Bounty of Buttons participates in Art + Soul

This Saturday, November 17, Art + Science Salon hosts the first annual ART + SOUL Night Out at Double Door. The evening salutes music, fashion and collaboration with a socially conscious vibe. Proceeds from ART + SOUL will benefit the National Association for Down Syndrome (NADS).

Since Art + Soul stylist LeighAnn has done wonders for my hair, I have entered Bounty of Buttons to be auctioned off at this event to benefit the National Association for Down Syndrome. Per their web site: “NADS is the oldest organization in the country serving individuals with Down syndrome and their families. It was founded in Chicago in 1961 by parents who chose to go against medical advice and raised their children with Down syndrome at home. Their pioneering efforts have made it easier for later generations of individuals with Down syndrome to be accepted by their families and communities, to develop their capabilities, and to work towards independence. The NADS mission is to ensure that all persons with Down syndrome have the opportunity to achieve their potential in all aspects of community life.”

Bounty of Buttons encaustic collage by Maike’s Marvels

Bounty of Buttons was inspired by a project in The Artist Unique by Carmen Torbus. She had embedded buttons in an encaustic project, and since I had just completed my button bouquet, I decided to play with that idea. During Bridgette Guerzon Mills’ worskhop we had played with scraping and ‘marbelizing’ textures in the wax. So I made my first foray into opaque wax colors.

I scraped it down with a razorblade.

Added more layers of wax (which I didn’t document), and then pulled some hand-stamped papers to collage into the warm wax.

The verse is John 14:1-6 from a freebie gospel of John.


ART + SOUL promises a live runway show with abstract hairstyles supported by new fashion, a video opener, and music performances by Purple Apple  as well as Scott Lucas & The Married Men. While savoring small bites, cocktails, wine and beer, guests can peruse the Art + Science Silent Auction and participate in a VIP Styling Lounge (complimentary hair styling with gift bag). One person will walk away as a ‘client for life’ (the raffle winner never again pays for hair services). The party is from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Double Door 1572 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL, 60622. Tickets are available here.

I hope Bounty of Buttons finds a generous donor so that NADS can continue making a difference.

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