Artist paints with purpose, Words on canvas lift struggling families

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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — “Be Joyful.” “Warrior Princess.” “50 & Fabulous.”

These are some of the imaginative phrases that help uplift troubled families in the area, said Eileen Cardillo of Johns Creek. Cardillo turned her passion for words and art into a ministry to help others.

Cardillo owns Joy to the WORD Inspirational Art and Calligraphy, which has allowed her to pursue her passion. In September, she launched Caring Canvas, an outreach effort that allows local residents to paint inspiring art.

Some of the art gets sold and proceeds go to charities. She also holds art sessions for nonprofit organizations.

The ministry allows groups and individuals to get materials and instruction on how to create inspiring canvas art. The pieces are then donated to local charities such as the Drake House, as well as families who may be going through tough times.

“More than 150 canvases have been painted to date and have been donated to incredible organizations,” Cardillo said.

She said she plans to spread these uplifting messages and to reach more members of the community.

“Everyone needs a kind word,” Cardillo said.

Each piece is designed to touch the lives of those who receive them, she said.

With the help of local businesses, who donate art supplies, Cardillo has put together programs that allow participants to create art as an escape from their stress.

Cardillo has a collection, which donates to CURE Childhood Cancer, which is an Atlanta-based nonprofit cancer research foundation.

Her Whimsy Collection, through Joy to the WORD, allows patrons to buy a handmade piece and the proceeds are then donated to CURE Childhood Cancer.

For information, visit www.joytothewordart.wordpress.com.

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