Monday, December 29, 2008

Working to shine ......

You may remember an earlier post Mixed Media, Mixed Blessings... on my other blog about this artist Lydia Bodnar-Balahutrak when I visited her studio in the spring. Much of Lydia's current work is personal response to current political issues, but she has for some years now been addressing personal/political issues related to her Ukranian heritage.
From Lydia,
"This year marked the 75-year anniversary of the 1932-33 Famine in Ukraine, the Holodomor.
The following article and images documenting Houston's commemoration of the Holodomor appeared in the December 29, 2008 issue of The Houston Chronicle, page 1, Section B (City and State) and online on here."
All images curtesy of The Houston Chronicle and Lydia Balahutrak.

Above: Child II Shrouds
Image below is Lydia holding the above work. Click on the image below to hear her speak about her work and this issue.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Ole Joe Clark Gone to the Bees!

Produced by The Honeybee Project, this is a fun video. I love the new words to the traditional Bluegrass Old Joe Clark song! Makes me want to get out my fiddle!
Teenager Todd Elliot is the musician, singer and beekeeper in the video.
This project (The Honeybee Project) is an educational project designed for children (K-6) to raise awareness and engage them in the world they live. Further, their "goals are to educate, raise awareness, and demystify the honeybee for children while helping them form a connection to nature."
Go to their web site for more about them and what they do.