YES is my word for 2018. As 2017 came to a close, a few words bubbled up but the one that felt most like a yes was YES! 😜 I truly believe that saying yes to yourself is the solution to so many things, perhaps even everything! Look around… take a *careful* peek at your news feed. Can you feel all the shut down places? There is so much fear, so much divisiveness, so much judgment, so much contraction, so many NO’s! What good does it do to add misery and suffering to it? Nothing. What if, instead, you could contribute light to all this darkness? But where would the light come from, you ask? From the only place it can come from… from yourself. This requires a YES! So whatever is calling to you, take one step towards it today. And another tomorrow, and another the next day. When you make a choice towards joy and self-love, you refill your own well, which makes it much, much easier to interact with others in a compassionate, loving way. Can you imagine if there was a groundswell or people who choose to interact with each other in a compassionate and loving way?! #newyearsinspiration #newyearsrevolution #wordoftheyear #riasharonart #yesplease #yeswecan
I’m delighted to share that I’m participating in my first group art show!!! The show is called Black and White and Art All Over, hosted by Art on the Square, Racial Harmony and Lindenwood University.
If you’re in the St. Louis area, please come join me for the exhibit on September 22 and 23, 2017 at Art on the Square in Belleville, IL, the #1 Art Fair in the country.
I’ll have limited edition prints from my collection, Adarna: Art of a New Mestiza for sale…
as well as animal guidance pendants made specifically for this show.
Here’s a little background on the show…
In 2016, Art on the Square (AOTS), Racial Harmony and Lindenwood University joined forces to present the second co-sponsored art show in response to events in our communities. In the previous year, the threats of racial divisiveness and negativity created an environment of mistrust.
The show, “Black and White and ART All Over” was and is predicated on the strong desire to begin “Healing Hearts Through Healing Arts.” With the support of the artist community we delivered powerful and relevant messages of hope.
The message then and now is that art has the power – the voice, to communicate healing, inclusiveness and community. The reception by attendees past two years has been overwhelmingly positive and warm.
On September 22nd and 23rd 2017, we will continue this journey. There will again be an exhibit of a wonderful artistic tapestry woven with the display of works from local artists. Exhibits will originate from a culturally diverse pool of gifted artists.
Works on display will reinforce the sponsors’ philosophy of community and inclusiveness – that art transcends all boundaries and acts as a primary force to pull communities of people together for good.
The art exhibit can be viewed on September 22, from 4-8 PM, September 23, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Some artwork will be for display only, while other pieces will be offered for sale. There will also be a silent auction.
This is a family event for the entire community that will provide an opportunity for you to speak with the artists and to add to your art collections.
As you might wish and expect, there will be live music and refreshments. It will be a wonderful opportunity to visit and revisit with neighborhood and community friends.
I’m a horrible blogger! I must admit my neglect of this space but in my defense, I’ve been making stuff… which was the original intent of the blog… to keep me accountable in some way to making art every day.
Right now, I’m laser focused on The Animal Guidance Project. It’s been steady progress… making the animals, reaching out to retail partners, dreaming of new products, lining up shows as the collection gets ever closer to completion, and probably most significantly, getting real clarity on the personal significance of this project.
So expect that my presence here will continue to be slim… but I’m a pretty good Instagrammer. 🙂 Please, please do connect with me there. Because, you know, filters! ;P
Storm last night, no power this morning but, THIS! Breathing it all in, realizing I don't have to know. I can just take a few steps, and more will soon be revealed. . . #makearteveryday #artistsway #artistslife #artandsoul #artprocess #mindfulness #shamanism #spirituality #inspiration #stlart #stlarist #stlouismissouri #stlouisartist #riasharonart
"Sometimes I think it's possible to misread your whole life and virtually everything that transpires in it. To choose one lens and see everything according to its particular distortions. Then one day, if you're lucky, the lens falls off even for just an instant and you realize there are other lenses out there, different shades, opposing visions, even, and the tale you've been imagining as the story of your life is just that: an imagining, a construction. Beware of the single rendition." – RIP Alex Tizon . . This is why I love animalguidance.org Switch things up, try on a new lens. Get out of your own way! ✨ . . #storyofyourlife #storyofyou #artistsway #artistslife #animalguidance #animalwisdom #intuitivewisdom @jenlemen #yourhopefulstory #riasharonart #stlouisartist #stlstyle #stlart #heron #jewelrydesigner #animaljewelry #birdcharm #blueherons
Squirrel is about planning ahead — perfect nudge for a Monday morning. My challenge is how do approach planning in a way that is open-hearted — in the true spirit of #Squirrel — with foresight as a gift, rather than because I'm worried or afraid that something won't get done unless I POWER THROUGH IT ??? All you planners, what motivates you to look to the future? . animalguidance.org #squirrel #squirrelsofinstagram #squirrelart #animalguidance #animalmedicine #animalguidanceproject #riasharonart #inspiration #shoplocalstl #shophandcrafted #stlstyle #stlartist #stlart #squirreltotem #stljewelry #stlgiftguide
Day 14. Happy Monday! Pondering where we come from AND where we are going, which made me think of #moana "We are voyagers!!!!" — we really are, aren't we? ? I suppose a question to ask is what guides us in that metaphorical open sea. #100DaysofUnfinishedStories #the100dayproject #watercolorportrait #riasharonart #stlouisartist #storytelling #makearteveryday #artistsway #inthestudio #artistslife #artprocess
Day 16: When you look back, will you do so with gratitude or regret? #100DaysofUnfinishedStories . . Day 15 #creativelife #artandsoul #artistslife #riasharonart #stlstyle #stlartist #stlouisartist #the100dayproject #keepgoing? #morningpages #artistsway #makearteveryday #sketchbookmagic #watercolorportraits