Win Your Soon-to-Be Most-Prized Possession…Or Colbert Report Tickets…Or Concert Tickets…Or….

06.28.2009 | 11:38 am

Suppose your house is on fire. Everyone’s out safe and you’ve got time to run inside and grab one or two things (yeah, I know, in a real fire it’s a bad idea to go back inside for anything, but this is hypothetical, so cut me some slack). What do you go get?

For me, the answer’s both easy and obvious: I grab the two originals my sister Lori has painted for my family (the half-dozen or so prints we have of her work can be replaced).

First, there’s the painting Lori gave to Susan and me when the twins were born:


And next would be the painting she made especially for Susan upon finding Susan has cancer:


These (cameraphone) pictures don’t even come close to doing Lori’s work justice, but I wanted to show them off anyway. These are — absolutely literally — our two most-prized family possessions.

Lori painted these years and years ago, and her style has evolved quite a bit since then. Take a moment and check out the gallery on her site. Here’s one of my favorites of hers, titled “Fun Mom:”


Lori lives in Brooklyn right now, but occasionally she’ll still come to Salt Lake and do a show. When she does, all of her art sells out. Immediately.

Yeah, you can tell I’m kind of a proud brother, huh?

Why I’m Going On About Lori Right Now

The reason I want to talk about Lori’s paintings right now, though, is because my sister Jodi has persuaded Lori to paint a portrait as one of the prizes in the giveaway Jodi’s doing as part of her LiveStrong Challenge. This giveaway ends Monday night.

Lori’s paintings routinely sell for $5000 – $15,000, so — when combined with the fact that this prize will be intensely personal for whoever wins it — I don’t think I’m at all going out on a limb when I say this is definitely the best prize that’s ever been part of the Team Fatty LiveStrong Challenge. Go to Jodi’s blog right now to learn how to win.

Additional Awesomeness

Jodi’s giveaway goes way, way broader and deeper than the possibility of winning a commissioned painting by my sister Lori. As part of the same giveaway — in other words, when you donate to Jodi’s LiveStrong Challenge Page — you could win any of the following prizes:

  • Tickets to the Colbert Report?. These are otherwise impossible to get without spending some serious quality time with a scalper.
  • Tickets to the New York Red Carpet premier of Martin Scorsese-directed movie “Shutter Island“, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Michelle Williams. Watch this preview video and get freaked out a little bit.
  • Tickets to Friday, Saturday and Sunday shows at All Points West, featuring Beastie Boys, Tool, Coldplay, My Bloody Valentine and about 80 other bands?.

And there are a whole bunch of additional cool prizes, too. Seriously, Jodi has put together a phenomenal giveaway. Click here to learn how to enter.


  1. Comment by Chris | 06.28.2009 | 1:05 pm

    You come from a seriously talented gene pool. Neat!

  2. Comment by Freedom | 06.28.2009 | 6:38 pm

    Very nice prizes and especially cool art.

  3. Comment by System6 | 06.28.2009 | 7:24 pm

    No disrespect, but where did your sister get the darkness from? Lots of deep unhappy undertones, and overtones as well. The pieces in her gallery look like great art, but I couldn’t sleep at night if they hung on my walls. Maybe its just NYC.

  4. Comment by Born 4Lycra | 06.28.2009 | 10:22 pm

    Art is in the eye of the beholder. System6 just buy a ticket win it and donate it back to be raffled again.

  5. Comment by Kathleen | 06.28.2009 | 11:38 pm

    Wow, your family has a serious dose of talent! Beautiful paintings. And I love how your sisters are finding ways to collaborate and support you and Susan. They ROCK!

  6. Comment by Angie G | 06.28.2009 | 11:39 pm

    Following in my teammate Jodi’s footsteps I will be raffling off a case of premium Northern California wine. My girlfriend Bernadette owns a wine shop, Sip!Mendocino. The case will contain the following wines:
    Parducci Pinot Grigio
    Patianna Sauvignon Blanc
    Naughty Boy Chardonnay
    Eaglepoint Syrah
    Bells Echo Syrah
    Whaler Zinfandel
    Elizabeth Vineyards Zinfandel
    Philo Ridge Dry Gewurztraminer
    Duncan Peak Cabernet Sauvingnon
    Bonterra Sauvignon Blanc
    So Cab
    Yorkville Cellars Rose’ of Cab Franc
    The case of wine is valued at $250.
    As with every Fatty raffle, to purchases a raffle ticket just donate $5 to my LiveSTRONG challenge page If you donate $10 you get two tickets, etc.
    The raffle will go from Monday 6/29 thru Friday 7/3. Again this is premium Northern California wine and I will pay for the shipping. If you have additional questions I can be reached at
    Help Team Fatty San Jose.

  7. Comment by buckythedonkey | 06.29.2009 | 2:43 am

    …and off I go to P&P.


  8. Comment by Jamieson | 06.29.2009 | 5:52 am

    I think I’ll head over and get some pizza and get some chances to win, tomorrow evening.

  9. Comment by Philly Jen | 06.29.2009 | 6:54 am

    And Team Fatty Austin bursts forward into 6-figure territory. Yes!!!

  10. Comment by Sandy | 06.29.2009 | 9:04 am

    Just donated on your sisters blog. Man, I want your sisters painting! She is so incredible. You guys have crazy talent.

  11. Comment by Jodi | 06.29.2009 | 9:24 am

    Lori’s work is seriously beautiful, dark, light, confusing, provacative and funny. Who knows where it comes from….but I always have been and continue to be insanely jealous of the talent she has.

    Thanks for the help getting people to my page Elden. I’m jealous of you too, but mostly because of your good looks.

    Can’t wait to share some pizza with my New York neighbors tomorrow night!

  12. Comment by Mehera | 06.29.2009 | 11:20 am

    I LOVE the piece with the woman and the high wire; what mother hasn’t felt like that?! I’m sure if these paintings were lit properly and photographed they would have a much brighter look. It’s just the camera phone.

  13. Comment by Lori | 06.29.2009 | 6:24 pm

    Hi. Thank you for the kind review, Eld. I’m happy to be the originator of your prized possesions, my brother. You were my first buyer, remember?

    The work is often dark, and mostly funny. To me. Which might mean, not funny after all, which makes the whole thing hilarious, but in a behind-my-back way which is the best hilarity ever. Certainly a niche, although not niche unique to crazy old New York. But so far no chain hotels or restaurants have expressed interest.

    Can’t wait for the pizza fete.

  14. Comment by Jamieson | 06.30.2009 | 5:55 pm

    Really nice time there tonight getting pizza, the rain and the kids running around. Roan did a great job drawing names.

    Great to meet you all!


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