Torrington Has Been Yarn Bombed!

Karen is part of one of the many groups of artists who yarn bombed Torrington.

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Junior Women's League Show House, West Hartford, CT
April 2015

Karen was asked to participate in the Junior Women's League Showcase.

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An Inspired Luminaire, CT
April 2015

Karen was asked to visit a children's camp and use the experience as the inspiration to create a unique artwork for a new corporate office; a lampshade.

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2007-2008 Community Projects

Cow Parade, West Hartford, CT
September 2007

Karen was asked to participate in West Hartford's 2nd Cow Parade. Her cow, "Flossie the Tooth Fairy Cow" will be on display in West Hartford Center through the end of 2007. Cows will then be auctioned off. The money raised by her cow will go toward establishing scholarships for students interested in the dental profession.

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Bear Affair, Norfolk, CT
August 2007

Northwest CT's Bear Affair produced some incredible bears, which can now to seen all acorss that region of the state. Karen's "Norfolk Bear" has been displayed on the green of the Congregational Church.

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Whalers Whale
August 2007

As part of a special reunion for the former Hartford Whalers hockey team, Karen was asked to design and paint a large whale which all the team members signed. Sometime next year the whale will be auctioned off, with the money going to charity.

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"My Friend's Place" Playground, South Windsor, CT

Karen's whimsical characters fly proudly above "My Friend's Place", a Boundless Playground in South Windsor, CT. The playground is designed for children with and without disabilities.

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"Better Beginnings"
Saint Francis Hospital, Hartford, CT

Karen created a colorful and encouraging wall sculpture for the "Better Beginnings" neonatal unit at Saint Francis hospital.

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Farmington Valley Arts Center - SweetheART Auction
February 9, 2007 - 8 PM

Karen was asked to participate in the FVAC's SweetheART Auction. She created an Adam and Eve headboard which was on display at Scandia Down in West Hartford Center. The headboard will be auctioned off at the Farmington Valley Arts Center's Second Annual SweetheART Auction on Friday, February 9 at 8 PM at Avon Old Farms Inn. For more information and ticket prices, visit

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Channel 3 Kids Camp

Karen's most recent community project has connected her with the Channel 3 Kids Camp. She is creating an illustration which will be used as part of a fundraising event for the camp. The "After-Hours Soiree" will be held at Comstock Ferre in Old Wethersfield on September 28 from 5-8 PM. The evening will include martini tastings, food from local restaurants, and appearances by both Karen and Channel 3's Scot Haney. To learn more and to buy tickets, please visit the Channel 3 Kids Camp website.

Karen recently had an opportunity to spend an afternoon with the amazing kids at the Channel 3 Kids Camp! Together they painted rocks, which will be used as the favors at the upcoming fundraising event. To see more pictures of the painted rock masterpieces, click here.

For a Furry Cause

Karen Rossi and the CT Humane Society joined forces to help raise money for animals in need. Karen created an illustration which was unveiled on March 25th, 2006 during an event at Comstock, Ferre & Co. at 263 Main Street, Old Wethersfield. The Martini Tasting helped raise funds for the organization that finds homes for over 8,500 pets per year.


In the Company of Women

Earlier this year, Karen was able to lend her artistic talents to the YWCA's event, "In the Company of Women." This luncheon, which was held at the end of March, was the major fund raising event for the YWCA of the Hartford Region. Over 1400 influential women and men were in attendance, including Governor M. Jodi Rell, Lt. Governor Kevin Sullivan, CT Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, and Hartford mayor Eddie Perez.


Charitable Donations

One of Karen's recent endeavors was the creation of the Hartford-inspired print for the Greater Hartford Arts Council. It commemorates the 35th Anniversary of the United Arts Campaign by highlighting some of the arts and heritage activities funded by the Arts Council: jazz, blues, fiddle contests, arts festivals, community fairs, run/walks, parades, and even fireworks on New Year's Eve. The painting will be reproduced and offered as a thank-you gift to contributors to the 2006 United Arts Campaign, which kicks off February 28 at The Bushnell. For more details, visit the Greater Hartford Arts Council's website,

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Special Community Projects

A Studio in the Woods Gate

St. Francis Hospital Artist in Residence

Mark Twain Days - Hartford, CT

Looking back...
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Finishing Steps
Karen adds a final coat of polyurethane to the Adam & Eve headboard.

Camp is fun!
This illustration of the Channel 3 Kids Camp shows many of the exciting parts of camp. To support the Kids Camp by purchasing a print of this image, visit their website.

Animals & Art
Karen's deep love for animals made the CT Humane Society illustration a perfect art piece for her.

Whimsical Women
Karen's original painting was unveiled at a special "In the Company of Women" luncheon.

City of Fun
Karen's illustration for the Greater Hartford Arts Council depicts many of the fun events that take place in CT's capitol city.

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