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FISH RAP July 2013 Sandy Eastoak’s Quarterly Newsletter 25

Starting with this issue, in response to many requests, I’m going monthly. I hope. While Fish Rap will be coming more often, there will be less in each issue. Some quarterly features will alternate, appearing every three months. The idea is more frequent contact, easier to read. Feedback is always welcome.

FISH EGGS: Scrub Jay
Experiments with collage on acrylic paintings recur from time to time. These days I’m thinking about collage as I Scrub Jaycollaborate with Jackie Braun and Joan Marler on a 2014 collage show. Our theme is inspired by Susa Silvermarie’s poem, “1000 Years of Healing.” Raw acrylic, paper, pastel, thread & other materials intrigue me as I seek to invoke reverence for nature & spirit,. Playing with them takes me to the edge of control. Since I don’t know exactly what I’m doing, mystery can speak.

Scrub Jay, acrylic & collage on canvas, 18 x 24”, $900, at Sebastopol Gallery.

Finally, Twenty-six Companions: Celtic, Buddhist & Native Spirit Guides is finished! This book began with a series of 26 linocuts of goddesses, gods, saints & shamans (available at Sebastopol Gallery). As people bought these images & shared experiences, I was urged to write about my process of intimacy with these spirits. My purpose is to support your own explorations, to give you confidence to believe what you find. To celebrate having it in print, Many Rivers Books is hosting a book launch on Friday, July 19, 7:30 pm, 130 S Main. For details see Sandy Eastoak: Painting spirits, cycles & waters, https://www.facebook.com/SandyEastoak?ref=ts. Please Like! my page. Twenty-six Companions will be available in early July at Many Rivers Books, Sebastopol Gallery, & Amazon.com.

Robert Breyer is our current Featured Artist, showing new acrylic paintings of gulls & women. Reception: Saturday, July 13, 5-7 pm. www.sebastopol-gallery.com, 150 North Main,

NON-PROFIT PROFILE: Radical Joy for Hard Times
On Saturday, June 22, people all over the world went to wounded places “to make beauty and affirm that the places where we live and that we love continue to be an important part of our lives, our stories, our spirit… no matter what has happened to them.” These Earth Exchanges are the project of Radical Joy for Hard Times, a worldwide community of people committed to make a difference in the way we live on Earth. I helped with the eco-art in a Wounded Water Ceremony organized by Diane Monroe & Deborah Greene-Jacobi at the Laguna de Santa Rosa. http://radicaljoyforhardtimes.org/ & https://www.facebook.com/RadicalJoyforHardTimes?fref=ts.           
I welcome your comments & studio visits. Please phone 707 824-8189 or e-mail sandoak@sonic.net. Please pass this newsletter to others. If it was forwarded or came by post, please send your e-address.

Come to my Book Launch at Many Rivers on July 19; visit Sebastopol Gallery; Like! my Facebook page; cut carbon emissions; read my book; enjoy the growth of gardens & ripening of blackberries.

Next Month: Risk Press Reverse Image Show

By hearing plants, animals, stones, and rivers, I am at peace.
Painting Spirits, Cycles & Waters www.sandyeastoak.com www.coyotevoice.com

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