TRAVERSE CITY —
“The stories shared by families who were there were very heartwarming to hear,” Judy wrote. “Our thanks to those who spread the word, brought a friend and supported the Munson Hospice program while enjoying delicious homemade ice cream and a great Gourmet Sundae Bar. A special thanks to the Plummer family for a great day!”
When Paulino Cecilio Jr. was growing up, he and his mother first came to northern Michigan not as vacationers or summer residents, but to escape domestic violence. Now, 35 years later, Paulino has given back to the agency that helped his family over the years by donating one of his original paintings to the Women’s Resource Center.
A U.S. Marine Corps veteran and Northwestern Michigan College graduate, Paulino’s work also is represented at Traverse City Art and Design Studio, Jacob’s Well, the Coho in Frankfort and God’s Kitchen in Grand Rapids.
The painting, titled “Awaiting as Autumn Comes,” depicts the time in nature when inevitable change is coming. It is valued at $1,000.
“Life, as in nature, has unforeseen troubles ...,” Paulino said. “There are times when it feels as though there is no hope ... . This painting is that glimpse of hope that reminds us to keep our head up, to believe that a new day is coming and everything is going to be all right.”
Jo Bullis of the Women’s Resource Center says the painting and what it represents is appropriate for what many agency clients experience. It is perfect timing also, as Helen’s House Emergency Shelter is undergoing a complete remodel. When construction is finished, it is expected that the painting will grace the wall space over the shelter’s mantel.