Art_For_A_Dream

Elena Makievsky

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Artist Statement:

       I work with the Magic Paintbrush which is a group of artists who create and gift paintings to children who have cancer and other life threatening illnesses. Our goal is to gift as many paintings as we can to bring smiles and joy to these children who deal with so much every day. We also create and gift paintings to families who have lost their sweet child to the serious illness they have had to endure. We are inspired by the courage, kindness and eternal love that these families share with others.

       As an artist I use my skill to bring joy to kids while they are fighting so hard for their lives and I feel that it is our responsibility to be their voices and spread awareness of childhood cancer. I recently started the group Kids Painting for Kids with the goal to get kids involved and teach them the art of giving too!

Jim Harter (1941-2015)

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Artist Statement:

       Originally self-taught as an artist, Jim Harter played a small part in creating concert posters for Austin’s Vulcan Gas Company and Armadillo World Headquarters.  Influenced by San Francisco artist Wilfried Satty, he became skilled as a collage artist, becoming a magazine illustrator and publishing two books of his surrealistic works.  His knowledge about Victorian imagery took him to Dover and other publishers where he edited many clip-art books.  Harter later published two railroad history books illustrated entirely with Victorian engravings.  He has painted using an old-master technique since 1984.  His paintings were influenced by his earlier collage work, and also owe something to Symbolism, Surrealism, Fantastic Realism, and an exposure to Eastern Philosophy.

       Jim is a supporter of AMMA and has been receiving her hugs (blessings) for years. Amma is a spiritual leader who has embraced and comforted more than 34 million people and inspires, uplifts, and transforms through her embrace, her spiritual wisdom and through her global charities, known as Embracing the World® which is a global network of local and regional charitable organizations and projects currently active in more than 40 countries around the world to help alleviate the burden of the world’s poor through helping to meet each of their five basic needs — food, shelter, education, healthcare and livelihood — wherever and whenever possible. When asked where she gets the energy to help so many people, she answers: "Where there is true love, anything is effortless."

 

To help support this cause please donate by clicking HERE! Thank You!

Anne Jenkins

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Artist Statement:

          Spreading hope with every stitch ... and paint .... the Vukuzakhe Project is a collaboration between myself and the Amandawe Support Group, an AIDS orphans support group, in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa - they make the fabric landscapes and I incorporate it in to my art. The series is called "The Vukuzakhe Project" ... it means 'standing up and doing it for yourself' in Zulu. Each of the 7 pieces is on a 36x24 inch wooden panel. I attached plexiglass dowels to support the fabric landscape above the painting to protect the fabric piece, keep it as an individual piece of art and so it 'floats' over the scene. Each completed piece bears my signature and the designer of the fabric landscape. It is a true collaboration and inspiring to both artists! When sold, a percentage of the profits will go to be divided between the creator of the fabric landscape and the group.

 

Please visit Anne Jenkins fan page and annejenkinsart.com to learn more!

Pascal Chuma

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Artist Statement:

          Born in Kenya, Pascal Chuma realized his passion for art started when he was five years old, that was when he discovered art was his first language. This led him to study art at the Buruburu Institute of Fine Arts. He became a full-time painter in 2010. He paints in a wide diversity of styles from, Cubism, Expressionism, Mixed Media intergrated collage and his invented and now famous Chumaism Style. His masterpiece contemporary paintings are inspired by the environment he lives in, its conservation, dreams and the female forms. Having tried different techniques during his career, he fell in love with painting using oil, acrylic and palette knife. Each artwork is a result of a long painting process with each canvas being born during the creative search. Every painting is the expression of his inner world of peace. Each of his artworks brings out different moods, colour, emotions, relations to socio-political levels and our African Culture. His works are an expression of the beauty, harmony and spirit of both his inner and outer worlds. His artworks reflect his feelings, sensitivity, passion, and the music from his soul. To Pascal, art is alive and inspired by humanity as a basic need. The flickering network of colours in his paintings has attracted the audience both from local and international spheres.

 

 

          Pascal is the founder and also a teacher at Bobea Art Centre Kenya, which he founded to nurture young artists and empower them to earn an income through their creativity and express themselves. His vision is to see that most talented children and youth get skills and free supplies since many parents with such gifted children are unable to provide them with the same and art as a subject has since been scrapped from the school syllabus in Kenya. He also intends to expand the Gallery to market them appropriately.

          Please visit the Bobea Art Centre website to learn more and help support Kenyan artists! Pascal has helped his community in various ways raisings funds with his artwork for hunger stricken Kenyans, children's homes and for children who do not have the opportunity to go to school. Plus his artwork rocks!

You can contact Pascal at bobeaartcentre@gmail.com

 

Mantra Cora

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Artist Statement:

Although my work has a vast range in style and content there are ‘constants’ that run through everything, expressing the ‘layers of being’ within. A thematic fiber that weaves through all of my work and the creative process itself is the perennial questions that permeate my life from the mundane activities of everyday living to the awe-inspiring ecstatic states that I may experience. My Buddhist practice, Jungian insights, the world wisdom traditions and my travels all inform my work in the manner of a detailed but unified landscape. In support of such a deep exploration and expression I have adopted a spectrum of technical knowledge ranging from renaissance techniques of painting to modern methods and materials. I combine preparation with natural and spontaneous execution, moving from realism to the abstract.

Sometimes I think of myself as a ‘layerist’. That is, I enjoy the multidimensional properties that an old masters’ painting technique can provide, reflecting the many layers that is life itself. I also find it fascinating how light and depth can unfold through a painting done in this manner and how it directly corresponds to my experiments in multi-media.

 

 

I aspire to be an artistic instrument and a consciousness cartographer of sorts. I aim to create works that move dramatically, without embarrassment, and execute gestures without shame; that move through and integrates the world of emotion, insight and form. I am thrilled when the organic quality of my work moves of its own volition and with a passion to communicate an inner freedom to the outer theater of life, dissolving into the destination of an illuminated consciousness. My intention is to create a non-denominational art, crossing over to connect worlds within worlds, revealing a unity while respecting diversity.

BIO:

Mantra Cora was born in Gdansk, Poland and relocated to England in 2006. She is a  Buddhist practitioner in the Vajrayana tradition of the Kagyu lineage. Her practice serves as one of the sources of inspiration for her art and her artist’s signature, ‘Mantra Cora’.

2011 marked a significant year for her as she participated in the Old Masters New Visions painting seminar in Austria studying Renaissance techniques with Prof. Philip Rubinov Jacobson and meeting the renowned artists of Vienna connected to the School of Fantastic Realism. In January, 2012 she spent another month on the island of Bermuda in an intensive painting workshop. 2013 marks the final year of her studies in the Visual Arts at The University of Salford. Her tenure has included drawing and painting as an Erasmus Exchange Student in Macerata, Italy and an internship at the Phantasten Museum in Vienna, Austria assisting the internationally renowned artist, Ernst Fuchs. She also attended a third painting seminar in Austria.

The artist currently resides in Manchester where she maintains an active studio in painting, mixed-media, digital art and photography. She now serves as a permanent painting-instructor for the Old Masters-New Visions international painting seminars.

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