Enter Into Joy

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Sheraton Downtown Hosts Magnificent LOVE Art Exhibit

The Sheraton Downtown Dallas Hotel on North Olive is hosting a fantastic Dallas LOVE Project exhibit.  Stop by sometime to view this beautiful display of LOVE art.  

Located at 400 North Olive Street, Dallas 75201, the exhibit includes artwork from Richardson ISD, Boys and Girls Clubs, Dallas Community Lighthouse, DeSoto ISD, Karnutas Artcamp, among others.

For a full list of Dallas LOVE art venues, check out our map on the Dallas LOVE Project website.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Comerica Bank Tower / Dallas Chop House a Showcase for Dallas LOVE Art

The Comerica Bank Tower and Dallas Chop House is a beautiful venue for a large display of the Dallas LOVE Project artwork. 

Artists from the following locations among many others are represented at Comerica Bank Tower:  DeSoto ISD, Richardson ISD, Keller ISD, Parish Episcopal, Irma Rangel Young Women's Leadership School, J Erik Jonsson School, and DISD schools.  

In addition, artwork from the Boys and Girls Clubs, Dallas Community Lighthouse, Dallas Museum of Art, First Presbyterian, New Friends New Life, Oak Lawn United Methodist Church Youth, SMU Meadows, The Stew Pot and many others are represented.

THANK YOU Comerica Bank Tower and Dallas Chop House!  
THANK YOU to our volunteers who worked several days 
to install this grand exhibition of LOVE art!

Comerica Bank Tower is located at 1717 Main Street, Dallas 75201.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Dallas LOVE Project Home Covered in LOVE Art

Today we honor our In-Kind Donor, Matthews Southwest and South Side on Lamar, for the perfect home for the Dallas LOVE Project.  When we realized we would be curating over 10,000 pieces of LOVE art, we knew our little office on North Peak would not "hold all the LOVE!"

Matthews Southwest and South Side on Lamar's generous donation of 7,000 sq feet of space allowed us to work in a perfect facility big enough to hold all the LOVE and train and coordinate the hundreds of Dallas LOVE Project volunteers.

We installed hundreds of pieces at South Side on Lamar in and around our offices...stop by and see all the LOVE!

THANK YOU Matthews Southwest and South Side on Lamar!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

One of our wonderful venues for the Dallas LOVE Project artwork is Dallas Love Field.  Take some time this month to stop by and see one of our larger LOVE art exhibits.  For a list/map of all the Dallas LOVE Project venues, visit www.dallasloveproject.is

We’d also like to acknowledge and say a big THANK YOU to our in-kind donor, THIRD Interactive.  Our neighbors on N Peak Street, THIRD Interactive, is an interactive services firm who helped us create our Dallas LOVE Project website.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Dallas LOVE Project Venue: Dallas Public Library

During the entire month of November we will be highlighting Dallas LOVE Project venues.  Featured in this blog is the Dallas Public Central Library located at 1515 Young Street, Dallas 75201. 

One of the largest exhibits of Dallas LOVE art in the city, the library is open Tuesday through Sunday.  Click here for Central Library hours.

Upload your Instagram photos and don't forget to tag us: 
#DLoveProject #29pieces #dallaslovequilt

Sunday, September 15, 2013

What IS 29 Pieces and Why Should You Give?

Dallas LOVE Project

Barbara Miller - Creative Connections Workshop
Ann Hines - Creative Connections Workshop
MasterPEACE IF Lesson

29 Pieces began as one artist’s personal, spiritual response to a murder.

Through commitment and passion, it has become a vibrant, growing organization that touches universal responses to the meaning and value of life. 

Its vision is one of hope - to create a provocative, spiritual and purpose-driven art experience. 29 Pieces exists to empower children and adults by directly connecting them with their creative center – changing the way they learn, they way they problem solve, the way they interact with the world around them. 

Please support 29 Pieces on September 19, North Texas Giving Day, by giving generously through
 DonorBridgeTX.org.  Your dollars will be doubled by matching funds from the
29 Pieces Board of Directors.
29 Pieces Art #28 "Let me walk in beauty"
Dallas LOVE Project
MasterPEACE Love Lesson
Support 29 Pieces programming on Thursday, September 19 between
7AM-Midnight by giving generously at DonorBridgeTX.org

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Make Your Mark by Doubling Your Dollars

Make Your Mark next Thursday, September 19, on North Texas Giving Day! Donations given between 7AM - Midnight through DonorBridgeTX.org will be matched dollar-for-dollar by 29 Pieces Board of Directors.  Plus, all donations $25 or more will be eligible for bonus funds through Communities Foundation of Texas.

Support 29 Pieces and help us grow our MasterPEACE program in the coming year!  Let's put MasterPEACE in more DISD schools!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Creative Connections Workshop Creates Meaningful Experiences

Greg Colgan, Member, 29 Pieces Board of Directors

The August Creative Connections workshop brought many enlightening experiences to our participants. Our day began with an introduction to 29 Pieces, which are 29 Pieces of art, inspired by the sacred words and poetry from many ancient traditions.  

29 Pieces #11: Let Me Walk in Beauty
In a quiet and nurturing atmosphere, everyone meditated together and then created their own art, inspired by words from the poetry and books of the world's visionaries and mystics, such as St Therese of Lisieux, the Bible, Rabbi Abraham Isaac, Chief Yellow Lark and more. 

Artwork #11 (above) is created from Chief Yellow Lark's prayer entitled "Let Me Walk in Beauty."

Ramey Colgan
"I loved the message and structure of the class.
I was amazed at how Karen was able to move people, provoke thoughts 
and guide us to find our creative side, even those of us who don't normally think we're creative!" Ramey Colgan

Ashley Hoyland

Greg Colgan
Participants left the workshop spiritually refreshed and with a piece of original art of their own making.

Melanie Ferguson

 "I am grateful for a day set aside for artful meditation and prayer-like creativity. The opportunity to simply be and make.  You have invited us into stillness and gratitude, and low and behold it's a salve to the dynamic static I often walk around it."  Melanie Ferguson

Sarah Maple
"It was calming.
It came at a time of great turmoil for me.
It strengthened me to face challenges ahead."
Sarah Maple

There will be more Creative Connections workshops in the future.  Stay connected with 29 PiecesBlogs, Facebook and Twitter for information on future workshop dates.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Call for Artists

Artwork by Rebecca McWatters

The Peace Project's 4th annual Call for Artists:
Peace, Love and Understanding

The Peace Project's 4th annual Call for Artists brings together artists from all over the world in a united message of Peace, Love and Understanding.

Since The Peace Project's inception in 2010:
  • 2,000 artists from over 50 countries worldwide have participated
  • Over 25,000 people worldwide have donated time, money, art and services
  • Dozens of children in Sierra Leone are receiving an education through The Peace Project
  • On World Peace Day 2011, The Peace Project distributed 10,000 crutches across Sierra Leone, changing the lives of people instantly
Your can participate this year by submitting your artwork with the theme of Peace, Love and Understanding. If you're making LOVE art for the Dallas Love Project, you certainly can submit your artwork to The Peace Project!  Deadline for submissions is August 23, 2013. Or attend the traveling exhibit coming to Dallas this fall and BUY ART!

29 Pieces is once again hosting this one night exhibition of the world's largest collaborative art project on Saturday, October 12, 2013.

For more information about The Peace Project and submission guidelines, Click HERE.

Follow 29 Pieces on Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date of this and other events coming up this fall.  www.facebook.com/29pieces  @29pieces

Monday, July 22, 2013

Creative Connections Workshop

Our Creative Connections workshop on July 13 produced some creative and inspiring artwork and comments from our participants.
Our August 17 workshop is full...but contact Karen Blessen at karen@29pieces.org to reserve your spot in September.

“The writing exercise was very insightful.  
Wonderful selection of art materials to work with.  
The explanation of the background of the 29 Pieces was excellent.  
Loved the workshop—so glad I did it!”
 Margaret Culgan

 “I like the atmosphere.  Participating began -- even walking in the door -- 
by being friendly and open.  Karen enhanced this, and we quickly shared (and cried) together. This my be typical of this event or it may be specific to this group, 
but I loved it!”
Janet Lumpkin

“Really loved the entire workshop!  Especially hearing Karen’s story, 
the readings of passages and dominant/non-dominant journaling.  
Thoroughly enjoyed building collage around my chosen passage.”
 Ceil McDermott

 “Very powerful experience!  I was amazed at the depth of work and inspired by insights of all participants. A great way to slow down and get in touch with your deep, creative self and moves one closer to experiencing real joy.”
Vicki Millican

 “I felt really engaged throughout.  
Loved every bit.  The day flew by.  
Meditation has never seemed accessible, until now."
Liz Trosper

 “I want to be able to spend time in Karen’s gallery of the small 29 Pieces. 
I could hardly keep from crying because of the spirit that came through.  
The writing was very interesting as my non-dominant hand 
had a very different way of speaking.  
The art is always fun for me.  Stopping is hard!”
Jenny Jackson-Paton

What works in the 29 Pieces workshop? 
“Everything!  It was helpful to hear you share how you started the process of meditating and showing us your work from the 29 Pieces.  The book (God Makes the Rivers to Flow) will inspire us to continue creating.”
Maria Teresa Pedroche