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  • Just as Judy flyingbeetle has invested her energies in non - profit - art - community - projects for many years, I have tried once and again. We show art in our gallery for over 25 years and art hardly ever sells, many people like art, but have no money to buy it and the ones in town who have money do not see the value of art. Mostly when art got sold it was us , I and my husband, who bought it.

    Once and again I organized collective art - shows, about mothers, about WHO AM I?, about my heart and the whole population was invited.

    About 20 years ago I started playing with collages on Photoshop, so much fun: to combine photographs with painted images.... This was one I did for the invitation for an international art - project with children.

    I have a German friend who is a teacher at the German School in Capetown, I have my friend Tanya, who is a teacher in Angersk, Siberia and at the time I was involved with Sister Cities San Cristóbal - Asheville, North Carolina. I am also one of the co - founders of Pequeño Sol School here in town. I invited all these teacher - friends to have their students paint MY FAMILY AND I and they did!

    The painting took not so long, but then to get the paintings to my little town in Southern Mexico was another thing. It took the Siberian ones about 3 months and we had a little party, when they arrived, because we had been afraid that they had gotten lost. The paintings from Asheville were held by Crazy Mexican customs, they considered the kid´s drawings art and wanted permits and MONEY! We had to send them back and have a traveler bring the package down.

    When I had all the childrens´drawings and paintings finally here, a few friends and I hung them all over the gallery - walls, we put up rope and hung even more paintings with clips from the rope.

    I was so excited, I had worked so hard in bringing all these friends from different parts of the world together in a project, I had invested a lot in inviting as many people as possible...

    ... then the day of the show - opening was one of the coldest I have ever lived through here and VERY few people attended....

    So it goes, you never know, still: you have to put all your energy in a project, then: how successful it is is someting extra, another story....

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