It has been one month since nearly 300 girls were kidnapped in Nigeria from their school by the terror group Boko Haram. As of this writing, the girls have not yet been found, though it seems that 50 of them were able to escape. The U.S. is flying drone planes over an area the size of West Virginia in an effort to help locate them.
Unable to sit still, artist Jessica Sporn stood up. She stood up and asked other artists to stand up with her. Her Call to Art has summoned more than 50 artists to donate works to an online auction beginning TODAY as an effort to raise monies and awareness of the importance of educating girls.
Girl Rising is a global campaign for girls' education; their mission is to change the way the world values the girl. All proceeds from the auction will be donated to girlrising.com
I created two pieces for the auction. The first I have titled Illumination.
As important as education is to bringing enlightenment to those in the classroom expecting to learn, my hope is that any group or individual who feels threatened by the idea of education for girls or women may be awakened and illuminated to the positive impact and societal depth they are denying their own selves by not allowing females the opportunity, the right of an education.
|I punched around 300 holes in a piece of painted and inked patterned paper.|
As I was collaging them on I was thinking about the girls wanting
an education, and their captors needing one.
|Lots of texture and layers to create the elements.|
I also created a small mixed media papier mache piece called Little Reminder. It's important to remember that Change is Good.
|I really enjoy making these little shadow box-ish hangings.|
from constructing the bases from torn book pages to deciding who
will live in the recessed area.
I hope you will visit the auction site and check out the lovely mix of art items and jewelry up for bid.
Here is a list of blogs and websites of many of the other contributing artists. You can find out more information about the particular pieces they've crafted and also get to know them and their style, too!
Jessica Sporn http://jessicasporn.blogspot.com
Linda Kittmer http://lindakittmer.blogspot.ca
Ronda Palazzari http://rondapalazzari.typepad.com
Marjie Kemper http://www.marjiekemper.com
Judy Shea http://thekeytomyart.wordpress.com
Glenda Hoagland http://pilgrimsthoughts.blogspot.com
Astrid Maclean http://astridsartisticefforts.blogspot.com
Lisa Pace http://lisapace.com
Jackie Neal http://creatingwithoutcrayons-jackiepneal.com
Claudine Criner http://claudinesartcorner.blogspot.com
France Papillon http://www.france-papillon.com
Kristin Van Valkenburgh http://TwinkleTwinkleLikeAStar.blogspot.com
Marcia Beckett http://marciabeckett.blogspot.com
Ruth Levy http://lerusho.wordpress.com/
Sally Lynn MacDonald http://www.SallyLynnMacDonald.com
Renee Zarate http://renee-boltonhouse.blogspot.com
Natasha May http://natashamay.blogspot.com/
Carmen Whitehead http://www.serendipitystudiobycw.blogspot.com/
Seth Apter http://thealteredpage.blogspot.com/
Marybeth Shaw http://mbshaw.blogspot.com/
Amy Ingardia-Walker http://creativelyquirkyathome.blogspot.com/
Kelly Warren http://happyshackdesigns.blogspot.com
Julie Bernier http://juliebernierphotography.zenfolio.com/
Adrienne Hoban http://www.allure-decor.com/
Krista van Tol http://craftylittlepigtails.blogspot.com
Cheryl Grigsby http://cherylspaperartz.blogspot.com
Jill Meyer www.jillmeyer.com
Kerry C. Mitchell http://kerrycmitchell.com
Barbara Lanza www.barbaralanza.com
Thank you SO very much!