STILL WE RISE!

 

“After all, the goal is not to make art, but to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable.” Robert Henri

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The heat is on! Nothing so exciting in June than coming out to find the Ceres cacti in radiant bloom!june garden 3These long June days Honey and I  get up before dawn to water and take care of our little oasis, WildHeart Ranch. The good news is that the air is cool (relatively!)…all the birds are out singing, butterflies are dancing, butterfly flagand we have a couple hours of utter peace in our realm! It’s such fun to be in my garden at the pre-dawn hours…june garden 2june garden

And, when we can enjoy a rare day at home together, we read huge stacks of library books, listen to music, cook, dance around the kitchen, and take an afternoon siesta with our dog Gus.

On these three-digit days it’s hard to get motivated (we’re on strike!) to leave our quiet sanctuary,june garden 4to go out into the searing white light and simmering heat…but last Saturday I did just that because my favorite gallery in Tucson* was sponsoring a mixed media workshop called “No Woman, No Cry”raices class

*Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery & Workshop, 218 E. 6th Street, Tucson, AZ 85705 (520) 881-533

Teaching so many classes at The Creative Cottage, running around doing seemingly endless errands, being involved in a dozen organizations–I rarely give myself the gift of taking some time to just enjoy the fellowship of our beautiful Tucson community of artists. But Raices ROCKS and Carolyn King, a wonderfully playful local teaching artist,raices class 1

created the workshop and shared fun, engaging techniques to jumpstart our creativity. Our job was to make meaningful art with empowered women as a theme. As you know, the news about the  abuses & atrocities directed toward women and girls around the world only grows more disturbing every single day so it was good for the creative women of Tucson to gather at this very special cooperative gallery (on the last weekend of an exhibit dedicated solely to women) to make art and share stories about the strength and resilience of women…raices 3raices 5Carolyn is an inspired teacher and the group was such fun! We made some very touching art and the discussions we shared about the pieces really moved me! I made this one as an homage to mothers and children around the world..

raices pixand this one, very close to my own heart because I mentor at-risk young women, 7 to 12 years of age, who have been the victims of abuse, neglect, divorce, substance abuse, and/or emotional abandonment…raices pix 2It says,

” In the wild heart of the lost child

is the soul of the wise woman

shining.”

Together, we raise our voices, offer our solace, join forces with women around the world to do the work of education, empowerment, encouragement, and protection!

…In the words of our beloved mentor Maya Angelou

“just like moon and like suns,

with the certainty of tides,

just like hopes

springing high,

still I rise!”

 

© Copyright, Kaitlin Meadows, 2014. All Rights Reserved.

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