Gems 5.156

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Here’s another light-filled ¤ Gem ¤

5.156

Photo by Corn Freak, Pixabay

“Find your pack.  Love them hard.”  –Nicole Huguenin

Nicole Huguenin

Nicole is one of our top-contributing photographers to under1000skies.org since Year 1.  She’s also Continue reading

July 2018 Gallery Show

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Welcome to our July, 2018 ¤ Gallery Show ¤

JOHNNY O

Nicole Huguenin, one of our contributing artists and volunteers, and a dear friend, introduced us to our first homeless artist John Olander in 2017.  Nicole was featured on our first Spotlight Saturday:  Dream Together (fka Wild Dream Walks).

John has not only been generous with his poetry contributions, but has been very vocal and supportive about getting the word out about under1000skies to other homeless creatives and supporters in Denver.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

 

CORD X

Through Simbi, I met Cord in July of 2017.  Cord, a very kind and wonderfully creative soul, not only shared some of his vivid photos from San Antonio but his absolutely beautiful poetry as well.

.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Thank you so much to Johnny O. and Cord X.   I’m so grateful for our connection to you, for your generosity, compassion, strength, tenacity and, most especially for your blazing creativity which inspires me every day.


With love and gratitude,

. under1000skies
☼ A “Giftivism” Initiative ☼
We are photographers,
writers, artists & advocates
serving and connecting
homeless creatives

Gems 4.29

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Here’s another light-filled ¤ Gem ¤

Gems 4.29 under1000skies

Photo by Picmonkey

Tell Us a Story

under1000skies story

The theme for February and ongoing throughout 2018 is “storytelling.”  We are always looking for your story, poetry, photo and art submissions.  Here’s the Submission Guidelines post from earlier this month:  Tell Us a Story.

Changemaker JohnnyO

John Olander

JohnnyO of Denver and Nicole Huguenin, (Dream Together) one of our most generous contributing photographers.

Big shout out to JohnnyO in Denver who has some amazing stories to tell (coming soon).  Johnny was recently featured in Channel 9 KUSA Denver News reading one of his poems, Climb Again.  When I spoke to John on Tuesday, he told me some wonderful news. He has secured a venue in Denver for two different Gallery shows which will feature the art and writings from under1000skies. One show will be in March and and the other in June.  These venues are quite expensive and exclusive but Johnny was able to get the venues pro bono!  This is amazing news.  Johnny has been passionate about helping spread the word about under1000skies since he learned about us a couple of years ago.  As more information becomes available, we’ll share it here with you.  Kudos to Johnny O and deep bows of gratitude for your enthusiasm, kindness and creative vision.

 

. under1000skies
☼ A “Giftivism” Initiative
We are photographers,
writers, artists & advocates
serving and connecting
homeless creatives.

 

 

JULY 2017 GALLERY SHOW

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Welcome to our third ¤ Gallery Show ¤

 

Edited with PicMonkey

Created using a PicMonkey template.  Artist unknown.

Thank you so much to all the contributing artists and creatives who have helped under1000skies every day since we began in 2015.

  1. BEN ARCHER
  2. DR. RALPH BELL
  3. CONTESSA BROWN
  4. CREATIVE THEMES
  5. DAVID COLEMAN
  6. MIKE DOWNS
  7. NIKI FLOW
  8. FREE IMAGES.COM
  9. J.J. GARCIA
  10. JOHN HACK
  11. CHIP HALDANE
  12. AL HANDA & IVY
  13. NICOLE HUGUENIN
  14. JONATHAN KENDRICK
  15. STEPHANI PUI-MUN LAW
  16. M.J.
  17. STEVE MANN
  18. MARVEL COMICS
  19. CARLOS MENDEZ
  20. MELISSA M. MORRIS
  21. NOTHINGTOSEE MOVEALONGNOW
  22. CHRISTIAN NITU
  23. JOHN “JOHNNY O” OLANDER
  24. PHOTOS-PUBLIC-DOMAIN.COM
  25. PIXABAY PHOTOGRAPHY VOLUNTEERS
  26. JOE RALEY
  27. ALISA REAGAN
  28. THE REAGAN FAMILY
  29. PAUL ANTHONY SCHMITZ
  30. SHELTERING GRACE
  31. SHOWER-UP NASHVILLE
  32. SOLIVAN C. SZUPKA
  33. STOCKPHOTOS.COM
  34. WILD DREAM WALKS

 

2013

In 2013, under1000skies was just a site Niki Flow created for random poems, photos and sketches.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

2014

She didn’t do much with it in 2014.  Then on November 14, 2014, Niki’s whole life changed.  She wrote a story about it here:  It Begins with Me.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

2015

Year 1:  Gems 1.1 to 1.81.  It took almost a year to solidify a plan to keep the promise made in the November 14, 2014 blog.  On September 2, 2015, the first “light-filled gem” was published:  Gems 1.1

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

2016

Year 2:  Gems 2.1 to 2.82  On March 2, 2016, Niki’s oldest son Ben Archer, disappeared.  Ben was one of the main contributing photographers and one of Niki’s staunchest supporters.   As of this writing (1 year, 3 months later) none of his family nor any of his friends have seen or heard from him since.  Many of the posts on under1000skies were about Ben that year, but the family decided to take most of those posts down.  They thought Ben might be embarrassed at all the fuss and would come home when it died down.  So we took down all the blogs, waited and never gave up hope.  We never will. Ben’s case is also now on the Federal Database here:   Ben Archer:  NamUs MP # 33696   All updates about Ben are being kept here:  Niki Flow.   In October of 2016 we started an Instgram Account for under1000skies and in November of 2016 we started a Twitter Account. We’re also on Tumbler, G+, Pinterest and Facebook.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

2017

Year 3:  Gems 3.1 to 3.65 (so far).  In 2017 we began a brand new year with new photographers, artists and, for the first time, our first contribution from one of our homeless creatives, “Johnny O.”  We also began our first Spotlight Saturday and hope to continue these at least every other week in the years go come.  We also finally designed a signature logo and a website logo.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

clu

 

JULY – DECEMBER, 2017

There’s a lot more coming in the next six months of 2017.

Website and Stationary Story

We’ll be getting under1000.org up and running as well as our stationary store under1000skies.com.

On the Road under1000skies

On or about August 1, 2017 Niki Flow will be begin a USA tour which has three objectives:  (1) to meet volunteers and supporters of under1000skies around the United States; (2) to get the word out about under1000skies with road shows, poetry slams, music shows, and on-the-road gallery shows.  We’ll have a table set up with information about us as well as boxes of stationary, volunteer packets, and artist packs; and (3) to follow in the footsteps of Niki’s son, Ben Archer who was a traveling artist.  He visited 25 states in 2015 from one coast to the other and went to dozens of artist shows.  This is where Niki will set up her under1000skies table with the Gallery Show and Ben’s photo prominently displayed.  If anyone has seen Ben, it would be these creative folks he loved to spend so much time with.  If you would like Niki to stop in your city; if you’d like to support this road trip with materials, a bed for a night, supplies, a meal or even a few hours of company, please write to us at Gems@gmail.com.

 

thank you

To all our artists, photographers, writers and advocates, quote suppliers, cheerleaders and especially to our homeless creatives and those who love and support them too, with all our hearts, thank you.

With deep thanks and lots of love,

under1000skies logo 1
☼ A “Giftivism” Initiative ☼
We are photographers,
writers, artists & advocates
serving and connecting
homeless creatives.

Gems 3.61

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Here’s another light-filled ¤ Gem ¤

Cause and Effect John Olander Gems 361.png

Photo by Niki Flow.  Poem “Cause and Effect” by John Olander, Denver change-maker, poet and under1000skies supporter.  Thank you so much John for today’s beautiful contribution.

About John Olander

John Olander

Nicole and Johnny O

John Olander, known to his friends as “Johnny O” is a self-employed change-maker currently living in Denver Colorado. He has been “on a camping trip” for over ten years and understands life on the streets better than most. Yet this hardship has not made John bitter, only better. Nearly every day when he is not engaged in a search for food or shelter, John is helping others on the street. Johnny O and I became friends about a year ago when he became one of the first supporters of under1000skies. He is very dear to us all here, and we look forward to more creative content from Johnny in the years to come.

clu

 

Temporary Emergency Housing Needed in Denver Near Cheeseman/Downtown

Pictured with John above is Nicole, creator and founder of Wild Dream Walks which we recently featured on our second Spotlight Saturday.  Nicole introduced us to John.  We found out today that Nicole has had a big emergency in her living quarters.  Her roof collapsed and she must find housing for at least a month for her current tenant.   So we are sending this out to all our followers.  If you live in the Denver area or know anyone who does and might be able to help, please let Nicole know. Her contact information is below.

Here is Nicole’s call-out on Facebook, also posted on NextDoor in Denver:

Emergency Housing Request Near Cheeseman/Downtown Denver (please share):

Here’s the deal, there was a water leak in the unit above mine and the roof in my apartment collapsed. I need a room for my tenant (as close to downtown as possible so he can bike) from June 27th-July 11th. Thankfully he wasn’t home when the ceiling collapsed and was not hurt. He is a young fellow who is an immigration/refugee lawyer who came here for the summer to help with all the new cases. He is a really stand up person with a good heart. And, he has lost 85% of his possessions to water damage from the ceiling collapsing, including his computer.

I know there are people out there who have an extra room for him to stay in over the next two weeks near Cheesman Park and can help us make the last few weeks of his stay a good and supportive one.

-We talk with insurance tomorrow. Either way, we’ve been told we need to front the money for housing and will possibly be reimbursed “market rate – which they say is $60” when the rebuild is finished, however that was not guaranteed.

-Airbnb is currently running $130-$200 a night, hotels are running $160-$230 a night.

-We no longer qualify for Red Cross emergency services and with his short stay I want him to be in one place for the next two weeks (it’s the least one can do).

-I’ve posted to NextDoor this same request.

 

clu

 

thank you

Thanks so much again Johnny O for submitting today’s beautiful and wise poem.

With deep thanks and lots of love,

under1000skies logo 1
☼ A “Giftivism” Initiative ☼
We are photographers,
writers, artists & advocates
serving and connecting
homeless creatives.

Spotlight Saturday: Wild Dream Walks

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Today we are happy and excited to bring you a brand new story for:

¤ Spotlight Saturday ¤

“Sing your song. Dance your dance. Tell your tale“. –Frank McCourt

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Continue reading

The Denver Project

We just got some amazing news about an initiative in Denver, Colorado spearheaded by Johnny O. and one of our volunteers, Nicole.  Johnny is the first of our artists to respond to our artist pack, and he has done so in a big way.  Check out this wonderful video I received from Nicole and Johnny, then check back in June for some really exciting developments (photography pun intended):  =)

 

Thank you dear Johnny O. and Nicole.  Your creativity and enthusiasm is so inspiring!  Looking forward to June!

♡. under1000skies
We are photographers,
writers, artists & advocates
serving and connecting
homeless creatives.

Gems 2.79

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Here’s another light-filled ¤ Gem ¤

oqsa3873

Photo by Niki Flow.  Edited with PicsArt

 

 

clu

What Do You Find Joyful? Beautiful?

The theme for the month of December is “joy.”  If you have a favorite quote about “joy,”  please leave a comment!  As always, we would love to feature your creative visions.  When we show each other what we find beautiful, we get a glimpse into each others’ hearts.

May you find joy every day.

♡. under1000skies

 

TGIF 2 | This Week Under1000Skies

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Here’s what’s new ¤ under1000skies ¤

tgif-2

THIS WEEK ON UNDER1000SKIES

This week’s Gems four photos from Niki Flow:  1.  “Solvitur ambulando – It is solved by walking” (Inspired by Nicole Huguenin, Chief Dream Architect, Wild Dream Walks; 2. “Jeweled Clouds with Seagulls;” 3. “Reach Up;” and 4. “Straight Up.”

Three of the quotes shared are part of the Divine Feminine Series, Nos. 19-21 and are from (probably) an ancient Roman mother Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis (when she was 10-years old and known as Jacqueline Lee Bouvier) and Harriet Tubman.

Gems 2.66:  The quote, Solvitur ambulando is attributed many throughout history, and the first written documentation goes back to Ancient Rome.  It’s very possible, however, that the words were first uttered by an exasperated wife or mother.  Women in ancient Rome had few rights but doubtless much wisdom.  “Solvitur ambulando” is simply a tactful way of saying. “Go outside and get out of my hair!”

Gems 2.67:  Jacqueline Kennedy-Onaassis (née Bouvier) (July 28, 1929 – May 19, 1994) was the wife of the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, and First Lady of the United States during his presidency from 1961 until his assassination in 1963.

Gems 2.68:  Harriet Tubman – (c. 1822 – March 10, 1913) was an American abolitionist, humanitarian, and an armed scout and spy for the United States Army during the American Civil War. Born into slavery, Tubman escaped and subsequently made some thirteen missions to rescue approximately seventy enslaved families and friends,[2] using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad.

Gems 2.69 “Gratitude is the sign of noble souls” was said by Aesop (c. 620 – 564 BCE)  — not a woman, but a perfect quote we thought for a day when many people set aside time for giving thanks.

TGIF:  WHAT IT REALLY MEANS (2)

This week’s TGIF features a really exemplary group of young people in Rhode Island and their idea T.urn G.as I.nto F.uel!

project-tgif-turn-grease-into-fuel

Project TGIF:   Turn Grease Into Fuel

Project TGIF Donations to Charity
Currently, we have donated a total of 29,000 gallons of BioHeat to seven local charities, including the WARM Shelter, the  Jonnycake Center, Mystic Area Shelter and Hospitality, the Welcome House, and the Keep the Heat On program.  This has been used to heat the homes of 290 local families.  The program is able to assist approximately 80 families each year.  The biofuel donations are valued at more than $120,000.

Congrats to the Junior Win Team of Westerly, Rhode Island for this fabulous idea!

Every Friday we’ll also be adding a photo from our Pinterest Board, “TGIF: What It Really Means.”  All are welcome to contribute.  The only criteria is that your description fits the acronym, T.G.I.F. =)

 

NEWS

We have a new page on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/under1000skies/

And a new account on Twitter!   https://twitter.com/under1000skies

We just purchased the domain, “under1000skies.com” and will be working on getting the website up and running as soon as possible.

To that end, we’ve entered a contest on Instagram held by Bay Area Website Designer in celebration of Small Business Saturday  (tomorrow, November 26th).  If you share this image (below) and contact Bay Area Website Designer, you are automatically entered into the contest.

bay-area-website-design

OUR 2nd BIANNUAL GALLERY SHOW

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Here’s some exciting news about our light-filled ¤ Gems! ¤

Thank you to everyone who has supported, followed, liked and commented our blog since our first Gems last fall.  It is with great pleasure that we announce our Second Biannual Gallery Show in support of The Gems Project!

Before the storm

Before the Storm in Delaware City by Niki Flow

OUR PHOTOGRAPHERS AND ARTISTS

Below, you can view our Gems by specific contributing artist.  Special thanks and a big shout-out to these talented artists who have so generously shared their inspirations with us:

Ben Archer

Chip Haldane

Contessa Brown

Michael Downs

Nicole Huguenin

Niki Flow

Nothingtosee Movealongnow

If you would donate photos, art or to volunteer, please see our About “The Gems Project” Page. We need photographers, artists, volunteers, art and photography lovers to spread the word and, of course, donations for the Artist Packs.  If you have any thoughts or questions please leave a comment below. 

Thanks so much again for visiting!

 

Save