Monday, December 18, 2006

Dreaming of a wheat Christmas

I'm Dreaming of a wheat Christmas, is the name of the new exhibition at the Butler County History Center and Kansas Oil Museum. It showcases the incredible media of wheat weaving as art form by decorating a Christmas tree entirely with wheat ornaments of various sizes and designs.

The Wichita Wheat Weavers Guild asked to bring this Christmas exhibit to El Dorado after participating in the museum's Kafir Corn Fall Festival this past October. This exhibition has been on display at the Wichita Art Museum for seven years and at various other locations in the Wichita metro area.

These talented artists are master weavers and besides producing educational workshops and outreach programs on the history and techniques of wheat weaving, they love to share their dedication to Kansas' agriculture heritage.

As one woman said about why she weaves, “It helps me stay connected to my farming roots.” Another simply stated, “The sharing brings the greatest joy.”

An exhibit honoring our agriculture past as well as women's handiwork is worth visiting.

Museum's Executive Director, Deborah Amend said, “We are excited to have another agriculture exhibit on display at the museum, especially one that is so unique. Our current Kingdom of Kafir exhibit showcases the crop of the past, while this wheat weaving exhibit honors the crop of today.”

This free exhibit will be on display until January 31, 2007 in the Entrance Gallery of the museum. In addition to the exhibition, there will be various wheat weaving items available for purchase in the museum's gift shop. A wheat weaving is believed to bring prosperity, luck, happiness and health. So take home a bit of luck and prosperity for your home by visiting the exhibition and taking away a unique art piece for your home.

The Butler County History Center and Kansas Oil Museum is a nonprofit educational institution located on 10 acres in El Dorado. Open Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Web site: Telephone 316-321-9333.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

This weekend is the Celebrity Centre Gala. Celebrity Centre is such an aesthetic environment and it really conveys the feeling of a new civilization.

With Scientology there is such a clarification of perception. That coupled with increased ability really helps the artist in accomplishing his or her work.

Monday, July 17, 2006

I just saw the new public service announcements produced by Youth for Human Rights International and the Church of Scientology International. They are stunning. I was so moved by each of them. I don't often think about human rights, but I'll tell you these really brought home to me that I personally have to do more to guarantee the human rights of others.

Several of these are up on I Tunes. Just search for Youth for Human Rights.

And let me know what you think of them!

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Here's another photo from the Robert Castagna blog. This is about Chinese New Years in Boston.

I admire someone who can combine a career in the arts with helping others. Castagna is the Public Affairs Director of the Church of Scientology of Boston, and an active Scientology Volunteer Minister who runs the Boston Scientology Volunteer Ministry.

And speaking of Chinese New Year - check out this dragon dance on Church of Scientology of San Francisco site:

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

My web site
has a selection of my paintings. Come by and look through them and let me know what you think.

I believe the arts and artists are a vital part of life. One of my favorite quotes on this is by
L. Ron Hubbard, who wrote: “The artist has an enormous role in the enhancement of today’s and the creation of tomorrow’s reality. He operates in a rank in advance of science as to the necessities and requirements of man. The elevation of a culture can be measured directly by the numbers of its people working in the field of aesthetics.”

The Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre in Los Angeles is dedicated to helping artists. I encourage any artist to find out more about Scientology -- there is so much in it that is helpful, not only in the area of freeing up your creativity, which it certainly does, but in providing tools to survive as an artist too.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Here's another beautiful image from Robert Castagna's blog.

On the website of his Boston Scientology Volunteer Ministry it has the following notice about these photos: ART FOR THE CAUSE: The Scientology Ministry is paid for by donations. It provides its services free of charge. As part of the fundraising efforts to sponsor the ministry's various outreach and in-house programs, fine-art prints by photographer Robert Castagna are currently available. All proceeds from the sales go directly to the ministry and its programs. To view prints available see the following links:

The Kyoto Collection or The Italy Collection

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Boston Fundraiser

I found this great story on the Creative Expressions blog.

This beautiful photograph is one of a series that is part of a fundraiser for the Boston Scientology Volunteer Ministry

Rev. Robert Castagna is not only responsible for the beautiful images, he is also the director of the Ministry.

The Church of Scientology of Boston services the community in many ways. This is part of a major expansion for the Scientology religion that includes the establishment of new churches such which have recently held grand openings, such as the Church of Scientology of New York, the Church of Scientology of Buffalo, the Church of Scientology of San Francisco, the Church of Scientology of Spain and the Church of Scientology of Johannesburg, South Africa (Mr. David Miscavige -- Chairman of the Board of Religious Technology Center attended and was a featured speaker at each of these grand openings).

These churches represent a new era for the Scientology religion.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Freedom Magazine

Freedom Magazine has been carrying out its mission of investigative reporting in the public interest for nearly 40 years.

The most recent edition exposes psychiatric atrocities against orphans in Quebec and the subsequent coverup.

The article can be read online at

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Scientology Celebrity Centre - Rehabilitating the Artist

As stated on the web site of the Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre

L. Ron Hubbard once said, “The world is carried on the backs of a desperate few.” Unfortunately, it is these desperate few who are often the most neglected.

It is for this reason that L. Ron Hubbard saw to the formation of a special Church of Scientology which would cater to these individuals — the artists, politicians, leaders of industry, sports figures and anyone with the power and vision to create a better world. That Church is Celebrity Centre International.

For more information, read the transcript of the speech given by Mr. David Miscavige at a recent Celebrity Centre gala anniversary event where he described the Scientology religion and the role of this special church.

Monday, February 13, 2006

On an article on Angelique Gervais gives some great advice to graphic designers on how to maximize their impact on the Net. She states:

As a graphic design artist, the impression that you give potential customers through the quality and impact of your own web site design, can mean the difference between success and obsolescence.

The blog is created by Sarah Jane Udall, whose "daily sketches" (blog entries) are very helpful to artists.