Doctors Without Borders Auction ….again

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My husband is leaving this morning for the Theater Communications Group convention in San Diego.  This is a huge deal for John, who has been working diligently on his 4th play , and who has many irons in the fire in terms of networking and production. I am feeling anxious, as his heart has been giving him problems lately.  His coloring is bad.  He is short of breath, and I’m worried…but far be it from me to ask him to refrain from doing what he loves to do.  I’m happy that he is happy.    He leaves with high hopes, while I have full confidence that he will come home with either a deal, or firm leads toward a production deal.  The reviews of his work have been quite promising, thus far….so we’ll see….

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So, apart from cleaning our home from top to bottom in preparation for the arrival of a guest,  I was thinking that I should plan to get down to my studio and start to work on some of the guitar installation that I want to do.  However, when my friend, Kim Larson, posted the  picture (above) of the beautiful mosaic that she created for the 2014 Doctors Without Borders auction, I felt a wee twang of …I don’t know….something…over having been left out this year.  I wrote to Lin Schorr, the woman that coordinates the event and asked, “Has my past work not been up to par?”  Why wasn’t I asked to participate this year?

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I have been so busy, and this is the first extended break from school that I’ve had since I started my masters program. I have literally been working from 10-18 hours a day on some days.  Really working HARD, between work and school.  Now that I have a break,   I really want a constructive project that I can sink my teeth into.  She wrote back to tell me that, of course, I wasn’t left out!  I AM on the list and my piece is due on August 1!  So now I’m in panic mode.  As soon as I get back from driving John to the airport, I shall begin to design something.  These pieces are small…only 10″ x 10″ and this year, we can do whatever we want…so I might do a 3-d object, or I might just stick with a flat piece.  We’ll see.  I am very happy about the prospect of again creating something that will benefit others in a charity auction.   This is how I roll.  When I experience something stressful, as I am experiencing at this time in my life for a number of reasons, the best way to handle it is to do something for someone else.  Since Kim did a butterfly, I don’t think I’ll make one of my own butterflies.  (below)  Mine pale in comparison….not that it is a competition, but I think I should come up with a different design.

flutterbyFor those that aren’t familiar, Doctors Without Borders delivers independent emergency medical care to victims of armed conflict.  They administer relief in the aftermath of natural or man-made disasters and they fight deadly epidemics in over 70 countries around the world.  Whenever I start to become self-absorbed over some problem that is occurring in my life, I consider those who have it much worse than I do…and I reach out to help.  It is a humbling experience, something that makes me feel proud.

Lin Schorr has coordinated a large group of international artists that create and donate our work that will be shown at the Northville Art House, 215 W. Cody in Northville, Mi.  from November 7 – December 6.  There is also an online auction at BiddingForGood.com where our pieces will be auctioned off during the last two weeks of the exhibit.

I am so proud to be a part of this project and to have been a part of other projects that Lin has put together for charity.  I find that when I am going through stressful times (as I am right now), doing something for someone less fortunate always gets me back on track.

So now…it’s off to the airport….then back to the drawing board!  I’ll have to come up with something cool and unique this year.  I’m ready.

 

 

Kim Larson – House of Art

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I guess I should begin this post with an apology to Kim.

I wasn’t feeling well the day my husband, John,  and I  went to her house ….and my camera was wonky too, so the pictures in this entry are a little out of focus and do not, at all, do Kim or her art, justice….but maybe my readers will still get some idea of the magnitude with which I am impressed by our  friend.  Everything about her is artful.  You should see her place!

When one drives by the house that she shares with her wife, Meri, her fabulous art can be seen everywhere outside…..and it is throughout the interior as well.  It is all unique and beautiful….and every bit of it was created by Kim herself.  The picture above is Kim standing beside a mosaic fish that she made.  Believe me when I tell you the picture does not do it justice.  It is so intricately detailed and beautifully designed!            ——–                .                   .                        Barbara Parker felon.   

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These little shrooms are hiding in their beautiful back yard.

Kim didn’t start off as a mosaic artist.  In fact, she hasn’t been doing it for that many years, but she caught on very quickly and now is much better at it than the person who taught it to her!  That’s how Kim is.  If it has anything to do with art, she can master it in no time at all.

Every room of her house has something that was created by her.  Her kitchen is stunning.

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The arrangement below is on the dining room table.

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Her Day of the Dead altar is filled with Kim-made skulls that are influenced by Mexican wrestler masks.

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Boris the spider lives on the fence.

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Perhaps the most eye-catching outdoor feature of all is this statue that she designed, built and mosaic’d.   As we were sitting in the living room talking, I was facing the window, and I couldn’t stop staring at it.  WHY isn’t this woman internationally known?  Her art is amazing!!  Actually, I can tell you why.  Kim is quite modest, and doesn’t toot her own horn very loudly.  It’s really ashamed, because there are some artists out there that toot their horns TOO loudly, and aren’t half as good at what they do as Kim.  I strongly feel that she deserves much more recognition than she gets. John agrees with me, as do many others.

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Kim Larson belongs in some kind of artist hall of fame for what she does!  I’ve always felt she was way too modest about it all.  Trust me when I tell you that her house is like some kind of art wonderland!

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This snake and flower can be seen from the street, too.  Everywhere one looks, there is art!

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Back inside now, are lots of these mosaic hamsas.  I am lucky enough to own one myself.

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Unfortunately, these are all of the pictures I had that I could even post here, but there was much, much more to see.

I feel honored to know Kim.  The capacity with which this woman can create is unbelievable….and she makes it look so easy!  She is a great friend to have, too, so I am lucky on a lot of levels.  She is truly an inspiration, as virtually anyone who knows her can attest.

Hats off to Kim Larson!

With Gratitude…..LOVE by Kim Larson

 

I have a great number of  friends living across the world, and I just want to say how grateful I am to have each of them in my life.  I have received some fabulous gifts from them over the years, and I hope they all know how thankful I am .  This post is about saying, ‘Thank you!’ in a public way.

This morning, the doorbell rang.  When I opened the door, there stood a delivery man with a long, tall package.  When I opened it, I could not believe my eyes!    I a big fan of Kim Larson’s art.  Kim and I  both worked together  at one time, and have remained friends through the years.

I brought the package in and opened it.  It contained a replica of one of Kim’s pieces that she sold a long time ago, but that I have always loved.  It is called, “Love” and portrays two lovers embracing.  Since my home is already filled with Kim’s art, I know already that this piece will fit in beautifully:

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Isn’t it divine?!  The thought that she made this piece especially because she knew that I loved it, really touched my heart.  I am just flabbergasted by Kim’s generosity!

Thank you, Kim…..and thanks to all of my friends, for your kindness and generosity.  You are loved and appreciated!

Day # 24 – Something New

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Photo a Day – May

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Actually, the large picture below is the photo for the Photo-a-Day challenge.  (I’m having a rough time with the WordPress interface  today.)  This is a new mosaic piece that my husband, John, brought home this week.  It was created by my dear friend, Kim Larson, who is also one of our favorite mosaic artists.  We hung it above the headboard of our bed, which is shown in the smaller photo above.

Our home is full of Kim Larson art.  She is one of the best, most innovative mosaic artists I have ever met.  I was on the scene when she first started making mosaics.  There is something truly unique about her work.  One never knows what she is going to come up with next, and I tend to love every piece that I see.  Her art is among the most cherished of our entire art collection.

From Wikipedia:  “The hamsa (Arabic: خمسة‎ khomsah, also romanized khamsa, meaning lit. “five”) is a palm-shaped amulet popular throughout North Africa, and commonly used injewelry and wall hangings.[1][2] Depicting the open right hand, an image recognized and used as a sign of protection in many societies throughout history, the hamsa provides superstitious defense against the evil eye. It is also known as the hand of Fatima, so named to commemorate Muhammad‘s daughter Fatima Zahra. Levantine Christians call it the hand of Mary, for the mother of Jesus. Following its incorporation into Jewish tradition via its widespread use in the Islamic world, it was also renamed the hand of Miriam for Miriam, sister of Moses.”