ARTSource America - Volume Eight

Human emotion is at the core of one of life's most cherished accessories – art. Its pulse is perceived in every creative person, its presence realized in every created work. ARTSource Media continues to spotlight creatives of every genre in Volume 8, ARTsource America. People working as full time creative professionals, along with those working in the arts part time, reveal an impassioned creative spirit and each are proudly featured in ARTsource America. Our unique distribution model broadcasts the outworking of that spirit to professional media and art users along with a diverse general audience of art aficionados. Volume Eight features visual artists including Bearcloud, Brenda Boylan, Cyndy Carstens, Donna Gauthier, Regina Goddard, Jeremy Johnson, Baruch Koritan, Khrystyna Kozyuk, Greg Lawson, Maki Lin, Anna Marchenko, Bryn McLeod, James N. Muir, Nampeyo of Hopi, Buzz Siler, Mario B. Simic, Lynn Alison Trombetta, Janette Vizcaino, and Star York. Read about performing artists from Boston University a capella ensembles, Chiara Capobianco, Lisa Chow, Sam Guarnaccia, Shondra Jepperson, Rachel Kelli, Step Raptis, Kia Rooei, and Alex and Luana Soare. Film director Mark Fletcher shares observations from the film Patrick and the Whale, featured at the Sedona International Film Festival. Culinary artists Catherine Cotay and Gerardo Moceri as well as and literary artists, Tod Christensen, Hannah Joya, and Tonya Lonsbury are included in Volume Eight.

Human emotion is at the core of one of life's most cherished accessories – art. Its pulse is perceived in every creative person, its presence realized in every created work.

ARTSource Media continues to spotlight creatives of every genre in Volume 8, ARTsource America. People working as full time creative professionals, along with those working in the arts part time, reveal an impassioned creative spirit and each are proudly featured in ARTsource America.

Our unique distribution model broadcasts the outworking of that spirit to professional media and art users along with a diverse general audience of art aficionados.

Volume Eight features visual artists including Bearcloud, Brenda Boylan, Cyndy Carstens, Donna Gauthier, Regina Goddard, Jeremy Johnson, Baruch Koritan, Khrystyna Kozyuk, Greg Lawson, Maki Lin, Anna Marchenko, Bryn McLeod, James N. Muir, Nampeyo of Hopi, Buzz Siler, Mario B. Simic, Lynn Alison Trombetta, Janette Vizcaino, and Star York. Read about performing artists from Boston University a capella ensembles, Chiara Capobianco, Lisa Chow, Sam Guarnaccia, Shondra Jepperson, Rachel Kelli, Step Raptis, Kia Rooei, and Alex and Luana Soare. Film director Mark Fletcher shares observations from the film Patrick and the Whale, featured at the Sedona International Film Festival. Culinary artists Catherine Cotay and Gerardo Moceri as well as and literary artists, Tod Christensen, Hannah Joya, and Tonya Lonsbury are included in Volume Eight.


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I took it all for granted. Though surrounded by creative<br />

passions and processes at every turn, I did not<br />

appreciate the rich legacy of my upbringing until I got<br />

out of my teens.<br />

Formative years were surrounded with murals,<br />

easels, the smell of paint, studio creativity, bolts of<br />

cloth, fashion design, literary excursions, landscape<br />

architecture, culinary excellence, and performance<br />

appreciation. My parents and an older sister were<br />

constantly creating and provided an almost ritual<br />

model of independence that eventually surfaced as<br />

my inherent share.<br />

ON OUR<br />

COVER<br />

Patrick Dykstra<br />

with sperm whales,<br />

from the film<br />

Patrick and the<br />

Whale, directed by<br />

Mark Fletcher.<br />

See "The Cognitive<br />

Ethologist"<br />

pages 22-27.<br />



So, I accepted the challenges of being an independent<br />

working artist, and in time felt a responsibility for<br />

publishing information about creative peers. <strong>ARTSource</strong><br />

is now in its fifth year of showering attention on artfully<br />

gifted people striving for excellence from slices of the<br />

creative pie. <strong>ARTSource</strong> was selected by peers as the<br />

best designed new magazine in publishing at the annual<br />

Folio Awards in 2021 and is proud to support all genres<br />

of creativity.<br />

With gloomy outcomes reflected from some corners<br />

of life on the planet, it is for the most part, creatives<br />

who are the ones responsible for a joyous crescendo<br />

rising above prevailing mediocrities of every culture.<br />

They are certainly worthy of our appreciative attention.<br />

<strong>ARTSource</strong> Magazine started out as a local publication<br />

to promote artists in Sedona, Arizona. It then grew<br />

to be distributed statewide, and now, with this edition,<br />

is encompassing a new national purpose in promoting<br />

creatives of all genres to connoisseurs across the land.<br />

With appreciation,<br />

Greg Lawson<br />


<strong>America</strong><br />

Greg Lawson<br />

Lynn Alison Trombetta<br />

Kristina Gabrielle<br />

Publisher<br />

Editor<br />

Published by ArtSource Media<br />

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Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher.<br />

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8 Mario B. Simic – Poet of Land and Sea<br />

16 Star Liana York – New York Revelations<br />

20 Sedona International Film Festival<br />

– A Total Experience<br />

22 Mark Fletcher – The Cognitive Ethologist<br />

28 Alex & Luana Soare – Heavenly Alignment<br />

32 Shondra Jepperson – Let’s Sing<br />

34 Healing Arts<br />

39 Sam Guarnaccia – Eternal Dawn<br />

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44 Khrystyna Kozyuk<br />

50 Step Raptis & Lisa Chow<br />

– Bringing Balance to a Community<br />

56 Chiara Capobianco – Strings of the Heart<br />

62 Catherine Cotay – Flour Power<br />

64 Bryn McLeod – Not by Sight<br />

70 Midnight Oil – Art of the Heart<br />

94 The Call of Beauty<br />

– Masterworks by Nampeyo of Hopi<br />

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Mario B. Simic<br />

Poet of Land and Sea<br />

By Erick Hale<br />

Edward S. Curtis,<br />

Self Portrait<br />

Edward S. Curtis,<br />

Piegan, c. 1910,<br />

cyanotype on paper;<br />

Peterson Family Collection<br />

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Twilight Surf<br />

A<br />

modern master of brushstrokes, light,<br />

and translucent color, Mario Simic has<br />

been a lover of the arts since he was six<br />

years of age and discovered his own talent in<br />

kindergarten. He creates his original paintings<br />

with a flair for tradition and a heart brimming<br />

with an appreciation for the painterly artists that<br />

created the pathway he chose to tread.<br />

As a child, he was inspired by western culture,<br />

and after watching hundreds of western movies,<br />

he dreamed that he would someday come to<br />

<strong>America</strong>. When Mario departed his native<br />

Yugoslavia in 1968 to go to Paris, France, he was<br />

confident that he was just passing through on his<br />

way to <strong>America</strong> and hoped that he would fulfill<br />

his wish “to settle in magnificent California,” he<br />

recalls. In time, that wish did come true, allowing<br />

him to discover the Pacific Ocean and a beautiful<br />

Cypress Glory<br />

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Mt. Edgecumbe Coast, Alaska<br />

coastline that was to become the main subject and<br />

inspiration for many of his paintings. Bonding with nature,<br />

while befriending appreciative admirers of art was going<br />

to be his destiny. To “become a worthy member of a great<br />

society while engaged in painting nature and beauty found<br />

all around us was a fulfillment of that destiny,” he states.<br />

Here’s a bit more historical detail: It was eighteen years<br />

after his birth that he made that departure from his<br />

homeland to join his brother and his father in the famous<br />

‘city of lights’ where he was immediately enamored with<br />

the Parisian influence he discovered in architecture,<br />

artistry, and style. “Paris, to me, was a magnificent work of<br />

art,” he recalls with relish.<br />

Golden Gate Glory<br />

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Sunset Harmony<br />

Still enamored with his dream though, Mario pursued his<br />

goal to emigrate to the New World and make the United<br />

States of <strong>America</strong> his adopted country. “After my arrival in<br />

San Francisco, I knew that I had found my new home,” he

Sunset Harmony<br />

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Command Performance<br />

says. Without looking back he industriously<br />

took to the dual tasks of being both a<br />

painter and a passionate gallerist, operating<br />

throughout California and Arizona, eventually<br />

gaining a reputation of renown for his gifted<br />

accomplishment in both roles.<br />

Mario Simic and Call of the Wild<br />

Motivated by nature itself and by the layered<br />

talents and influences of such artists as Eugene<br />

Garin, James Fetherolf, Alexander Dzigurski,<br />

Ivan Ivazovski, and Albert Bierstadt, as well<br />

as the extraordinary palettes of the Hudson<br />

River School of Artists, he eagerly advanced<br />

his personal techniques. Through exercising<br />

and polishing his own capacities, Mario created<br />

sought-after original paintings, and as a crowning<br />

achievement garnered a selection of other<br />

distinguished artists to represent in his galleries.<br />

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Majestic Grand Canyon<br />

One evidence of Mario Simic’s commitment to his art is<br />

readily seen in his dedication to stylistically perfecting his<br />

creation of the wave action observed in coastal and deep<br />

sea waters. His work over the years incorporates curling,<br />

breaking, and crashing waves in many forms, in various<br />

lighting conditions, and in a pattern that leads us to<br />

recognize that this element, whether intended or not, has<br />

become a signature statement within a grand body of work.<br />

Through fifty years of devotion, Mario Simic has earned<br />

the reputation of delivering surpassing excellence while<br />

infusing the spirit of his collectors with a kind of vitality<br />

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and animation that, apart from that<br />

which the natural world provides, is<br />

nearly always supplied by exceptional<br />

art. He continues to explore this<br />

magnificent country and create<br />

paintings reflecting his vision of<br />

“<strong>America</strong> the Beautiful," maintaining<br />

a goal to capture views and some of<br />

the glory from all fifty of the United<br />

States.<br />

Simic Galleries operate today in<br />

the established art communities of<br />

La Jolla, California, and Scottsdale,<br />

Arizona, still providing Mario Simic’s<br />

original works along with select<br />

limited edition giclees from Simic<br />

and a stable of other accomplished<br />

painters. An introduction to the<br />

Mario Simic collection is also<br />

proffered by a presence online at<br />

simicgalleries.com. 4<br />

Forever Yours<br />

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“ The artist transmits his sensibility and energy into his work so that each of us are<br />

touched in different ways. Simic paints with different states of heart and soul, resulting<br />

in various moods and feelings, which the collectors sense, much to their delight.”<br />

– Louise Renoir, President of the Renoir Foundation for the Arts<br />

Return To Yosemite<br />

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“When a character emerges from a<br />

work I 'm sculpting, I feel touched<br />

at a deeply intimate level. The process<br />

of creating expressive personalities which<br />

have a convincing inner life of their own<br />

is the most satisfying aspect of my art<br />

experience. I want my subjects, whether<br />

animal or human, to have a captivating,<br />

positive presence that I can feel when<br />

I have them around me.”<br />

– Star York<br />

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Star Liana York<br />

New York RevelationS<br />

By Erick Hale<br />

When creativity is found as a disposition, it will weave its way through all that a person does.<br />

Such is true for respected sculptor Star York who thrives on creativity in all aspects of living.<br />

While polished creative passions are conspicuous throughout her bronze and silver creations<br />

endorsed with celebrated public recognition, they are also at work in her nonpublic side, while<br />

in the kitchen or on the trail with treasured animals.<br />

Her biographical details acknowledge that although “her reputation was built on detailed and<br />

convincing bronze representations of the <strong>America</strong>n West – from Native <strong>America</strong>n men and<br />

women to cowboys and wildlife, she continues to explore a variety of subject matter and styles<br />

of sculpting.”<br />

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Born near Upper Marlboro, Maryland, Star was the middle daughter<br />

in a family of five and grew up in a rural area with a dairy farm behind<br />

her home. She credits her mother, a former ballerina, and her father,<br />

a woodworker who built the stages on which her mother performed,<br />

for a talent that, by the time she was in high school, led to her<br />

winning Scholastic Art awards for her miniature sculptures and even<br />

signing on with a catalog company to create fantasy figures, and also<br />

figures from mythology.<br />

In addition to pursuing her sculpted art creations, horses and other<br />

animals have been the constant in this artist’s life – both personally and<br />

professionally. She rode competitively as a teenager and put herself<br />

through the University of Maryland by exercising racehorses at local<br />

racetracks and managing an equine boarding operation. Star's knowledge<br />

of horse anatomy and ability to render horses in a variety of positions<br />

and forms found expression in gold and silver miniatures which she<br />

created and sold in East Coast art galleries during her university years.<br />

Having moved to the Southwest in 1985 to be near good foundries, Star<br />

has lived on her ranch for almost 30 years, north of Santa Fe and near the<br />

small community of Abiquiu, New Mexico. Horses are still at the center<br />

of her life, usually riding daily in the National Forest near her ranch. In<br />

1990, she had taken up the sport of Polocrosse – an Australian import<br />

that is best described as lacrosse on horseback – and played on a team<br />

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that became national champions. Now she mostly does trail rides and ranch sorting with her husband,<br />

a horse trainer from New Zealand who she met through Polocrosse.<br />

Regarding the creative process for new pieces, Star reveals that she seldom starts on a sculpting project<br />

with a perceived end in mind. Rather it’s the process of exploration that keeps her intrigued, and keeps<br />

her in anticipation of the revealed purpose. “The character emerges as I develop the subject,” she says.<br />

“Always keeping in mind the feeling I want to express, the character will eventually reveal itself through<br />

the sculpting process. At the moment of revelation, when I see the character of the sculpture before me,<br />

it helps me to understand what it was that drew me to sculpt the being before me in clay and that new<br />

revelation is a most gratifying experience,” she shares.<br />

Gallery representation can be explored by visiting her website, staryorksculpture.com. 4<br />


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The Magical<br />

Sedona<br />

International<br />

Film Festival<br />

A Total Experience<br />

An interesting competitive dynamic occurs each year at the<br />

Sedona International Film Festival. Sure, every filmmaker<br />

submitting a film for consideration wants to walk away with<br />

coveted awards and, of course, bragging rights, which soon<br />

blend into a welcome camaraderie amongst peers.<br />

“One aspect of the Festival that I most love to see and be<br />

part of is creating an environment for filmmakers to connect<br />

with their peers, learn from each other and expand their<br />

individual and collective networks,” said Sedona international<br />

Film Festival Executive Director Pat Schweiss. “Sure, there’s<br />

a competitive side to the Festival, but it’s mostly filmmakers<br />

competing against themselves to explore new creative ideas,<br />

hone their skills, improve their products and maybe find a<br />

potential distributor. The biggest part of this is immersing<br />

themselves in the remarkable creativity of their fellow<br />

filmmakers as they watch each other’s films, meet and discuss<br />

those films at our events and cheer the loudest for the<br />

Festival’s eventual winners.”<br />

As much as filmgoers attending the Festival often scramble<br />

for tickets to films that most engage them, filmmakers, too,<br />

pour through the annual Festival catalogue to experience<br />

the incredible creative diversity on display on four theater<br />

screens around Sedona.<br />

“And it’s not unusual for filmmakers to collaborate with<br />

one another on future projects,” Schweiss said. “Quite often<br />

we’ll see actors from a film that screened the previous year<br />

starring in another film by a completely different filmmaker<br />

the next year.”<br />

There’s no way to predict what may happen during the nine<br />

days of the 30 th annual Sedona International Film Festival,<br />

taking place February 24 th – March 3 rd 2024, but one fact is<br />

undeniable: the experience is always unforgettable, both for<br />

the filmmakers and the 10,000 film lovers who will view the<br />

150 films selected for screenings from more than 1,300 that<br />

are submitted.<br />

Films will be screened at the Festival-owned 99-seat Mary D.<br />

Fisher Theatre and the new 43-seat Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre<br />

at 2030 W State Route 89A, and the two largest theaters at<br />

the Harkins Theaters Sedona 6 at 2081 W. State Route 89A.<br />

Tickets and passes will be available for purchase later this<br />

year, but memberships are available all year. Membership<br />

privileges include advance e-mail alerts and announcements<br />

for all SIFF film and events, discounts on tickets to films and<br />

special events and pre-sale Film Festival discounts.<br />

Membership levels range from $75 to $50,000.<br />

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From full-length features to shorts, documentaries and<br />

animation to foreign and student films, “our patrons will be<br />

treated to a cinephile’s dream,” Schweiss said.<br />

The Festival’s three film-selection committees (features,<br />

documentaries and shorts) will spend most of the fall months<br />

screening the hundreds of films submitted for consideration.<br />

They’ll also be considering submissions for the annual<br />

Screenplay Competition through which four winners will be<br />

chosen: Feature Screenplay, Short Screenplay and TV Pilots;<br />

half-hour and hour versions.<br />

Among other prizes, winners will have portions of their<br />

winning scripts read by actors during table reads during<br />

the Festival.<br />

The 2023 Sedona International Film Festival will continue<br />

a legacy of excellence in both the breadth and diversity of<br />

film selections and in the Festival’s international reputation<br />

for “ensuring an experience for filmmakers unlike any they<br />

experience. Year after year we hear from filmmakers who are<br />

overwhelmed by Sedona’s incredibly intelligent, warm and<br />

welcoming environment, elements that keep them coming<br />

back,” Schweiss said.<br />

Those facts also inspire appearances – both first time and<br />

return visits – by some of the industry’s most acclaimed<br />

and honored actors, directors, producers, screenwriters,<br />

cinematographers and distributors. Among those who have<br />

spent time in Sedona are Susan Sarandon, Rob Reiner, Richard<br />

Dreyfuss, James Brolin, Cybill Shepherd, Nicolas Cage, Elliot<br />

Gould, Mary Steenbergen, Diane Ladd, Tony Curtis, Ted<br />

Danson, Michael Moore, Jane Alexander and Ed Asner.<br />

For information about memberships and all things Sedona<br />

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Patrick and the Whale<br />

featured at the<br />

Sedona International<br />


2023<br />

MARK<br />





British zoologist, Mark Fletcher,<br />

has been using the artistic skill set<br />

of an editor, producer, writer, and<br />

director of films about wildlife<br />

for some 25 years. Across that<br />

span he has written and edited<br />

hundreds of films.<br />

The scientific training and the<br />

ongoing interest of Mark’s<br />

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pursuits might be identified<br />

zoologically as ‘cognitive<br />

ethology.’ However, he is eager<br />

to acknowledge what that<br />

means in the vernacular – that<br />

he’s passionate about seeking<br />

an understanding of animal<br />

behaviors and producing visual<br />

and textual confirmations of<br />

those understandings through<br />

storytelling. Sometimes solo, but<br />

more often as a team member.<br />

Early in his professional years Mark<br />

was the assistant editor on a film<br />

about the Everglades, produced for<br />

PBS, when he found himself thrust<br />

into the editor’s seat.<br />

“In telling any natural history story, we go from science and understanding, to crafting<br />

a story from the footage of the actual behavior. Editing, writing, and music are all part<br />

of that storytelling, and we all work together to weave a complex scientific narrative<br />

about animal behavior and the reasons why animals do what they do.” – Mark Fletcher<br />

He accepted those reins with a<br />

passion that has never waned.<br />

Recently Mark was the visiting<br />

spokesperson at the Sedona<br />

International Film Festival for a<br />

film in which he enjoyed oversight<br />

on several levels – a film in<br />

which he says he learned one of<br />

the most profound lessons of<br />

his career. Before revealing the<br />

lesson learned, let’s consider the<br />

film he worked on.<br />

Patrick Dykstra<br />

Patrick and the Whale is the title<br />

of a film that chronicles intriguing<br />

details of a human and whale<br />

interaction, spread out over<br />

time, in which respected marine<br />

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videographer and photographer, Patrick Dykstra,<br />

is found interfacing and connecting with sperm<br />

whales on a personal level. In the adventure he is<br />

documented as he goes to visit and revisit a specific<br />

individual in the Caribbean waters off the coast of<br />

Dominica. The plot itself is mesmerizing, but the<br />

actualities have delivered profound evidences to even<br />

the experienced zoologists involved.<br />

In this movie worth seeing, Patrick Dykstra explains<br />

how the intimate encounters affected his own<br />

emotions and how they evidently did so for his<br />

co-star of the deep. As editor and director, Mark<br />

Fletcher shares his own educated perception<br />

as an observer, and he shares this personal<br />

revelation: “There's one moment in the film that is<br />

extraordinary. The main whale character has decided<br />

that Patrick wasn't really a friend anymore, and<br />

rejected him twice, mainly because he tried to stick<br />

a scientific instrument on her. Then one day she<br />

approached him, and stayed head to head, for almost<br />

a minute, watching and scanning him ultrasonically.<br />

Whales can see an internal view of us that is far<br />

more detailed than any MRI. She can most probably<br />

see blood-flow, even maybe for different parts of the<br />

brain. She then dives straight down, appearing to<br />

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cold-shoulder him again – but in<br />

fact she decided to do something<br />

far more extraordinary. She left<br />

him with her calf, as a babysitter,<br />

while she went miles down to<br />

feed. In that moment, the whale<br />

revealed more about trust and<br />

forgiveness than I have ever seen<br />

in any animal.”<br />

The impressions made on<br />

Patrick, on all of the production<br />

staff, on those of us witnessing<br />

the film, and perhaps even<br />

the whale, are that we have<br />

acquired soulful imprints that<br />

will not depart us, they will<br />

instill deeper appreciation for<br />

our fellow earthlings, and can<br />

help us humans to avoid the ofthuman<br />

tendency of considering<br />

other creatures of the planet as<br />

something beneath ourselves.<br />

The role of an editor seems<br />

something like a filter through<br />

which many parts of a production<br />

must pass; the work of writers,<br />

designers, photographers,<br />

actors are all subject to review<br />

before inclusion in the final cut.<br />

Therefore, an artist’s sensitivities<br />

are a paramount inclusion when<br />

Fletcher dons various hats in the<br />

creation of engaging media such<br />

as his learning experience and<br />

shared knowledge of Patrick and<br />

the Whale.<br />

For more information about the<br />

film, visit: www.terramater.at/<br />

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Heavenly Alignment<br />


By Erick Hale<br />

O ne could say it was a match made in heaven.<br />

When Alex, born in Romania, met Luana, born<br />

in Brazil, both were working for the Florida Grand<br />

Opera in Miami. Both are operatic performers, but<br />

Luana was engaged in the education outreach side,<br />

while Alex was a resident opera singer.<br />

By the time August of 2017 came around, they were<br />

living in Chicago, the adopted hometown of Alex’s<br />

family after migrating to <strong>America</strong>. It was August 17th,<br />

2017 that Alex proposed marriage to Luana, a day<br />

when the moon passed in front of the sun in perfect<br />

alignment – for the two celestial bodies had become<br />

essentially one from an earthly perspective visible in<br />

parts of North <strong>America</strong> on that day.<br />

Alex reminisces,“We lived in the city and decided<br />

to spend the day in the suburbs in order to see the<br />

eclipse with more clarity. In Chicago, we only had a<br />

partial eclipse, and still, everything got dark for a brief<br />

moment. And at that exact moment, I looked at her<br />

and thought to myself, ‘What am I waiting for? I need<br />

to propose to her!’ It was clear as day that I wanted<br />

to spend the rest of my life with Luana.” Though<br />

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it was not thought-out and purposefully<br />

planned that he would propose marriage<br />

to her on this particular day, it is intriguing<br />

to note that Alex’s surname, Soare means<br />

‘sun’ in Romanian and that Luana’s given<br />

name means ‘shining woman’ and is readily<br />

associated with the word Lua, which is<br />

‘moon’ in Brazilian Portuguese. It was Alex’s<br />

father who later pointed out what had just<br />

occurred in metaphoric shadows of that August<br />

17th alignment of the sun and moon.<br />

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After uniting in marriage, Alex and Luana<br />

Soare continued their common pursuit<br />

in a love of music, with Alex becoming an<br />

internationally performing opera singer<br />

and Luana becoming a music instructor.<br />

The two maintain harmonious careers<br />

today while operating from their home<br />

base in Chicago.<br />

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Luana Soare is native of Sao Paulo, Brazil. She started her studies<br />

at the school of the Municipal Theater of São Paulo and graduated<br />

with a double major in Vocal Performance and Music Business at the<br />

Crane School of Music, State University of New York at Potsdam.<br />

A versatile educator and entrepreneur, Luana runs Lulu’s Music<br />

Studio, her own private piano and voice studio in Chicago where<br />

she teaches music for children and teenagers. She has also taught<br />

early music education classes for children 6 months and older, as<br />

well as opera education outreach with Florida Grand Opera and<br />

Minnesota Opera. When not teaching or running her business,<br />

Luana loves to perform. She has sung in the productions of Giulio<br />

Cesare (Cornelia) with Chicago Summer Opera, L’Etoile (Koukouli)<br />

with the Crane Opera Ensemble and Hänsel und Gretel (Sandman)<br />

with the Manhattan Opera Studio as well as a school outreach run<br />

of Three Little Pigs with Chicago Summer Opera’s outreach program.<br />

Alex Soare<br />

Alex Soare’s recent performance highlights include: Der Tod<br />

from Kaiser von Atlantis at Carnegie Hall, Leporello in productions<br />

of Don Giovanni for Opera Hong Kong, Opera Carolina, and<br />

Opera Grand Rapids, Don Basilio with Florida Grand Opera and<br />

Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera. He is engaged with several<br />

other professional opera houses, including Nashville Opera, Des<br />

Moines Metro Opera, Opera Saratoga, Cedar Rapids Opera, and<br />

Opera North and is recognized as an award recipient of the<br />

Jensen Foundation Vocal Competition, The National Society of<br />

Arts and Letters,The Bel Canto Foundation, and The Romanian<br />

National Song Competition. Alex is distinguished as a finalist in<br />

the Francisco Viñas International Singing Competition and The<br />

Marcello Giordani Vocal Competition. 4<br />

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LET’S SING<br />

By Erick Hale<br />

With hundreds and<br />

hundreds of musical<br />

instruments in use over<br />

millennia, which one is<br />

the grandest of all? No<br />

doubt it's the human<br />

voice. This powerful<br />

instrument delivers<br />

more in the way<br />

of exciting human<br />

emotions than any<br />

other instrument is<br />

capable of.<br />

Skillfully using this instrument<br />

has been the choice of<br />

Shondra Jepperson throughout<br />

a long career as a singer, songwriter,<br />

actor, voice-over talent, entertainer and vocal<br />

coach. Over the decades, this Juilliard School alumni has<br />

taken her talent to the stage in uncounted ways.“I’ve sung in<br />

my own shows in Vegas and Reno, in bands ranging from rock,<br />

country, blues, to show tunes,” she acknowledges.<br />

Shondra has introduced a new coaching service designed<br />

to bring people that love the idea of being a performance<br />

singer out of the shower and onto the stage.<br />

Anyone that’s ever entertained the idea<br />

of singing professionally, or simply of<br />

entertaining family and friends could<br />

find a great mentor relationship<br />

just waiting to happen. Shondra<br />

has a powerful coaching program<br />

for everyone so inclined.<br />

It’s titled “Unlock The Singing<br />

Super-star in You” — prepared<br />

as an affordable voice coaching<br />

and performance readiness<br />

program that will help prepare a<br />

shower-singer to stage-readiness<br />

in a matter of weeks.<br />

“And who knows?… by opening the<br />

doors to new possibilities, anything can<br />

happen,” Shondra reminds her students. “It may<br />

be a door to a new profession or maybe it’s just the satisfaction<br />

that you can sing anywhere, anytime, anyplace!” And<br />

Shondra should know, because she’s performed for as few<br />

as two persons and for as many as twelve thousand, from<br />

private settings to grand performances.<br />

The curious should not wait! Get in touch with your new<br />

coach at shondramusic.com, for perhaps there’s a vacancy<br />

available among the stars. 4<br />

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ARTS<br />

Light, time, and earthly elements<br />

work in tandem with our<br />

perspective to deliver any<br />

glorious natural event. Likewise,<br />

accomplished human efforts,<br />

arrive from a heady mix of vision,<br />

strength, and capacity. Meet Del<br />

Pickens and Kelvin White, MD,<br />

two of the executive visionaries<br />

shaping a new Atlanta-based<br />

medical facility that stresses a<br />

whole-person healing approach.<br />

Del Pickens<br />

Kelvin White, MD<br />

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The power of the natural world to support<br />

us emotionally has been well-documented. A<br />

moonrise, a sunset, a rainbow, a blossoming<br />

field or the warming rays of sunlight on a frosty<br />

morn, each can provide a soothing, welcoming,<br />

atmosphere for our psyche, which in turn can<br />

support our physical well-being.<br />

Such recognition serves as one of the pillars<br />

behind the creation of a new treatment and<br />

healing facility in Atlanta, Georgia, operating<br />

under the name of Comfort Medical.<br />

Comfort Medical has taken a unique approach<br />

to the healing process by incorporating naturebased<br />

art and photography in its design and<br />

function. As a visionary and lover of art, CEO<br />

Del Pickens, recognized the potential benefits<br />

of incorporating art in the healing process after<br />

conducting research that found that art could<br />

have a positive impact on patients psychological<br />

wellness experience. By adding art to the clinic's<br />

design and function, Comfort Medical aims to<br />

create a calming and stress-reducing environment<br />

that can promote healing and wellness among<br />

patients suffering from diabetes and other<br />

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elated ailments. This approach is a departure from the<br />

traditional clinical setting that often lacks the personal<br />

touch necessary for a comprehensive approach to<br />

patient care. Comfort Medical’s initiative to merge<br />

nature and art appreciation with treatments can have a<br />

significant impact on a patient's physical well-being.<br />

Kelvin Wite, MD, states that “a study published in the<br />

Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine<br />

found that nature-based art therapy improved the mental<br />

and physical well-being of cancer patients.The study<br />

showed that patients who participated in nature-based<br />

art therapy reported lower levels of pain, fatigue, and<br />

anxiety, and had a better overall quality of life.<br />

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“Moreover, a review of studies<br />

published in the International<br />

Journal of Environmental Research<br />

and Public Health found that<br />

exposure to nature-based art<br />

can improve cognitive function,<br />

mood, and psychological wellbeing<br />

(Staats, Gatersleben, &<br />

Hartig, 2019). The review also<br />

suggested that nature-based art<br />

could be used as an effective tool<br />

in healthcare settings to support<br />

patient healing and recovery,” he<br />

says.<br />

“A study published in the Journal<br />

of Environmental Psychology<br />

found that viewing nature scenes<br />

in art can reduce stress levels<br />

and increase positive emotions<br />

(Berman, Jonides, & Kaplan,<br />

2008). Another study published<br />

in the Journal of Health Design<br />

found that patients exposed to<br />

nature-based art had lower blood<br />

pressure and reported feeling less<br />

anxious,” White explains.<br />

The staff of qualified medical<br />

personnel is headed by the Chief<br />

Medical Officer, Kelvin D. White,<br />

MD and consists of Medical<br />

Director, Miles Johnson, MD;<br />

Wound Care Director, Frank Jones,<br />

MD; Health Care Administrator,<br />

Nakita Piper, MHA NBA; Nursing<br />

Director, Brenda Sanders, RN.<br />

Significant oversight roles are also<br />

occupied by CEO Del Pickens,<br />

CFO Will Lewis; VP Marjorie<br />

Torres; and Senior Partner, Samuel<br />

Ryce.<br />

Treatment experiences at Comfort<br />

Medical will typically see the<br />

patient engagement surrounded<br />

by artful compositions from the<br />

natural world, with the purpose of<br />

nurturing the whole person. 4<br />

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“Wolverine”<br />

“Vaquero”<br />

“Ram”<br />

Buzz Siler - Abstract Impressionist - Exclusively at Siler Gallery La Jolla buzzsiler.com<br />

7946 Ivanhoe Ave. Suite 102, La Jolla, CA 92037 503 969-0009 buzzsiler@gmail.com<br />

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Eternal Dawn<br />

By Erick Hale<br />

I n a tenebrous interval of day, only a hint of<br />

enlightenment in the eastern sky will rouse the<br />

trumpeting sound of a cock’s proclamation. Soon<br />

enough the trees will begin to reverberate with a<br />

widespread chorus of greater acknowledgement to the<br />

dawn. Such fanfare though is not the exclusive right of<br />

our earthly neighbors.<br />

As long as humans have been awakening to new percep-<br />

tions within their known universe, we too are found in<br />

proclamation. The eagerness possessed by humanity for<br />

increased knowledge on any subject means that we live<br />

in the face of an eternal dawn of awareness. Increments<br />

of enlightenment often spark welcome celebrations in<br />

the worlds of science and art. For one accomplished<br />

<strong>America</strong>n music authority, composing musical scores<br />

for collaborative efforts celebrating human awareness<br />

has been a privileged function on several occasions.<br />

Welcome to the spotlight...<br />


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Sam Guarnaccia is a composer, classical guitarist, scholar, and<br />

founder/director of Sam Guarnaccia Music. He studied privately<br />

at the Royal Conservatory of Madrid and received a Master of<br />

Fine Arts in Guitar performance from the California Institute of<br />

the Arts. He created and, for ten years, taught and directed the<br />

guitar program of the University of Denver’s renowned Lamont<br />

School of Music. He has also taught and instituted programs at<br />

Middlebury College and the University of Vermont in his roles as<br />

a Spanish scholar, player/performer, and composer.<br />

Sam was born in Burlington,<br />

Vermont and has been connected<br />

to music since youth, finding<br />

influences in various genres.<br />

“I loved classical music from<br />

childhood — Beethoven, Brahms,<br />

Bach and others were appreciated<br />

in our family home...and rock and<br />

roll (Elvis era). Bach and Beethoven<br />

are the pinnacle figures in my<br />

musical 'soul'...but I love 'Good and<br />

Honest' music of nearly all styles.”<br />

Later influences include the fusion<br />

rock group Chicago, and Maria<br />

Schneider for “extraordinarily<br />

complex and symphonic Jazz.”<br />

Guarnaccia’s composition, “A<br />

Celtic Mass for Peace, Songs for the Earth” was a collaboration<br />

with Celtic Spirituality scholar, writer, and teacher, John Philip<br />

Newell, and has been performed throughout the United States, as<br />

well as in Iona and Edinburgh, Scotland. The work was featured<br />

in a major peace celebration on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 on<br />

September 11, 2011, in New York, and in Vermont. There were<br />

also two performances near New York City on February 19th,<br />

2012. In addition, he has written a cycle of nine Peace songs<br />

which have been incorporated into a Peace education curriculum<br />

for children.<br />

Sam’s companion in life, Paula Guarnaccia joined her husband<br />

as producer and creative partner in weaving intellectual and<br />

emotional threads through a major undertaking known as the<br />

Emergent Universe Oratorio Project. Direct correspondence<br />

with Wendell Berry, Joanna Macy, Mary Evelyn Tucker, Brian<br />

Swimme, and Bill McKibben led to permission to use their<br />

writings, and the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, in creating the<br />

Emergent Universe Oratorio (EUO) libretto. The primary<br />

Sam Guarnaccia's original<br />

handwritten score notes<br />

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inspiration for EUO libretto was the writing of<br />

Thomas Berry and the film Journey of the Universe<br />

by Mary Evelyn Tucker and Brian Swimme.<br />

A World Premiere performance of the fully<br />

orchestrated EUO was subsequently performed<br />

at the Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts<br />

Center located at the Temple–Tifereth Israel near<br />

Cleveland, Ohio. EUO has been performed in<br />

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is scheduled for a<br />

2023 performance in Albany, New York.<br />

at the NRDC world headquarters in NYC as<br />

iconic representatives of the natural world in its<br />

struggle against the ravages of human induced<br />

environmental degradation. After being a short<br />

time in the presence of her work, I told Sally that<br />

Guarnaccia’s current work, THRESHOLD, also<br />

has an affirmative purpose. The title represents<br />

an acknowledgment of the edge of existence now<br />

un-folding for many species on planet Earth.<br />

By way of explanation, the composer states,<br />

“I attended an art opening of Sally Linder’s<br />

new series, Approaching a Threshold where Gus<br />

Speth, co-founder of the Natural Resources<br />

Defense Council (NRDC) and environmental<br />

advisor to two presidents, was keynote speaker.<br />

Paintings from the Threshold series are now<br />

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I was hearing music…that they were bringing forth<br />

waves, melting glaciers, rivers, oceans of sound.<br />

We immediately found ourselves in a spirit of<br />

collaboration, realizing that the paintings were<br />

seeking a voice, as if the Bears wished to tell<br />

their story in songs without words, in a language<br />

without symbols.<br />

“Imagining the voices, sounds, and inner life<br />

of the 'Natural World' – the other-than-human<br />

constellation of staggeringly complex interrelationships<br />

– I sought to surrender to the<br />

mysterious emergent processes that shape the<br />

magnificent diversity of our home planet –<br />

EARTH – to discern and shape the music of<br />

THRESHOLD….(The new work) THRESHOLD<br />

emerged with nearly no planning, shaping, or attempts<br />

to control the result.<br />

“The process of rethinking or 'reworking' what<br />

had emerged from contemplating the splendor<br />

and bewildering diversity of all that is, in<br />

any moment, paid great respect to what had<br />

'appeared'. It was less a process of composition<br />

than one of affection, reverence, acceptance, and<br />

awe,” Guarnaccia revealed. 4<br />

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KOZYUK<br />

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"Colors and shapes inspire me...<br />

Being an observer first, much of my inspiration comes from the world around us. When traveling I find myself<br />

appreciating all that the new landscapes have to offer. Recently, my time has been spent exploring different traditions<br />

and cultures. From the vibrant colored powders thrown during India’s Holi festival to the rich pigments seen in Native<br />

<strong>America</strong>n headdresses; I create pieces that offer an abstract approach to these and other wondrous occurrences in our<br />

world. Using an oversized canvas and paint gives me the opportunity and space to experiment with a variety of colors,<br />

textures, and shapes. In learning different techniques, I am now using one that I have developed. Creating my own<br />

technique using liquid paint has afforded me the ability to put my own modern spin into each piece. My ultimate goal<br />

with my work is to open your eyes to the beauty that is around us by showing the viewer my feelings behind each piece."<br />

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Chakra Roses<br />

Towards the Light<br />

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Feathered Roses Coral Warp

Khrystyna Kozyuk<br />

The summer of 2022 was to be a special season of<br />

expression for abstractionist Khrystyna Kozyuk. She had<br />

been scheduled to do two separate museum exhibitions in<br />

her native Ukraine, one in the city of Lviv and one in the city<br />

of Chortkiv.<br />

While a dark cloud has hung over Ukraine for months due<br />

to the conflict, and has postponed Khrystyna’s homecoming<br />

exhibitions, her creative spirit has continued to flourish in<br />

her adopted city of Sedona, Arizona.<br />

Khrystyna has been an artist since childhood, and even<br />

though early attempts were made to channel her talents<br />

through musical expressions, the heart was urging her to<br />

paint. She studied in Ukraine, and after immigrating to the<br />

United States she furthered her art-based studies at Triton<br />

College in Chicago.<br />

Her style is purely from within, drawing inspiration from<br />

experiences in life – experiences that migrate as liquid<br />

ink on canvas through personal filters of perception. Her<br />

commitment is to produce single originals, without giclee<br />

reproductions.<br />

Khrystyna Kozyuk operates her own studio in Sedona,<br />

where she paints with a passion for constant renewal.<br />

She may be visited online at kozyukgallery.com. 4<br />

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Our Current<br />

Conservation Focus:<br />



The Hummingbird Society is<br />

partnering with the <strong>America</strong>n<br />

Bird Conservancy raising funds<br />

to purchase 1100 acres in Peru<br />

to provide land protection and<br />

habitat restoration for this rare and<br />

spectacular, critically-endangered,<br />

and ‘marvelous’ Spatuletail.<br />

THE MARVELOUS SPATULETAIL – Named for his two extraordinary spatula-shaped<br />

tail feathers, the male gyrates them up and down for the female in a glorious dance of love.<br />

Our Educational Focus: SEDONA HUMMINGBIRD FESTIVAL • July 28-30, 2023<br />

Held in the beautiful red-rock country<br />

of Sedona, Arizona, the Festival offers<br />

three days of hummingbird-focused<br />

presentations on specialized aspects<br />

of the hummingbird world. It includes:<br />

the rehabilitation of these tiny travelers;<br />

extraordinary hummingbird art<br />

with a live painting demonstration by<br />

Gamini Ratnavira, one of the world’s<br />

most highly respected wildlife artists;<br />

lessons on how to create hummingbird<br />

photos; a sharing of where to travel to<br />

see the more than 350 species; learning<br />

about the science of it all and our<br />

conservation efforts for endangered<br />

species. One of our headliners this<br />

year is Rick Taylor, presenting A Field<br />

Guide to Arizona Hummingbirds. During<br />

peak migration, he has seen 15 species<br />

within one week in July in his back<br />

yard in Portal, Arizona.<br />

Tour private local hummingbird<br />

gardens; attend incredible banding<br />

demonstrations, which facilitate tracking<br />

their migration patterns, with the<br />

sweet possibility of releasing one from<br />

your hand; participate in a variety of<br />

exciting early morning birding trips;<br />

enjoy an elegant banquet; experience<br />

stunning hummingbird art and conversations<br />

with gifted artisans, and meet<br />

Happy, the Hummingbird Spirit. All<br />

are a part of the allure of this year’s<br />

Festival, and its opportunity for<br />

hummingbird-lovers to connect.<br />

We welcome your membership,<br />

corporate and/or festival sponsorship,<br />

donations for our conservation efforts,<br />

and/or the purchase of space in our<br />

Official 2024 Hummingbird Calendar<br />

as a memorial for loved ones, a plug<br />

for your business, a shout-out to the<br />

society for its work, or a tribute to<br />

your favorite hummingbird.<br />


www.hummingbirdsociety.org<br />


info@hummingbirdsociety.org<br />


928 284 2251<br />

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Photo by Ron Brewer



Photo by Ron Brewer<br />

“We are a nice<br />

yin and yang pair.”<br />

Looking back over decades of dance, Lisa Chow and Step<br />

Raptis have helped enlighten and balance communities<br />

with colorful stories from the past. The husband and<br />

wife met in 1988 in a dance class Step was playing for. At<br />

that point, Lisa had been with Desert Dance Theatre for<br />

several years and was in transition to become the Artistic<br />

Director. Sometime later, Step would join as the Music<br />

Director, composing music for Lisa’s choreography and<br />

other company pieces.<br />

When they met, Step had already established the Adzido<br />

West African Drum and Dance Ensemble with master<br />

drummer, Uncle C. K. Ganyo. Within a year, Step and Lisa<br />

created Crossroads Performance Group, which was an<br />

interdisciplinary music and dance collaboration. Through<br />

Photo by Ron Brewer<br />

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the Arizona Commission on the Arts they<br />

did Artists in Residency programs in schools<br />

around the state. Later, Step would also<br />

join the Commission’s roster with his<br />

show, Step’s Junk Funk, where everyday<br />

objects are used to create exciting and<br />

engaging rhythms.<br />

One day, a fellow dancer mentioned she<br />

had seen the movie about Harriet Tubman,<br />

A Woman Called Moses. She suggested that<br />

Desert Dance Theatre do a show about<br />

the historical Tubman. With the seed<br />

planted, it took about a year of research<br />

and script creation to bring the idea to<br />

fruition.<br />

Step joined in the position of musical<br />

director. Growing up in a musical family<br />

with a father who had conducted Greek<br />

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Photo by Ron Brewer

Orthodox Church Choirs, Step utilized<br />

his knowledge of choral music to<br />

conduct the choral ensemble.<br />

The cast of Sister Moses began with<br />

a small group of dancers and kept<br />

growing every year. The educational and<br />

community residencies associated with<br />

the production allowed them to work<br />

with students from elementary and high<br />

school, as well as community members<br />

who were included as part of the dance<br />

cast, choral singers, or appearing in walkon<br />

parts in various scenes. Their largest<br />

cast ever was about sixty performers.<br />

The show was commissioned and<br />

performed at the Herberger Theater<br />

Center. The following year it was<br />

performed to a sold out house at ASU<br />

Gammage. Additional funding allowed<br />

the dance company to invite and bus-in<br />

school children from different parts of<br />

metropolitan Phoenix to experience the<br />

show. As a well-recognized work since<br />

1993, Desert Dance Theatre’s honorable<br />

and historical production of Sister<br />

Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman was<br />

performed for twenty-eight consecutive<br />

years until the pandemic interrupted its<br />

run.<br />

In 2000, ASU Public Events<br />

commissioned a new piece from<br />

Chinese <strong>America</strong>n choreographer H.T.<br />

Chen of H.T. Chen & Dancers from<br />

New York. The piece was called Bian Dan<br />

(the Chinese word for “bamboo pole”<br />

used to carry water on the shoulders).<br />

Lisa served as Community Rehearsal<br />

Assistant for the Arizona community<br />

cast whenever the company was out of<br />

town at residencies. This began a long<br />

relationship with H.T. Chen & Dancers.<br />

Later, Lisa saw an article where H.T. was<br />

working on a project called South of<br />

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Primary Junk | Photo by Rick Meinecke<br />

Step’s Junk Funk | Photo by Harald Weinkum<br />

Gold Mountain. H.T. and his wife, Dian Dong had gone through<br />

the southern United States interviewing Chinese <strong>America</strong>n<br />

Citizens and they were getting ready to put together their<br />

show, which depicted the generation gap between the elders<br />

and the new generation.<br />

Being from Mississippi, Lisa contacted them offering to act as<br />

a consultant. However, soon Lisa was headed to New York<br />

to The Theater of Chen Dance Center to dance in the show.<br />

During her first rehearsal they showed Lisa some slides from<br />

the South which would be incorporated into the show. There<br />

were photos including seniors, families and Chinese grocery<br />

store owners. Lisa was surprised to look up and see her<br />

grandfather’s grocery store as part of the projections.<br />

Photo by Ron Brewer<br />

The project was well received and included a touching scene<br />

with the young children dancing a Chinese handkerchief<br />

dance with the seniors. Eventually, Lisa was able to perform<br />

South of Gold Mountain in her home state of Mississippi.<br />

Throughout their careers, Step and Lisa have each been a<br />

part of two creative streams that merge into a river and<br />

continue to flow, making a sea of creativity.<br />

Photo by Ron Brewer<br />

Step commented, “We work off of each other. We bonded<br />

with the arts and we balance each other out. We are a nice<br />

yin and yang pair.” 4<br />

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Strings<br />

of the<br />

By Erick Hale<br />

Heart<br />

CHIARA<br />


“A harpist will spend 90% of their time tuning the harp and<br />

the other 10% playing a harp out of tune” – Igor Stravinsky<br />

As a child, Chiara Capobianco wanted to follow her older<br />

sister’s lead in playing the flute. And so she did. She played the<br />

musical stick along with Sabrina in marching bands around<br />

their native Milano, Italy. She evidently played so well that<br />

she was encouraged to pursue a musical career even in the<br />

tenderness of a single digit age.<br />

Soon enough she was encouraged to apply for admission at the<br />

prestigious Conservatorio di Milano. To receive the benefit of<br />

graduation however, a commitment of ten years to the studies<br />

and lessons were required at the time of enrollment.<br />

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The application process required a choice of three possibilities for the instrument<br />

of instruction. She selected her three in this order: flute, piano, and harp. Flute,<br />

because this is what she really wanted; piano, because this was a popular<br />

choice and seemed like a safe bet. The harp idea was suggested as a<br />

possibility for the third choice because it was less popular and perhaps<br />

could swing the enrollment acceptance her way.<br />

Well of course. The harp choice opened the door! Soon she<br />

was immersed into the role of being an embryonic<br />

harpist. But, could she come to relish that<br />

somewhat foreign instrument?<br />

The harp is certainly not a foreign<br />

instrument to musicians or<br />

the world of music.<br />

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of world travel with her music<br />

career being the ticket. First stop:<br />

London, where she landed her first<br />

gig just days after her arrival. Later<br />

she accepted the position of an<br />

entertainer in the cruise ship industry<br />

and for seven years she plied ‘the<br />

seven seas.’<br />

Later stints found her in Asia and the<br />

<strong>America</strong>s. She now calls San Diego<br />

home and from this base she traverses<br />

throughout Southern California to<br />

perform for small events and major<br />

productions.<br />

Chiara has also taken up the honor of<br />

passing the torch. She teaches the art,<br />

not only of loving the harp, but if Igor<br />

Stravinsky is correct, of spending a<br />

lifetime tuning their harpstrings.<br />

Her own harp collection ranges from<br />

simple strings up to a performance<br />

harp made of carbon fibre materials,<br />

and even further up to her elegant<br />

concert harp which is used for<br />

special performances. Visit her at<br />

chiaracapobianco.com. 4<br />

It has roots in ancient Mesopotamia,<br />

Persia, Africa, and Asia. The<br />

instrument, in one form or another<br />

has proliferated with acceptance<br />

throughout Europe, and on to the<br />

New World too, with today’s major<br />

harp manufacturers being located in<br />

Europe and the USA.<br />

Little Chiara’s willing acceptance<br />

of this comparatively imposing<br />

instrument soon led to her forming<br />

heartstrings to its legacy and its<br />

capacity. As she progressed through<br />

the years to graduate as a master<br />

harpist she found herself so fully<br />

entwined with this third-choice<br />

instrument that it graduated to first<br />

place in her heart; and off she went<br />

to make her way in the world as a<br />

sophisticated harpist.<br />

Always having a repressed wanderlust,<br />

she could now fulfill her dreams<br />

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Catherine Cotay may have a bit<br />

of flour power in her DNA. Her<br />

grandmother, Arabella was a<br />

baker in England and taught<br />

the craft to Catherine who<br />

for ten years has been an<br />

entrepreneurial baker in<br />

Washington D.C.<br />

When it comes to culinary,<br />

the arts are doubly<br />

important. There is an art to<br />

blending, to baking for sure, but also an<br />

art to presentation. And every culinary provider should<br />

rightfully have their own take on that, because on our side of<br />

the coin artistic license is an imperative.<br />

Highlighting that side of it, Catherine identifies herself as<br />

the Creative Director in her comfortably sized D.C. pastry<br />

shop,The Baker’s Lounge. While her heart is in the tart, she<br />

designs and creates a full line of delicacies for Washingtonians<br />

from all walks of life, from all over town. Learn more at<br />

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Edward S. Curtis,<br />

Self Portrait<br />

Edward S. Curtis,<br />

Piegan, c. 1910,<br />

cyanotype on paper;<br />

Peterson Family Collection<br />

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Not by Sight<br />

BRYN<br />

MCLEOD<br />

By Erick Hale<br />

Visit Bryn McLeod’s website and the<br />

first thing you will see is a Biblical<br />

quote from a translated letter written<br />

by the Christian Apostle Paul to<br />

members of a congregation in the city<br />

of Corinth, Greece some two thousand<br />

years ago. That translated text says in<br />

part “... walk by faith, not by sight.”<br />

But Bryn McLeod is a visual artist. He is<br />

a painter, a translative artist, converting<br />

his vision of things perceived to<br />

a reflective abstraction using his<br />

mediums of choice: oils, acrylics, and<br />

watercolors.The employment of<br />

sight is paramount to the enjoyment<br />

and appreciation of visual creations,<br />

especially those of two dimensions<br />

like McLeod creates. What, then, is the<br />

relationship here between the seen and<br />

the unseen in his work?<br />

Bryn wants his viewers to actively<br />

choose what they see, not to simply<br />

see a mirrored subject, but to be an<br />

involved interpreter, contributing with<br />

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Counselor<br />

Chapel at Tlaquepaque<br />

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a personal translation. By adding a<br />

spiritual dimension from the viewer it<br />

personalizes the piece for that viewer,<br />

or as he says “... he art is a process of<br />

allowing the viewer to see the visual<br />

information through their own lens<br />

without telling them what to feel,<br />

[what] to think ... ”<br />

Bryn McLeod himself made a leap of<br />

faith, simply to become a painter. He<br />

was raised around, educated in, and<br />

for ten years practiced professionally<br />

in the mundane world of practical<br />

Cathedral Rock<br />

“ …the art is a process of<br />

allowing the viewer to see the<br />

visual information through their<br />

own lens without telling them<br />

what to feel, what to think…”<br />

– Bryn McLeod<br />

Tarah<br />

economics. After meeting his wife,<br />

Lillian, a woman of the arts, they<br />

migrated from Chicago to Oahu, and<br />

after seven years of pursuing the arts<br />

in Hawaii, returned to the contiguous<br />

states where they both remain active<br />

in chosen accomplishments — Bryn<br />

as a painter, and Lillian as a highschool<br />

photography teacher.<br />

Bryn’s work is available in the Bleu<br />

Gallery in Dahlonego, Georgia, and<br />

the Navarro Gallery in Sedona,<br />

Arizona, or can be seen online at<br />

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Midnight<br />

Oil<br />

"Burning the midnight oil" is an age-old expression<br />

referring to people working late at night to fulfll their<br />

goals and accomplishments.<br />

The <strong>ARTSource</strong> Midnight Oil feature focuses on<br />

people using off-hours to accomplish creative<br />

pursuits.<br />

Sometimes busy, creative professionals will have<br />

side interests that are pursued for the love of<br />

doing so, and these sideline arts are also featured<br />

in Midnight Oil.<br />

Compiled by Phillip Coddington<br />

Rachel Kelli<br />

S<br />

hinichi Suzuki was a Japanese<br />

philosopher and educator that<br />

believed in the capacity of people<br />

to absorb the language of music at<br />

any age and pioneered methods for<br />

training children in music that was<br />

adopted by many educational systems<br />

globally. The Suzuki method was<br />

employed by many school systems in<br />

the United States and made it possible<br />

for a young girl named Rachel to<br />

be introduced to the violin. "I grew up<br />

with music in the family so I thought<br />

the violin would be something I could<br />

do that no one else in my family did.<br />

So I decided to join the (Suzuki)<br />

program, only to find out that the<br />

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violin suited me. This is why I feel that<br />

music in public schools should always<br />

be available, and a priority for all<br />

children. It will change a life as it did<br />

mine!" she says.<br />

For the last six years, Rachel Kelli<br />

is found almost daily entertaining<br />

people in the famous and historic<br />

Santa Fe Plaza of New Mexico's capital<br />

city. "I remember the first time I ever<br />

set foot on the plaza with my violin,<br />

wondering how people would react<br />

to my music and my playing. Even<br />

though I was a little scared and shy, I<br />

started to play and began to attract all<br />

sorts of different people. They stopped<br />

and listened, and someone even came<br />

up to me and said, 'Listening to you<br />

just changed my life!'<br />

"As well as performing, I have the<br />

privilege of teaching little ones!<br />

Teaching allows me to be in a position<br />

where I can influence children's<br />

strengths and imagination! I can take<br />

part in shaping the next generation!"<br />

Today, Rachel Kelli teaches violin<br />

and entertains at various events. She<br />

loves enriching her family of four with<br />

the joys of music in their home life.<br />

Visit: stradivariusviolin.square.site.<br />

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"I want to give<br />

form to an abstract<br />

feeling or idea, and<br />

take a finite thing<br />

and turn it into<br />

something<br />

reimagined"<br />

Baruch Koritan<br />

The Water Split<br />

While Baruch Koritan is a<br />

working professional on<br />

several artistic levels, we've included<br />

his story in Midnight Oil because he<br />

has varied interests and talents in<br />

the artistic arena and each of these<br />

gets his attention in their turn. He's<br />

found fueling one, then another<br />

creative outlet as he moves across the<br />

checkerboard of life.<br />

Photo by Howard Paley<br />

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Self-Propelled<br />

VISUAL: "I began painting and<br />

creating things as a small child," he<br />

notes. "Blending hues on a palette<br />

proves to be a powerful stimulus. How<br />

each color relates to another appears<br />

to me like the world recreating itself

at that very moment. My favorite<br />

media is 'mixed' as I often add stones<br />

or found objects to my works with<br />

paints – or with no paint at all. I still<br />

incorporate mosaics although they<br />

may just be torn paper or pieces of<br />

found objects or glass."<br />

COMPOSITION: Baruch is a writer<br />

and music composer whose works<br />

have enjoyed global exposure and<br />

acceptance.<br />

PERFORMANCE: Baruch is invited<br />

to perform popular and classical<br />

piano recitals internationally. He<br />

serves as a Cantor (member of Jewish<br />

clergy that sings or chants the liturgy)<br />

and has been at Temple Beth Shalom,<br />

Sun City, Arizona for over thirty<br />

years.<br />

RECENT SHOWS: In early 2022, he<br />

had a solo show, "Kabbalistic Expressions<br />

in Art," at the Arizona Jewish Historical<br />

Society, Phoenix, and was awarded a<br />

ribbon at the Glendale Arts Council's<br />

statewide show in 2022. Koritan was a<br />

contributor in Arizona Art Alliance's<br />

"Unspoken Survivor Stories" for National<br />

Suicide Prevention Month and was<br />

featured in Artlink Inc.'s winter show in<br />

Phoenix through the 2023 Superbowl<br />

season.<br />

The Water Came Back and Covered the Chariots<br />

Since 2012, Baruch has<br />

been researching and<br />

applying Kabbalistic<br />

overtones onto his<br />

artworks, and all<br />

their titles are Biblical<br />

references. “I enjoy<br />

giving form to abstract<br />

ideas and, conversely,<br />

reimaging the finite.<br />

Assigning new<br />

relationships between<br />

diverse elements,<br />

feeling them coalesce, is<br />

fascinating to me.”<br />

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Maki Lin<br />

It was a visit to the Hawaiian Cultural<br />

Center and witnessing pottery being formed<br />

on a wheel that started Maki Lin along the<br />

creative path of potter possibilities. She ultimately<br />

discovered that “to make something out of a lump of clay<br />

feels like magic,” and today she makes and sells her own style<br />

of handmade pottery.<br />

Through nearly thirty years of being a creative potter she<br />

has learned to particularly enjoy developing unique glazing<br />

techniques. Each time she thoughtfully layers the glazes,<br />

with perhaps several different applications, it is pure joy to<br />

anticipate and then witness the results. “Unloading the glaze<br />

kiln feels like Christmas,” she declares.<br />

Maki belongs to the Ann Arbor Potters Guild in Ann Arbor,<br />

Michigan where she lives, creates, and provides regional<br />

customers with a changing array of her original productions.<br />

Besides her own marketing efforts, The Guild sponsors<br />

two sales per year where Maki and other potters present<br />

and offer their works to an appreciative public. “It is both<br />

rewarding and validating to sell my completed work,” she<br />

says.<br />

More of Maki’s work can be seen at the Potters Guild<br />

website www.pottersguild.net/current/#/maki-lin.<br />

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Jeremy Johnson<br />

By Lynn Alison Trombetta<br />

Eyes Wide Open<br />

Meet Jeremy Johnson and One-Eyed Willy. Their paths merged when<br />

Jeremy decided to use his camera to photograph nature as therapy<br />

while recovering from a nearly devastating illness. Jeremy is a classically<br />

trained artist. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts specializing in<br />

sculpture and quickly ended up working in finance and sales in leadership<br />

for the last twenty years with a Fortune 100 company. He shares his story<br />

here in ArtSource.<br />

“August 2020, at the height of the pandemic I woke up in the middle<br />

of the night with the worst pain that I’ve ever felt in my life. And with<br />

what became multiple organ failure, I spent seven days in ICU in the<br />

hospital. I ended up at the Mayo Clinic and they saved my life and<br />

diagnosed my illness as an autoimmune disease.”<br />

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Jeremy soon began to recognize some<br />

cognitive issues as symptoms from<br />

his newly diagnosed autoimmune<br />

encephalopathy made keeping a train<br />

of thought increasingly difficult.<br />

“So my wife basically lost her husband<br />

and inherited a third child. With the<br />

help of people at the Mayo and the<br />

immunotherapy treatment they were<br />

able to reverse a lot of it and I’m back<br />

at work after being out for almost a<br />

year.”<br />

During that fateful year Jeremy<br />

did hundreds of hours of physical,<br />

occupational and speech therapy. “But<br />

I’ll tell you, the best therapy I got was<br />

getting back out with my camera,” he<br />

commented. “I really reconnected with<br />

my camera and my artistic side and<br />

if you follow my social media posts<br />

you’ll see that fall of 2020 is when I<br />

got back out there and was really able<br />

to use that as my therapy. And I have<br />

continued with not only the actual<br />

photography, but also the writing for<br />

the social media side, which became<br />

therapy as well.”<br />

This is where Willy the one-eyed owl<br />

flies into the scene.<br />

“There’s a nest of owls about 50 yards<br />

from my front door. While I was really<br />

sick I started photographing them.<br />

I noticed one of the male’s eyes was<br />

missing and so I named him One-<br />

Eyed Willy, after a character in the<br />

movie, The Goonies. It’s cool, he was<br />

kind of like my little mascot to go<br />

through my immunotherapy with and<br />

push through every week. I watched<br />

One-Eyed Willy persevere through<br />

it all and feed his family and he had<br />

two fledglings last year. I came to find<br />

out he just had an infection in his<br />

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eye and he worked through it. He<br />

persevered and hunted through it<br />

and this year they have four babies<br />

that fledged! They are literally<br />

sitting about 100 feet from my<br />

house learning how to eat! I’m<br />

watching One-Eyed Willy persevere<br />

through his own challenges at the<br />

same time I face mine.”<br />

Facing those challenges led to<br />

some incredible connections<br />

with other nature lovers when<br />

Jeremy decided instead of his<br />

Occupational therapy assignment,<br />

which required him to read<br />

something and then report back<br />

with what he had read, he would<br />

sit down and write about the owls<br />

for the day.<br />

“I didn’t want to do the<br />

occupational stuff that they gave<br />

me at the hospital. I wanted to do<br />

something I was interested in<br />

“One-Eyed Willy in Spring of 2021<br />

when I was deep in the throes of<br />

Autoimmune Encephalitis”<br />

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“Wild Horses under Red Mountain in our green Sonoran desert”<br />

instead, but that I could get the same benefit from. I got much more<br />

benefit from the writing and photography and now others benefit<br />

from it as well. It’s been so much fun! It turned into more than I ever<br />

expected, it’s actually gotten a little bit out of control. When you have<br />

so many followers, if you put Instagram and Facebook together it’s<br />

literally over 30,000 people, you’re talking hundreds and hundreds of<br />

messages a day.<br />

Sales of my work have become a nice side income source, especially<br />

when I was disabled and out of work for almost a year.” See more on<br />

Facebook @jeremyjohnsonphotography.<br />

“One of One-Eyed Willy’s 2021 Owlets”<br />

Jeremy’s photography journey began with a two-year stint in Utah for<br />

work where he was transferred. “It’s gorgeous and totally different;<br />

I was going after mostly landscapes there. But if you look at my<br />

work, I think I found the best place on the planet in Arizona since<br />

moving here ten years ago with my wife and two daughters. At first<br />

it was mostly landscapes and if there were animals it was the wild<br />

horses. That’s what I was focused on pretty much exclusively. And<br />

now it has shifted - my eyes have opened up to so much more to<br />

what is around me, not to mention opened up to so much more<br />

about what’s important in life. I’ve been refocusing my energy on<br />

my family and not the daily grind that I had been focused on for the<br />

last 20+ years. Not that I haven’t always been focused on the family<br />

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and other important things, but until<br />

you go through such a life-threatening<br />

experience, (‘Okay, I might die today’),<br />

you can’t say that you appreciate things<br />

in the same way.”<br />

He continued, “Loss and things like<br />

that make it better, but sometimes<br />

it’s just hard to figure out the reason<br />

‘why’. It was at the height of Covid:<br />

I ended up with an autoimmune<br />

disease that is incurable and I was<br />

going through twelve weeks of<br />

immunotherapy with the goal of<br />

the treatment being to completely<br />

suppress my immune system in the<br />

height of a pandemic. I challenge you<br />

to find a better escape, a better therapy<br />

than I found in nature.”<br />

Jeremy describes his simple nonintrusive<br />

approach to photographing<br />

wildlife as ‘always respectful’.<br />

“You don’t need fancy stuff when<br />

it comes to your camera, mine is a<br />

Nikon D750. I find that the lens<br />

matters more than the camera. When<br />

I found Willy I upgraded to a high<br />

quality 500mm lens because I don’t<br />

disturb wildlife. People see my work<br />

and comment on how close they feel<br />

to the animals. But I am not close at<br />

all. I want to make sure that people<br />

understand that, because I do see<br />

people trying to replicate a photo with<br />

a normal handheld camera and they’re<br />

up there sticking their head in a hole<br />

in a saguaro, or they’re getting up<br />

next to a wild horse, ten feet away. I’m<br />

using a 500mm lens, sometimes with<br />

an extender on that and then I crop<br />

in significantly to get that photograph<br />

of that owl. I’m always respectful,<br />

especially of nesting animals and those<br />

that are especially susceptible to being<br />

disturbed.<br />

Jeremy has become nearly expert on<br />

his owls and could not resist the urge<br />

to offer up some insights about One-<br />

Eyed Willy and his wife, Wilma.<br />

“Great horned owls mate for life and<br />

they come back and they nest at the<br />

same place every year for as long as<br />

the nest is around. Owls cannot build<br />

nests, they’re opportunistic nesters, so<br />

where hawks and eagles build nests,<br />

the owls will come in and steal them.<br />

Willie and Wilma have a nest on a<br />

ledge right outside my front door.<br />

They came back again this year and<br />

had four owlets and all four survived.<br />

With a chuckle he added, “Willy came<br />

back this year and he’s healed, he’s got<br />

two eyes!”<br />

Jeremy states, “Two-Eyed Willy now has a healed eye and three new owlets"<br />

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Hannah Joya<br />

Hanna Joya is a communicator.<br />

In her day job she<br />

works as a marketing coordinator<br />

for a major San Diego regional<br />

hospital, but spends her off-time<br />

communicating through acting,<br />

modeling, and writing. With all of<br />

her pursuits she keeps an eye on<br />

being of service to humanity.<br />

Hannah's entire life has been influenced by the fact that her<br />

father suffered with GBS-CIDP (Guillain-Barre Syndrome /<br />

Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy), a<br />

chronic and progressive condition where the body essentially<br />

attacks itself, causing permanent nerve damage over time.<br />

After his passing, Hannah raised the courage necessary to<br />

chronicle a memoir regarding questions about life's mysteries,<br />

enduring familial love and the confident faith she has for<br />

reunion. The title itself "Never Goodbye" communicates<br />

confidences expressed and explored in more than 200 pages of<br />

outpouring her heart, one evidently molded by compassionate<br />

insight and love. Learn more on Instagram: hannahmariejoya.<br />

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A woman’s creative talents are shared with many<br />

through her art form. Owning an original piece<br />

of her work has nothing to do with monetary<br />

exchange.<br />

Donna Gauthier<br />

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By Leslie Haddad<br />

Donna Gauthier is always working<br />

on something. She has a knack for<br />

locating interesting fabrics in inspiring<br />

colors and designs and combining them<br />

in unique pattern combinations to make<br />

fun and exciting fashionable creations.<br />

Sewing is considered one of the oldest<br />

art forms. Donna, whom we shall refer<br />

to as a sewist, (part sewing enthusiast<br />

and part artist), creates important little<br />

works of art.<br />

By day she’s employed at a well-known<br />

fabric store where she assists customers<br />

with their purchases, helps maintain<br />

a huge fabric inventory and has<br />

knowledge of most any sewing supply<br />

one might need. Donna also teaches<br />

sewing classes on Saturdays.<br />

SEW WHAT!<br />

It’s really during her off hours when<br />

there is something extraordinary<br />

happening. That is when she transforms<br />

into the clever, “artistic Donna” with a<br />

sweet and interesting story, a heart for<br />

people, and someone who feels she must<br />

do what she can to help others in the<br />

world. She’s a fairy godmother of sorts<br />

who uses her artistic talents to create<br />

something magical for others leading to<br />

a happy ending.<br />

Born in Weymouth, Massachusetts,<br />

Donna moved to Arizona in 2014. Her<br />

early childhood, while not financially<br />

abundant, was filled with fun times and<br />

some great childhood memories. She<br />

spent most of her time with her sisters<br />

playing at the beach and collecting<br />

shells. Donna's family lived directly<br />

across the street from a local drinking<br />

establishment and although she and her<br />

siblings were aware of the more “grownup”<br />

stuff that went on there, including<br />

husbands and wives retrieving one<br />

another from the clutches of “Happy<br />

Hour,” and beyond, the five sisters<br />

learned that life for them was fun<br />

because they could joyously play out<br />

and about together.<br />

As the eldest, Donna had<br />

always been a source<br />

of stability for her<br />

sisters. Great<br />

influence<br />

had come<br />

to her<br />

by way<br />

of her<br />

wonderful<br />

Grandfather<br />

who was responsible,<br />

caring and generous. Donna<br />

greatly admired him and from him<br />

she learned how to treat people with<br />

kindness, and to try to make life a little<br />

easier for others where and when she<br />

could. It was a very good lesson that<br />

she would always treasure. Life changed<br />

and got a little tougher after he passed<br />

away, but she never forgot him or what<br />

she had learned. So Donna, with her<br />

fond memories and her close family<br />

continued on as families do.<br />

It seemed Donna could always sew. She<br />

used her babysitting money to purchase<br />

fabric and supplies and she would make<br />

school clothes for her sisters. It came<br />

naturally to her, so creating Halloween<br />

costumes and whatever was needed for<br />

special occasions followed.<br />

Years passed and then sadly, the girls<br />

lost their mother to cancer. Donna took<br />

on more responsibility where the family<br />

was concerned. All five girls continued<br />

living with their dad as they were<br />

growing up. Although the sisters still<br />

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playing together, eventually young men<br />

entered into the picture. Soon her sister,<br />

Betsy was getting married, so Donna<br />

applied her wonderful sewing talents<br />

and created a beautiful wedding dress<br />

for her. Later, Donna designed and<br />

produced her own wedding dress as well.<br />

Just six weeks before her wedding,<br />

her father passed away. With both<br />

parents now gone, Donna and her new<br />

husband, Bill took on the responsibility<br />

of providing for the needs of the three<br />

youngest sisters through to adulthood.<br />

No small task, but the newlyweds<br />

happily cared for the siblings, hoping to<br />

make life a bit easier for them.<br />

Donna worked as a silversmith<br />

producing earrings, bracelets, necklaces<br />

and rings. Later, she moved into the<br />

world of banking. Eventually her<br />

sisters grew up and she and Bill raised<br />

children of their own. Years passed and<br />

with their children grown and having<br />

children of their own, Donna finally<br />

semi-retired and moved to Arizona. She<br />

continued to lend her valuable talents<br />

wherever they were needed most.<br />

This leads us to the present, and to<br />

new children and families that might<br />

benefit from her gifts. Since she can<br />

design almost anything for any occasion,<br />

Donna creates fun, beautiful dresses and<br />

outfits for children who can use them.<br />

She knows that life can hand someone a<br />

basketful of changes and that problems<br />

can arise in a moment. Never charging<br />

for design, time, fabric, buttons, trim or<br />

thread, Donna has sewn, then mailed<br />

or hand delivered her artistic creations<br />

to organizations that offer assistance to<br />

families. Whether it’s for a child to have<br />

something fresh and new to go back to<br />

school, or something for them to wear<br />

with family or friends, Donna’s outfits<br />

can help a child fit in, while uniquely<br />

standing out. This helps take a bit of the<br />

burden off of hardworking parents with<br />

many responsibilities to balance for their<br />

families.<br />



There’s another story involved here.<br />

When the Covid pandemic hit in 2020,<br />

Donna heard the many news reports<br />

about the lack of<br />

face masks available.<br />

She invested<br />

her government<br />

stimulus money into<br />

a new heavy-duty<br />

sewing machine and<br />

plenty of supplies to<br />

carry out a mission.<br />

Donna worked to<br />

design a pattern that<br />

would work the best,<br />

and began creating<br />

double layered<br />

masks for the senior<br />

community where<br />

she resides. She<br />

made sure there<br />

were many fun colors and designs to<br />

choose from, hoping to inspire even<br />

reluctant people to meet the maskup<br />

requirements of the times. In her<br />

view, there was no shortage of people<br />

who wanted and needed them. Before<br />

long, she was also making masks in<br />

children’s sizes too, because she met<br />

grandparents who wanted to protect<br />

their grandchildren.<br />

Donna learned that the Navajo and the<br />

Fort Apache reservations in Northern<br />

Arizona were being called “Covid<br />

hotspots” and there was a need, so<br />

she worked every minute she could<br />

and late into the night sewing masks<br />

for the Native <strong>America</strong>n populations.<br />

immediately she sent them hundreds of<br />

free masks.<br />

Donna sewed over 8,000 masks, all of<br />

which were donated to organizations<br />

helping to protect veterans, the elderly,<br />

children and others. She never charged a<br />

penny for her creations.<br />

With the pandemic running at full<br />

speed, media journalist, Anderson<br />

Cooper had created a Facebook page<br />

titled “Full Circle, The Goods.” When<br />

he learned about Donna and her<br />

generosity he shared the information<br />

with his followers. He spoke of Donna<br />

and her “Compassion Fashion,” a<br />

name given by a close friend to describe<br />

Donna’s creative sewing missions.<br />

Soon, inspired by a letter written by her<br />

sister, Betsy, a local television station<br />

came to their home to surprise and<br />

interview Donna and reward her efforts<br />

and kindness with a check. Donna<br />

was thrilled and of course, cashed the<br />

check and spent the money on more<br />

fabric and sewing supplies to keep her<br />

missions going.<br />

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Tonya<br />

Lonsbury<br />

Zoby is the real name of a real dog living a real life with a real person that has<br />

infused Zoby’s life with real adventure in real places. Zoby’s human mentor<br />

in life is Tonya Lonsbury of Tampa, Florida.<br />

Tonya has taken Zoby along the nearly 2200 mile Appalachian Trail – wherever<br />

she was permitted to take him – traversing fourteen of the United States from<br />

Georgia to Maine.<br />

Most interesting is that Tonya has written the story of Zoby’s adventures, a<br />

story embedded with a delightful literary device that brings the reader along<br />

the trail with embellished insights as might be seen from Zoby’s perspective,<br />

along with fictional interjections of his conversations and adventures with<br />

other creatures en route. The story of Zoby is a true story with a delightfully<br />

imaginative fictional twist. Zoby – Small Dog, Big Adventures on the Appalachian<br />

Trail is available at amazon.com.<br />

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The Opera includes wood and pieces from ocean plants<br />

Anna<br />

Marchenko<br />

Dr. Anna Marchenko spends nearly all of her waking<br />

hours beautifying elements that come her way. As a<br />

dentist, she helps people to reflect a better smile, but when<br />

not practicing dental procedures, she is found sculpting<br />

and polishing old wood or creatively painting new art pieces<br />

on canvas and other media for an art gallery maintained<br />

adjacent to her dental offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.<br />

“The need for self-expression, (and) for dialogue with<br />

present and future generations is what makes me take<br />

a chisel and/or paint-brush and start my part of this<br />

conversation,” she says.<br />

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Indigo Heaven – “The night is falling on a busy big city.<br />

People rush home, some stay in traffic, some rest near TV in<br />

their apartments. And not too many know that a beautiful<br />

flower opens its multidimensional petals of reality, bringing<br />

joy and protection. Not everybody looks up in the sky to feel<br />

this kind of inspiring creative energy. Nevertheless it’s there,<br />

it exists sending its goodness into our little physical world.”

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Anna Marchenko’s art gallery adjacent to her dental office includes her paintings on<br />

canvas, wood carvings, mixed media with wood chips, seashells and semi-precious<br />

stones<br />

Found wood is her favorite for<br />

carving. "My husband, Val, and I<br />

love traveling. My wood pieces come<br />

hand-picked from all over the world:<br />

islands in Greece, jungles of Mexico,<br />

the Curonian Spit (between Lithuania<br />

and Russia), the Atlantic coast of New<br />

Jersey, plus Hawaii, New York, places<br />

in Croatia where the Adriatic Sea<br />

touches the woodland and of course<br />

Pennsylvania where I live. But it’s all<br />

connected,” she explains, adding “The<br />

wood itself is so noble and warm – you<br />

notice it, laying on the ground and<br />

just can’t walk away from it. It calls<br />

you. You bring it home, start cleaning<br />

and shaping it…the wood just tells you<br />

a story, kind of a fairy tale.”<br />

Regarding painting she says, “Painting<br />

with oil on canvas was my lifelong<br />

dream. Sketching and drawing I've<br />

done for as long as I can remember.…<br />

But the oil is a (newer) endeavor… I<br />

was lucky to have good art teachers. I<br />

learned with devotion and started to<br />

paint about two decades ago.”<br />

Regarding inspiration, Dr. Marchenko<br />

wrote in her artist’s statement<br />

many years ago something that she<br />

Driftwood with sea glass casts a crescent<br />

moon shadow<br />

emphasizes still holds true for her<br />

today: “I’m in love with life… and<br />

light and its magnitude of colors, with<br />

everything in existence.”<br />

“My art is an attempt<br />

to reflect an immense<br />

beauty of the world that<br />

surrounds us, as well as<br />

the beauty of the human<br />

soul. It is meditative and<br />

frequently appears in an<br />

abstract form.<br />

It doesn’t matter how<br />

simple or complex our<br />

life appears to be. If<br />

we just fill it with an<br />

immense love and let<br />

this love penetrate all<br />

the dimensions of our<br />

vast reality, the universe<br />

will then smile at us with<br />

its kind wisdom and<br />

everything will change...<br />

colors become brighter,<br />

thoughts become crisper,<br />

sparks are ignited, and<br />

other happy dimensions<br />

open ultimately filling<br />

life with wonderful new<br />

discoveries.<br />

With this in mind, both<br />

my artistic point of view<br />

and life philosophy are<br />

filled with love and light.”<br />

– Anna Marchenko<br />

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aCappella<br />

It would be easy to conclude that the musical qualities<br />

of the human voice were the first musical instruments<br />

used by humanity. Over time, myriad instruments<br />

have been invented by people and used solo and for<br />

accompanying the voice in performance.<br />


A capella singers, however, choose to use the human voice<br />

exclusively, the voice without any accompanying musical<br />

inventions. All tones, all ranges, and all harmonies are<br />

created only with the use of the human voicebox.<br />


Today, the term, ‘a capella’, or ‘acapella’, means essentially<br />

just that: singing without musical instruments. Students<br />

at Boston University in Massachusetts have been engaged<br />

in a capella singing for some thirty years, doing so mostly<br />

to fulfill the human drive for artistic creativity, and doing<br />

that with a style and charisma that keeps the orchestration<br />

alive and thriving semester by semester. Take a look here<br />

at the current groups engaged in this delightful art form,<br />

and learn more at bostonuniversityacappella.com.<br />

FORTE<br />

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But Tod’s been writing for a lot longer<br />

than he has been in real estate. “Both<br />

my parents were published poets in<br />

small regional publications. They both<br />

enjoyed writing and I remember back<br />

home in South Dakota when the three<br />

of us sat around the table just to write<br />

poems. I was probably seven or eight – I<br />

wish I had what I wrote, but I don’t.<br />

That would be fun to see. I still have a<br />

lot of poems that my mom and my dad<br />

wrote.”<br />

Tod Christensen has always loved<br />

poetry, but he’s quick to say that he<br />

doesn’t consider himself a poet and that<br />

he doesn’t really write poems. “I write<br />

stories that rhyme. I’ve always found this<br />

to be a really good way of expression.<br />

It can convey a lot of emotion and<br />

whatever the emotion is, I’ve always<br />

found it to be a really neat way for me to<br />

express it.”<br />

Tod’s style of lowercase and no<br />

punctuation seems to reflect a certain<br />

stream of consciousness approach.<br />

He explained, “Art is always being<br />

interpreted, so although on a few rare<br />

occasions, I would bold a word or throw<br />

in some punctuation to really make a<br />

point, I really feel the lack of capital<br />

letters and certainly punctuation allows<br />

for a little more open interpretation<br />

by the reader that may allow them to<br />

immerse themselves in the writing in the<br />

Tod<br />

"A poem captures a moment, a feeling,<br />

an emotion ∼ A story tells a story with a<br />

beginning, a middle and an end."<br />

Christensen<br />

By Lynn Alison Trombetta<br />

way they want to, not necessarily<br />

the way that I would direct them to.”<br />

By day, Tod manages two of the offices<br />

for Russ Lyon Sotheby’s in Sedona.<br />

Until recently, Tod wrote mostly<br />

for himself, occasionally<br />

sharing choice pieces<br />

with a handful of<br />

friends and maybe a<br />

few family members.<br />

“I would typically write<br />

one about every three<br />

or four years. But all of<br />

a sudden I just had such<br />

an outpouring of emotion<br />

that I started writing one poem<br />

after another. As I started to share them<br />

with more people, each was really well<br />

received. People told me they really like<br />

them and I started to feel like there was<br />

a real message here, and I thought the<br />

timing is right – a lot of people needed<br />

to hear this message right now.”<br />

Some are able to see themselves so<br />

vividly in Tod’s writing that it clearly<br />

brings forth emotion and several have<br />

commented with tears in their eyes, “It’s<br />

as if you wrote this about me!”<br />

“That’s when I realized there’s<br />

something special at work here.” Over<br />

time, when I showed all of my poems<br />

to a small group of people that really<br />

enjoyed them, inevitably each would<br />

say, “Oh, that’s my favorite!” And I liked<br />

hearing that because every single poem<br />

was somebody’s favorite.”<br />

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When asked to describe his writing, Tod is quick replies, “I like<br />

to write stories that rhyme. And I like the thought of somebody<br />

being really immersed in the story without even realizing that<br />

it hits home for them personally until the end. That’s what I<br />

enjoy most- throwing out little hidden meanings within the<br />

story.”<br />

To illustrate this Tod adds, My poem, “Through the Storm” is<br />

about an old sailing crew that has to pass through a storm, they<br />

don’t have any choice, and at the end of the poem you realize<br />

that the poem is not necessarily only about the storm, but the<br />

storm is a euphemism for life. You can’t skirt life; you can’t find<br />

a harbor; you can’t hide from it. You have to sail through it.”<br />

Tod’s debut book of his work, “Redemption: The World<br />

According to U” was released in Fall, 2022.<br />

She Walked<br />

By Tod Christensen, December 1, 2021<br />

She was strolling through her memories one day<br />

Passing by her childhood and her friends she would play<br />

She rounded the corner to her teenage years<br />

And winced at the moments that had brought her to tears<br />

After her teens she entered the young adult block<br />

Where she had to take an honest look at herself and take stock<br />

Falling in love was what everyone expected and she fell<br />

But it wasn’t really love and time would tell<br />

“Airborne” by Lynn Alison Trombetta<br />

Sure there would be some happiness and the children she adored<br />

But life wasn’t what it should be and that fact she clearly ignored<br />

She saw herself buying into all the false gods<br />

Trying to find happiness with the external and facades<br />

She watched herself become someone she didn’t even know<br />

Gone was her self confidence from long ago<br />

She saw herself trying her best to conform<br />

And when she didn’t oh how it brought on the storm<br />

The marriage ended mercifully but painfully as well<br />

At that low moment she covered up and went into her shell<br />

But then something truly amazing occurred<br />

Because in her mind and her heart something had stirred<br />

She remembered who she was and was always meant to be<br />

Strength, beauty, grace and kindness was she<br />

She began to live the life she should have always had<br />

It's never too late and her heart was now glad<br />

She smiled as she passed through the next decade or two<br />

She saw all the memories and the time and how it flew<br />

Her only regret now was that she wished she could explain<br />

To her beautiful self that time would eventually drain<br />

“A Walk in the Rain”<br />

by Lynn xAlison Trombetta<br />

How every day and moment is precious and quick<br />

And to stop wasting time as the clock steadily ticks<br />

She wished she could shake herself and wished she had talked<br />

To herself as she neared the end of the journey she walked<br />

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Regina<br />

Goddard<br />

R<br />

egina Goddard loves to paint. Like many artists, Regina<br />

went from dreaming about being a creative to becoming<br />

one! Her pieces are created plein air on-site and in studio. “I<br />

love painting something which encourages others to value<br />

and enjoy creation and nature,” she says. Being on location<br />

fills her own senses with appreciation, and that finds its way<br />

onto the canvas.<br />

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“Oils!” That’s the answer she gives<br />

when asked about her medium of<br />

choice. “I began with acrylic but<br />

with some encouragement from an<br />

artist friend, Mary Lois Brown, I<br />

transitioned to oil and it has been<br />

my favorite ever since. For me, oil<br />

paint just mixes more beautifully…”<br />

Regina’s work is often purchased by<br />

guests and visitors to a short-term<br />

home stay property they operate<br />

on Lake Norman, northeast of<br />

Charlotte, North Carolina.<br />

2023 holds hope of reaching a couple of milestones in her life<br />

as an artist, for she and her husband will move into a new home<br />

being built this year on the shores of Lake Norman, and that<br />

home will have a studio that will allow Regina to reach yet another<br />

milestone in her pursuit of her painting career, to have a dedicated<br />

space to teach others. She will teach children and adults the joys<br />

of pursuing their own creative dreams as an artist. Visit Regina at:<br />

Timshelgallery.com and Timshelgallery on Instagram.<br />

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Kia Rooei<br />

Called to the Keys<br />

Kia Rooei is a motivated teen pianist<br />

who came to the instrument only<br />

about a year ago. Though all in his family<br />

are musically inclined, and he is in fact a<br />

guitarist, he did not get excited about music<br />

until one day while watching television he<br />

heard a melody played on piano – and was<br />

simply awestruck. Peering more intently at<br />

the potential of this instrument he became<br />

magnetized by the comparative complexity<br />

of the piano. He just had to learn it. The<br />

motivational piece that got him up and<br />

going to the keys was composed by Frederic<br />

Chopin, titled Nocturne Opus 9 Number 2<br />

in E-flat major.<br />

Initially he learned all pieces by ear, but<br />

is rapidly progressing as a reader and<br />

composer of music.<br />

Recently, while walking in La Jolla,<br />

California, fifteen year old Kia noticed<br />

a piano in an art gallery and asked if he<br />

might play it. His energy and passion for<br />

the performance was notable and came<br />

to the attention of the gallery director,<br />

Steve Lundquist.<br />

When it was learned that he was eagerly<br />

practicing for a scheduled High School<br />

performance in Ramona, California,<br />

and that he had been studiously preparing<br />

Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata,<br />

Third Movement, for that event he was<br />

invited to come back during an already<br />

scheduled production and perform a<br />

dress rehearsal. His family supported and<br />

encouraged him to do it – and he did, to<br />

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“Goodnight,” Mom says,<br />

as she turns off the light.<br />

But I like staying awake<br />

more than sleeping at night!<br />

First in a New Series by Lynn Alison Trombetta!<br />

With over 20 beautiful, full-page color illustrations Abbey’s<br />

bedtime antics promise to be a fun read for the whole family!<br />

This sweet pet story with bright, full-page illustrations is told by Abbey the<br />

Puppy in rhyming text that children will want to read again and again.<br />

Available at Amazon.com<br />

or your favorite bookseller.<br />

Hardcover : 40 pages<br />

8.5”x 8.5”<br />

ISBN: 978-0-9744878-7-8<br />

www.LynnTrombetta.com<br />

Abbey the Puppy has a new home, but she likes staying<br />

awake more than going to sleep! This colorfully illustrated<br />

children's book tells the story of Abbey the Puppy's view of<br />

bedtime through verse. It’s a trying time for her new Mom,<br />

but Abbey soon learns that everybody sleeps and she is<br />

safe and loved in her new home. Vibrant illustrations and<br />

rhythmic prose keep the story moving.<br />

It’s a perfect gift for boys and girls of all ages and is<br />

delightful to read together, especially for those who<br />

resist bedtime.<br />

A new puppy brings great joy into the family, but just like<br />

children, Abbey has to adapt to family routines. Join the<br />

newly adopted puppy as she learns that everybody sleeps<br />

and she is snuggled and cuddled and she is not alone.<br />

Ideal for toddlers, children ages 3-8, and all dog and<br />

animal lovers!<br />

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The Call of Beauty<br />


A New Book by Edwin L. Wade and Allan R. Cooke<br />

Reviewed by James D. Balestrieri<br />

The Call of Beauty, Masterworks by Nampeyo of Hopi, by Edwin<br />

L. Wade and Allan R. Cooke, is a new, beautifully written and<br />

sumptuously illustrated book on this remarkable artist. But more<br />

important than the beauty of the book is its groundbreaking view<br />

of Indigenous art forms. Most books on Native <strong>America</strong>n arts<br />

confine themselves to the ethnographic background, implying by<br />

omission, if not more overtly, that Indigenous arts fall short of<br />

the personal aspirations that mark artistic traditions historically<br />

seen as more sophisticated. In The Call of Beauty, the aesthetic<br />

power and artistic value of the oeuvre of one Indigenous artist,<br />

Nampeyo, is convincingly asserted. Throughout, Wade and<br />

Cooke discuss thorny questions of beauty, quality, and taste,<br />

acknowledging their position as non-Natives, chronicling their<br />

decades of study, and detailing their criteria of judgement.<br />

Nampeyo was born circa 1860 on First Mesa, atop a sandstone<br />

Pueblo some hundred miles northeast of Flagstaff, Arizona.<br />

Women on both sides of her family were potters. In the 1880s,<br />

ancient pottery forms, especially Sikyatki pottery, inspired<br />

Nampeyo and brought her to the attention of anthropologists,<br />

dealers, and collectors. Not content to tell this story, however,<br />

The Call of Beauty, Masterworks by Nampeyo of Hopi centers its<br />

gaze on Nampeyo’s artistic vision, technical innovations, and her<br />

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interpretation of her world through extraordinary works,<br />

making the case for her as an important world artist, and,<br />

in her own way, a modernist. As Wade writes, “Nampeyo<br />

created an aesthetic, intellectual, and emotive portal into<br />

the core of Hopi experience, but also into the transcultural<br />

experience of beauty.” Some of Nampeyo’s finest works can<br />

be seen in the Allan and Judith Cooke Collection of Hopi<br />

Pottery, on view at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of<br />

the West. westernspirit.org. The Call of Beauty, Masterworks by<br />

Nampeyo of Hopi is currently available at the Sue and Robert<br />

Karatz Store at Western Spirit.<br />

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