The summer is flying by!
Hard to believe that four months have passed since we received the admonition to “flatten the curve” to contain and slow down the spread of the COVID-19. We were assured that the “stay at home” order would last “at least” two weeks. What a long stretch 14 days seemed back then. Well. A lot has happened since then. We have learned the beauty of video chatting, spending more time in our backyards tending gardens, and to listen to voices we may not have heard clearly before. Our fight against the spread of the virus has not been successful (yet) and doing one’s part to protect others is now the symbol of a political divide. Some members of my family live their lives as though apocalyptic insurrection was immanent; others simply fear for their fragile health. As for me, I wear a mask when I go out, and I limit my activities away from home. I want my community to be safe and healthy—and I want the same for everyone’s community.
I do get out for walks, usually before the heat of the day and along the Santa Fe River or the dry arroyos or labyrinths (bemasked, of course). At home, I am working on my art – the current Coral Reef collage is growing and growing. I tend the online outlets where I can market my work – the two Etsy shops DECOfineartcollage and StarArtbyDeco. My customers often send lovely messages to me. Here’s a response from a recent customer:
"Your work is inspiring especially during these challenging times. Bursting with color and originality, your pieces are a beacon of light toward a better future. Art and music enrich the soul and our souls are very thirsty right now. I look forward to shopping again for an original collage."
That is a gratifying thought. Thank you!
This Rock-n-Pies fundraiser event also has a raffle with prizes like professionally-baked cakes and tons of handmade PIES, plus a myriad of Beatles collector’s items. I am donating an Original Collage as a raffle prize. Titled “Its Only Love,” it is created out of images and words snipped from a Beatles merchandise catalog. It will be mailed directly to the winner.
But you do not need to wait to buy a raffle ticket – you can purchase one now! More info can be found on the Facebook event page. All proceeds go to My Block My Hood My City Chicago.
My Block, My Hood, My City provides underprivileged youth with an awareness of the world and opportunities beyond their neighborhood. They take students on explorations focused on STEM, arts and culture, citizenry and volunteerism, health, community development, culinary arts, and entrepreneurism. Their core values are: Interconnectivity, Empathy, Hope, Civic Responsibility.
Love is worth the risk.
Love and Peace,
Shout out to my friend Leslie Cavendish!
Congratulations on publishing your new edition of The Cutting Edge: The Story of the Beatles’ Hairdresser Who Defined an Era. Learn more at https://www.beatleshairdresser.com/
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Art, news and thoughts from Santa Fe, New Mexico.
National Exhibition of Collage and Assemblage
May 1-23, 2021
D' Art Center
740 Boush Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
Thurs., May 6, 5:30-7:30 pm
May 6-29, 2021
Las Laguna Art Gallery
577 S. Coast Highway A-1
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
May 17 - July 2, 2021
O'Hanlon Center for the Arts
616 Throckmorton Ave.
Mill Valley, CA 94941