Saturday, April 29, 2017

Dallas Arboretum Artscape Zimbabwe Sculptures from Zimsculpt Collection

Dallas Arboretum ZimSculpt and Artscape

Dallas Arboretum displays more than 100 sculptures from Zimbabwean artists.  Through Artscape it features 103 art tents of mediums including painting, sculputre, 2D and 3D mixed media, photography and more.
I was able to meet one of the artists from Zimbabwe.  Aron Kapembeza learned the art of sculpting from his aunt.  He studied the craft under her for four years until he went on his own.   It is common for the craft to be passed down from generation to generation.

He was brought from Zimbabwe with another artist  to display his incredible talent.  He will also be visiting Ohio.

ZimSculpt Marketplace features many talented artists from Africa.

As you stroll along the path the sculptures stand out for their artistic beauty and power to tell a story.

Mother and daughter images clinging to each other in love.
Women are shown with power and strength.
Stone is etched away with care to show texture and vibrancy.
The backdrop of the Dallas Arboretum landscape shows off the beauty.
Details are in the features of hair adorned on the head.
Elephants with large ivory tusks roar with delight.
Fountains spraying refreshing water.
African bird sculptures have graceful curves.
Birds with a spray of feathers show off their wings.
It's a festive atmosphere with music playing.
African and American art unite in a display of talent.
The layout  of Artscape comes from the international landscape designer, Salvador Impastato.

Ed Bratton with Moss Ridge Designs is a sculptor from Rogers, Arkansas. 
Ed Bratton is a self taught artist who creates his unique wire sculptures using a hand twisted technique.  He uses copper, aluminum and brass to create interesting trees and wall art.
Penny B. Pottery creates unique plates with aqua colors of green and blue.
International fine artist show oil paintings created on location.
Artists set up their tents on April 29th even though there was scattered showers.  It shows their dedication to their craft of artistic expression.
The Dallas Arboretum is a great place to visit in late April just to see the beautiful colors of purple and lavender.
Stroll the sidewalks to see yellow and orange zinnias.  
May is approaching and the Texas heat will soon be upon us.  But in April the temperature is just right to enjoy all the beauty of nature and artists. 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Happy Earth Day 2017

Our planet is a beautiful place to live.  April 22 2017 was a glorious day to celebrate Earth Day.  My first grade students made Earth Day Posters to celebrate!!!

 I was able to go outside in my backyard to enjoy bluejays, cardinals, and squirrels.

 The Dallas area had a horrible hailstorm the night before.  Scientists say a rise in temperature of one degree can cause severe weather changes.
I attended a gala gathering of filmmakers called EarthxFilm to showcase films and emerging media that explore conservation, climate change, and the environment.  
The gala was at the Butterfly House Discovery Gardens.
Insects were watching in their glass houses.  "What is this special event?" they wondered.

EarthxFilm achieve their goals by partnering with top environmental, film and entertainment organizations across the globe.  
EarthxFilm's Mission is to turn awareness into action, through art and media.  
"What action should we take?'asked the butterflies and beetles.

We should reduce, reuse and recycle and stop using so much fossil fuels.  

It takes a global commitment to accomplish the goals.  Happy Earth Day, a time to reflect.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter Resurrection Power

Easter Resurrection Power came to us when Jesus died on the cross and took the penalty for our sins.
Place your hope in the loving relationship with Jesus.  As you rely on his resurrection power in your daily life think on what God can do through you as you believe.  

Each spring the tree in my backyard blooms with white fragrant blossoms that attract Monarch Butterflies.  This Easter it starting blooming  around Good Friday. 

 God has spoken to me through my beautiful backyard.  He has given me ducks that visit each year, red cardinals that make their nest,  and beautiful orange trumpet vines.
As I sit and watch nature before me, a grateful spirit of peace feels me.

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:7
Hebrews 9 12-14 and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.  For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse you conscience from dead works to serve the living God.

The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name.  Luke:46-47  For as by a man came death, by a man has come the resurrection of the dead.  For as in Adam all die, so in Christ shall all be made alive Corinthians 15 21-22  I am the resurrection and the life.  
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God Raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  Romans 10;9  I am the resurrection and the life. 

 Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.  John 11 25-26

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Easter Party

An Easter Party takes a community of people getting together to provide fun for families and friends.

Ladies of the church got together and made special treats for the cake walk.
People set up games for children to try again until they win.
Tables are ready for families to come and have fun.  Babies are watching every movement in their strollers as they hear the sights and sounds of Easter excitement.

There is excitement in the air.  The Easter Bunny is coming.
Will they call my number for the cake walk?

I won!!  I got a cupcake with a homemade vanilla icing treat!
It's time to hunt for eggs.  Yea, I found some!
I found some too!!!!

What's inside, oh it's candy!

Easter Party Fun, Bike Give Away!!!