2017 Earth Rocks! Call For Artists

Now is the time to keep ART and LOVE alive. So we’re starting our next project, 2017 EARTH ROCKS! This one is similar to our last project, but with lots more exciting parts that will allow our good deeds to spread even further. Here are the details!

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Earth Day 2014

Squirrel’s No Junk Mail Campaign

I don’t know about you, but I’m throwing away piles of junk mail each week. I’ve had enough! So I’m making a sticker for my door…and offering you one too! What’s the cost? Nothing. Why am I doing it? Well, because I’m an advocate of reducing waste, living simply and loving the earth – and I bet you are too!

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Jeff McCloskey Doodle

Just Do(odle) It!

Blog by Jeff McCloskey

Doodling is the brooding of the hand. -Saul Steinberg

A drawing is simply a line going for a walk. -Paul Klee

One of my earliest and favorite memories of drawing as a child was doodling. When my uncle used to visit he would make a game out of drawing.

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Words and Images

Words & Images = Good Stories

Trying to marry words and images well is proving to be a lifelong quest so I am always excited by the ways people are telling compelling stories on the web or anywhere for that matter. Here are a few recent and not so recent places I visit for inspiration on the web.

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Cathey White working

Cathey White (no name) Art Group Grant Recipient – Thank You!

We saw some pretty great things accomplished by our first artist grant recipient, Christina Hess. Now, you can check out how Cathey White used her funds! A huge thank you to all those who had contributed in 2011-2012 (no name) Artist Grant Sponsorship.  Here’s what Cathey has to say!

Cathy White with her artwork in (no name) Art Group "Memory Portraits 2007", creating portraits for foster children in Uganda, Africa

Cathy White with her artwork in (no name) Art Group “Memory Portraits 2007”, creating portraits for foster children and underprivileged youth in Uganda, Africa

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Lucky Bamboo = Lucky You

It’s not by chance I’ve added a little green to our art! It’s a little teaser for our next (no name) Art Group project…art for Mother Earth!

Earth Day Project 2013 Call For Artists >

Do the number of bamboo stalks have meaning?

Wine bottle with bambooYES! Chinese numbers are either Yin (even numbers) or Yang (odd numbers. The Yang or odd numbers are considered the most fortunate of all. The total number of stalks in your Lucky Bamboo arrangements is very significant. The explanations show below are for the Prevailing/Growing Cycle of Yin and Yang.

Meaning of “YIN” numbers: Yin represents the feminine side – it embodies the nurturing nature of earth. Yin is “fluid” in that it contracts and condenses, sensitive to changing temperatures, atmosphere, sensitive to emotions. It represents also the passive side of nature such as dark, cold and wet.

2 = Double luck, happy relationships; good number.

4 = Academic achievement, creativity, writing, Romance

6 = Easy money, wealth, good flow of luck.

8 = Good luck and fertility. Very popular.

10 = Completeness and fulfillment in life.

Meaning of “YANG” numbers: If you have a feminine side, you gotta have the male side to go with it. Yang represents the masculine side of nature. It expands, representing activity such as light, heat, and aridity. Yang stands for living, life, action. Yang is the bringer of life – in human form, masculinity is responsible for planting life in Yin; thus Yin is the nurturer providing the necessary elements for life to grow and protecting it.

1 = Simplicity and a meaningful life.

3 = Good for prosperity and fertility. If used with a curly (money) stalk in the middle, it means wealth. Very popular.

5 = Happiness, good and balanced luck in all aspects of life. Very popular.

7 = Good luck and prosperity in relationships.

9 = Good health, prosperity and love life.

11 = Good all-around luck. Very popular


Read more! http://www.espritdeisle.com/lucky-bamboo/lucky-bamboo-and-feng-shui.html

Earth Day Project 2013 – Call For Artists!

earth day sample mugDEADLINE IS FEB 1st! Both professional artists and any “young artists” welcome! SEND US AN EMAIL to confirm your place: [email protected]

Ditching plastic bottles keeps Mother Earth and your wallet green!

Help save the planet by using a trendy thermos alternative to plastic bottles – designed by YOU! Artwork exhibited at B Square Gallery and thermoses and insert-able art prints will be available for a donation. The best part? Artwork is interchangeable! You’ll be able to insert any artist print in your thermos!


Artist Call For Entries: Deadline Friday, February 1, 2013
Artwork Due: Monday, March 18, 2013
Artwork Reception: Saturday, April 20th at B Square Gallery in Philadelphia (Earth Day is Monday April 22nd)
Artist Fee: $25 donation includes your artwork matted, PLUS one thermos+your print!
(Note we are ditching the GLASS and WOOD frames this exhibition to lessen our carbon footprint! You artwork will be professionally displayed in an earth friendly white board mat)


Original artwork MUST MUST MUST be HORIZONTAL and at these exact dimensions: 8.5 inches HIGH x 12 inches WIDE

Theme: Earth Day! Anything honoring our Mother Earth 🙂

Earth Day Sample Artwork

Earth Day 2009 graphic above was created by artist Dana Gray for the Environmental Council of Sacramento, California’s Earth Day 2009 activities









Lugo Birthday Pledge

Sherry’s Birthday Pledge!

School in Lima

Cucuya School outside Lima where Lugo teaches art to 65 elementary students twice a week.

While in Peru this past April, I visited a small school outside of Lima, it was situated atop some rocky and dusty land not far from the ocean. The school was lacking, there were bathrooms but no water, and a number of improvements that were needed, but I did notice the art murals….where did they come from?

That’s when I learned about Lugo. Lugo is a young artist living in the community. He has been teaching the children at the school art classes several times a week, an opportunity these children would never have otherwise (thanks to Daniel for putting this together!). But Lugo has his own dream, the dream to finish his art education. Currently Lugo struggles between school, teaching, long commutes, and working long and laborious weekends with his uncle. He is supported by his family, however they come from limited financial resources. He’s very aware that there are more “practical” career options but Lugo, like most artists, remains true to his calling.

Lugo PaintingFor the past 10 years, my bio has included one very important statement- “Recognizing the many opportunities afforded in life, like an art education, would become the driving force behind my motivation.” This still holds true. I never take for granted my an art education. And so this year in appreciation for all that has been given to me, I pledge my birthday  to Lugo.

Will you please join me in celebrating my birthday (July 22nd) by making a contribution to Lugo’s art education?


(Click arrows to scroll through slideshow of Lugo’s art below)


Lugo painting“Desde  donde recuerdo , siempre  dibujaba. Y así  la motivación  hacia el arte no a cambiado hasta ahora y desde mi infancia «expresar todo lo que Tengo en el interio…Creo que  la inspiración es la vida misma, es los recuerdos y los sentimientos que guardamos, la inspiración son las historias de papa y mama , mi barrio humilde , la gente buena , la gente mala y aquellos que como amigos forman parte de mi vida. Mi obra tiene un gran contenido personal  y creo yo que todo artista  involucra su alma en la obra .
Nuestro pasado , nuestro presente y lo que soñemos como futuro…” – Lugo, 2012


“Since I can remember, I was always drawing.  And this motivation for art has not changed since my childhood to “express everything I have inside”. I think the inspiration is life itself, it is the memories and feelings we hold. Inspiration are the stories of parents, my poor neighborhood, friends, good people, bad people and  all those those who are part of my life. My work has great personal content and I think that every artist involves their soul in their creations. Our past, our present and the dream of the future…” – Lugo, 2012

Current Total Raised: [donatetotal]

Lugo’s educational costs are $1,200 USD per year. He currently has 2 years remaining. All donations are tax-deductible through the Culture Xplorers Foundation.

Contributions Here:


Thank you!



The Art Of Giving 2012 Philadelphia

Calling All Artists! Philadelphia


The Art Of Giving 2012: Philadelphia

About the Project

Inspiration: The Love of Place. Regardless of culture we all draw inspiration from the places that surround us, and carry those places with us throughout our lives. We are seeking a group of artists from the Philadelphia area to create artwork centered on this theme. The artwork will be featured online followed by a Artist Reception in Old City Philadelphia. Wine labels will be created from each work of art. The bottles will be available online for a donation to Philabundance, the region’s largest food bank and hunger relief organization.


Jul 15th – End call for entries (50 artists)

Sept 17th – Artwork due date (DIGITAL ONLY)

Pre-orders taken for wine for one week only. Note there is a limited amount of wine so first come, first serve!

Nov 11thArtist Reception in Old City Philadelphia
NOTE!!! No original artwork will be displayed at the reception, only digital artwork slideshows, and lots of yummy drinks and food. All wine to be pre-ordered online and only pick-ups will be permitted at the reception.

Artwork Details:

SIZE: VERTICAL FORMATS ONLY!!! Your original artwork must be 8 inches wide x 14 inches high. Only artwork at these dimensions will be accepted. Delivery is a HIGH RES DIGITAL VERSION ONLY (300 dpi), to be sent via email (preferred). If you do not have a quality scanner then please have it scanned at a service center (kinkos, staples, etc). No “photographs” of the artwork unless they are professional photographs of a 3-dimensional piece.

NOTE: be sure to hold onto your original artwork, we’ll also offer the option for you to sell your original artwork online for interested buyers, you’ll keep the proceeds! We may also have an opportunity to display the original artwork in another gallery in the near future.

THEME: Inspiration: The Love Of Place

MEDIUM: You may work in any medium, however ARTWORK CAN NOT be created on anything thicker than 1/16″  (in the case there is a formal exhibition in the near future). If your original artwork is 3-dimensional, please submit a photograph (see above)

PHOTO/BIO: A photo and brief artist bio is requested for our brochure (online form to be provided)

ARTIST FEE: We request a donation of $20 per artist to help cover exhibition and promotional costs (payment details to be provided).

Artwork Due Date: September 17, 2012


Please be sure to come back and check out our artwork!


Who owns the rights?
You own the right to your artwork. However, by agreeing to participate in this project you agree to allow (no name) Art Group, the right to reproduce your artwork (whether via web or in print) in any (no name) Art Group  related promotions.

Can I sell my artwork?
Yes! Your artwork is yours, so you can sell it for whatever price you’d like. Keep in mind the (no name) Art Group keeps a 40% commission. You are also free to sell your work and donate the proceeds to our beneficiary, Philabundance. When donating your proceeds, (no name) Art Group will not take a commission. More details will be provided closer to the exhibition,

What kind of wine will my label be on?
Any kind! Note that there will be a variety of different wines, so it’s recommended you don’t tailor your artwork to a particular kind or type of grape.

Can I incorporate text?
Sure, if you like and if it’s part of the artwork. Note that the label template will already include your name at the bottom and the project date (see visual).

How will guests purchase the wine?
Pre-orders will be taken for wine one week only (Oct 1st-7th).  Note there is a limited amount of wine so first come, first serve! NOTE: All wine to be pre-ordered and only pick-ups will be permitted at the reception (Nov 6th)

How many artists are participating?
There is an estimated 50 artists participating for this project in Philadelphia, however we have branched out! Please see The Art Of Giving 2012: Kansas City

Where does the wine come from?
The wine will be provided by Chaddsford Winery. Chaddsford Winery, located in the beautiful Brandywine Valley to the southwest of Philadelphia, is Pennsylvania’s largest and best known winery. More: www.chaddsford.com

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