Devin Johnson, 3, Noelle Johnson, 5, and Ruthie McFarland, 7 (from left), creating art for the Big Feelings show. Photo by Jodie Johnson.
A Path To Recovery, by Caroline Imka (age 13). "The line art I created helps me think that people do make it out of cancer -- it is about recovery and happiness. I love everything about the We Hate Cancer Club. By doing this project, I learned that kids my age, along with myself, should be closer. I love working with kids -- being a part of this has really opened my eyes. I strongly believe that raising money for children's cancer research should be active in the world."
Says club founder Elizabeth Kikel (age 7), "Having all the feelings is how you make a life—sometimes having all the colors is how you make a picture. To me, it looks happy.” Of the 20 pieces in the collection, 11 sold on opening night.
A Rainbow Banner, by Elizabeth Kikel (age 7). “This is a rainbow banner with spirals. Having all the feelings is how you make a life — sometimes having all the colors is how you make a picture. To me, it looks happy.”
Blues and Greens, by Ruth MacFarland (age 7). 'This is an abstract I made using colors to express disgust (green) and sadness (blue). They are my feelings about cancer. These are the colors of the feelings in the movie 'Inside Out.' It makes me very happy to help kids with cancer find a cure.’
Devin Johnson (age 3), Good Evening, 2015. Devin attends the club with his older sister Noelle sometimes when mom is the guest art teacher. Even though he is too young to get what the club is about, he is still doing his part in a beautiful way with a beautiful community. Noelle and mom helped with the title.
Noelle Johnson (age 5) Alien Face, 2015 'This is a picture of an Alien who lives in space. He feels silly. I am sometimes silly. I like to learn about doing art and it makes me feel good to help the doctors.'
Ruthie McFarland (age 7) Blues and Greens, 2015. "This is an abstract I made using colors to express disgust (green) and sadness (blue). They are my feelings about cancer. These are the colors of the feelings in the movie Inside Out. It makes me very happy to help the kids with cancer find a cure."
Carolyn Meyer (age 12) Dancing Flowers, 2015. "This is a picture of beautiful flowers dancing in the wind. Using the colors the way I did in my drawing, I wanted to express gracefulness and happiness. I did NOT learn anything about myself or art by doing this project, but I do like belonging to the We Hate Cancer Club. I like being able to express feelings in healthy ways."
Josh Meyer (age 4) The Rockets, 2015. "I drew rockets that are trying to defeat each other. They are on different teams. Sometimes Rebecca really loved playing spaceship with me and she really loved purple – I like the other colors. I like doing this club for my sister. Raising money for children’s cancer research makes me feel: Rebecca. ‘Rebecca’ is also a feeling I can feel."
Malcolm McFarland (age 5) The Circle, 2015 "I made a circle with some designs. I like hating cancer because it’s dumb."