"One of the most calming and powerful actions
you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up
and show your soul."
- Clarissa Pinkola Estes
This show is about offering and receiving a gift of peace. Some of us want a ‘moment of peace’ in a hectic day and many want peace in the world. I have felt a lot of stress and anxiety in people’s lives and broadcasted through the media too. I wanted to create a positive alternative for people to experience.
I feel that M Coffee in downtown Half Moon Bay is an ideal location for this show because they have a loyal clientele as well as tourists that come in throughout the day. Many people do not have to go out of their way to experience these gifts of peace. The “Gift of Peace” show will be on display November 9 – December 3, with the reception on November 9, 6-8pm and will include a silent auction of the art, refreshments, and live music.
I invited a group of artists to create gifts of peace, using their own interpretation of what that meant to them. Many of the artists are from the Half Moon Bay area as well as from Oakland, Palo Alto, and San Mateo. Artists participating are: Iris Brightwater, Kim Criswell, Mauro FF, Jo Jackson, Judy Johnson-Williams, David Hodge, Hi-jin Hodge, Richard Kirchner, Shirley McClure, Ander Meyer, Stephanie Navarro, Lisa Petrides, and myself. There will be a wide variety of art including painting, photography, sculpture, video, and poetry on display and available for purchase.
The artists are truly gifting their works of art because proceeds from purchases made during a silent auction will be donated to Doctors Without Borders. This is an independent international medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural or man-made disasters, or exclusion from health care in more than 70 countries.
Peace will be getting a lot of visibility. A group of artists will be focusing on creating peace for a month, people will be reading about this show in the Half Moon Bay Review; and then there will be those viewing the art for 23 days while drinking coffee. People will want to have these “gifts of peace” in their homes and then the sale proceeds will go to Doctors Without Borders to help people in other countries. That way peace will resonate to other communities too. This is a way for many of us to make a difference in the world.
Gift of Peace Art Show – 13 Artists
Silent auction sales proceeds to “Doctors Without Borders”
November 9-December 3, 2007
Reception November 9, 6-8pm – Music, Refreshments, silent auction
M Coffee 522 Main Street Half Moon Bay, CA
Click here for results of the benefit.
For more information: Judy Shintani, 650-464-4736