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Promise this world your love -
for better or for worse
in sickness and in health
so long as we all shall live.

~ Lynn Ungerr (excerpted from Pandemic)

The Work of Love

Within these monastic days of quiet and distance, I want to offer love. Here are a few windows into the ways I have noticed love working in my life through commitment, connection, joy, generosity, and gratitude. Lets share the good things we notice.  Feel free to message me your stories or observations about the work of love around you. With your permission, I will include your stories in upcoming newsletters as a way to shine and share our silver linings during these new days.
 


 

Commitment                                                                     image: Janet's studio panorama

I am thrilled to announce that I have been selected by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to create 4 paintings in honor of their 20th year anniversary.
Having my work selected to reflect the rigorous dedication the Foundation has shown to making a difference locally and globally for all people is a profound honor. 

SAVE THE DATE: Opens May 12
20 Years: Reflections on the 20th Anniversary of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 
TO LEARN MORE
Connection                                                      image: L Garden Sentinel, Acrylic on panel, 18" x 20"

The Confluence Gallery in Twisp is a true community hub and an engine that drives the arts community in the Methow Valley. I am honored to be connected to a network of individuals through Confluence that works to enrich and inspire all. One of their programs that I love is their youth art camp which ensures access to art camp for all families that desire it for their children.

My spring delivery of new work to Confluence includes the piece above that you can see completed on the left and in process with my model on the right. In addition to new work, Confluence also has a collection of my unframed wood block prints that make starting an art collection a bit more accessible to new collectors.
Joy
Image: Here:Now student work, fabric and paper on foam

This celebratory piece is by one of the students I had the honor of working with as a Teaching Artist for the Here:Now program at the Frye Art Museum. Our elders are our history, our teachers and the souls of our communities. Working beside them as they create fills me with joy. 

In these days of limited access to studio classes, feel free to message me if you are interested in setting up a Skype drawing or painting workshop. First lesson is my gift to you.
 

Generosity
Image: Tuk Morrisson and colleagues, A&C

Because of one person at  Artist and Craftsman I was given an incredibly generous materials donation to support a recent commission. This unexpected act of generosity still has me smiling. Stay tuned for more news on the ripples that this incredible donation has created in my practice working with seniors living with dementia.
 

Gratitude 
Image: Sidewalk message, Iphone photograph

As always if you would like to support my practice through the purchase of work or instruction you can contact me here. 

Giving thanks and giving back is an important part of my practice and recently, while listing blessings to the rhythm of my run, my eyes landed on this sidewalk message. It felt like a giant "Your Welcome!" in response. 

A portion of every sale is always donated to non-profits that provide access for all, conservation, and stewardship for our wild lands. 
Be well my community, and may the work of love shine from and on you.

Truly,
Janet
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