Hostess Kaye Lynn Fote and Colorado Christian University’s First Lady Christina Sweeting with Kathy Pettit and Jan Otteman
Anne Neilson holds her coffee table book Angels in Our Midst, from which 30 percent of the evening’s sales went to IVy Women scholarships.
Cherry Hills Villager Kaye Lynn Fote opened her lush garden with water features for the third annual IVy Women Garden Party, welcoming guests for a fascinating and inspiring message from Christian artist Anne Neilson.
Anne, who came in from Charlotte, N.C., shared her message of “finding your passion to make a difference,” including quotes from scripture.
She described her journey, beginning with wanting to be an artist, even as a child, and the remarkable opportunities she has had and the people she has met along the way.
Angels were significant and became her signature: A meaningful three-angel painting to Oprah, a Christmas card design for Kathy Lee Gifford, a painting in the last scene of a movie to be released Oct. 20 based on the book by Ron Hall and Denver Moore, and her work on a Matt Redman album cover, to name a few.
Giving back has been her mantra, beginning with tithing instilled by her family. As a teacher of third-graders in Atlanta, art complemented every subject.
Neilson took a sabbatical from her art to raise four children. Then, what ignited her spirit and began as a passionate hobby turned into fame and big business. She painted with a purpose, giving away pieces to charity auctions, and the demand for her work grew. She has authored three books. She started a pottery line and opened a gallery representing 50 artists. Her first sale was of two lamb paintings from fine artist Deb Kaylor of Aurora, who was in the audience.
Today, Anne Neilson Home is an enterprise that has expanded to include note cards (grown from the Christmas card design) and so much more. On the base card of the “100 Days of Scripture” package housed in an acrylic box, this message sums it up beautifully—Anne Neilson Home delivers faith with a flourish, creating art and lifestyle products that provide one-of-a-kind beauty and quality while always giving to a higher purpose.
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