Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Jessica...my light stalker is home from Chile...

I went down to work in the studio and to give one more gallery talk in my "Whispers and Echoes of Women's Work" in the Art Works Gallery. It was a small, intimate group and their questions never fail to open up a dialogue about how my work comes into a Life of its own. It never fails to amaze me that I reveal so much more of myself when I share my created works. Ken and I went back to work for another couple of hours...it takes more time to set up than I was realizing...I am anxious to work with my hands once again in my space...my womb...my sanctuary.

Jessica Phellps is an amazing young positive light in our Universe. She just returned from Santiago, Chile for a residency with orphans where she documents poetically their lives and aspirations. The government runs the institutions in Chile and there are gaping holes in the care and vision for these lost but loving children. My heart wept for all of them when Jessica described her departure about ten days ago. I decided then to exhibit these small works of the children in the studio in November /December where she will receive half of the money for herself and the other half will be donated back to orphanage...no this is no way to run a business...I realize that but Jessica will be making changes in the world...one child at a time! She went afterward to for a job interview and she got the job working with the YES kids starting on Thursday. Everyone wins ...Jessica will make a bit of money for her next journalism chapter and the students at risk will meet a loving gracious heart and role model.

I am still very tired so I will keep this short. I hope you enjoy the photos. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart


  1. This sounds wonderful! I was so excited when I read your comment on my blog today! I'm so glad you made the cupcakes and they were enjoyed! That just thrilled me to death! And you know...I hadn't really thought that far yet, but this particular tiny doll would probably make a fabulous pendant doll! Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. looking at your blog each morning is the way to start a meaningful day!You fill me with hope, inspiration and tug at my heart each day!
    Thank you!

  3. What a wonderful thing you were able to do for her. I love seeing the pictures of your new studio space. I do hope Ken video taped one of your "talks". I know I would love to see it. lol
    Yes, I know, I can always find things for him to do, too, but he does them so well. :)Bea

  4. Hello Mary Helen ! Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog, it makes my day ! I will be happy to visit your blog from time to time and admire your amazing art exhibitions and work. It's full of positive energy here ! Wish you fun and joy creating :)

  5. Hi Mary Helen :) Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog. I'm glad you liked my little quilt of Inishmaan in Ireland and I appreciated your comment about the soft edges. It's funny because that's what I used to strive for in watercolour painting and I hadn't realised it had transferred to fabric.

    I have had a little look round your blog and can see that you are a very giving person. I hope that your black and blue tummy is healing up (I hate those shots, they hurt so much!) Have fun in your new studio. Can you send your hubby over to sort mine out? ;o)

  6. I'm so glad I found your blog. Your exhibit looks very intriguing. How generous to donate half of the sales for the orphanage, but such a good cause.