Collage art by Lynne Mori and Chris Elliot. Husbands and wives making art! Chris’s work deals with social issues and how our environments affect us, Lynne’s work offers glimpses of the inner world. A studio sale of their older work - many prints for under $50 available next Sunday in Torrance, CA.

Art Show in a Dojo 2 | Kaizen Dojo | 1824 w 182nd Street, Torrance, CA | Nov 18, 2012 from noon - 5pm

Advance Confidently

"I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavours to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favour in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings. In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness. If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them."

Henry David Thoreau

Linda’s passion is to transform bits, pieces, found objects, the discards and detritus of other processes, into handbags, jewelry, clothing and soft sculpture, each unique.  Her aesthetic, one might say her vocation, is rooted in a love of color, a fearlessness in juxtaposition, a belief in the individuality of things, a deep connection to her materials and a personal joy in putting them together.  In Linda’s hands scraps and leftovers are worked into true objects of desire: extraordinary gifts to their recipients. 

Linda is a longtime resident of Long Beach and recently ended her term as chair for the MOLAA (Museum of Latin American Art) Docent Guild. Her work has been featured in Somerset Magazine and she is a member of Crossroads Art Collective in Hollywood. Come and meet Linda! She will have available many of her very affordable works at:

Art Show in a Dojo 2 | Kaizen Dojo | 1824 w 182nd Street, Torrance, CA | Nov 18, 2012 from noon - 5pm

The event on Facebook: http://www.tinyurl.com/artshowinadojo2

In hectic, high-pressure times the importance of slowing down and listening cannot be overstated. There are many avenues by which we can find our way inward and develop stamina and strength so we can set our own pace. Marc Saldana is a teacher and purveyor of the inner ways.

Marc will be sharing some poetry with us at our next Art Show in a Dojo (in two weeks!). Marc was inspired early on by the writings of Kahil Gibran and he writes poetry as a means of more deeply understanding himself and his relationship to what and who is around him. He says his poetry is “a voice of the witness within me.” Marc studied Tai Chi for ten years and was certified by Dr. William Bowen of Palomar College in 1999.  He teaches Tai Chi at Kaizen Dojo on Wednesdays. His skill in poetry and Tai Chi are, I think, epitomized in his performance of a piece that is an unexpected blending of these two mediums which he performed at our last Art Show in a Dojo this summer.

Marc is also involved in building portable shrines with his father-in-law Gregory Campbell. Gregory is lay ordained in the Zen tradition and the author of Womanhood is Holy - A Condensed, Occasionally Poetic Exploration of The Divinity of Humanity In a Stuttering Attempt to Reveal The Ultimate Truth of Women, Children, and Men. Greg and Marc share a deep interest in male maturity! (I interviewed them briefly via email and this statement made me, for a number of reasons, smile.) They make custom shrines for people as reminders of one’s central life focus, of the still center, of tenderness and beauty. 

Marc and Gregory will display some shrines as examples and be available for discussion of the importance, meaning and methods of building custom shrines at:

Art Show in a Dojo 2 | Kaizen Dojo | 1824 w 182nd Street, Torrance, CA | Nov 18, 2012 from noon - 5pm

Come and join us. For more info:

http://www.tinyurl.com/artshowinadojo

Please support my kickstarter campaign to raise funds for producing my new book of poems:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1839892970/hope-poems-for-artful-and-authentic-living

Please support my kickstarter campaign to raise funds for producing my new book of poems:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1839892970/hope-poems-for-artful-and-authentic-living

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And in person at: Art Show in a Dojo 2 | Kaizen Dojo  | November 18, 2012 | Noon - 5pm
1824 W. 182nd St., Torrance, California 90504 | http://www.tinyurl.com/artshowinadojo2

Dream Pillows by Lisa Chun. Special prices, now through the holidays. 

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And in person at: Art Show in a Dojo 2 | Kaizen Dojo  | November 18, 2012 | Noon - 5pm

1824 W. 182nd St.Torrance, California 90504 | http://www.tinyurl.com/artshowinadojo2