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* The purpose of our documentation is to provide a window into the creative process and the interactions within our circle. It keeps the memory of our work together alive and offers a touchstone to revisit later for further reflection by the facilitators, the parents and the children.



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Women are the primary resource of the planet. They give birth, we come from them. They are mothers, they are visionaries, they are the future. If we can figure out how to make women feel safe and honor women, it would be parallel or equal to honoring life itself."

- Eve Ensler



Let the Wild Rumpus StART: Mighty Girl Art Summer 2014























On Monday August 4th, the wild rumpus starts!  I can hardly wait.  If you have not yet sent your daughter's registration forms, please do so.  You can print and fill out both forms  (registration & disclaimer) located here

If you have more than one daughter enrolled, I need forms for each of them.  (Even if your daughter has joined in the past, we still need the forms.)  If you are unable to mail them in time, please have them with you when you arrive on Monday August 4th. 

Drop off location: The Meadow


(camp begins at 9 am)  *Directions to the campsite and studio, as well contact info have been sent via email. 

The entrance will be marked with a garland of vintage aprons.  Chelsea or I will be in the meadow to greet you at the tipi.  If you arrive early, feel free meet us in the Mighty Tipi.

On days when the weather does not permit us to raise the tipi, we will meet in the art studio.

Pick up location: The Art Studio 


(pick up is at noon)


Dear Mighty Girls,
In the coming days, I would like you to look around for some tiny objects that have symbolic meaning to you.  We will be incorporating these objects into a our work next week.  Think small, like a button from grandma's sweater, a tiny stone that you found on vacation, a feather, leaves, sticks, dried flowers…that sort of thing.

Don't forget to bring your water and a healthy snack.  Dress for mess!

**On the last day of camp we have a closing ceremony and a pizza party.  We would love our moms to join us during this special time.  Closing Ceremony begins at 11 am. 

Made so & rooted by love,
Wendy



Wendy Cook is a visual artist whose disciplines include painting, photography, book arts, assemblage, and jewelry.  She has been exhibiting her art since 1986.  She has been published in the US, Canada and the UK.  Her work has been sold at charity events such as the "Postcards From the Edge" benefit for Visual AIDS of NYC; Northern Virginia Family Service; and The Fund for Women Artists.  Wendy is the founder and facilitator of Mighty Girl Art.  Formerly a NYC native, she now resides in Northern Virginia.  View her portfolio HERE.

Chelsea Dobert-Kehn is the Mighty Intern extraordinaire who makes Wendy seem like a multi-armed durga.  She is a visual artist interested in combining unlikely elements to create interactive sculpture.  She often uses recycled domestic fabrics and silkscreen printmaking techniques.  She is currently exploring tent construction to create whimsical gathering spaces.  In the future, Chelsea hopes to build off her experience with Wendy Cook and Mighty Girl Art to use these tents for workshops of her own.  

 

Announcement: Arts Salon

http://www.silverspringdowntown.com/go/silver-spring-civic-building-and-veterans-plaza

Artists of all disciplines, come and share a new work or a work-in-progress at the re-launch of the Arts Salon in an inspiring new space, thanks to a partnership between SSTCi and AHCMC. The now-quarterly salon will be performance-oriented and will include refreshments. You'll have four opportunities a year to share your work and get inspired, so don't miss out!

Who: Fine artists, filmmakers, writers, musicians, photographers, graphic designers, playwrights, poets, and anyone interested in the creative process.

Where: Betty Mae Kramer Gallery and Music Room (the beautiful art gallery to the left when you first walk in), Civic Center, One Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, MD.

When: Quarterly at 6:30-8:00 pm; July 16, 2014; October 15, 2014; February 18, 2015; and April 15, 2015

Light Refreshments: Will be provided.

Format: The salon will feature a performance-oriented show-and-tell format, a kind of “open mic” for artists of all disciplines. Participants are encouraged to prepare a five-minute piece to share: a new song, the unveiling of a new painting, a scene to read from a play-in-progress, etc. After the performances, what follows is discussion and engagement.

Host: The host is award-winning author and songwriter Mary Amato. The program manager is Cynthia Farrell Johnson, a local visual artist.

Cost: The SSTCi Arts Salon is free and open to the public.

Sponsors: The salon is sponsored and presented by The Silver Spring Town Center, Inc (SSTCi) with the support of the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC). AHCMC is an independent nonprofit serving as Montgomery County’s designated local arts agency.
 

Meet Your Mighty Sponsors: Sarah Bamford Seidelmann


One thing to remember is to talk to the animals. If you do, they will talk back to you. But if you don't talk to the animals, they won't talk back to you, then you won't understand, and when you don't understand you will fear, and when you fear you will destroy the animals, and if you destroy the animals, you will destroy yourself. - Chief Dan George, Tsleil-Waututh (1899 - 1981)


http://followyourfeelgood.com/At Mighty Girl Art™, we often look to nature for inspiration and wisdom.   I have been trying to retrace my steps to find the path that led me to Sarah Seidelmann, but the only thing I can remember is that someone said, "Wendy, I read this book that reminded me of you".  I bought that book straight away and was altogether delighted. 

Sarah is a physician turned shamanic healer and life coach.  This is particular interesting to me because I spent 25+ years working in medicine to support my art-making before I decided to find my own way of combining art and wellness by creating Mighty Girl Art™.   Naturally, I wanted to connect with Sarah and introduce her work to the girls.   I'm so glad that I did.



Dear Mighty Girls,

I want to invite you to CREATE every single day! If you do that in you will most certainly change the world by leaving your beautiful mark on it. Journal! Scribble! Braid! Bake! Dance! And remember to hunt for beauty because it's everywhere:). You were born to FREAK. You were born to express yourself in 1 million different ways. In ways that the earth has never seen before. So go forth and be art!

P.S. With the Beasties by your side there is nothing you cannot do, be or create:).

In peace and pachyderms,
Sarah 


* I should also mention that I have Sarah's handy & dandy app on my iphone...



https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/what-walrus-knows-guide-to/id551627659?mt=8

Meet Your Mighty Sponsors: Chronicle Books & Artist, Lisa Congdon



Chronicle Books is one of my favorite publishing houses because they offer a wonderful sellection of art & design books.  This year, the generous spirits of Chronicle have sent the girls an inspiring new book by one of my favorite artists, Lisa Congdon.

And now a message from your Mighty Sponsors:

“Here at Chronicle Books, we’re inspired by readers like you who dare to dream big and still believe in the magic of books. Thank you for being you and for seeing things differently with us!” - Irene Kim for Chronicle Books


"Girls, don't forget to LIVE every day of your lives! And stay curious!" - Lisa Congdon


 

Meet Your Mighty Sponsors: Hint Mint

http://www.hintmint.com/

A long LONG time ago, I was standing in line to buy a book when I saw a swell package of mints on the counter.  I read the ingredients and was elated to see that they were vegetarian and did not contain gelatin.  The only thing that bothered me was that the lovely tin had the book store's co branding on it.  SO...I grabbed a sharpie and wrote the name of the company on my hand and peddled my bike back to my Battery Park City flat where I googled the owner of the company.  I sent him an email that went something like this...

Dear Cooper,
I discovered your mints today at a local bookstore in NYC.  I love that that they are vegetarian and I love that they come in a cool metal tin and not plastic.  The only reason I didn't buy them is because of the co-branding.  I realize that this is my own issue, and I have been known to employ a sharpie marker to remove obvious branding from my clothing.  However, I was wondering if you are selling your mints somewhere that does NOT have the co-branding.
Sincerely,
Wendy


WELL....he wrote me back.  Yes, he did!  He also sent me a case of mints WITHOUT the co-branding.  Thus began a correspondence and friendship that has spanned 15 years.  Dare I say I have not since seen a package of Hint Mints with co-branding!  Not only that, Hint Mint also began an Artist Series wherein they engage artists to design art for limited edition tins!  

Cooper is one of the most extraordinary human beings I know, and I thank my lucky stars to have connected with him.  I'm also grateful to Sharpie because that ink not only survived a bike ride from Astor Place to Battery Park City so that I could send that fated email, but I spent the next couple of days with Hint Mint scrawled across my left hand.

And now a message from Cooper Bates....


Dearest Mighty Girl Artists,


I am delighted to share my art and expression with you.  Hint Mint was created because we believed we could make the world a better place by spreading beauty around the world through something as simple as a tin of mints.  What I did not foresee were the friendships I would form through the gift of sharing.  I share with you now in hopes that you too will be inspired to share your gifts and talent with the world.  If you are in the Mighty Girl Art world, you are off to a great start.  If you feel inspired, please drop me a line, Cooper@hintmint.com.  I would love to hear what you think of Hint Mint.  Don't be shy about sharing your work either.

Happy creating,

Cooper Bates
Hint Mint


Meet Your Mighty Sponsors: Earth Magic



"You block your dreams when you allow your fear to grow bigger than your faith" - Mary Marin Morrissey

http://www.earthmagic.net/about-dr-steven-farmer/At Mighty Girl Art, we like to take time to connect with nature.  We pay close attention to any creatures that we see near our tipi because we know that all beings are connected.  We ponder what they can teach us and ways they can inspire our creative work. 

Dr. Steven Farmer of Earth Magic is a world renowned author, shaman and psychotherapist.  His Children's Spirit Animal stories and cards have received 5 national awards!   Dr. Farmer and his team at Earth Magic would like to send this message to the Mighty Girls:

"Never forget everyone who has ever fulfilled a dream also had a fear.  They proceeded in spite of their fear and you must as well!  Find powerful role models as you travel that beautiful journey called life.  These cards will help your inner wisdom and intuition grow!

Blessings,
The Earth Magic team"