A pause

(Image by activist street artist Lmnopi. To view more of her amazing work, click here.) Amid all the hype and stress and overlapping political energies, I took time for an afternoon hike at L.A.’s Griffith Park. Life’s full of challenges.  If we maintain our calm center, they somehow seem less daunting.  Griffith Park is an oasis of peace in the midst of the busting metropolis. … Continue reading A pause

Art Crawl: A note from the Voiceless

This is a time for courage.  We cannot stand back. “Art is really about that moment. I just couldn’t take it any longer,” said artist Phillip Hyman about his hooded angel.  (Click the image for the full story at CNN.) We have to stand together against hate. The art of protest can have an impact. First they came for the Socialists, and I did not … Continue reading Art Crawl: A note from the Voiceless

Denise Duong at the Plaza Walls Mural Fest

Art Crawl: the unexpected

(Above: Artist Denise Duong takes a break from her mural) 1) If you say, “Degas,” most people think “ballet paintings,” but the Houston Museum of Fine Arts exhibit exposes a different, unexpected body of work. I never anticipated his full range of styles and visions. Samples are included in the video below but I recommend the show itself. It’s one of those things you can only … Continue reading Art Crawl: the unexpected

To Rolihlahla, “the rebel”

Originally posted on Lucie Smoker:
Mandela, still the people’s lawyer, burning his passbook, a document used by the government to control the movements of black South Africans Yes, he was profoundly great. But no matter how great his words–and his deeds–one cannot see Mandela without looking in reverse perspective. You have to look at his impact on the people around him … and around the… Continue reading To Rolihlahla, “the rebel”