Once in a great while, something comes along that gets your attention, touches your heart and makes you want to get involved.
Drawn to Serve
That exactly what happened to me a couple of weeks ago when I met Stacy Kamin professional fine artist.
She told me about a project that she and her mother Jacqueline Kamin, also a professional artist have been working on this last year.
Each week, Stacy and Jackie visited the Cal-Vets Home in Los Angeles. During their visits, Stacy and Jackie have painted portraits of World War II veterans who live at the Cal-Vets home.
They have now completed over 100 portraits of these great Americans.
Here in Stacy’s words is how it all began:
About a year ago, my friend Leah asked if I wanted to volunteer at Cal Vet for Thanksgiving.
She asked if I would like to sketch the veterans. I said “Yes” and that’s how I met John Knight.
John wanted a portrait of himself and sat for me. Once a week after that, John arranged for 3 or 4 more
veterans to pose for me. And as simply as that, “Drawn To Serve” began. But it would never have happened
without the tireless efforts of John Knight.
“When my mother, Jacqueline Kamin, a professional artist as well, decided to join me, Drawn to Serve really began to grow.
Every week my mother and I looked forward to the day we got to spend painting and drawing and getting to know more men
and women veterans. We heard their stories. We discovered how they were drawn to serve. We shared our lives on these
magical and inspiring days.
“Pretty soon we had enough artwork to have a show. That’s when my friend Daniel Gamburg, Producer, Director and founder of Enlightened Pictures heard about our project and was inspired to create a documentary.