It has certainly been a difficult week. We have been bombarded by images and messages of hatred, violence, murder, anger, misunderstanding, and misinformation. It has been exhausting.
There have been multitudinous artistic reactions to these horrifying acts of terrorism, and it is always inspiring to witness creatives reacting to such ugliness by making something beautiful.
I took a moment this morning to come at it from a different direction however. I wanted to see the images in our archives that were tagged with words such as “love” and “peace”. I wanted to feel joyous, to feel warmth, to see vibrant colors – and admittedly a lot of doves.
And I’d like to take this moment to share these images with you.
On Saturday, April 13th, Tonya Engel will be setting up shop at a wonderfully eclectic show while simultaneously helping to raise funds for PS9 in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.
Fans of her dream-like works will be happy to see that she’s bringing along a few brand new original oils, in addition to prints on wood and paper. She is also expanding her brand, however, and will be debuting a few new boutique products such as handmade journals, greeting cards, and sculpted jewelry. No matter what your price point, this incredible artist has made it easy to take a little treasure home!
Take a look here to learn more about this fantastic afternoon. And for those of you that are unable to attend, don’t fret – you may also peruse the artist’s wares at her etsy shop. Just click here!
We love having our artists stop by at the MGI office, so when Tonya Engel recently paid us a Â visit, we certainly were pleased. She is just as charming and lovely as her work, and is filled with wonderful stories and anecdotes…check out that vibrant energy!
Tonya Engel donated this beautiful painting to the Long Center Rollins Studio Theater in Austin, TX for their upcoming play “delta dandi”.Â Presented by the Center for African American Studies at the University of Texas, the show runs January 9th & 10th, 2009 and was written by Tonya’s good friend, Sharon Brigeforth.Â Click on the thumbnail for more information about the performance.