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Art is an active force in Life
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Welp, I've finally quit stalling. Time to let some of these go (so hard :0)

STUDIO SALE IS ON til end of August ! @ http://bit.ly/2wbVIKs

(artwork pictured) Between Dimensions # 2
12" x 9" watercolour on hemp paper
2001 by Nadïne LaFond
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+Art Creation Foundation for Children (ACFFC), the amazing organization supporting the gifted young artists of Jacmel, Haiti needs your help ! For the first time in a while, ACFFC is faced with a funding shortfall. Without this community sanctuary, many young people will lose not only the brilliant opportunities that this organization has provided for building a positive future but present basic needs to sustain their daily lives as well.

Please watch this video and consider making a tax-deductible donation of any amount you wish right now @ www.acffc.org. Your support means everything to these bright, hard working kids and will make crucial changes possible and quickly.

PLEASE SUPPORT AND SHARE ♥

#acffc #lovehaiti #youngartists

https://youtu.be/AGIrUtAYb9Y
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The young artists of Art Creation Foundation for Children are representing Haiti in Cumberland County's Multicultural Week with their powerful exhibition of works created directly after the 2010 earthquake. They used the rubble they found amongst the devastation to make poignant works of art that inspire others.

This exhibit reminds both young and old of the innate ability within each human to persevere and transform our struggles into empowerment. Wisdom from our youngest teachers.

Included are gorgeous paintings on canvas and works on paper as well as examples of their papier mache and mosaic pieces for which they are well known in their community of Jacmel.

Special thanks to Robert Trivellini (Millville Public Schools) for coordinating this cultural celebration and Diane Roberts (Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts) for hosting the exhibit and sharing the works of these amazing young artists !

To learn more and support the young artist's work:
visit www.acffc.org

#acffc #lovehaiti
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The process continues ...

Two weeks ago, I sat down quietly and a thought passed through my mind:

"The light that I seek is the resource within the present moment, which creates all that I dream of, to the highest heights and for the highest good."

Just happened to make an unexpected visit to Wissahickon again last Sunday and found a moment unfolding one layer after another. I couldn't pass it up. This was my resource and I knew it; the instant that revealed this golden sun streaming lit up trees everywhere I turned (bliss) water, tranquility ... Remaining flexible in order for the work to flow through organically ... Rhythms, melodies and images are again cascading in ... definitely seeping into the next thing and it's feeling good ...

I know that I have so much to learn and am feeling pretty grateful right now for this cathedral / classroom of Nature ❤

(Forbidden Drive @ Wissahickon Valley Park, Philly 2017)
#cherishtheprocess #wissahickonpark #lovephilly
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The process continues ... From my recent walk on the Wissahickon Trail, I found this moment birthing another moment, which reminded me of a flash in my mind's eye about a kind of shelter created by the surrounding rocks and trees. What was transmitting for me was the importance of emerging through the shelter to gain vital understanding and instruction. I've found the more I listen and connect to Nature this way, the clearer the abstract themes become and the better I can explain it to fellow artists who will be collaborating with me on this vision. Excited to share when the time comes.

Already, a song has begun to emerge and striking imagery of special cultural significance to me is flowing through.

Getting better and stronger ... more transmitting ❤
(Wissahickon Valley Park, Philly 2017)

#cherishtheprocess #wissahickonpark #lovephilly
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The state of things has found me more and more often in Nature where I feel most at peace, inspired and motivated. Been telling myself for years now that I must get back to some long awaited ideas dancing in my head but would always set them aside for the right time; for the everyday chaos of Life to die down, for things to align ... Well, the time is now; it's always now. About to bring forth the return and renewal of something sweet that demands all of me, requires wild creativity and mixes all that I love.

Breathing in ... breathing out ... Stay tuned ♥

(Joe Buck Park, 2017 - Glasstown Arts District, Millville)
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Went looking through my photo archives and found this little painting I made 15 years ago. Sadly, it's even more relevant today.

Art is NOT luxury ! It is our humanity. Personally, I've lost track of how many times and ways all of the arts have saved my life. As an artist and educator, I've been witness and had the opportunity to pass on its power to transform and heal. Stand Up for the arts ! FIGHT !!!

https://www.votervoice.net/ARTSUSA/Campaigns/47344/Respond

Artwork: "Of A Handful, For A Handful, By A Handful"
acrylic on hemp canvas, 2002 by Nadïne LaFond

#savethearts #savetheNEA #savePBS #makeartnotwar #resist
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OPENING RECEPTION
"An Epistle of Resilience"
@ Cumberland County College Library
Saturday, Dec 3 @ 11AM

You are cordially invited to attend the final show of "An Epistle of Resilience" at the Cumberland County College Library celebrating a unique exhibition of works by Haiti's youngest artists. We encourage our diverse communities to see themselves in one another through this exhibit, to learn from the voices of youth and come together in understanding through the arts.

In 2010 a devastating earthquake struck Haiti. The Art Creation Foundation for Children (ACFFC) provided an outlet for children experiencing anxiety to express their emotions through visual poetry created in direct response to the tragedy. Then again, in early October of 2016, Hurricane Matthew hit their community of Jacmel, a province in the southwestern part of the country with torrential rains that severely damaged homes and roadways. They made it through this as well. Now more than ever, their extraordinary collection empowers the voices of youth and encourages our elders to listen through the astounding works of children who courageously expressed their pain and boldly transformed it into art.

FEATURED ARTISTS

Betty Abraham, Donald Alcindo, Chilove Antoine, Gregory Badeau, Cheldine Bazile, Jean Gabriel Bazile, Nynedia Bazile, Withney Charles, Margeline Ciné, Bazil Dieussauve, Rochemond Domond, Jacqueline Felix, Fed Francois, Blaise Hercule, Jeanty Jamieson, Wilio Jean, Herold Jean Baptiste, Alex Jean Marie, Yves Jouissant, Michou Jouissant, Johanne Labady, Jouvene Lauture, Fabiola Louigene, Jean Pierre Louima, Darlene Lubin, Pierre Maeristhene, Moissant Maxime, Nerilus Maxime, Val Marie Michelle, Jephle Milfort, Fan Fan Petit Frere, Rapho Petit Frere, Loudmia Pierre, Ritchy Pierre, Bruno Rene, Charles Louis Richardson, Miwalove Sainteus

December 3 - 23, 2016
Opening Reception Dec 3 @ 11am
Cumberland County College Library
3322 College Dr, Vineland, NJ 08360
(856.691.8600)

Curator: Nadine LaFond
Project Coordinator: Matthew E. Pisarski

Sponsored and funded by the Cumberland County Cultural & Heritage Commission and New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

The exhibit will remain on view at the Cumberland County College Library until Dec 23, 2016.

Refreshments served. Bring your family, friends and neighbors. Spread the word !

See you there <3

#acffc #youngartists #lovehaiti #caribbeanheritage #wheatonarts

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This exhibition is part of the WheatonArts "Shades of the Past, Colors of the Present: Preserving Caribbean Cultural Heritage in New Jersey". This exciting six-month project will celebrate Caribbean visual arts, music and dance through exhibitions at numerous South Jersey locations, educational programs, a conference and a Festival at WheatonArts. Program partners include the Cumberland County Cultural and Heritage Commission, Cumberland County College and Rowan College of Gloucester County.
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Art Lives Studio wants to open a brick and mortar space, intimate yet vibrant with energy, that offers art workshops, exhibitions, artist salons and live music to empower a creative multi-cultural community.

Through the "Start Something Challenge" organized by Rising Tide Capital, NJ entrepreneurs and artists are afforded the opportunity to compete for up to $10,000 in funding to start or expand their practice to the next level. Each applicant is challenged to submit a 30 - 35 second video that shares their vision and the 30 (6 in each of the 5 sectors), with the most video views by noon on July 6, will move on in the competition. After another round of viewing and voting, 10 applicants will pitch their business ideas before a group of judges on July 28. SO SPREAD THE WORD for Art Lives Studio !

Watch the video, then share it far and wide and support the opening of a new creative sanctuary.
view the video now

#artlives #risingtidecapital #‎tssc2016‬

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZfjoXR8Dsw
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