not have been able to save her in time. When we started Nexus, we had no idea that the first horse we were going to save would be our own. Life lesson #1 from this experience: Trust your gut. If you feel something is amiss, it probably is."
Make sure to check out Nexus equine at www.nexusequine.org and remember when you make your purchase this month, 10% will go to support this wonderful organization.
This is my blog. It is pretty empty right now because... well, because I just built a website and my brain feels like a shriveled little raisin. So instead of trying be write a provocative first blog post, that would assuredly be picked up by major media sources I'm going to host a GIVEAYAY! It's like a giveaway, but with more enthusiasm.
What: one 6x6 horse painting on canvas
How: I will draw a name on Wednesday, May 18th at 8 PM.
**First (required) Sign up for the newsletter, using the form below. Don't worry, I don't send out massive amounts of email. It's mostly for special events, and to announce the winner of the GIVEAYAY. That gets you entered one time.
**Like my facebook page (here) and share one photo. That gets you entered TWO more times!
**Follow me on Instagram (here) and comment on your favorite photo with the hashtag #GIVEAYAY and tag one of your instagram friends. If you want to leave a nice message that would be cool too, but make sure you include the tags. ;) That gets you entered TWO MORE TIMES!!!!
That's it. Easy peasy. Just make sure you check your email. The winner will be announced Wednesday, May 18th. -If the winner does not respond in 2 days a new winner will be drawn.
P.S. If you have already like the Facebook page and instagram then just do the sharing and tagging portion. :)