I am happy to announce that I will be offering De-stress with Art Experiences starting in March 2014. You can either host your own De-Stress with Art Experience at your location with your invited guests or you can reserve your seat to attend the next one hosted by me at my home on April 12 at 2 pm. You can expect to:
Artfully and gratefully yours,
Julie Crisan is an artist that cares about people and her community. She recently discovered a cause worth supporting that moved her to action. For the months of December 2014-January 2015, she will donate proceeds of her art sales to Malea's Home Away From Home. After reading the background below, you too will see the merit in helping Julie Crisan support this wonderful cause. Details of the January 11th Art Show Benefit are located below...hope to you see you there.
Malea's Home Away from Home
After dealing with her mother's homelessness following her abandonment by her mental health care facility, Genevieve Small decided to turn her home in Georgia into a refuge for women who need mental health support or a fresh start. She needs your generous donations to improve her current home conditions to fully transform her house into Malea's Home Away From Home. For the past 30 years, Malea Marquis has lived with silent illnesses. Doctors have diagnosed her with post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety. For Malea and so many women, mental and emotional disorders cause relentless pain and agony for not only themselves, but their loved ones. Malea's daughter, Genevieve Small, spent her childhood split between two foster homes when her mother became too ill to care for her. In July of 2012, while living alone, Malea was kidnapped; her abductor bound and raped her. These hardships undoubtedly furthered her condition, making life harder for everyone involved. Hoping to find Malea a safe haven where she could recover, Genevieve placed her mother in a care home, only to be further disappointed.
When her caregiver took a week-long vacation, Malea was left at a shelter without any notification to her family or a guaranteed place to stay. On October 8, when the shelter turned her away, Malea turned to the streets without anyone knowing of her whereabouts. Panicked and afraid, Genevieve tried everything she could to locate her mother. After receiving no response from her repeated attempts to contact Malea's caregiver, she contacted the police, filed a missing person’s report and spent her birthday in a frantic search for her mother. Finally on October 17, a police detective notified Genevieve that her mother was found sleeping in a tent with other homeless people in the woods. After an agonizing week of searching and nearly losing hope, Genevieve was reunited with her mother.
Enduring stress and confusion with the realization that there aren't many safe options for suffering women, God gave Genevieve the idea to open her own adult foster care center. Malea is now living with her daughter, but Genevieve is determined to do more. After 34 years of being personally affected by her mother's situation, she feels responsible to help as many women as she can by converting her home into a center where women can feel safe and cared for and never worried about being evicted or placed back in harm's way. She had always dreamed of starting her own mental health facility and has decided to do it from her own home. Genevieve will honor her mother by calling her facility "Malea's Home Away from Home."
In order to accomplish these goals, Genevieve will need about $10,000 in donations. All monies received will be for renovation of her home to abide by state codes, including floors, carpet, paint, new blinds and plumbing, as well as bedroom furniture, a dining table, linens, toiletries, and supplies to make this facility truly a home away from home. Additionally, there will be associated costs to obtain non-profit status, a business license, and fire safety equipment which may require a sprinkler which could cost $4200 alone. With your help, she has faith this can be accomplished early in 2015.
"My Mother is talented, funny, loving and thoughtful and I thank God for her and truly desire to protect her from danger," said Genevieve. Malea's Home Away From Home will do just that by providing shelter, food, clothing, safety, love, counseling and assistance during a time of need for her mother and so many other women. Help Genevieve offer this wonderful refuge for women in her community.
A Julie Crisan Art Show to benefit Malea's Home Away from Home will be held on January 11, 2015 from 2-5 pm. Come out to support this good cause. Purchase an affordable original painting at the show and and be reminded of your support to Malea's Home Away From Home each time you look at it.
King Valley at Vinings Subdivision (Clubhouse)
1029 Queensgate Drive
Smyrna, GA 30082
Feel free to bring a friend. Look forward to seeing you there.
Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones. Enjoy, but be safe.
Thanksgiving is the one holiday each year where everyone tends to focus on being grateful. Gratitude is an incredible gift that we can give ourselves. Did you know that being grateful has many benefits? Gratitude increases spiritualism, self-esteeem, energy levels, boosts your health, and makes us up to twenty-five percent happier. If we accept that gratitude has so many benefits, it would be wonderful to be grateful year-round, not just on Thanksgiving.
I want to start the gratitude trend by thanking you for your time – the most precious of all things. For taking the time to read my blog, for supporting my art and sharing it with others. Each morning, when I awake, I thank God for five things in my life. This morning it was my health, my kind husband, my grandson, my children and for His presence in my life. There are times that I can't limit myself to five things – I get on a roll and I have to stop myself because I expect the Lord has other people to tend to as well. I hope you'll try this exercise and let me know if you feel happier after doing it.
So this Thanksgiving season, and hopefully every day thereafter, you will take the time to express gratitude for what you have, for in so doing, you will realize that you have so much and it will create a sense of happiness for being exactly where you are today.
What five things are you grateful for today? Please share. Let's start a gratitude trend.
Have you ever wondered what the story behind The Day of the Dead holiday is and the significance of the decorative skulls that so many people like? Well, I wanted to thoroughly understand it so I did a little research and wanted to share it with you.
November 2 is the official Day of the Dead holiday typically celebrated through Mexico, but quickly expanding to all areas where Latinos live. It should really be called Days of the Dead because the celebration starts on October 31st and runs through November 2nd, coinciding with the Catholic holidays All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day (Nov. 1 and 2).
The Day of the Dead ("Dia de los Muertos") originated in Mexico centuries ago and is a blend of pre-Hispanic indigenous beliefs and Spanish Catholic beliefs. It is a festive and joyous time of celebration to remember and honor those who have died. This is the most important holiday in Mexico. Traditionally, November 1 is the day for honoring dead children and infants, and November 2 is the day for honoring deceased adults.
Many people around the world, even if they are not directly connected to Mexican culture, are drawn to the concept and imagery of Mexico's Day of the Dead, so the holiday has gained in popularity as more people learn about it. Artists, including myself, have been captivated by the colorful decorative skulls ("Sugar Skulls) associated with this holiday.
Some of the traditions for this holiday by the people who celebrate it include, creating altars to honor their deceased loved ones. Families will also visit cemeteries to clean the graves of their loved ones, which they then decorate with flowers, photos, candles, food and drinks. Some people will hold all-night graveside vigils, socializing and telling stories about their dead ancestors. Musicians are hired to stroll through the graveyard, playing the favorite songs of the dead. This may all seem a bit odd, but it's similar to the rituals seen in the United States, where people commonly visit the graves of their loved ones and spend a few minutes remembering, connecting and then leave flowers. I guess Latinos just like connecting a little longer and chose to make it a festive occasion. During this time it is believed that the deceased return to their earthly homes to visit and rejoice with their loved ones. Making or purchasing and exchanging sugar skulls and other sweets is another tradition affiliated with The Day of the Dead.
Now this is where the story gets interesting. Most people in Mexico celebrate the Day of the Dead out of love and commitment to their loved ones, but some people celebrate this holiday out of fear! Mexico is rampant with folk tales that tell what happens if someone neglects their ancestors on this day. If a spirit returns to find that no one has built an altar for them, or that their loved ones only left them paltry offerings, they will feel sad and angry... especially when they see the grandiose offerings other spirits received! Neglected spirits may seek vengeance on those who have forgotten them. Additionally, many folk tales describe how those who ignore their deceased loved ones fall immediately ill and even meet their death shortly after the holiday.
Sugar skulls are by far the most popular symbol of Mexico's "Day of the Dead". Sugar skulls are given as gifts to both the living and the dead as an offering. Sugar art was brought to the New World by Italian missionaries in the 17th century. Since there is a lot of room to show creativity when it comes to sugar skills, they are among the favorite and fun items to paint, especially at this time of year. Above, you can see my Sugar Skull painting in honor of this memorable holiday. Do you like it? Visit me at www.artbyjuliec.com.
I am a Puerto Rican. I was born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico as were my parents. At the tender age of three I was living in New York. My mother migrated there looking for a new start. Since I was raised in New York for most of my life, I consider myself affectionately as a Nuyorican. I learned to speak Spanish, the native language of Puerto Rico primarily from my mother who only spoke Spanish in the house. When my mom remarried, my new father spoke spoke both English and Spanish -- so we had the best of both worlds and speaking both languages was instilled in me naturally.
I have an affinity to Puerto Rico, New York and Georgia. I moved to Georgia in 1992 so it's been my home for a long time.
The world is a large place and there are many people who don't know much about Puerto Rico, so I enjoy sharing. First, Puerto Rico, officially the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, is an unincorporated territory of the United States, located in the northeastern Caribbean east of the Dominican Republic and west of both the United States Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands. Puerto Rico (Spanish for "rich port") is an archipelago that includes the main island of Puerto Rico and a number of smaller islands, the largest of which are Vieques, Culebra, and Mona. With around 3.6 million people, it ranks third in population among that group of four islands, which include Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Jamaica. The capital and largest city is San Juan. Due to its location, Puerto Rico has a tropical climate and is subject to hot weather all-year-round. The national language is Spanish but English is recognized as an official language as well.
Originally populated for centuries by the aboriginal people known as Taíno, the island was claimed by Christopher Columbus for Spain during his second voyage to the Americas on November 19, 1493. Like Cuba, Puerto Rico remained a Spanish colony until 1898. Despite the Laws of Burgos of 1512 and other decrees for the protection of Indians, some Taíno peoples were forced into slavery in the early years of colonization. Others suffered high fatalities from epidemics of European infectious diseases.
During the four centuries of Spanish rule, the island's culture and physical landscape were transformed. European knowledge, customs and traditions were introduced, namely Christianity, the Spanish language, and advances of European civilization such as agriculture, construction in stone, Since the beginning of Puerto Rico's colonization by Spain in 1508, the inhabitants of Puerto Rico were Spanish citizens. For over 400 years, Puerto Rico remained Spanish territory despite attempts to capture the island by the French, Dutch, and the British.
On November 25, 1897, Spain's central government in Madrid granted the island the Autonomic Charter, giving the Province of Puerto Rico more sovereignty over its local affairs. Thus, Puerto Rico became an overseas autonomous province in full equality with the other provinces of the Spanish nation. But in 1898, Spain was forced by the United States to cede the island following the Spanish–American War, under the terms of the Treaty of Paris.
In 1917, the U.S. granted citizenship to Puerto Ricans. In 1948, Puerto Ricans were given the right to elect their own governor. In 1952, under request by the United States, a local territorial constitution was adopted and ratified by the electorate. Under the tenets of the Puerto Rico Federal Relations Act, residents of the island are still subject to the plenary jurisdiction of the U.S. Congress. As of 2014, Puerto Rico remains a U.S. territory, even though this territorial status was asked to be eliminated by a majority vote (54% of the electorate) with the island's latest plebiscite in 2012.
I love Puerto Rico although I haven't lived there for many, many years. Consider visiting it if you have not had the pleasure. It is a wonderful vacation spot. Hispanic Heritage Month inspired me to paint Taino Origin in honor of my roots.
Julie Crisan is a self-taught artist. She enjoys painting abstracts and folk art primarily using acrylic on canvas. Her art comes framed and ready to hang for your enjoyment. Her mission is to beautify the world one wall at a time and she hopes that by keeping her work affordable it will be within budget of anyone who enjoys collecting original paintings.