I have long had a passion for trees. As a public relations professional and educator, I have spearheaded campaigns for trees, conducted event planning for a songwriting contest for trees and have contributed to New York’s One Million Trees program.
I continuously return to trees in some form or fashion. I delve even deeper now with my artwork focused on tree imagery. And now it pleases me to launch When Trees Talk, Let the Yarn Speak. This is an international tree advocacy program with a twist of art. It is the mission of the program to use visual imagery to prompt authentic talk, awareness and support of trees currently in crisis around the world.
When Trees Talk(c) serves as a forum where people can gather for an exciting flow of facilitated dialogue which allows for authentic, down-to-earth conversation.
I am so pleased to be launching the program during a session with the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island on Sunday, August 25, 2019. We will go on a journey exploring the world of trees, hear of their secret life and what trees do at night. We will hear insights of the challenging state of trees today and all participate in an interesting exercise which takes place in the year 2093 involving a critical decision to be made regarding trees.
It is so wonderful to be back. Have been off sharing my art in solo exhibitions, in group shows and more. In addition, I’ve just returned to New York after garnering a fabulous art scholarship in the highly acclaimed SAVVY ARTS CHALLENGE at the University of South Carolina. This wonderful program brought 100 artists in from around the country to assist businesses address challenges using art. What a fabulous adventure. My group was assigned a farm. I’ll share more about that experience in my next post.
In the meantime, I have been delving deeper into my work focused on trees. I am extremely focused on bring the visual narrative of cherishing trees into everyday life. The shift in our environment, climate change, the lost of trees due to fires or plain old destruction for economics demand our attention. I simply wish to revisit my focus on trees and ask you to take a moment to address your intention, attention, compassion and empathy towards a major segment vital to the existence of humanity.
All images copyright (c) 2013 – 2019 Alicia Evans
When I crochet, it is as if my needle and thread begin to talk, thus my tagline: “Let the yarn speak!”
Art carries a power… one which empowers you, inspires you and your home. Whenever I complete a piece I always intend it to be adopted into a space which sparks conversation, peace and creates an air of authenticity.
I love the power of my latest work to enable a deep probing into self and honor of our elders. Ahh, there is, indeed, power of art to make a home, truly a sweet home of warmth, embrace and love.
What a grand delight to have my work honored throughout the year. This week I received a citation merit from New York State Assemblyman Anthony U’roso. It was such a grand affair hosted by the Manhasset Library Art Gallery in Long Island, New York. Here are photo highlights:
The “Movement” exhibit reflects art highlighting themes of moving.
We all have dreams. But what does it take to move forward? That first step is to go from your mind, to intention, to actually writing it down; then action.
I think the greatest fear of bringing forth our dreams is seeing the finished dream which may be very overwhelming. Time may also be part of that fear…Finding the time or saying it will take too long.
When I first started out as a fiber artist, I had no idea that there was even such an artistic category. I just knew I was on to something. I just continued to focus, work on creations, ask questions and began hanging out in those circles where I began to learn and grow more confident in my journey.
I also began to write down on paper: I am a successful fiber artist!
And, holy cow, I became what I wrote down.
Your dream begins to truly awaken when you write it down. I also find that when you commit to at least 15 minutes per day to cultivating, nurturing your dream…Even just focusing on it…My,my..You will be amazed at what develops.
Now, I want to expand my dream to include others: Alicia Evans’ The Awakenings Cultural Arts Institute™
Here’s what is in the works now from my side of town.
Interested? Let me know if you are interested and what this will mean for you. Send me a note here:
May all your dreams come true!
It has been quite a journey in the world of art and mindfulness these past few months. My exhibitions have increased as well as being booked to give artist talks and Master classes. I gave one talk where I actually sat upon a bench crocheting while sharing how art served as a therapeutic process to empower me to assist my mother when she became a quadraplegic. Ahh, that talk garnered a standing ovation. I’ve plans for a TedTalk or an NPR Moth Story.
It is through the art of story, the experiencing of art where we transform, where we find healing from the many challenges in our lives. When we are immersed in the essence of story, of art…Whether we are the artist or the viewer, whether griot or listener…We always emerge shifted, refreshed, ready to move forward.
The foundation of each lies in connecting with one another. There lies the organic internet of beings where we bond consciously with one another. It is that deeper space which tickles the soul and opens an inner cavern of comfort, growth and new perspective. We begin to remember who we are, why we are here and garner a better glimpse of our true life surf board…The one where we ride the wave of love for better understanding of ourselves and others.
Yes, that is the power of storytelling, art and crochet. It is just that simple.
Engaged in empowering the audience with storytelling, art and crochet as host of the Baldwin Renaissance Art Talk on Long Island (NY). This was an evening dinner affair which connected and moved all in attendance.
So wonderful to have my work featured during the affair including (left to right): Deeply Rooted Copyright 2016 ALICIA EVANS and Frayed Copyrighted 2016 ALICIA EVANS
We begin to remember who we are, why we are here and garner a better glimpse of our true life surf board…When we gather for storytelling, art and…A good meal.😉
Peace ‘n Light
Crocheting is such a reflective process allowing for mindful engagement. Everyone should engage as this form of weaving draws you into an inner realm resulting in resolve, peace and just a grand place of serenity.