Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Life, Freedom, and Call to Action

Life is precious, and art is part of freedom. Art is the way my soul sings. Cut the wings of an artist, and you have cut life.

In the last two weeks, freedom is being impinged on a Chinese artist named Ai Weiwei. My heart goes first to Cuba...but this has also hit me. The two hits on my conscious are by coincidence: one by email from about cyber attacks and a blog post by fellow artist Leslie Nutting.

We in the United States are free by the grace of God and sacrifices made by those who serve. We can speak our minds, hearts, and share them with the media. We can make choices, but those in Cuba and some in China have little freedom. 

Won't you help? 
For more about the artist, please find Leslie Nutting's blog post by clicking on her name. Then, go to and sign there petition to release the artist. 

If you would like to read the email that was sent to me, scroll under my signature.

You are invited to TWO events! 
Some of my art will be presented at Life Is Art Showcases South Florida at The Shops at Boca Center on April 30th, 2011. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information about The Shops at Boca Center, please visit For more information on Life Is Art, please visit

The second event is on May 7th at Dharma Studio during Coconut Grove's Second Saturday Art Walk. My art Florida Heat will be on display this evening from 7pm to 11pm. The art and event is friends and family friendly! See you there!
Whimsies for Beth - ©2010 - acrylics on river rocks
Smiles,  Angeline Marie of 
Angeline Marie Fine Art
Facebook Page for Angeline Marie Fine Art

The petition demanding the release of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has nearly 100,000 signatures. 
Our engineers are working around the clock to fend off the attacks and, for now, the petition is still up. 
We need to let the Chinese government know that illegal tactics from within its borders won't stop the mounting pressure on them to release Weiwei. If you haven't already, please join nearly 100,000 members and add your name to the petition now. 
To recap: Acclaimed dissident artist Ai Weiwei -- who helped design the famed “Bird’s Nest” stadium for China’s Olympics -- was arrested on April 3rd by Chinese security forces at the Beijing airport. His office and studio have been ransacked, and no one has heard from him since. 
The international art community banded together, demanding his release -- and the directors of more than twenty leading museums (including the Tate Modern, Museum of Modern Art, and the Guggenheim) started a petition on that has garnered worldwide attention, including in the New York TimesLA Times, and Guardian.  
The campaign has helped to give rise to an international outcry. Political leaders around the world are calling for Weiwei's release and activists have organized peaceful protests at Chinese embassies and consulates. 
Though China is desperate to silence its critics, the pressure to free Weiwei continues to grow. You can help by signing the petition now: 
Autocratic governments know that the internet is a democratizing force, and they'll do everything they can to suppress online activism. Know that we stand with you for change, and that we will continue to fight to make sure your voice can be heard. 
- Patrick and the team 
P.S. Due to these repeated attacks, our site may be slower than usual or unavailable at times over the next few days. Thanks for your patience. 


Miriam said...

Hi there, JJ is great :). Your work is SO beautiful! I'll check back again soon for future posts, I really love any type of art and I'm happy I found your site.
Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters
P.S. I'll put my name on the petition too.

Angeline-Marie said...

Yes, JJ is great! Did you see his last post about all the projects he has! Wow!
Thanks for the help with the petition!

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