“Jill-in-the-Box…with Attitude!”

Jill-in-the-Box with Attitude! $120

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At Ashland Art Works Galleries, we periodically do challenges, some for charity, some to sell ourselves, all for fun.  Since we have artists of several different mediums, the results are always interesting.  “Jill-in-the-Box…with Attitude!” arose because we all started with the box and went from there.  I loved Jack-in-the-Box when I was a kid.  I had this doll begun, and she seeemd to want to spring to life.  It was a fun pairing!  I like her.  Here’s a slide show of her with close ups. 

Stop by Ashland Art Works at 291 Oak Street, Ashland, OR and see her in person, with her compatriots by my excellent and wonderful fellow artists.

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“Abraham’s Children: A Time for Peace”

"Abraham's Children: A Time for Peace" 2002

“Abraham’s Children” was my response to 911. 

It took me a few months to compost that event, for this piece to form itself.  I completed it in February 2002 with the words that came to me inscribed on its back.

 “Abraham’s Chldren” is my plea for peace.  To all the descendants of Abraham: Jewish, Christian, Muslim, we are family.  We have fought as only family can fight.  It is time to work as hard at acceptance and peace.  All the effort, vigilance and commitment we have put into anger and vengeance will create a miraculous and enduring peace for our family.  It is time.

Since then, I have sought the home for “Abraham’s Children.”  Always I have known it needed to belong to people who were doing the work of Tikkun Olam (healing the world) on this level of faith, humanity, and love for this Gaian Earth we share. 

In March 2011, “Abraham’s Children” found its home…with Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and Eve Ilsen, whose hearts and lives have long been committed to this healing. 

I was honored and blessed to give “Abraham’s Children” to Reb Zalman and Eve when they were in Ashland for a Shabbaton at Havurah Shir Hadash, my own Shul.  I was doubly honored to present this gift on behalf of our entire Havurah Shir Hadash community www.havurahshirhadash.org and in the merit of our own amazing and beloved Rabbi David Zaslow. 

This gifting was a deep blessing to me…a small miracle I cannot define or adequately articulate. I am grateful.

 The Dedication to Reb Zalman and Eve inscribed on the quilt:  

“Abraham’s Children” was presented to Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi & Eve Ilsen, March 2011, in gratitude and honor for your presence among us, your work in the world, within Judaism and Jewish Renewal, for the uplifting of all faith traditions in unity and loving stewardship of this Gaia-Earth, who births, houses and nourishes us all.  Presented by Stephanie K. Nead, on behalf of Havurah Shir Hadash of Ashland, Oregon and in the merit of our beloved Rabbi David Zaslow. 

Thank you for who you are and all you have gifted us.

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Wooded Mountain

I love to be in the mountains, in nature where all sound belongs to the Earth and her creatures…from the wind shooshing through the pines high above to the nestlings of the moles and bugs below.  In between are the streams, pouring down the mountain’s flank, the smell of loamy soil and dry lichen rising under the heat of the sun’s kiss, my own breathing.  My soul opens up and drinks nourishment through my body.  It is a blessing. 

Creating these pieces in my studio takes me back to this communion in nature.  So each piece is infused with that loving nourishment and peace.  It’s a joy to create them.  Pay Pal & Checks.

 

"Wooded Mountain" roughly 18" x 7" $60

 

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On a Dark and Stormy Night

As it snowed outside, I felt so warm and cozy inside.  I love being in my studio, marinating in creative juices. 

Standing at my window for a moment to watch the snowfall, I noticed blossoms on the tree under the snow.  Then…my reflection and that of the warm room glowed trancelike to my attention.  I captured this image. 

My studio’s warmth on a dark and stormy night…

Creativity inside and out...nature: the ultimate inspiration...

“Spirograph Memories”

“Spirograph Memories”

Not sure where this one came from.  It just emerged…and it was a lot of fun to create!  I loved spirograph as a child.  This piece called for lots of different shapes and motion, a relationship of movement and strong color between the piecing and the thread painting.  Spirograph used such neon colors.  I always felt such joy as the colors created amazing shapes that interwove before my eyes, surprising me.

$280

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Wedding commission

This small commission (approx. 14″ x 20″) was made as a wedding gift for people who love hiking and nature.  Reports are it was received with delight.

This slide show offers some of the creation process, as well as the completed piece.

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The Whole Shebang

 Complete images from work currently hanging, through February 26th, at Illahe Gallery at 4th & Main…with poems.

“Snow Creatures”
 
I reach across the sky to you

With Creation’s Sistine touch

Deep communion

Arcs Self to Self

One Self

Reunion.

Stephanie K. Nead, 2010

 

 

Canyons”

In dark clefts

Between towering walls of darkness

All seems lost



I wander

Vanquished from hope

Absorbed by black

 

Yet time passes

Earth turns

In my wilderness of night

Appears a shaft of light

 

Looking up

My towering dungeon glows

Deeply burnt

Oranges, purples, reds

Warmth radiates

Nourishment as honey to my lips

 

Above me

Through water-worn canyon walls

Appears high heating sun

There all along

I had but to wait

For light to rise

And come ‘round again

 

I had but to wait

For the blessing of light

To know my Valley is not a trapped dungeon of despair

But a carefully carved path of earth

Blessing my night with color in forms of grace

A marvel of elemental communion

 

Small me

Blessed to know the dark

The light

The color

The grace…

I breathe.

Stephanie K. Nead, 2010