Friday, October 31, 2008

Something More Important

So, I had my political blog all ready to go. I had all the reasons I am voting for Obama down and all the reasons why "that one" just doesn't cut it for me. I had articulate thoughts on how much pettiness I have been witness to, among adults. How many slurs and slanders and jibes and hating remarks and "I'm Right, You're Wrong" finger pointings. This blog was so good, it would have called all the evil slanderers to remorseful repentance!! Yes, indeed, in one blog post alone, I called us all to accept each other and our differences in politics and put everything else aside

....and then I thought...nope, not going to do it.

Because I have something more important to write about.

The Children of Shanti Bhavan.

I was asked to be part of an art auction by my friend Emily to help the George Foundation of India. Here is her message.

Christmas is coming, and instead of giving your money to Target or Walmart, 100% of your contribution will go directly to helping sweet Indian children receive a quality education! This whole art benefit will be on an official George Foundation website in the next month or so...but I am giving you a sneak peak of the amazing art that will be a part of this benefit, just in case you're an early shopper...


"Autumn Leaf" by John Turner
Photo size is 12x16. Frame included. size is 16"x20", natural wood.
$95, shipping included

"Madonna and Child" by D'Arcy Benincosa
8" x 10" in a white frame or 11" x 14" with no frame
$75, shipping included
Other Photos by D'Arcy

"Shape and Shadow" by Leilani Bascom. (black and white tile)
film photograph printed on archival photo paper 12x18
$80, shipping included
Other Photos by Leilani

"Study in Aesthetics #2" by Leilani Bascom ( yellow and orange plant)
film photograph printed on archival photo paper 12x18
$80, shipping included

"Translucence" (green and white plant)
film photograph printed on archival photo paper 12x18
$80, shipping included


"Hurricane Stoves" by Keva Gneiting
acrylic on canvas
$100, shipping included

"Tree Series-Cherry Tree" by Emily Potter
watercolor on canvas paper
red mat included, shipping included

"Tree Series-Autumn Leaf" by Emily Potter
watercolor on canvas paper
blue mat included, shipping included

"Tree Series- Green Forest" by Emily Potter
watercolor on canvas paper
black mat included, shipping included

Save $10 on "Tree Series": $200 for all three

Intention Jewelry
by Angela Johnson
Item #1: retail value for all earring pairs: $125. Earrings shown are examples only - actual set will be custom creations.
Item #2: $59 Turquoise Flower: Turquoise beads come together to cradle a beautiful Hill Tribe silver flower pendant.
Item #3: $25 Intention Jewelry gift certificate - this can be used at any Intention Jewelry open house, custom order or online.

The children at Shanti Bhavan

About the George Foundation
I love raising money for other people!

This is a photo of my dear friend Emily. She worked at the school in India for several months and through her eyes, I came to know and love these children.

As an added Christmas bonus...if any of you want commissioned paintings throughout the month of November, I will give all proceeds for those paintings to the George Foundation. 

I will also give 50% of each family photo shoot I do, during the month of November, to the George Foundation. I've only got two scheduled, so come join in and let's start giving!!

This is the place that my family has decided to donate their money to for Christmas. I couldn't be happier with our decision. You can buy one of these amazing pieces of art at the art auction on Emily's blog.


Stina said...

Is our family shoot one of the ones which will be donated to the foundation? Even more reason for us to be excited to do it! Thanks for sharing their message with us.

D'Arcy said...

It absolutely is!!!

Moonbird said...

D'Arcy, you have put such an exciting energy into this project!

Boquinha said...

Beautiful! I like you for so many reasons!!

Ruahines said...

Kia ora D'Arcy,
The election will be what it will be. This is far more important and relevant. Rock people's worlds as you do.

Olivia said...

Love it. Beautiful art.

Would have loved to have heard the political rant too, though. :)

(I feel the same about "that one" and his running mate too!)

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

What an amazing post. I think you were able to shift paradigms quite nicely and even overlap them. Because i feel that if Obama is elected, Americans will shift towards doing good deeds in the world and unification.

I'm forwarding this to family and friends.

ophelia rising said...

D'Arcy, this is so beautiful. I am so humbled by this, and by your efforts. For some years now, my family and I have been slowly getting out of giving gifts during Christmas, and instead have been putting our money toward causes such as this. I truly believe in this, and I'm in awe of you and what you're doing.

Thank you for reminding me. We are here to help, and to love, one another.

Hey, It's Ansley said...

D'Arcy, I just keep more and more happy that I know you.

Gustav said...

The children's eyes are so beautiful, what a cool project.

HappyWifeHappyLife said...

D'Arcy, this is so cool! Would it sound totally nerdy to say how PROUD I am of you for putting up this post? I'm going to link over to it on my blog too.


Steve and Jenn Fletcher said...

I love those pictures of Emily. They are so "Emily". I remember the first time I met her...she was only eighteen and exactly the same. Same passion, same kindness and generosity, same endearing disregard of the good opinion of others. Those pictures show it all.

Oh, yeah. And your photograph of the Madonna and the Child is breathtaking.

smiles4u said...

Beautiful! What a great idea my dear friend! I have been planning on writing a post about this issue of giving to those in need instead of spending so much on children that already have too much. As soon as I have time I am going to look at all the web sites you gave here. If you don't mind, I would like to link people to this when I get around to writing this post.

You and these other people have beautiful hearts...thank you for sharing with us this wonderful thing. I swear to God, people like you, keep my faith in the goodness of people still existing in this human race. Bless you...bless Emily...bless all those contributing to this great cause.

Believe me, if I could, I would bring my family there to you in Utah, to photograph. Seriously, I have thought about this in the past, after looking at the pictures you take. Yep, you could take pictures of my family and I could make you some gaucamole...some day we will get a chance to meet D'Arcy...and that will be a great day my dear friend.