Valerie Runningwolf will also be sharing a space with me during Sierra Art Trails.... I remember the first time I saw her work, I loved it.... the second time I begged her to jury into Timberline Gallery.....so I could see her wonderful, heartfelt work on a regular basis.... but also because I wanted her for a friend.
She brings to mind ancient times.....there is wisdom in her work...... she explores both spirit and material.
My friend, and mixed medium artist artist Kathleen Mattox, will be showing with me at my studio for Sierra Art Trails, our area open studio event this weekend...I'm not ready.......she says, 'come see some new work, older work and one of a kind pieces plus Show Day Specials'.....I can't wait...I'll have those things too.
I've loved her work since first look.. She is the Queen of Color and Words.....
Her work is joyful....like she is.... If you can, come see us.
Me and Peace Seeds at Sierra Art Trails artist reception....
For the life of me I can not remember what it was we were laughing at....
Art receptions are always kind of outer body for me.... I get nervous, butterflies in my tummy.... It's all very high school.... the, 'do I belong' thing..... and then of course it's the do they like my Spirit Figures?Parties and group things tend to leave me feeling a bit off center.... most of my life I've felt like I'm the odd one and everyone else fits in....gatherings always bring up old feelings....but I am coming to realize that almost everyone feels the same way...they don't necessarily know any more about fitting in than I do... I think this may be especially true of artists...we prefer to speak through our art.
All that said...the reception was a lot of fun... good food, good music, good people and great art! The show runs through next Sunday, art trails weekend.It's an opportunity for people to see one representative piece from each of the 90 or so artist participating in trails....Visiting the gallery is a good way to map out the artist studios they would most enjoy visiting.
I'm hoping to see some of you at mine. Ellen Carnese Kathleen Mattox and Valerie Runningwolf will be showing with me.
Ellen Carnese, fabulous artist and creator of these delightfully whimsical works, will be showing at my home studio during Sierra Art Trails open studio tour. I'm so happy to have her here for the weekend event. I've loved her ceramic pieces since the moment I laid eyes on them. They make me smile and think of fairies with attitude working magic in the glen. I like Ellen a lot too. She is a beautiful, full of life woman... She makes me smile. She lives in Coarsegold and is a member of Timberline Gallery in Oakhurst, CA.
I'm in the final days of preparation....It's crazy all the things I still need to do....mail post cards, make signs, clean my studio & ready it for guests, a bit of gardening (I have no green thumb but I can grow Cosmos), art, I have to create more Spirit Figures, plan refreshments, etc.
Although my muse has returned she seems to be sleeping until 3 or 4 in the afternoon before she graces me with her presence. And for one reason or another my family seems to be in need of me more than usual.
Thank Goddess for friends....I need to get 3 figures to Arts Visalia (about a 3 hours round trip), between now and the 28th. Bless my friend Kathleen for agreeing to do it for me... I just have to pack them for a short trip and a much kinder one then they would have going ups..... The say to pack things as though they will be dropped from a 3 story building and then stomped on by elephants....that's harsh and definely causes me to say a few prayers when ever I send a figure off with them. The reception for Arts Visalia is is on Oct. 9th, 6 ~ 8 pm. Trails is October 3 &4...10am ~ 6pm.
Here is the 'official' invitation to the opening preview for the kick-off of Sierra Art Trails...I really hope to see you there. Timberline Gallery will be open too... we are receiving the, "Keeper of the Flame Award". The Eva Scow Trio really puts out some good sounds. And of course there will be 'Tarts for the Arts'.
Stellar Gallery Hosts the Sierra Art Trails Preview Exhibit Come meet the artists and view their work at a gala opening reception!
The Sierra Art Trails Preview Exhibit at Stellar Gallery in Oakhurst, CA is now open to the public. The exhibit runs for one month prior to the Sierra Art Trails The opening reception will be held this Saturday September 12, from 4 to 9 p.m. Stellar Gallery is located at “Gallery Row,” 40982 Highway 41, Oakhurst, CA. "Tarts for the Arts" Sierra Art Trails annual fundraiser will take place during the Preview Reception. There will be a silent auction and art raffle and live music by the Eva Scow Trio. Admission if free!
Sierra Art Trails Open Studio Tour - October 3 and 4, 2009 Catalogs will be available at the preview exhibit.
This is my Beloved Grandson (front) and his friend playing on the river over Labor Day weekend...... We spent two days just hanging out... so good for the soul. The log was pretty waterlogged but some how they made it work... The river was so clean and clear & icy cold, Note BG trying to suck up his tummy to avoid getting it wet... silly boy...... but I did the same when I finally got hot enough to venture in. This is what childhood should be...
Compassionate humans need to make this a national issue. A world issue. "The Horrors of Sexual Trafficking, American-Style"
By John W. Whitehead
"Jaycee Lee Dugard's case is every parent's nightmare, a troubling reminder that the evils of this world are not confined to dark alleys in big cities. Behind Suburbia's illusion of safety lurks an often seedy and troubled reality. It is a world of sexual trafficking, where children are sold as sexual commodities. Eleven-year-old Jaycee was hurrying to catch a school bus when she was snatched off the street by convicted rapist Phillip Garrido. For the next 18 years, Jaycee was held captive in Garrido's backyard in a nondescript neighborhood in Antioch, Calif. He allegedly fathered her two children.
But this type of tortured reality doesn't stop with Jaycee Lee Dugard. For example, Debbie, a straight-A student who belonged to a close-knit Air Force family living in Phoenix, Ariz., was 15 when she was snatched from her driveway by an acquaintance-friend. Forced into a car, Debbie was bound and taken to an unknown location, held at gunpoint and raped by multiple men. She was then crammed into a small dog kennel and forced to eat dog biscuits. Debbie's captors advertised her services on Craigslist. Those who responded were often married with children, and the money that Debbie "earned" for sex was given to her kidnappers. The gang raping continued. After searching the apartment where Debbie was held captive, police finally found Debbie stuffed in a drawer under a bed. Her harrowing ordeal lasted for 40 days. Three of her four captors have now been caught and charged (one awaits extradition).
Miya was 19 years old when a man and a woman, posing as agents for a modeling company, kidnapped her and forced her into a life of sexual slavery. Her captors also advertised her services online. Miya was eventually able to escape but not before suffering the trauma of captivity, prostitution and other harrowing abuses. These young women somehow managed to escape the underground world of sexual slavery and trafficking in the United States. Others, however, are not so fortunate.
According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), approximately 797,500 children go missing every year. That works out to roughly 2,185 children a day. Many of these young people never find their way home again. Too many become victims of sexual trafficking and prostitution.
A 2009 report by Shared Hope International indicates that more than 100,000 children under the age of 18 are currently being trafficked in the United States. Equally disturbing, the United States Department of Justice reports that approximately "293,000 American youth are at risk of becoming victims of commercial sexual exploitation." This scourge affects more than just runaways, children from broken homes and those forced out onto the streets. As Debbie's case illustrated, even the most well-cared-for children can fall prey to sex trafficking and become global sexual commodities, a source of disposable income for the men and women who profit from their exploitation. Incredibly, the average age of girls forced into prostitution and the sex trade is between 12 and 14.
Numerous efforts have been made to combat this growing problem. In 2003, the FBI and Department of Justice's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section joined with NCMEC to launch "Operation Innocence Lost." At the time of its creation, 14 field offices in high-volume trafficking areas were opened, specialized training courses were offered, and over 350 agents were trained. As of October 2008, Operation Innocence Lost had grown to 28 task forces and working groups, recovered 577 children, seized over three million dollars in assets, and achieved 365 convictions.
One of Operation Innocence's success stories involved cracking a large sex trafficking operation in Houston, Texas. In late August 2009, five men and one woman were indicted on 16 counts of conspiracy and sex trafficking of children, as well as forcing and coercing adults to engage in commercial sex acts. Girls as young as 16 were held against their will, prostituted and beaten. The captors operated behind various business façades, including modeling studios, health spas, massage parlors and bikini bars, and promoted the girls' services through sexually-oriented websites and print publications. Unfortunately, while Operation Innocence Lost has experienced some success, the sex trafficking industry continues to flourish and does so under the auspices of legitimate businesses and through internet advertisements.
There are things that can and should be done to put an end to this atrocious and perverted business. One way is to introduce much harsher punishments for the clients of these services. For example, in 2008, the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act was enacted. It imposes harsher criminal penalties for traffickers and provides increased resources for victims in the United States.
These are steps in the right direction, but efforts to crack down on traffickers should be reinforced with longer prison sentences, higher fines, and the reach of the law should be expanded to include even minor accomplices in these crimes. But we must move beyond merely passing laws. Putting a stop to the sexual trafficking of young people must become a top priority of federal and local police agencies. It can largely be eradicated if the full force of the law is focused on ferreting out those who prey on young people.
Also, more needs to be done to raise awareness of the dangers posed to children. This means that the media must publicize the issue on a wide scale. Moreover, children should be further warned of the dangers of these situations in school, in our religious institutions and our homes. This means that parents and communities need to be informed as well. Hearing the chilling stories of victims like Jaycee, Debbie and Miya not only provides insight into the inner-workings of the sex trade in this country, but it may also encourage other survivors to speak out.
The only way to truly combat sex trafficking is to expose its seedy underbelly, harshly punish perpetrators and bring justice to the victims. Yes, as collective communities and as a nation, we must make sexual trafficking a priority. The future of our country hangs in the balance."
Constitutional attorney and author John W. Whitehead is founder and president of The Rutherford Institute. His latest book "The Change Manifesto" (Sourcebooks) is now available.
I love this award...it came to me from Sue at Barton Originals...a very talented witch indeed. This award makes me smile and laugh out loud. A witch maybe..... magical sometimes, but not so domestic........ I'm honored to join this coven. Thank you Sue for thinking of me, what fun.... I wish I could twitch my noise and have my studio become orderly right before my eyes. Oh, what a gift that would be.... the rules are to send this on to 3 other bloggers... My friend Vivian at River Wind comes to mind immediately and the dear and talented Griselda at Spirit Art Dolls....so many witches in need of striped socks...this is hard.... I'm also going to pass it on to Nat at Art Dolls by Nat...I'm not so sure she accepts awards but this one is a perfect fit...If you haven't already, you need to go to her blog and check out Rosie...love her! Off to tell these ladies.
"We are all creation makers and a new world is awaiting creation..."
Hallie Austen Iglehart
Does this resonate...?
“A new consciousness and a totally new morality are necessary to bring about a radical change in the present culture and social structure. This is obvious, yet the Left and the Right and the revolutionary seem to disregard it. Any dogma, any formula, any ideology is part of the old consciousness; they are the fabrications of thought whose activity is fragmentation - the Left, the Right, the centre. This activity will inevitably lead to bloodshed of the Right or of the Left or to totalitarianism. This is what is going on around us. One sees the necessity of social, economic, and moral change but the response is from the old consciousness, thought being the principal actor. The mess, the confusion, and the misery that human beings have got into are within the area of the old consciousness, and without changing that profoundly,every human activity- political, economic or religious- will only bring us to the destruction of each other and of the earth.”
You can't copy anybody and end up with anything. If you copy, it means you're working without any real feeling....Billie Holiday from The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women...a portable mentor.....
May my feet rest firmly on the ground May my head touch the sky May I see clearly May I have the capacity to listen May I be free to touch May my words be true May my heart and mind be open May my hands be empty to fill the need May my arms be open to others May my gifts be reveled to me So I may return that which has been given Completing the great circle. ~the therma collective
I'm a mixed media fiber artists...A lifetime ago I attended a Goddess Doll Workshop given by jasa Johnson..the experience changed my life. It is there thatI met my muse...the Goddess Nu Kua. Her myth is that she created the world but was all alone with the beauty of it. So she created human spirits to keep her company and share in the magic. In my life she has provided me with endless inspiration to create the divine feminine in the form of what I call Spirit Figures..When she came into my life everything about my journey changed...
The Spirit Figures I create with her guidance feel as though they have more than just form...they have spirit. They have found homes all over the world...what a gift for me...xo
Loving-Kindness as Thought is Tranquility. Loving-Kindness as Speech is Softness. Loving-Kindness as Activity is Altruism. Loving-Kindness as Practice is Peace.
....thank you Sue
In the works....
In the works......Spirit Mask Workshop....june 20, 21....two half days. If you're interested send me email and I'll give you the details....email@example.com
from past workshops....
Dear Julie! The pleasure was definitely all mine!!! I love what we created and the time spent with the nice women and YOU!!! I named my doll "Avia". She is proudly hanging with all of yours in my living room. I thought you would like to know that I have started 3 more. I have "Mother Nature" ready to get a body, a cat (who's head is a bit large and heavy?? ack! and a small face, yet to be determined. I bought decorative pieces and fabrics based on "feeling" as I shop along. I feel as if you have opened a whole new world to me, and for that I thank and bless you, my friend! I am amazed at my own ability to restrain myself and not feel "rushed" to completion on these soft sculptures. I like to let them make their own "evolution" of sorts. I usually feel a sense of urgency to get things done quickly, to see it done, but not with these. Thank you for your generosity of spirit and love. I love you and your beautiful soul. Hugs, Lisa
Well no wonder I was drawn to it - I've been calling Celtic energy to myself for several years now! :-)
I loved the workshop, being surrounded by women's energy, tapping into creative energy, and just giving myself a day to be free. And, I love my doll! She has an honored place in my home.
Thank you so much for sharing your creative inspiration with us!
Peace and blessings, Alcia
I loved the "entire" day. Good play, good times, good food, great company! My "goddess" is wonderful. It's amazing how everyone created their own "person" - THANK YOU!!!
My friends Ellen, Laurel and Alisha also had a great day. Can't wait for your mask workshop!!
Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there. Will Rogers
Buddha said, "What you are is what you have been, what you will be is what you do now." Padmasambhava said, "If you want to know your past life, look into your present condition; if you want to know your future life, look at your present actions." ....from the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying