Wednesday, 16 June 2010

ATCs Around the World Challenge

I was so moved yesterday when I opened an envelope and found the above ATC. It is a painting of my cat Merlin Maximus by a lady called Beth Meador. Not only is it remarkable as it is a striking likeness of his looks and character, but that someone, out of the blue, would take the time and trouble to create something so personal to me but that the artist has only 1% of her vision left.

Beth has retinitis pigmentosa which means that she suffers from retinal degeneration and will lose her sight completely eventually. Her challenge is to get her art and her story out all over the world, to raise awareness of this and similar conditions, for which there is no cure, before she loses her sight completely. She is a member of the Milliande artist group and she put out a call for people willing to receive an ATC from her with the aim to get to as many regions of the world with her story. If you are a member of the group and live in an area of the world where there are not too many artists, (so not UK, USA, Canada, etc) she would particularly like to hear from you. If you are not a member but would like to find out more about this project and Beth's progress please use this link Please help her to reach her goal and spread the word, thank you.


  1. What a beautiful, thoughtful ATC and what a beautiful post! I'm from the US, so not in her target area, but will definitely visit her at the links you provided.
    Again, what an incredible gift!!

  2. What a touching story !
    Beautiful painting of your cat, I can imagine how you felt.
    Best wishes,

  3. The picture of Merlin is fabulous...It's a pretty cat! and Beth is a wonderful artist.Congratulations to her.

  4. What a wonderful gift to receive and this is an amazing ATC from a lady with only 1% of her eyesight left - WOW! You are very blessed to receive this.

  5. Thats a wonderful painting! So much detail and character in such a small space.
    What an amazing lady Beth is......

  6. Wow - what a beautiful gift. Having had many kitties in my life I know how touching this can be. :)


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