Barb Lund on tue 8 aug 06
To the many friends of Dick Lehman, An Appeal for Ceramic Donations -
Perhaps you have heard that potter Dick Lehman will be going in for
treatment soon. He is experiencing a recurrence of his lymphoma, and
his own words here is what is happening:
I was diagnosed as coming out of remission (follicular lymphoma) in
early April of this year. After medical consultations, it was
recommended that I have an autologous stem cell transplant
means that my own stem cells will be removed, cleaned and frozen. Then
I get high doses of chemotherapy that will kill my bone marrow and
immune system. Later my stem cells are returned to me and then they
populate the bone marrow to grow a new immune system.
The transplant (likely to take place in September or October) will
require 3-4 weeks in isolation at the University of Chicago. When the
stem cells start to repopulate the bone marrow, I will be sent home.
Likely I will be out of circulation for the following month, at least
Then there is likely a minimum of one additional month ... and a
maximum of one year's time that I will be away from the studio (for a
total of 3-13 months). It depends entirely on how my body responds to
Complicating things are the common precautions given to stem cell
transplant patients to avoid getting one's hands in the dirt
(gardening, etc) for at least 6 months after the transplant.
Troublesome, seeing that my stock in trade is having my hands in the
The U. of Chicago folks have never treated a potter, so they/we will
treading some new ground here ... hoping to find some ways to get me
back into the studio sooner, rather than later.
I have spoken to Dick several times recently, and he is concerned
the continuity - indeed the survivability - of his workshop and the
effect on his staff during this period of uncertainty. Several of us
want to do something to help Dick besides standing on the sidelines.
an effort to contribute to his cash flow, and to call attention to his
situation, we are organizing an exhibition of works donated by friends
and fans of Dick.
We are asking you to contribute something to an exhibition, "Extended
Hands: A Show of Support" as a benefit for Dick Lehman. The primary
purpose of the show that will reside in the "outer gallery" at Dick's
studio in Goshen, Indiana, is to raise money. Simultaneously, it will
exist on a website, in order to reach a wider audience. All selling
will be handled by the staff at Dick's Pottery. We ask that you donate
something toward the cause, and ship it at your own expense. Since
grassroots effort isn't a non-profit entity, we cannot offer any
charity status for your taxes.
The secondary, and longer term purpose of the show is to beat the
bushes on Dick's behalf. What Dick also needs (but does not have the
time or energy to pursue) are some potters who can step up and contact
his studio as reliable suppliers for an indefinite period of time. His
staff, Mark and Helen, are looking to buy quantities of work from
potters to fill the shelves of the Lehman Pottery for resale while
is in treatment. Potters interested in supplying the Lehman Pottery
should make direct contact by calling 574-534-1162 to discuss their
work and terms. Or contact Helen directly at 574-862-4560, or by email
Charlie Cummings of the Charlie Cummings Gallery in Ft. Wayne,
(www.charliecummings.com) has generously offered to act as the central
receiving location, and will photograph all donated works to generate
website for the broadest exposure.
Dick has expressed that his customers primary buying range is in the
$25-$100 range, but perhaps with the website opportunity some more
expensive sales can be anticipated. Use your own judgment, or feel
to contact me in making your decision about the donation.
In order to take advantage of Fall and Holiday sales opportunities,
to keep things as simple as possible for Charlie, we have set up a
timeline for donating. Please ship your work to arrive at Charlie's
gallery no later than the end of September, 2006. Sooner would be
better. Charlie has asked that everyone fill out the same form (see
below) to simplify his web design effort.
Also, if you could take the time before you ship your donation to
myself (Scott) and Charlie as to your desire to donate, so that we can
have an idea of the scope of the show before donations arrive. This
will help us gauge the effort before we are overwhelmed. Once the
website is up and running, we will share its address with you all so
you can view it and share it with your email lists as well. The show
and website will remain up through the holidays, and possibly longer,
depending on the magnitude of the response.
This will be a difficult time for Dick and his family. Our effort is
lighten his load and provide some continuity, so that when he
he won't have a big hole to climb out of. The treatment is going to be
We thank you in advance for whatever you can do.
Scott Frankenberger, coordinator
2724 N 475 W
West Lafayette, IN 47906
Charlie Cummings Gallery
4130 South Clinton Street
Ft. Wayne, IN 46806
574-862-4560 or 574-534-1162
This document will be available for distribution online at:
PLEASE SHIP TO ARRIVE AFTER AUGUST 21 and BEFORE SEPTEMBER 30
Extended Hands Show of Support
Charlie Cummings Gallery
4130 S. Clinton St.
Ft. Wayne, IN 46806
Artist Information (please clip this and include with donation):
Dimensions: (please fill this out so Charlie
doesn't have to measure everything)
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