Helping the homeless

Chris Tucker, ctucker@ptleader.com
Posted 4/25/17

A love of animals and art and a desire to help the homeless are what drives a 13-year-old Port Townsend girl to offer her drawings and cards for sale.

Aloura Remy, 13, plans to donate 50 percent …

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Helping the homeless

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A love of animals and art and a desire to help the homeless are what drives a 13-year-old Port Townsend girl to offer her drawings and cards for sale.

Aloura Remy, 13, plans to donate 50 percent of the proceeds from the art she sells to Dove House Advocacy Services, an organization that offers transitional housing for families in need and which also provides emergency shelter for people fleeing domestic violence.

Until the end of April, her full-size drawings are on display at Elevated Ice Cream Co. in downtown Port Townsend at 631 Water St.

She said she got the idea to help Dove House from her mother, Adelita Jorquera.

“She wanted to find a way to help the homeless folks, and I was telling her the Dove House has that, plus other things,” Jorquera said. “The Dove House has lots of services not just for homeless folks … I know, everybody associates them with domestic violence, but they have an array of services,” Jorquera said.

Remy has been drawing since she was 7 years old. She takes art lessons every week from local artist Carol Stabile. She is a fan of Disney and Pixar, and hopes to work as an animator some day. She hasn’t made any 3-D animation yet, but she has created flip-book animation.

Sometimes Remy draws subjects she’s seen in life or in photographs, and sometimes she draws solely from her imagination. It takes anywhere from 30 minutes to three hours to create one of her pieces, she said.

Remy said she used two mediums for her artistic creations.

“One type of medium … the base is black sandpaper,” upon which she draws using colored pastel chalk, Remy said.

“I choose the sandpaper … because the sandpaper is black and color pastel is very bright, so when I draw with the color pastel on the sandpaper, it makes like a 3-D look on the sandpaper,” Remy said.

Her other method for creating art is to use colored pencils on white paper.

One drawing – made using chalk on black sandpaper – is of a dark, blue-toned scene of dusk at the Port Townsend Farmers Market. The people at the market glow vibrantly like Christmas lights.

Another sandpaper-and-chalk drawing is of a snake in a desert. Remy used a photograph as inspiration for that piece, but was careful to make changes to it to create differences from the photo. Another sandpaper drawing shows as underwater scene of a blue fish (inspired by the Disney character “Nemo,” Remy said) swimming near coral and other sea life.

“She loves Nemo,” Jorquera said.

Remy’s favorite drawing is of an Italian scene, because she would like to travel the world some day. She hasn’t left the country yet, however. Another picture is of a manta ray swimming above the viewer, with the sun streaming through the water from above.

A lover of wildlife, Remy has previously sold art to raise money for the Port Townsend Marine Science Center, where she worked as a docent for four years, and for the Admiralty Audubon Society, of which she is the youngest member.

“I love the color of them and the personality of them,” she said of the birds.

Her avian drawings show the birds in different moods and with different expressions, and are created using various artistic styles, ranging from cartoon-like to nearly photorealistic.

As a Marine Science Center docent, Remy talked to visitors about the animals and told them the rules for the touch tanks.

“I like to talk to people. That’s my favorite part of being a docent,” Remy said, who has since “retired” from the position.

She finds out how many drawings have sold from her Elevated Ice Cream Co. display at the end of the month.

She also sells cards with images of her drawings, along with envelopes, for $3 each at the Port Townsend Food Co-op. She and her mother are to be at the co-op selling the cards April 30.

“We sell them for $3 each with an envelope, and then the Dove House gets 50 percent of it,” Jorquera said.

Remy has a website at alourasart.com. Anyone interested in purchasing a card or drawing may contact Jorquera at 461-3000.

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