Arts and Mindful creating in Education and the Community


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Face Art for Purim

Posted on March 4, 2015 at 9:05 PM

Painted faces may become the new tradition for Purim along with dressing in costumes, wearing masks and giving gifts to the needy.

Face Art is  a collaborative experience between the painter and subject. When painting, I see the person's face as a canvas and I take my cues from them - What they say, how the look, what they're wearing and their general energy all inform how they'll be painted.

Once a person's face has been transformed, you can see a shift. They might feel more fierce or ferocious and daring. Or perhaps they feel magical, beautiful or capable of imaginary flight. Since every face is different, no two face paintings are alike.

I learned so much from Christopher Agostino, one of the top face painters in the country and feel fortunate to be a part of his tribe of artists.

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Bottle Cap Phoenix

Posted on January 18, 2015 at 3:40 PM

When Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey, then long after the debris was swept away and the rebuilding began...we wanted to respond. Our community collected bottle caps from January to June. Kids came with ziplock baggies, Moms came with grocery bags filled with plastic bottle caps: lots and lots of bottle caps. We collected more that seven large plastic tubs worth of bottlecaps: reds, blues, greens, yellows, whites, and even some gold and purple. Then we sorted them into hot and cool colors and varying hues. Boy, they were dirty. And sticky. I guess we forgot to mention when we asked for our caps that we'd like them clean. So we rolled up our sleeves, soaked them in hot water and bleach, then layed them out to dry.

The teens created an image of a phoenix rising up over the ocean waves, each bottlecap adding to the mosaic.

Below: Mixed media mural- paint, plastic, adhesive on masonite.