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Chalking It Up with Cool Cats!

So energized from an amazing weekend at the Ventura Harbor! The Ventura Art and Street painting Festival that happens the 2nd weekend in September is becoming a favorite here at AutismHWY! It was our 3rd year participating in Ventura’s magnificent  8 year event. Fabulous people, Fabulous ART and the always fabulous California coastline. Truly a winning combination. Thank you to the organizers, sponsors and volunteers once again for putting on this great show!IMG_2726
Every year I participate in this event I have a mission to showcase the artwork created by an Autistic artist. In the past we have highlighted Nora Blansett HERE and Nele M. known as Tashi HERE
Beautiful Artists and ART! That’s what it is all about. This year I asked our colorful tour de force friend and Art Partner MaryEllen Szper of Flying Frog.com If we could take a crack at her colorful cat design!
Maryellen creates amazing Art all over her community of Cedar Key Florida. If you pass through there please stop at her amazing yard…Art studio/shop and make a purchase!
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You will find an abundance of generosity at each and every street painting party you stumble across! The energy felt is the heartfelt pulse of humanity that unfolds before your senses. Colorful, loving vibrations embedded into our planet. When we love the earth with our heART the EARTH loves us back. This art form IS truly transformative…ask anyone that has chalked a square anywhere! A feeling every community CAN easily replicate because our planet is brimming with talented people with amazing ways of expressing who they are and what they feel. It’s the essence of who we all are and it attracts people of any age at any stage! LOOK we even made the Ventura County Star Newspaper! What a gift!
Here is Maryellen’s original ‘Cool Cat’ design…
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And what emerged from the Ventura Harbor embankment…

GOOD~STUFF!!

GOOD~STUFF!!

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My favorite Cool cat!

Here I am with Wyatt my favorite Cool cat!

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We are all here to CO~CREATE. Just…Chalk that up to the Universe!

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Bee Happy!

The first Friday in September has become a traditional day for me to be chalking in Carpinteria! After having my Coloring Book Series highlighted at the former Curious Cup Bookstore there, this delightful town has embraced my heART! Readers of this blog will remember my previous art trips to “Carp” like the time I chalked Nekea Blagoev of Get Smashed Art‘s Ripcurl design HERE! OR the time I chalked a Carpinteria loving mermaid seen HERE! So much FUN to be under the sun and down on the street. As we have continually informed you here from AutismHWY… Chalk Art is addicting in a very colorful, peaceful and loving way!

 

We invite every city to free express within their communities. You should all try it sometime! Next weekend I will be chalking up a design created by MaryEllen Szper of Flying Frog.com at the fabulous Ventura Harbor. MaryEllen is an amazing artist, so wish me luck!

Here is my photo blog from Carpinteria’s “Chalk the Walk 2016″ My rendition of the photo I took, of a sunflower I grew! FUN :
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Wow. Sharing chalk art love in Carpinteria last night, The Ventura Art and Street Painting Festival in the weekend to follow with Vancouver and The ANCA World Autism Festival at the close of the month…definitely reasons to be and stay HAPPY. A Happy September it IS!

Now, spend 15 minutes to absorb this amazing talk filled with thought provoking concepts which support FUN…in order to truly BEE HAPPY! xo …

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The Power IS Ours!

I was reminded of this in a very BIG way in the months and weeks leading up to OUR 2016 AutismHWY Chalk Festival in downtown Covina.
Our 6th annual event that has grown from a small core group of 25 to a beloved annual gathering for hundreds of people, an entity all it’s own. As if it were a teen-ager that now has a seperate life, independent from the core group that nurtured it through infancy and toddlerhood!

 

I realized that it was okay to allow new people to add their touches and ways of expansion as some of our core group members trickled away. The fear of change was washed away as NEW members rushed right in bubbling with fresh new ideas. Like a tide breaking again and again ashore. Always the same yet never the same. A recurring flow of energy, frequency and vibration that cannot be stopped by anything. THAT is what the AutismHWY Chalk Festival has always wanted to be when it grew up. A constant high energy and vibrational force for Autistic people and those supporting and amplifying their efforts.
I think with strong foundations planted we have grown and flown into an amazing and forthright teenager heading toward 2017!

 

Autistic PRIDE on FULL POWER !!

Autistic PRIDE on FULL POWER !!

Ricardo Madera really tapped into this unbelievable energetic vibe of 2016! It seemed to me that many people did. Autistic people have power. They have power to help their families innerstand them. When we quiet life down and listen to the power that comes from within our Autistic loved ones… we hear it, honor it and allow it to guide us. Do not let others strip you of your POWER. Do not let people convince you there is no power. Make space for Autistic people to display their power and they will. Do not tell them HOW their power needs to assimilate while being displayed. Allow them to regulate and harness their energy Autistically for powerful results.

J. Keith Dubois gets it right and wins 'Autistic Pride Design'!

J. Keith Dubois gets it right and wins ‘Autistic Pride Design’!

Jacque Keith Dubois knows ‘what time it IS’. A man with disabilities and intersectionality knows the word is: “Be Yourself” in 2016. We are all tired of trying to be somebody else’s idea of power. When we understand the nature of who we are and what works best for us in life…we understand that we all look differently doing that. We need never hold ourselves up to others to compare and contrast powers.

Nikola Tesla innerstood power in unimaginable ways. I was hoping his powerful image would appear at this year’s event. I had even formulated a plan with our great friend Mickey Chap a favorite chalker and talent. She was all set to ‘blow us away’ with a Nikola Tesla image! Our April 9th masterplan was then rained-out and Mickey was not able to appear for us on the new CF rain-out date of April 16th. Talk about feeling powerless. That was just the beginning!!…

On Friday night April 15th at 10 pm AutismHWY was packing up Art~Signs~Goodies and more when an outright unnatural occurrence naturally occurred! BOOM. A transformer pole came down to the pavement in my small little cul-de-sac neighborhood. LIGHTS OUT….NO Power….live wires literally on the ground ?!tesla chalk

Shortly afterwards the Covina Fire Dept. informed us we were indeed powerless and immobile. We were to stay where we were until further notice and no time frame given and winds still very high. I was powerless to pack supplies and powerless to travel the 3 blocks to the Chalk Festival downtown! Can you even imagine that!?
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So as the night wore on and the ‘eerie moon-eye’ scowling at me out my back door made me wonder what the morning would hold? I thought about power and control.
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The power and control we are all gripped by in life. People, place, circumstance, neurology, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual styles etc. etc. etc. So many levels and differentials!
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People exert such ridiculous power and control over others when we don’t even understand our own powers. It is time we honor our power and allow others to honor theirs. We all need the support of others to be powerful and that is what life is about. Being powerful…encouraging others to be powerful and to give people room to grow, expand and fly with that power…as they can. 
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To wherever it takes them.
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The POWER took me to the Glendora Village to chalk at their hometown ‘SuperHero Edition Chalk Festival’ this weekend just after our big day!! As YOU have been seeing I used MY POWER to create my own Super Hero I longed to see in chalk. Nikola Tesla. My friend and fellow chalker Mickey Chap just happened to be right next-square. Imagine that energetic coincidence! Mickey and I had an OH SO powerFULL chat about Autism that actually made my day.
IMG_2347 It’s fantastical where the power will take you when you tune directly into IT! Follow Tesla’s iconic and visionary advice…

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Follow your OWN power and MOST IMPORTANTLY allow Autistic people to teach YOU with theirs!!

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Chalked Under the Sea

For the 4th year in a row I have enjoyed a quick trip to the coastal town of Carpinteria for chalking purposes! Chalk Art is truly an infectious occurrence. Everyone should try it!

People, pavement, pastels = POWERFUL!

On the first Friday in September, Carpinteria has hosted an informal chalk art expression happening at the delightful seal fountain! In 2011 (pic below) I was lucky enough to meet the owner of Curious Cup Bookstore, Kiona Gross  and we forged a nice, colorful partnership. I had a blast chalking up her unique store logo!  The Making Friends with Autism coloring books first appeared in her bookstore and we will be here to support her with our brand of positivity as she seeks her new store locale within Carpinteria city limits!Chalk one up...for the good-guys!!

 

Kiona and clipboard surrounded by Carp's great Non -profit orgs!

Kiona and clipboard surrounded by Carp’s great Non -profit orgs!

 

We know how needed her store is for empowering Carpinteria’s youth with knowledge and the passion to explore this planet’s diversity through amazing books. We are sure that the universe will catapult her great mission to a safe space for learning soon.

Kiona hosted many Art of Autism events at her great shop from film screenings to book signings and art receptions! She has also done a lot to keep the first Friday chalk the walk vibrant in these last few years and yesterday was no exception! Carpinteria’s non-profit organizations were all on scene to create street art magic. It was a nice turn-out and an artful way to raise funds for these organization’s great missions!  Take a look:

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I decided to chalk up a Mermaid spelling out Carpinteria. while holding the town’s beloved Avocado and the area’s splendid crop of grapes! Such a FUN PROCESS….

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PEACE~LOVE & GUACAMOLE….

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