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Grass for Gandhi and Garden News

We’ve just set up a fundraiser to get some of the last supplies to complete the Gandhi Garden. If we can raise $1000, we can have this space ready for shows and events this Summer. Please watch the video and consider supporting this project with a small donation. You can read more and donate here »

gwg5-webIn other news, Gardening with Gandhi is set for next Saturday, April 27th. Please come out and enjoy a day of gardening and creating. Whether you want to plant kale or weld metal, somehow we have an event where you can do both. You can read more about it here »

Wanted: Plants and Volunteers

859438_10151508345771967_2083136661_oOur next Gardening with Gandhi is coming up on for Sunday March 24th. We’ll be doing lots of planting, so over the next couple weeks we’re running a plant drive. We need:

Edible Plants
Ornamental Plants
Shrubs
Flowers
Vines
Seeds

We are especially looking for plants which will thrive in the shade, but we’ll take anything. If you’d like to donate, you can call Graham at (609) 903-0715 or fill out or contact form. You can also bring donations right to 223 East Hanover St., Trenton NJ and drop them off in the garden Donation Center (inside the garden entrance, on the left).

Don’t forget to come join us on the 24th for a day of good earthy fun at the Gandhi Garden. Read more about the event here »

Good Times in the Garden, GWG III Next Sunday

gg3smallLast weekend we had a group of students from Rider U come out and help in the Gandhi Garden. It was a great time.. and we want to do it again next weekend. So we’re having another get-together this coming Sunday, the 24th, and Everyone’s invited. I built a chair out of pallets the other day and I’m down to do more work in that vein. Kasso also has some kid’s artwork he’s looking to paste up outside. Let’s make it happen.. check out the event here »

A Garden for Gandhi

Finally we have a page for the Gandhi Garden. It seems our little reclaimed space next door is becoming a big deal, being recently featured on the front page of the Trenton Downtowner,  on Isles’ Website, and in this mini-documentary (thanks Lucky856 Productions). We need help getting the garden ready for spring. That’s where you come in. Monday January 21st is Martin Luther King’s Birthday Day, and since he was a fan of Gandhi, I think he’d appreciate you coming to our second volunteer event in the garden, Gardening with Gandhi Part II. There will be hard work, hot drinks and of course, art.

Windows of Soul Re-Cap

Press

The Trentonian
http://www.trentonian.com/article/20120922/NEWS01/120929770/-windows-of-soul-spotlights-art-in-trenton
Trenton Times
http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2012/09/trenton_art_group_holds_three-.html
US 1 Newspaper
 http://princetoninfo.com/index.php?option=com_us1more&Itemid=6&key=9-19-12windows

Blogs

http://www.examiner.com/article/trenton-radiates-urban-creativity

http://everydayadventureswithanna.wordpress.com/2012/09/26/windows-of-soul/

http://www.redballoonstudio.com/?p=1171

Photos

Dara Mirkin

Nicole Hamilton

James Carey (part 1) (part 2)

Anna Stange

Windows of Soul Finished Pieces

Windows of Soul Was All Love

Windows of soul was a daring move. People outside were afraid to come to East Hanover. People on the block were afraid of the crazy new artists. But it seemed all fears and doubts were smashed on both sides as we powered through three straight days of art and festivities.

We kicked it off Friday night with the opening of our brand new gallery. Inside the the art set the mood.. we set up each room to highlight a different style: photography, graphic art, pop art, and a chill black-light pad. It wasn’t long before the gallery was packed, the wine was flowing, and party spilled into the street.

Saturday was all about the art. The street was blocked off, and it was filled with canvases, cloth, boards and enough cans of spray and house paint to cover the whole block.. and that’s just what we did. Armed with a scissor lift and a bucket truck, we covered about 75% of the boarded up windows on East Hanover St. (that’s a lot.) It was a huge collaborative effort- The Sage Collective crew came out to rock some of the larger windows, while the higher ones were filled up with art submitted from all over the place. Local artists came out to paint live and run workshops, and the kids had a ball painting hundreds of feet of parachute cloth, plywood, and tires rolled out in the street. I was running a pendulum painting workshop. With a 10 foot tall tripod we painted a couple dozen wood panels throughout the day. Even the parking meters got painted. A few hundred people must have come through, and it seemed like everyone there was either making art or getting down with the DJ. On that end, ItsJustAmhad kept it all moving with a great mix of 80s & 90s hip-hop, house and funk. The barbecue was on-point, serving up some mean shish kabobs.

Sunday was all about the music, and we had some great acts come through, headlined by the soulful riffs and fiery lines of Dre Skuffs & the Blackout Kings. Black Collar Biz kept the show moving and performed a few classics, Ahmad spun in some Spongebob just to drive his son crazy, and Lyrik and I performed “Is this Love” by Bob Marley (yes, it was love that I was feeling.) All the while, Wills, Kasso and the crew kept on painting and installing art on window panels. By the end of the day only a few were left. Our neighbour Anne also got her deep-fry on, cooking up some fiery wings and showing some big love.

For me, this quick little story tells it all… On Sunday morning, in a classic last-minute brainstorm, Jon and I decided to build a stage out of a bunch of garbage we found in a warehouse down the street. Together we slowly toppled a stack of 300 pound shipping boxes and dragged two of them out of the rubble with ropes and found tools. Then Kasso and Wills stepped in to help, and we trucked both boxes, with a stack of old plywood, two blocks down the street with a hand cart and a dolly. At that point I still didn’t know if it could work. I had serious doubts. The performers were getting ready to start and I was beginning to think we were just getting in the way and wasting everyone’s time. Then Derrick from across the street showed up to lend us a hand, and so did an old friend who I haven’t seen in years. After we sawed and hammered it all together, The headlining band, which was waiting to do a sound check, stepped in to help lift everything into place. Together, we pulled off a stage which definitely did its job, and in my opinion, looked pretty sick. Throughout the day dozens of people performed on it, including myself. The whole experience was a lot like Windows of Soul as a whole.. It was a crazy idea, brought forth with stubborn determination and finally realized when a whole village stepped up to make it happen. During this event I was assisted (saved) multiple times by the help of friends, neighbours and local kids. The SAGE group may have set this up, but it was definitely the whole community which made it go. I want to thank everyone out there from the bottom of my heart.. it meant so much to me to see so many people come together so spontaneously and meaningfully.

On Monday afternoon, the last panel was painted, depicting a little bird sitting on a giant, hatching egg. I feel like that means something. All I know is that we’ll keep on doing what we love to do, for the good of ourselves and whoever wants to join us.

Windows of Soul Outdoor Submissions Part 1

We started to look thru and organize the gallery show and all the outdoor submissions yesterday. There is so much incredible, inspiring art. I am so excited about the show! Here is a sampling of some of the work we have received thus far. There will be another post with the remainder of the work..coming soon..
Check it out..LR..Sage Coalition

Windows of Soul.. CALL FOR ART!



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