This Week under1000skies 12May17

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Here’s what’s happening ☼ under1000skies

WANT AD

 
“Want Ad” is part of a short-story compilation called 12 TALES coming soon on Amazon as an eBook.  12 TALES  takes place over 12 months, a story for each month, with one central hub, Sadie’s Diner  (“Thin Threads.“)   We’re pledging 50 percent of the profits from the sale of Twelve Tales and 100 percent of the profits from ELANTHIAN LOVE SONGS to the purchase and shipping of artist packs for homeless creatives.  Special thanks to “Johnny O” (John Olander), Denver poet, artist, photographer and change-maker, for the critical review of “Want Ad” and encouragement.  ♥

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    =) A “Gifivism” Initiative (=
We are photographers,
writers, artists & advocates
serving and connecting
homeless creatives.

 

 

 

The Gems Project

I hope you’re enjoying our featured photos and artwork. We are now linked with Volunteer Biographers and have recently launched an a really exciting photography/art project:

 ♡ When we show each other what we find beautiful,

we get a glimpse into each other’s hearts. ♡

Though everyone is welcome to contribute photos and/or artwork, we are currently working with artists who are between homes (homeless).  All contributions of photos, materials and funds will be used for purchase of disposable cameras or sketch pads, gloves and scarves (or hats and sunglasses for the winter) and artist notebooks.

The challenge:  “Show me what you find beautiful.”  When we know what another person finds beautiful, we get a glimpse into their creative hearts.  Our creative hearts connect us instantly and joyously.  Every contributor, follower, volunteer and artist will be a co-creator in this connection.

So far we have three volunteers working in San Francisco, Denver and Philadelphia.  If you are interested, please leave a comment below.  As soon as we have our website up, we’ll have a contact email and a Artist/Volunteer forum for Q&A.

(More here on our About page.)

To kick off the Gems Project, Sara Michele O’Sullivan (Niki Flow) will donating 100 percent of the profits from her book,  Elanthian Love Songs – A Bard’s Tale – a collection of 21 love- and story-poems, featuring the beautiful paintings of Stephanie Pui-Mun Law.

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21 MAY 2018 – IMPORTANT UPDATE:

I promised to send artist packs to Sheltering Grace in GA, Shower Up Nashville, my friend MJR in Santa Cruz (our first Volunteer Biographer client); our friend JohnnyO in Denver for his writer’s group; Michelle (Chilis on Wheels) – our next Spotlight Saturday; and Nicole Huguien, friend and founder of Dream Together, (fka Wild Dream Walks) in Hawaii. Each artist pack costs about $25 and includes a disposable camera, waterproof notebook, pens, scarf (or baseball cap in summer), lip balm and chewing gum as well as a waterproof pouch to hold everything.  We got several out since we started and so far we did get one film back which will be developed soon.  To publish Elanthian Love Songs, we purchased a limited copyright for the use of Steph Law’s beautiful paintings.  This was a loan which was repaid recently as a gift from a generous donor MDD. =) (Thank you!♥)  That means that 100 percent of the profits from now on — that means every dollar now since it’s a digital book — go to into these artist packs, shipping and developing the photos.  Very happy to announce that today.  ^_^  In the meantime, I hope to find a place to purchase the cameras and develop the film in bulk more cheaply. The reason I’m plugging Elanthian Love Songs again tonight is because I really want to make good on this promise to get artist packs these beautiful people and friends who serve the homeless folks in our community every day.

Thanks for reading.

♥. Niki Flow