Celebrating a whole lotta heart!

What is stronger
 than the human heart 
which shatters over and over
and still lives
                                                Rupi Kaur

                                                                                                                                                          Firelight Forge Studio 2018
My friend, Lisa, is an artist. She is a blacksmith, wildly talented and fierce. Firelight Forge is her studio. Currently she is showing her work Show of Hearts in Olympia, WA.  
Her work is exquisite and genuine! This ladysmith knows her way around a hammer and flames. I am so lucky to know this brilliant, creative and quirky lady! 
                                                                                                                                                                                 Lisa Geertsen 
That many years should never pass between always have a place in my heart. 
                                                                                                                                                          Firelight Forge Studio 2018


The Renwick has D.C. celebrating & learning from Burning Man


The Renwick...forward thinking...filling our creative souls...

 The Renwick has done it again! It has created a cutting edge visually delicious experience to educate this east coast on rituals found out in the wild west! This participatory experience spills out onto the streets of D.C. as well! 

The 10 Principles of Burning Man really resonated with me, as a public school teacher, I strive to accomplish so much of these in my learning environment every day. Creating this space where others and ALL can flourish is paramount. It was an awesome moment to see these principles so eloquently stated. So profound...    
   The 10 Principles are:
      1. Radical Inclusion
2. Gifting
3. Decommodification
4.Radical Self-Reliance
5. Radical Self-Expression
6. Communal Effort
7. Civic Responsibilty
8. Leaving No Trace
9. Participation
10. Immediacy

This experience will only stick around until early next year, so put this on your must see list! 


Pondering Social Change and Activism...

            This past week I attended a very poignant evening at the Hirshhorn. A new exhibition opened called Brand New: Art and Commodity in the 1980's.  I was delighted to listen to Guerilla Girl, who has taken the name Kathe Kollwitz, and Krysztof Wodiczko recall their personal stories and experiences that lead them to make art to bring attention to and inspire change on the political front and begin to unpack the new rapidly changing technologies and commerce of the time. 

Gianni Jetzer, Curator at Large in conversation with GG:Kathe Kollwitz & Krysztof Wodiczko 02/13/2018
            Topics such as AIDS, gender disparity, economics, gun control....It is amazing sitting there and listening, I was reminded that as much as things change they stay the same. These artists are still as madly relevant as the dilemmas they ponder.  

Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC, 1988-2000

             This show is masterfully curated and immediately takes you back to the 80's.  And if you questioned the relevance to today's challenges...
            Ironically, this exhibition opened the day before the massacre in Florida at Parkland High School whipping us back to the reality that is now.  The Hirshhorn made the decision to postpone Wodiczko's projection aptly titled: Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC, 1988-2000. Artforum magazine has called out the institution for missing an opportunity to bring attention to our nations gun problem by postponing the projection. This is commentary that I support. Now is the time to rise and raise hell for the sake of our school communities! 
           Personally, I am overwhelmed by the continued tragedy in our nation. As a teacher there is not a day that goes by that it does not cross my mind that something violent and terrible could happen. There is a lack of interest in preserving human life when it comes to gun control. Where is the value on human life? I am so proud of the young people in Florida that know they can use their voice, their social media and their strength in numbers to bring change. We have just witnessed the birth of a renewed outraged activism with this generation. Articulate passionate youth! RISE.


Happy New Year!

 Welcome to 2018!
 As the world glides into the new year, a mere three days in,  there is a bomb cyclone brewing out in the ocean, mother nature never ceases to amaze me! My school district just announced a two hour delay! Students all over the East coast are celebrating in their inside out pajamas, stuffing white crayons in the freezer with simultaneously flushing ice cubes down the toilets!!!
And so winter officially begins...
You go Mother Nature...we are ready!


Passion realized grateful.

                  November has proven to be one for the books! I have been an art educator for 20+ years. It is my life's passion, I say that truly...I love to be in a space where there is so much possibility and raw creativity. It is what gets me out of bed in the morning.  
Asking questions and facilitating the creative experiences of mostly curious yet angsty teenagers creates days of wild times and incredible ah-ha light bulb moments. 
 I learn new things daily and it is always changing. Well, I want to tell you that I was named the Virginia Secondary Art Educator of the year at the VAEA state conference this year! This is such a lovely honor and I am so grateful. 
My family was even invited to the awards breakfast! And that is the cherry on top! I am so fortunate to have a great husband that supports me, even when he thinks my ideas are a little crazy! My sons revel in the insanity that sometimes results from our incredibly busy schedule. However they also benefit, I strive include them in everything! And as a result they have an amazing extended family they would have not met otherwise!
My work ethic is fierce and my passion for the process of art making is invigorated daily in the studio, darkroom and classroom. I am one of the lucky ones that realized how I need to spend my life.  Thank you VAEA for the incredible honor and validating my purpose! 


Painting with Light and Everything Bright...

Had a blast this afternoon practicing light painting with my department today! 
Look out we are ready to inspire MADNESS.
You can never practice enough, it is such fun! 
We will be presenting our play at VAEA this weekend!!!