Issue #26 |

In this issue

by Joanna Moen

Oscar Wilde’s phrase “Life imitates art far more than art imitates life” rattled around in my brain as Art of the Peace prepared our Spring 2016 issue. The upcoming Return to the Earth Art Fest 2016 land art competition for one, mirrors for me the great concern many of us have about the future of Earth’s ecology and our safety and our future. Artists were perhaps among the first recyclers, reducers, and re-users. Think about Emily Carr using old brown paper and unused house paint when she could afford no better.

Here in the Peace Country, Candace Sanderson roves the forests looking for logs that will tell her how to shape them into the lovely organic forms that beg to be touched and stroked- and she will let you! Rene Giesbrecht takes the wool from local sheep to spin into the loveliest of weavings. She also grows cotton in her greenhouse—perhaps the most northern crop of its kind! Peter von Tiesenhausen has dedicated his art as a reflection of his life in nature—his history, philosophy, and advocacy, all revealed through art. Let us be inspired by all artists as they demonstrate their appreciation for the earth. And may life indeed imitate art with conscientious action and advocacy to preserve what has been freely given to us.

We humans are meaning-making creatures. We seek to express—as does art, as does nature. We reflect and mirror life and art back to each other. It might be said that art and life are continually recycling one another.

And so we communicate in this issue, our hope that you too dear Reader will take a long walk through the trees or the fields, along the riverbanks or up in the hills and mountains, and remember, “Ah yes life is good. We protect what we love. And we love this place and this life. We will work to sustain this life, this planet…and art.”

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