Welcome Blankets connects art institutions with refugee resettlement groups. Many times, refugee resettlement agencies don’t have the ability to process hundreds of individual gifts, and Welcome Blankets’ deliberate process of collecting, cataloging, packing, confirming, and shipping helps these great organizations prepare and gift these potential heirlooms.
This week, International Rescue Committee (IRC), reached out to Welcome Blankets and asked for 1,000 blankets of welcome to give as soon as possible to incoming recently-released asylum seekers.
The beginnings of exquisite beauty.
I attended a fabulous workshop in Burnaby, British Columbia last weekend led by author and designer Eric Broug. If you don’t know of him or his books or work, look him up! http://broug.com/
An inspiring article and book for those who have ever wanted to explore colors made from nature. Hard not to think of this in Autumn!
I’ve painted both dogs and cats in the past year (see Gallery for one example, “At home.”) This week’s New Yorker cover by Mark Ulriksen resonates: the water, relaxed pose, sleeping eyes, and shiny, wet nose. For more on this and other NYer covers see: https://www.newyorker.com/culture/cover-story/cover-story-2018-07-09
Thanks to Shoreline Arts Festival, June 23rd and 24th! This year 25% of my profits from the Shoreline Arts Festival will be donated to ROOTS Young Adult Shelter in the University District. http://www.rootsinfo.org/. It was a good two days and inspiring to meet other artists, see longtime friends and all the folks who appreciate art.
A special call-out to two fabulous festival neighbors:
Angelica Sta. Teresa – see: https://shop.angelst.net/ She’ll be at the Renegade Craft Fair July 21st and 22nd in Magnuson Park. Angelica creates exquisite hand-dyed scarves, leggings, and tops.
Brian from Fairview Lake Studio. See: https://www.fairviewlakestudios.com/find-us.html for a list of upcoming shows and festivals. Beautiful, useable ceramic pieces.
This year 25% of my profits from the Shoreline Arts Festival will be donated to ROOTS Young Adult Shelter in the University District. http://www.rootsinfo.org/
16×20″ acrylic on canvas
Originally inspired by a design in Eric Brioug’s Islamic Geometric Design, this has morphed to reflect neighborhoods from an aerial view. More work to be done with this layered approach.
“Kindness” by Naomi Shihab Nye
Before you know what kindness really is
you must lose things,
feel the future dissolve in a moment
like salt in a weakened broth.
What you held in your hand,
what you counted and carefully saved,
all this must go so you know
how desolate the landscape can be
between the regions of kindness.
How you ride and ride
thinking the bus will never stop,
the passengers eating maize and chicken
will stare out the window forever.
Before you learn the tender gravity of kindness
you must travel where the Indian in a white poncho
lies dead by the side of the road.
You must see how this could be you,
how he too was someone
who journeyed through the night with plans
and the simple breath that kept him alive.
Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside,
you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.
You must wake up with sorrow.
You must speak to it till your voice
catches the thread of all sorrows
and you see the size of the cloth.
Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore,
only kindness that ties your shoes
and sends you out into the day to gaze at bread,
only kindness that raises its head
from the crowd of the world to say
It is I you have been looking for,
and then goes with you everywhere
like a shadow or a friend.”
And a shout-out for Naomi Shihab Nye’s most recent book, Voices in the Air, and to sketchjay.wordpress.com whose birds can be seen with the poetry. See: https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062691842/voices-in-the-air