Seven-year-old Lizzy was diagnosed with a neurologic disorder right when she turned five and underwent chemotherapy until the end of 2015. Lizzy’s favorite subject in school is art and she wants to be an artist when she grows up. Her wish was a way for her to get an early view of that life: Lizzy asked to work with an artist to create a painting, and have it hang in a gallery.
Lizzy's wish began in June, when Lizzy and her family traveled to San Francisco from their home in Monterey. For two days, Lizzy worked one-on-one with an artist at the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) to create three separate acrylic paintings on canvas. She started the day shopping for art supplies with her instructor, then received a custom-made pink smock with her name on it to use during the lesson.
The first day of this initial phase of her wish happened to fall on her 7th birthday and the day that SFAI had planned an opening reception for the staff’s art show. As a result, Lizzy got to unveil her first painting in front of a large gathering there, and they celebrated her birthday with special treats. The following day, she created two additional paintings with her instructor.
“She was happy, she wasn’t worried, she seemed to be very enthusiastic,” said Lizzy's mom, Jennifer. “She was excited the whole time and got to experience the campus life, San Francisco Art Institute and see how art students did everything.”
To complete her wish, Lizzy’s three paintings were beautifully framed and displayed at Bennett Sculpture Carmel. On Saturday, August 6th a crowd of well-wishers that included the Mayor of Carmel gathered for a reception in Lizzy’s honor at the gallery.
After her wish, Lizzy generously donated “Cake,” one of the pieces she created during her wish, back to Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area. The painting was auctioned at the annual Monterey Bay Gala, where it sold for $10,000 -- which will be used to grant another magical wish for a child like Lizzy.