Art of Caring

The Hickman’s Art of Caring: Passport to Art was an Evening to Remember


On Saturday, March 30th, The Hickman hosted Art of Caring: Passport to Art at Oakbourne Mansion. The evening included a silent and live auction, as well as live jazz music provided by the spectacular Jazz Kats, scrumptious fare by John Serock Catering, and six artists demonstrating how they create their work. The pieces they created that night and/or pieces they had previously completed were included in the live auction.

Kris Berlin used watercolors to paint a picture of a salamander; Sarah Bourne Rafferty created a botanical print using cyanotype (the oldest photographic process); Amy Bruckner created a glass mosaic; Eunice LaFate painted a picture called Hibiscus & Lignum Vitae; Pamela M. Levin used leather, sterling silver, and stone to create a custom-made bracelet; and Nancy R. Salamon painted dragonflies on her stoneware plates.

In addition to visiting and interacting with the artists, the over 220 guests, also enjoyed exploring the mansion while stepping to the swinging sounds of the Jazz Kats and bidding on exquisite items, such as original artwork, sports memorabilia, theater tickets, jewelry and more. At each artists’ station, guests had their passports, beautifully designed by Blue Dog Printing & Design, stamped. Those who had a fully stamped passport were entered into a drawing to win a spa package.

Attendees also enjoyed having their picture taken and framed by Sara Bleemer and noshing on John Serock Catering’s delicious food, including sliders and paella. The catering company also created a signature drink that night, Piper Punch, using donated vodka from Manatawny Still Works. Piper is the name of Manatawny’s distillery dog and a portion of the sales from the vodka support an animal rescue through Manatawny’s Piper Project. The spring inspired punch included mango and strawberry puree.

The evening ended in the tent attached to the mansion with Bill Bunch, of William Bunch Auctions & Appraisals, hosting the live auction. In addition to the pieces created by the six artists, guests had the opportunity to also bid on a trip to Napa Valley; tickets to the Philadelphia premiere of the smash musical Hamilton; a five-course French dinner for six prepared in the winner’s home by Chef Sylvie Ashby of Cuisine de Sylvie (Chef Sylvie only uses the finest ingredients, including items from the Chester County-based purveyors, The Road Rancher and 1723 Vineyards, LLC); and an original beautiful quilt made by The Hickman’s Executive Director, Pamela Leland and quilted by Terry Lieberman.  All the live auction items were sold!

 The evening was a great success! Funds raised through the event support The Hickman’s Resident Assistance Fund. The Fund provides aid to Hickman residents who are facing financial hardship and are no longer able to afford their room and board, and personal care needs.  Since opening in 1891, no resident has left The Hickman due to a monetary situation.

2019 Art of Caring: Passport to Art Sponsors



Blue Dog Printing & Design
Brandywine Valley Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc.
Brock & Company, Inc. 
Evelyn Brownless
Jeffrey House & Kathy Adams-House
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 654
Kencor, Inc. Elevator Systems
Donald A. Kidder
Di & Dallas Krapf
Pamela Leland & Renna Van Oot
Lenhardt Rodgers Architecture + Interiors 
Ellen Millick
J. Dean & Nancy O’Banion
West Chester Downtown Foundation


Franny & Franny Abbott
Advanced GeoServices Corp.
The Alfree-Leverage Family
BAYADA Home Health Care
Benchmark Construction
Blue Blaze Associates
Brad Abel, Edward Jones Investments
C. B. Development Services, Inc.
Steve & Kristi Crum
Dave’s Automotive Repair Ent., LLC
DNB First
Joseph & Theresa Farace
Fizzano Family of Associates, Realtors
Johnson Kendall Johnson
Robert & Mary Kolimaga
Lamont Coffee & Tea
Charles & Jane Mack
Manatawny Still Works
Meridian Bank
Mutual of America
Joel & Lisa Necowitz
Stephen Olsen & Beth Collins
O’Rourke & Sons, Inc.
Tom & Sue Padilla
Rovito Law LLC
Betsy Stratton
Diane & Thomas Treacy
William Bunch Auctions & Appraisals



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