An Offering Mandala
Please join us to create a prayerful community offering
in memory of the young women of Cuidad Juárez
and West Mesa, Albuquerque - for all those whose
lives have been lost to violence. Wear black and
bring a bowl or several to pour water into as we
create a mandala—a portal between the dark and
the light. Free and open to all, please invite your
friends—men, women and children welcome.
What: Community Art-Action
When: Sunday, March 24, 2013
Where: National Hispanic Cultural Center Plaza
1701 4th Street SW. Albuquerque, NM 87102
Time: Begins at 2 pm
Other: This community performance begins at 2 pm
and will end at 4. A video, email contact and
additional info at: www.deborahgavel.com
An Offering Mandala
A canary was sitting on my bed yesterday, right in front of a stack of pillows on a duvet -covered comforter. It is January and my bed is dressed for winter nights. The canary, (we just met last week), is a recent adoption. He came from a friend who has cancer and feels less than able to take care of him. I am pleased to know this little creature, Piccolo, I think we are going to be a good match. As he is singing his beautiful song as I type, yes, I am very pleased to make his acquaintance. He is known as a Red-factor canary, bred to produce red feathers depending on his diet. But now he is more a mixture of cadmium orange and lemon yellow. Piccolo got out of his cage yesterday, all my fault, as I was cavalier in opening the largest door wide during the action of changing the papers on the floor of the cage.
It was perhaps a subconscious move on my part, to see how he would react, never-the less, I was surprised. He saw the opportunity to spread his wings and went for it. Then spent the entire day hopping and flying around my bedroom, hiding under a mirrored nightstand or behind a chair while I vainly attempted to rescue him. Since he hasn't had much opportunity to fly during his four or five years of life, I suppose I feel kind of sorry for him. And so I let him have as much time as he wanted, took a relaxed attitude about it -what else could I do-and marveled at the wonder of him throughout the day. I came and went from the room, careful to close the door lest he get out into the rest of my house....
For more words on Piccolo and my new work: www.deborahgavel.com/artist-statement/
Below is an image of Flower, Oil on aluminum leaf on panel, 2012 and a part of Red-factor, 2013
A year has come and gone since my artist-in-residence at the Morris Graves Foundation last May:
Now...the trees have been talking to me. The wisteria in bloom around the neighborhood has never been so fecund and the forever sweet scent of lilacs, my favorite flower, wafts through the airwaves like a siren’s song. In the garden outside, though it is still early, much is growing. Everything is reborn and resounding gratitude drips from my brushes.
I wanted to share some of my new images with you as they have been inspired by being in the redwood forest last year, thanks to your help.
*for more on the Green Man
I just wanted to send you a special note of appreciation for helping me to have a fulfilling year! Looking back on the past twelve months, I could not have done it without your support.
The Morris Graves artist-in-residency was the beginning of a shift, a new phase, a tipping point for me. I have finished a new body of work that has evolved out of spending time in the Pacific Northwest. And I am going to offer a ten week class starting in January inspired by the redwoods, called The Tree of Life.
Tomorrow, December 10th is a full moon with a special lunar eclipse. I have read this signifies a powerful time, a time of acceleration and a time to dream big, as big as a redwood tree! My big dream today is to connect with heart to you, to extend my gratitude, thank you!
May your holidays, however you celebrate, be filled with peace and joy.
With much love,
That's what it felt like at the Morris Graves estate, a circle of eternity. The Lake, as it is known, is a dense forest of redwood trees, some 800 years old standing around a body of water that was created in the 1700's during an earthquake. I came to think of this view from "my" studio windows as an infinite bowl of tea. The deep greens of the forest trees and fiddle-head ferns reflect into the lake water and create a continuous mirroring of dark, wet, fertile.
A row boat docked outside the studio became my cradle in this circle of eternity and the gentle rocking memory of trips around the lake stay with my body now. I felt you all there with me in the days and evenings, working in Morris's former studio, by the wood burning stove and walking the trails around the lake.
I worked on your rewards, watercolors inspired by the work of M.G., made cards, watched a bald eagle three mornings, wrote in my journal each day and still have more to do, so please be patient, I will mail your pieces out soon.
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Daily Journal: Hand-written entries on archival paper about my creative experience within the flora and fauna of the Redwood Forest
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Drawing from Nature: small signed drawing studies done in the Redwood Forest on archival paper
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Watercolor studies: 4 x 6 inches made during the residency on hand -made paper
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One original framed collage made at the residency, paper size 11 x 15 inches
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