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Restful Productivity with Anna Elkins

Friday, 11 October, 3-5 pm at Red Lily Vineyards (Applegate Valley, OR) This third annual writing workshop is back! I'll be teaching the same course, so if you missed it in the past, join me this year during the peak of autumn leaves in the iconic Red Lily barn.

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

This holiday reminds me of my goal of restful productivity. I still fail at it—often and miserably—but I keep practicing.

In early spring, I was trying really, really hard to take one day off each week. One chilly, Sabbath afternoon, I cozied up with tea and a stack of art books, and I had an idea. That idea became The Word-Painting Project: a subscription series of ten little poem-paintings of encouragement. I created one each day during a June writing retreat, made prints of the ten designs, and then mailed each batch to subscribers every week for ten weeks over the summer. Despite some postal glitches, it was fun to do, and I was heartened to receive photos of people’s prints lining their window sills and hanging on their walls. It was like one, big encouragement loop!

That project culminated in a salon & exhibit

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First Friday Art Walk in Ashland- April 2017

“Flower Girl” photograph by Leonard Lee

Ashland Gallery Association Spotlight Exhibits – April 2017

Art and Soul Gallery

“The Wanderer” Oil Paintings by Diana Wright

Grab your keys and go….from a San Francisco luncheon to sun-drenched Cayucos and then to a cool, mist filled day in Bandon, Oregon, I have marveled at the endless beauty of the world. The landscape renews us, brings us joy and hope in a time filled with anxious thoughts and feelings. Yes, we are sorrowful at the shrinking of the natural world. We stagger at the perils of over civilization, pollution, global warming, the shrinking of animal habitats, the acidification of the oceans, (to name a few), as they loom over our lives in an endless stream of fear. However, the joy of creating seems to transcend my fear. As I paint, I am in prayerful reverence for nature and I hope to communicate love, joy, and transcendent hope.

 

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Saved by a Poem: The Transformative Power of Words

On Thursday, September 16, at Bloomsbury Bookstore, Rosen will giving a reading from her new book, Saved by a Poem: The Transformative Power of Words. The reading will be interwoven with inspirational poetry from around the world and is free.

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Arts in Healthcare: Creativity for the Health of It

Do the arts really make a difference in health and wellness? Artists, architects, creative arts therapists, doctors, and art curators think so; this week they joined other grassroots advocates to state their case to Congress on National Arts Advocacy D…

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Arts in Healthcare: Creativity for the Health of It

Do the arts really make a difference in health and wellness? Artists, architects, creative arts therapists, doctors, and art curators think so; this week they joined other grassroots advocates to state their case to Congress on National Arts Advocacy D…

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