A Lovely Little World

Adventures in Southern Ontario

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Wild & Free Art Gala

Friday is the night! I spent the day selecting eight double exposures to show, and by that I mean, I’ve already fussed over which eight a number of times. Finally I decided to pick them based on the general mood they created together… so I feel okay about the selection, which isn’t normal for me. Typically nothing feels right or complete, which doesn’t exactly create confidence.

Sneak peek…. only this one didn’t make the cut, even though it’s one of my favourites.

Anyway…

The Art Show opens at 7pm at the Spice Factory, located at 121 Hughson Street North. There is parking all around, and after 6pm it’s only $1.50 I think… you might be able to find free parking within walking distance, but I don’t have inside information on that. There is no cover charge, but we are collecting non-perishable food goods, if you’ve got them.

As you know, there is live music; James Favron, Chad Brown and Josh Edwards. I am most familiar with James’ work, and he’s amazing, so there’s that. I am exhibiting with other women, Sarah Wills who is exhibiting band photography, but also does amazing fashion photography, Melanie Crumb who is this fresh, talented painter, who uses her art as a way of coping with depression, yay Mel! and Krista Roberts who is exhibiting pottery, and it’s beautiful (which her video in the below link, even the making of the beautiful pottery is beautiful). Here’s a link to event page, but also check out the links below!

Melanie Crumb’s Video and website

Krista Roberts’ Video

Sarah Wills’ Video and website

Also I should mention, Sarah made the videos.

Painting by Melanie Crumb

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heaven on Earth: A Photographic Essay

I’ve had a tumultuous  relationship with Hope for quite sometime now. A few years ago, I participated in an art journal challenge, where each day you drew a provided prompt. That particular day, the prompt suggested I draw how I was feeling. At the time, I was struggling with a lot of sadness, loneliness and defeat, yet the drawing I produced was a girl with wings and arms outstretched for flight. I realized then that the darkness I was feeling was separate from me. Deep inside I was an optimist, aware that at any moment, things could get better. At every crossroad there are two options – believe you are lost and the worst will happen, or believe that one of those roads leads to freedom. That hope, even as a tiny flicker that I wanted to extinguish, kept me from much worse possibilities. I cried once to someone talking me off a metaphorical ledge,

“I can’t do it! I can’t stop hoping!” and he laughed kindly and assured me it was a good thing, and although I didn’t agree, ultimately Hope saved me.

That is what ‘Heaven on Earth’ is about – Hope.

Not just for myself, but in the sweetness of humankind and the beauty of nature. We are surrounded by mental illness, depression, custody battles, death, war, blackness, every single day, but we haven’t forgotten how to love, how to laugh, how to be kind. We can still admire sunsets and feel therapy in the woods.

Despite it all, there is a piece of God in earth, and it is us.

cranberry lake 02 forest 02 another sunset sunset in algonquin park

Some angels don’t need wings for us to see their goodness.

some angels dont need wings Mike and Daneel

They make us laugh in spite of our determination to bask in failure.

They show us friendship is about mutual weirdness and having one another’s backs.

angel farren 02 bw cropped

They keep the sidewalks meticulously cleaned and always pay friendly compliments.

They face the world with resolve and clarity even when it betrays their trust.

James Morgan

They sing, they share, they smile and encourage you, and sooth your aching emptiness.

Robert

They listen to you, and are amazed when you are rejected and teach you how to love through their children to take risks and explore everything.

Tori's wings bw

You are one if you want to be – standing in the midst of the painting that is earth.

everyday angels 02 crop

You can encourage and give hope and stand strong and love and show others that kindness matters and forgiveness will change the world.

Angels bw

Hope little angel, fly little bird, love madly little human 

everyday angels 01 bw 2

YOU MATTER!