Thank you Islands of Brilliance: Colors and Chords 2016

Midwest Death Rattle and Frank Juarez

Yesterday I participated in the 2nd annual Colors and Chords fundraiser for the Islands of Brilliance. I was paired with an amazing band from Milwaukee called the Midwest Death Rattle. Thank for the invite, Melissa! On the way to Milwaukee I kept sayin’ to myself, “what did I get myself into?” I have painted in front of people before, however, I was not sure how this was going to look like. I used to participate in Good Knight’s Open Canvas live painting, but I had 4-5 hours to create a painting. In Colors and Chords I had 20 minutes to create a painting. Talk about pressure. What is even more pressure is not having an idea what to paint. Talk about ‘off the cuff’. Luckily, I was scheduled later in the evening so I had the opportunity to see how other artists performed alongside the bands. 

It was great to be a part of something that makes a difference in the lives of other children and young adults on the Autism spectrum. Such a great program! Visit Islands of Brilliance at






The Stage




The Bands and Artists

Midwest Death Rattle and Frank Juarez
Rusty Pelicans and Dwellephant
Keith Pulvermacher Band and Melissa Dorn Richards
Nineteen Thirteen and Pamela Anderson
C.M.P. (feat Montreal Cain) and Jeff Redmon
The Lovelies and Cynthia Short
Lex Allen and David Mark Zimmerman


Hello Death and Tia Richardson


islands of brilliance Co-founders

Mark and Margaret Fairbanks


The Art

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