International Call for Artists

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PEACE, LOVE & UNDERSTANDING

The theme for The Peace Project‘s 4th Annual Call for Artists is “Peace, Love & Understanding.”

This international juried art competition and exhibition connects peace-minded individuals everywhere in the pursuit of a better world that art can help create.

I wish to invite all the amazing artists and bloggers on WordPress to submit your vision of “Peace, Love & Understanding” to this art competition that I’ve been involved with since its inception in 2010.

AWARDS

Best of Show $1,000 Cash
Peace Maker Awards (2) $ 300 Cash
Color Awards (5) Art Set (valued at $200) compliments of Prismacolor
Inspiration Awards (7) 2013 Commemorative Peace Project Book
All awardees will also receive a copy of The Best of Elvis Costello, which includes his track (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Deadline for submissions is 2pm, USA Pacific Time, August 16th, 2013.

Open to all visual artists worldwide.

Artist must be a member of TheWhole9.com and have a completed profile. (There is no cost to become a member. Click http://www.thewhole9.com.)

Work must be two-dimensional and original work may be any medium.

Original canvas may be any size, however, submitted artwork must be cropped to square as all selected pieces will be printed and mounted (by The Whole 9) on 1 foot x 1 foot panels (approximately 30.5cm x 30.5cm) for the exhibition.

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A short explanation of the artist’s vision about the piece must be included, along with a description of the medium.

150 submissions will be selected for inclusion in exhibition.

If selected, artist must be able to provide a high-quality, high-resolution file (minimum of 300 dpi) of image that will be printed and mounted on a panel.

Artists retain rights to submitted works, but grant The Whole 9 and The Peace Project rights to the digital reproduction of their submission(s) to include in The Peace Project’s traveling exhibition, commemorative book, and any other merchandise produced to raise funds for The Peace Project or promotion of The Peace Project. ALL proceeds from sales of artwork and merchandise will be used to transform lives through Peace Project initiatives.

SUBMISSION FEE

$10 per piece paid when piece is submitted online. Your submission will not be visible until the fee is paid.

There is no limit to the number of works that may be submitted.

More than one piece from an artist may be selected and included in the exhibit.

DEADLINES

Entries must be submitted online by 2pm Pacific Time, Friday, August 16th, 2013.

Notification of juried results will be announced by September 7th, 2013.

EMPOWERED PARTICIPATION

The Peace Project and The Whole 9 are conceived upon the philosophy of inclusion — encouraging people from all cultures, religions, and creative walks of life, to participate, connect, share resources, and help find solutions for a better world. We will gladly waive the fee for any artist (especially artists outside of North America) that wants to participate but is unable to do so because of the submission fee or because PayPal is not used in your country.

Please follow the submission instructions and when you get to the payment page, log out and send an email to thepeaceproject@thewhole9.com and we will post your submission.

Learn about what The Peace Project has accomplished with the help of artists worldwide by visiting http://www.thepeaceproject.com

MARK ACETELLI & THE WAITING

PEACE TRAVELS

This exhibition will be unveiled on World Peace Day, September 21st at Affair of the Arts in Culver City, CA, and will then makes stops throughout the United States. Confirmed appearances include:

September 21st & 22nd — Affair of the Arts, Culver City, CA

October 3rd — Evening Reception, Landmark Arts Building, Chelsea, NY

October 5th — Open House, Landmark Arts Building, Chelsea, NY

October 12th — 29 Pieces, Dallas, TX

November 1st — Long Beach First Fridays (in conjunction with Gallery Expo), Long Beach, CA

November 23rd — The Whole 9 Gallery, Culver City, CA

Early 2014 — San Francisco, CA

Thank you and we look forward to receiving your artwork.

Peace and blessings,

Michele

Tall and Medium Tales

Where was I before the mercury rose?

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The day so dry all I can do is get naked on wet sheets and dive
into a book of fairytales called Floating Down The Sea of Ears.

Tall and medium tales about proteans (shapeshifters) like Leonardo
Da Vinci whose career took many shapes such as he was said to have
a ‘protean career’, and a fairytale within a fairytale about a fraternity

of surrealist poets living in exile on the Island of Writers. Each scribe
has cut off one ear to protest the watering down of freedom of speech.

On the Island of Writers, they argue and rant long into the night. Talking
over each other, their hearing impaired and their thinking short-sighted.

I make several pathetic attempts to shift my attention back from island.
Altered by what I’ve witnessed, it’s too late for my brain. The fixtures
and fittings in my apartment — the sofabed, piano, cable TV, candles,

kitchen table, bathroom scales, door frame, window blinds, security
alarm system and my sheets have become part of me; as my habitat
pulls me under the floorboards and this reader connects to the umbilical
cord of the fraternity.

We argue and rant long into the night.
My blood orange eyes look puzzled beneath
my purple shaded eyelids. Half-open and half-sealed.

I weigh their arguments on my bathroom scales. The scales
crack, snap and pop as the debates rage at arm’s length.

How does this fairytale end? Will I flash upon The End?
My first impression is of a monotone snake coiled inside
a M.C. Escher drawing.

Is that black and white snake, Gaia contemplating us? Are
we mirror cells? Mirroring each other’s cells, or are we not?

Asymmetry?
A symmetry?
A thinner tree?

Are the colors in Escher’s field (of vision) under review?
Who was it that said: “Silence is so accurate, the mind’s imagination can also paralyze.”

In my alternative state I have a theory that the Island of Writers
is the mole people living in the tunnels under New York City.

Our Earth is their stars.

Poetry Writing Challenge #15: Saltoun Sea, California

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Saltoun Sea, California

I don’t know how to tell you of this journey and not forfeit my peace of mind.

I have been attempting to draw a line under
my Book of Experiments for almost a year now.

My equations calculating density,
Tidal waves and unremitting desire.

I want to be an inventor; to exist on more
than faith and mineral water, coffee and exercising.

Present a bunch of lilies to my lover at the week-
end, unapproachable as he is — all hot air,
apt to blow a fuse at the mention of marriage vows.

I’m remembering our most recent heterosexual position on
high ground at the Joshua Tree National Park. Seduction

above the heads of Emerald trees, looking in the direction of the inland

Saltoun sea –

created by a freaky flood in 1905.

It is said (by whom?) that the Saltoun Sea
sits on top of the San Andreas Fault Line.

If this is true, then I suck my teeth at her pop-up location.
This unfathomable so-called Sea, her
Longevity as unlikely as my holy matrimony.

If only a wave would roll over me and dispel my unease.
Return me to my senses!

The native wildlife, mountain lions etc.,  I roll my eyes at, but that is a given for me.
I lay down. Avert my eyes from the landlocked sea.
Turn inwards towards my spiritual sea.

Nothing to read but the ancient future.

Lunch for Barack Obama?

In a moment of pure escapism, I’m curious to discover what President Obama is having for lunch today? In my humble view, Obama could use a few extra pounds on his slender frame. So without further ado, here’s Barack Obama’s lunch menu on Inauguration Day, January 22, 2013.

It’s a tasty line-up:

First course:

Steamed Lobster with New England Clam Chowder Sauce
Sautéed Spinach
Sweet Potato Hay

Second course:

Hickory-Grilled Bison with Red Potato Horseradish Cake and Wild Huckleberry Reduction

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Butternut Squash Purée
Baby Golden Beets and Green Beans
Strawberry Preserve and Red Cabbage

Third course:

Hudson Valley Apple Pie with Sour Cream Ice Cream, Aged Cheese and Honey Maple Caramel Sauce
Artisan Cheeses

P.S.

Jason Horowitz@jasondhorowitz
The inaugural coffee memorial in front of Constitution Hall

COFFEE SHRINE
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Success

The good news is that the moment you decide that what you know
is more important than what you have been taught to believe,
you will have shifted gears in your quest for abundance.
Success comes from within, not from without.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

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I don’t believe in absolutes, hence I’ve never really believed in gay or straight or even black or white, for that matter. If we’re all truly creating our own reality at any given point in (or out of ) time, then can we also be fluid about where we want to be on the spectrum of Who We Really Are at any given moment?

Part of the reason for starting this blog is that I’m experimenting with the idea of my identity being on a sliding scale from 1 to 6. 1 is this is absolutely who I am (of course nothing is listed in column 1) and 6 is my non-physical being who is not at all bothered by the weight of gravitational pull… Maybe one day I will get around to devising a survey or a questionnaire to explain all this randomness in a universally readable format.

I live in hope!