Wednesday, December 27, 2017



This short video "Paper Dolls Art Exhibit" was shot and edited by my thoughtful friend Mu at the WAV during a November 2017 gallery opening with Sarah Jenks Flesher Jeannemarie St.Germain and myself. Thanks Mu! Special thanks also to Saint Pierre, Geoff Dates and Jack who were on camera (as well as off camera: the Flesher's, Barbara MurrayHeather Erickson, Babbette and Bob, Donna Ingram, Frances Spencer, Jan Dietrick and Ron Whitehurst for playing music and singing) with my fiddle.
While JeanneMarie StGermain created the Beatrice Wood and Mother Theresa portraits in watercolor, most of the other watercolors shown in this video were by Michelle Nosco. The paper dolls and blue girl sculpture were created by SarahJF.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

  
The ocean still roars as the Santa Anna’s blow. Ventura lives between the devil and the deep blue sea and today the winds are calming.  I feel like we have been in a Greek tradgedy staged between two horrific Gods.  The fires kindly went around many major populated areas but took many hillside homes as a sacrificial lamb.  Back to normal takes on a new shape.  A new normal.  The old normal will never be back.  
Yes I am heartened that neighbors, family and friends hold fast together as the bow of our ship tosses and turns.  16 days til Christmas and holiday cheer is anti-climactic compared to sky-cam live over the Thomas fire.  We are glued to updates on the weather.  Will it... can it double back.  Do the embers glow bright enough to rekindle flames while snuffing out lives?  Hollow shells walk around like ghosts..  Lives stolen by fire leaving only embers where a history has been.
The glory of time is that no matter how hard the tradgedy not one minute can be stolen nor replaced.   Memories don’t live in things, they live in our hearts, minds and the arms of our loved ones.  Glory to God that we still have each other.  And I am a lucky one surrounded by embers with my home in tact.


Saturday, October 15, 2016

Earth Charter - Arts Award 10-8-2016

On October 8th, 2016 Arts For Earth Foundation received an important award.  Important to us because it acknowledges the goals of our mission.  We were given the Earth Charter and the Arts Award.  We are kindred spirits with the Citizens For Peaceful Resolution who sponsored the Ventura event.
     The Earth Charter is a treaty of ideals supported around the world by environmentalists and humanitarians. ( http://earthcharter.org/discover/download-the-charter ) The Earth Summit gathers each year to acknowledge groups like ours who support these ideals.  We are proud to receive this arts award and especially proud because this is the first year for this new category to be acknowledged by the Earth Summit.
https://youtu.be/eji0qMLqiko
     Arts For Earth Foundation multiplies the impact of our arts activism by initiating diverse partnerships with a wide array of community non-profits including the Climate Hub, Ventura Food Co-op, Sierra Club, CA Native Plant Society, SURJ, Community Roots Garden, Rincon Vitoba, SurfRider, iMatterNow & soon our hope is to work with the Citizens For Peaceful Resolution
     Through our arts motivational programs and non-profit partnerships, we help to strengthen our communities. Arts For Earth Foundation works with educational institutions, nonprofits and arts organizations to address complex environmental and humanitarian challenges on both a local and national scale. Our partners contribute  ideas, in-kind support, and the time and power of volunteers — all to help us empower artists to educate stronger, healthy, sustainable communities. Arts For Earth Foundation helps motivate artists to create positive social, environmental and economic change.  By working together, we can be successful in improving our communities.
On October 8th, 2016 Arts For Earth Foundation received an important award.  Important to us because it acknowledges the goals of our mission.  We were given the Earth Charter and the Arts Award.  We are kindred spirits with the Citizens For Peaceful Resolution who sponsored the Ventura event.
     The Earth Charter is a treaty of ideals supported around the world by environmentalists and humanitarians. ( http://earthcharter.org/discover/download-the-charter ) The Earth Summit gathers each year to acknowledge groups like ours who support these ideals.  We are proud to receive this arts award and especially proud because this is the first year for this new category to be acknowledged by the Earth Summit.
www.youtube/eji0qMLqiko
     Arts For Earth Foundation multiplies the impact of our arts activism by initiating diverse partnerships with a wide array of community non-profits including the Climate Hub, Ventura Food Co-op, Sierra Club, CA Native Plant Society, SURJ, Community Roots Garden, Rincon Vitoba, SurfRider, iMatterNow & soon our hope is to work with the Citizens For Peaceful Resolution
     Through our arts motivational programs and non-profit partnerships, we help to strengthen our communities. Arts For Earth Foundation works with educational institutions, nonprofits and arts organizations to address complex environmental and humanitarian challenges on both a local and national scale. Our partners contribute  ideas, in-kind support, and the time and power of volunteers — all to help us empower artists to educate stronger, healthy, sustainable communities. Arts For Earth Foundation helps motivate artists to create positive social, environmental and economic change.  By working together, we can be successful in improving our communities.

On October 8th, 2016 Arts For Earth Foundation received an important award.  Important to us because it acknowledges the goals of our mission.  We were given the Earth Charter and the Arts Award.  We are kindred spirits with the Citizens For Peaceful Resolution who sponsored the Ventura event.
     The Earth Charter is a treaty of ideals supported around the world by environmentalists and humanitarians. ( http://earthcharter.org/discover/download-the-charter ) The Earth Summit gathers each year to acknowledge groups like ours who support these ideals.  We are proud to receive this arts award and especially proud because this is the first year for this new category to be acknowledged by the Earth Summit.
     Arts For Earth Foundation multiplies the impact of our arts activism by initiating diverse partnerships with a wide array of community non-profits including the Climate Hub, Ventura Food Co-op, Sierra Club, CA Native Plant Society, SURJ, Community Roots Garden, Rincon Vitoba, SurfRider, iMatterNow & soon our hope is to work with the Citizens For Peaceful Resolution
     Through our arts motivational programs and non-profit partnerships, we help to strengthen our communities. Arts For Earth Foundation works with educational institutions, nonprofits and arts organizations to address complex environmental and humanitarian challenges on both a local and national scale. Our partners contribute  ideas, in-kind support, and the time and power of volunteers — all to help us empower artists to educate stronger, healthy, sustainable communities. Arts For Earth Foundation helps motivate artists to create positive social, environmental and economic change.  By working together, we can be successful in improving our communities.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eji0qMLqiko

Monday, September 5, 2016

AFEF Oceans, Hills and Mountains: Masters of Visual Storytelling





You are invited to attend the reception for a curated invitational exhibit with master watercolorists JoeCibere, David Deyell, Robert Engel, Don Fay and yours truly at the Atrium Gallery 4th floor in the Ventura County Government Center Hall of Administration. This Friday, September 9th from 5pm - 7pm With music by Geoff Dates and Michelle Nosco of Nosco fine art studio on fiddle,  Todd Collart of the VC Arts Council will give awards for the juried show on the main plaza and 3rd floor.  Ventura's own Robert Chianese will read from his book: "Hall Canyon Suite" (available for purchase at the event along with his new release merging science and the art) 

         This is all about loving our Oceans, Hills and Mountains in the most environmentally sound way, by opening our hearts and doing every little thing we can to keep our planet healthy for the next seven generations to come. 
         Curated by AFEF founder Michelle Nosco the 4th floor show is an Arts For Earth Foundation collaboration with the Ventura County Arts Council. The work is largely available at affordable prices which will benefit our Arts and Humanities non-profit charitable work here in Ventura.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Turning Passion into Compassion: Arts For Earth Foundation



Watch our history in this 14 minute slide  show. The original "good ole days" of Arts For Earth includes teaching art enrichment with Chumash elder Alan Salazar, we also partnered with the Sierra Club and Audubon Society. in the Pine Mountain area and with the Boys and Girls Club in Frazier Park.  you'll see exhibits and artivism with our local Venturan environmentalists and humanitarians.               There are more events from our history to be included in our next video archive slideshow:including Michelles Saturday morning cable TV show with Don Eubank.  plans for the Los Padres National Forest Native Plant Garden in the upper Lockwood Valley Chuchupate Meadow "Milpotrero Ranger Station". and our beginning with the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Refuge and their advisory board of non-profit environmentalists who taught our founder the ropes.  The AFEF Visitors Center on Mt.Pinos Way, A beautiful Kern County Library childrens wing is adorned with huge lovely paintings created during our outreach to the local area children.  Early Earth Day Festivals include Frazier Park, Santa Monica and the Mayors celebration of volunteers with his Mayors Day of service in Chatsworth where Michelle stood within wingspan of a fully grown Gold Eagle doing outreach service with the Animal Ambassadors crew.  Oh and what about that outrageous Solstice Celebration in Santa Barbara?  more to come....