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sculpture Augusta Savage
“The Harp”, 1939

Augusta Savage’s sculpture was inspired by the lyrics of James Weldon Johnson’s poem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing”. Standing at sixteen feet, it was Savage’s largest sculpture.

Lift Every Voice and Sing 
– By James Weldon Johnson

Lift every voice and sing
Till earth and heaven ring,
Ring with the harmonies of Liberty;
Let our rejoicing rise
High as the listening skies,
Let it resound as the rolling sea.
Sing a song full of faith that the dark past has taught us,
Sing a song full of hope that the present has brought us.
Facing the rising sun of our new day begun,
Let us march on till victory is won…

Today let’s celebrate Juneteenth; also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, and Liberation Day by continuing to educate ourselves on the matters of black lives and the dark, painful history they have had to endure throughout the world.

How do you speak to bias and bigotry?
Start by
having the first conversation at
your own kitchen table
The world will say to you:
there is too much hate.
Devote yourself to love
love yourself
so much that you can love others
without barriers
and without judgement.
— Cleo Wade



Image: Instagram

painting Alma Thomas,
“Red Azaleas Singing
Dancing Rock and Roll Music”, 

No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite. — Nelson Mandela

Real leaders lead with love. — Cleo Wade



banksy-face-mask #2Banksy’s The Girl With The Pierced Eardrum in Bristol (@Anth0ny_Ward via Twitter) 

Like us, Banksy’s world-famous ‘The Girl with a Pierced Eardrum’ now wears a face mask.

His 2014 mural is a take on Johannes Vermeer’s famous painting, The Girl with a Pearl Earring. Banksy ingeniously used the outdoor security alarm for her earring. 

Now she is wearing a blue surgical mask. Sometime in the last few days it appeared over her face.

It is unknown who put the face mask on the wall but it is thought to have been the elusive Banksy himself.



#face mask
#public healthBlack-Shoe 2Image:

2020 Apr 16 - Olivier Kervernphoto Olivier Kervern



In the Time of Pandemic

And the people stayed home.

And they listened, and read books, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still.

And they listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.

And the people healed.

And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.

And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.

— Kitty O’Meara


Then, I was struck again by O’Meara’s words in an article that , a culture editor at OprahMag.Com wrote about her poem.

“We can wallow where we are or we can see the invitations. Anything that you can tap into that allows your feelings to be expressed creatively will do that for you. You will feel better on the other end of it. You will be changed.” — Kitty O’Meara

 went on to write, “O’Meara is not an expert on dealing with this global crisis, she says. She’s just another person, trying to find grace in the free-fall.”

And I say, “Amen. Me too.” Thank you so much for your deeply profound heartfelt words, and for sharing this beautiful piece of art with the world, Kitty O’Meara…thank you.”

#new choicesBlack-Shoe 2Image: Instagram

sketch Ruth Manning

Before Spain went on lockdown, Ruth Manning sketched Miraflores de la Sierra, a town north of Madrid where her daughter has lived for the past 15 years.

Art speaks where words are unable to explain. — Mathiole

I came across a rather interesting article in The New York Times called The Quarantine Diaries.

Reporter Amelia Nierenberg writes, “Around the world, the history of our present moment is taking shape in journal entries and drawings…the pages tell the story of an anxious, claustrophobic world on pause.”

Ruth Manning is one of the few artists Nierenberg introduced me to.

I look forward to sharing the works of some of the other artists with you as I continue to write my story of life during the coronavirus pandemic.

Plus, I would love to hear about your stories, too.


sketch Ruth Manning

After quarantine, she drew the sink.

#art in isolation