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Chicks In Crisis

Monday, October 3, 2016


There's a project which has been growing in Northern California over the last few years which many generous artists have helped support. It's a project which has developed from a small 'street team' helping women in need, to a full-service crisis-pregnancy prevention and education program.

The Mother Hen Project has helped Chicks In Crisis create a unique Urban Ranch where women and men can come to learn, grow, heal and get the support they need to thrive. Inez Whitlow and her team have converted an old, run-down farmhouse into an office, conference and education center, storage room and showering facilities. They have a hen house,  a rambunctious rooster named Fred, a vegetable garden, a healing garden and are about to convert the barn into a restaurant which will provide food and career opportunities for all.

A few months ago I visited the Ranch to photograph some of the women who have been a part of the program. Alyse was one of them. In her own words . . . .

In the coming weeks I will be sharing artwork from artists who are donating to The Mother Hen Project #3.  This year we are hoping to put the auction online so that everyone can be part of the project and help raise funds for a farm-to-fork restaurant which will be on site at The Ranch.

Watch this space for more Mother Hen Project #3 news!

Monday, November 10, 2014


Thank you to EVERYONE who donated & volunteered & supported The 2014 Mother Hen Project silent & live auction on Saturday! The artwork looked stunning! The venue was uber-cool! The food & wine was delicious! The MC was highly entertaining and everything ran very smoothly.

We are still waiting to hear the final numbers for how much we made on Saturday - but a good estimate is around $12,000 and we still have more artwork to auction! So if you were not able to make it to the auction or live so far away that it would not have been feasible for you to come - here is the opportunity for you to get your hands on some of the beautiful artwork you have been liking and sharing on social media and support the work of Chicks In Crisis. In the next few weeks we are going to be auctioning some of the artwork on facebook! So keep your eyes & your fingers poised.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Daniela Strijleva

Daniela Strijleva is a Bulgarian-born, Canadian-raised artist, who has worked on a variety of feature and short film productions, including Pixar's Toy Story 3, Monsters University, Day and Night, La Luna, The Blue Umbrella and an upcoming dinosaur movie. She spends most of her days drawing, painting, watching and making films, and enjoying family time in her Oakland home. Thank you so much for your donation Daniela. Gorgeous!

Daniel López Muñoz ~

Daniel López Muñoz has donated!!!

Bob Peterson ~ I'm watching you Wazowski!!!

Bob Peterson has donated!!!

Rosana Sullivan ~

Rosana Sullivan graduated from the Academy of Art University in 2010 and started working as a Story Artists at Pixar Animation Studios in 2011. How is that for a career path! She has graciously donated these beautiful originals to The Mother Hen Project.

Pamela Leaf ~ 'In Safekeeping'

My Mum, Pamela Leaf has been drawing pictures for me since I was a little girl and has always had the best handwriting I have ever seen. I can vividly remember watching her hand (which was at eye level) pirouette across the paper when she addressed envelopes or wrote cards or even cheques at the bank. And she drew and cut out the most amazing dresses for my paper dolls. Now she  makes beautiful,  one-of-a-kind cards and has donated a huge batch to The Mother Hen Project along with a lovely ink and watercolor illustration. Thanks Mum x