THURSDAY, MARCH 27, 2014
the cost of her medical bills and treatment by selling raffle tickets for the “Ocean of Life.” Tickets are available for purchase at Le Cose Belle, and the winning ticket will be drawn at the April 27 Flagler Fine Arts Festival. “Wow, it’s just wow,” Solomon said in response to what the art community is doing. “I feel very supported and very good.” For Flagler Fine Arts Festival coordinator Justine Wintersmith, the raffle is a way to support an artist who has supported the festival since the beginning. “She is just a shining light,” Wintersmith said. “She’s a great person, and her personality just shines through her work. Part of the reason why everyone really is pulling together to rally around her is that light. She really does try to be an example, the type of peaceful people she wants to see in the world.” When Solomon does start painting again, she said there will be some changes; new colors to express healing, a sense of gratitude and allowing the spirit to flow through her more and onto the canvas. “When you are given a diagnosis like this, you really start re-evaluating your life,” Solomon said. “There is a stopping. You pause. Now I’m taking so much more time to appreciate and be. I want to paint the beautiful things, but I’m painting them in my mind and in my heart right now. “I just want to be in a positive space and just appreciate the green grass. I care and I love; I don’t want to fight anymore. I just have to give the message of peace and love — that other stuff doesn’t feed me — because it makes me happy.”
RAFFLE TICKETS Price: $10 Where: Available at Le Cose Belle, 5915 N. Oceanshore Blvd., all month and the April 27 Flagler Fine Arts Festival in Flagler Beach When: Winning ticket drawn April 27
Painter Linda Solomon says her cancer diagnosis has made her pause and think about life.
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