Thursday, February 26, 2009

Take a moment....

and hug someone that you love.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Have the COURAGE to stand up for LOVE!

Please check out this video from The Courage Campaign and forward it on to friends and family (esp. those who live in California). Just a reminder that you should always fight for LOVE!

Ken Starr, who led the campaign to impeach President Bill Clinton, filed a legal brief last month -- on behalf of the "Yes on 8" campaign -- that would forcibly divorce 18,000 same-sex couples that were married in California last year before the passage of Prop 8.

Watch "Fidelity" and sign our letter to the state Supreme Court before they hear oral arguments in the case on March 5. Tell the Supreme Court to invalidate Prop 8, reject Ken Starr's case, and let loving, committed couples marry. DEADLINE EXTENDED: March 2.

332,172 people have signed this letter (as of Monday, February 23). Our new Courage Campaign community goal is 350,000 signers.

Help Save Gallery 5

For the past four years, Gallery5 has introduced to Richmond an entirely new concept in the presentation of cutting-edge art and creative live performances. From the critically acclaimed “Disrobed” and “Disrobed 2” - the highest-attended art openings in Virginia history; to the “Carnival of Five Fires” - three nights of art, entertainment, and ribald revelry; and hundreds of unequaled exhibits, performances, and socially-conscious presentations, programs and campaigns throughout the years, Gallery5 has been the beacon of hope and creativity for thousands of emerging artists and entertainers.

Gallery5, housed in a 160 year-old, National Historic Landmark building, now finds itself in a very precarious position. The tens of thousands of loyal volunteers, artists, performers and guests who have combined to make Gallery5 one of the most popular art destinations in Richmond, have also been responsible for the wear and tear to the building that now must be addressed, without the necessary funding to do the work.

Without an immediate influx of adequate funding to address this serious situation, Richmond will lose this valuable historic resource. As most of you already know, Gallery5 has always been a labor of love, operated and maintained entirely by volunteers. It is our hope that the thousands of visitors who have been treated to a cacophony of unique sights and sounds each and every month will now come to our aid so that Gallery5 can continue to provide quality, innovative and enriching art, entertainment and exhibits to patrons for years to come.

The goal is to raise $175,000 to maintain both the historic building and Gallery5, we need your support. All donations, monetary or in-kind, are tax deductible. Even the smallest donations are appreciated.

A few of Gallery 5's critical needs:
-Roof repairs
-Exterior repairs
-Interior Water Damage
-Replacement awnings
-Electrical upgrade
-Heat and Air Upgrade
-Floor Repairs (Sanding, Repainting, Refinishing)
-Painting (Interior and Exterior)
-Equipment Repair and Upgrade
-Cleaning Services
-Gas Line Repair
-Mac Computer for Office and Internship Program
-Musical Equipment

Gallery5 currently pays over $4, 000 a month for its utilities, mortgage and insurance.
This does not include monthly licensing, taxes, maintenance and other professional services.

We are now placing Gallery5’s future in the hands of our loyal supporters and friends. If you are in a position to assist us, all of our faithful volunteers will be eternally grateful for your unselfish support for this Richmond icon.

How do I donate:?
You can make a donation via check, money order, credit card or paypal. If you would like to make an in-kind contribution, please email

Our paypal link is listed below. Please enter what you would like to see your donation go towards.

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Checks can be made payable to “Gallery5” and mailed to:

200 West Marshall Street
Richmond Virginia, 23220

If you would like to make a donation over the phone with a credit or debit card, please call 804 644 0005 or email

Please Help Keep this Richmond Landmark Alive!!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Arrrrrggghhh, me maties!

A good time was had by all this past weekend at the Gasparilla Festival in Tampa Florida. I went down to hang out with my awesome crew and get some much needed R & R and inspiration for my new line of jewelry. (Yes, you will see, soon, very soon.) Over a weekend of pillaging, looting and drunkenness I managed to find inspiration in the beautiful city. There were so many urban gardens and beautiful, cascading Spanish moss was hanging from almost every tree! The weather was amazing to boot! So, all rested, I will start work on a very organic spring line of jewelry for FMD. I can't wait!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Cabin Fever Anyone??

It is about this time of year, when winter drags on to what seems like eternity, that we long for a hint of summer. Anything to let us know that it will be warm again! I know this feeling well and I am heading to Florida for some inspiration and seashells! As you know, I love found objects, especially shells and beach glass. It is these objects that evoke longtime childhood memories of fun in the sand and sun!! Check out what I have in my ETSY store now and I will let you know what I found in Fla and was inspired to create!