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The Art of Authenticity

Art is authentic. It communicates, it calms, it vanquishes…it can do just about whatever you need it to. That is why ART is truly crucial to all people even if they are often unaware of it. Sometimes people feel they “own Art” as if they were the first person to put paint on a child’s fingertips or the first person to paint x, y or z. Art will not be owned like that. It’s too big to be contained. It belongs to the human spirit, it belongs to us all. Art is something people have been doing from the beginning of time. Art is a gift for all people to use and express as they will. Life demands artful release constantly. Those of us really ‘tuned in’…know this with every fiber of our being and we enjoy watching it play out DAILY. Before words there was ART. After words there is ART that needs no words. ART is infinite.

 

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Ability does not always matter in ART. The process of working out your emotions through artful mediums is cathartic. ART is even prophetically placed into the very word which means emotionally purging. Purging your emotions through ART is always good even when it’s bad. Thus, there really is no bad ART.

 

 

Many ART projects are so immense that vast amounts of people must be employed to work on them as apprentice artisans carrying out the piece, project or performance. A master Artist may have designed the entire concept yet many workers fill out the vision. Think about bridges and amazing architectures throughout the world and history, epic artful productions of all types that require armies of artisans and art apprentices working together.

A big crew indeed!

A big crew indeed!

People are enlisted to help Artistic dream become reality. That is awesome and an authentic truth that we all know. Some artists work in pairs and in teams. We see this often at our AutismHWY.com Chalk Festival Event every year! Disabled Artist’s sometimes need facilitation and perhaps collaboration to bring their dream to reality. Others are able to create completely independently, however may need and/or appreciate supports marketing their ART.

My Chalk design becomes....

My Chalk design becomes….

...this digitalized ART with Rachel's help!

…this digitalized ART with Rachel’s help!

 

There is no shame in artful collaboration. I work with an Art partner. The very talented Rachel Walker is my Art partner and illustrator. I create Art designs and lay-outs and Rachel facilitates them into digital versions we can use, print and distribute into coloring books, pages and decal forms. People should be aware of how many people work together to create the ART they may purchase or support. This way they will not be upset to realize that an Artist they believed was creating the ART all alone…simply was NOT.

They will not feel deceived or fooled into believing that one person is solely responsible for the ART which they love.

 

 

Facilitated ART is fabulously valid and very much needed as stated above for many great projects to reach fruition but, what becomes problematic is when facilitated ART is marketed and sold as independent ART.

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If an Artist uses supports to create their masterpieces that is nothing new in the world of ART. It is in actuality, quite common. It’s simply not authentic to deny this ART truth. If you purposely lie about the process of the Artist in order to create emotional attachment to the ART, you have no integrity. When ART is used to manipulate it’s purchaser’s, fans and admirers it is a sad day in the ART WORLD. Real Art does not need that type of manipulation. Authentic Art just IS. It happens by coming from within and it expresses itself outwardly in oh so many glorious ways. Created authentically by one individual or by any number of individuals in artistic collaboration. It is not machinated to be sold as something it is not.

 

 

Earlier I claimed that there was no bad ART. Perhaps, I will re-think this concept that indeed there is bad Art. The kind of ART sold as a lie. Art created to manipulate others by falsifying who created it and/or how they created it. Art sold with sugary sweet lies.

In my mind THAT is the only BAD ART on the planet.

 

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Our Autistic Friends!

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Our 5th ’Making Friends with Autism’ coloring book is a culmination of fantastic friends that love Art and Autism. Friends that want the world to be a more respectful and inclusive place for Autistic people. Cheers to THAT and to always following your HeART…

 

 

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Nekea Blageov

 9 International artists, just a few of our amazing Autistic friends -all of whom have outdone themselves in the pages of this NEW book!! Whimsical fun and imagination abound on each and every page. You will find Batfrogs and Butterflies …alongside interesting and heart filled bio’s of each artist.

 

 

Tashi

Tashi

Steven Coventry

Steven Coventry

Nik Sebastian

Nik Sebastian

Maryellen Szper

Maryellen Szper

Scott A. Jackson

Scott A. Jackson

Silke Heyer

Silke Heyer

Frank Louis Allen

Frank Louis Allen

Debbie Denenburg

Debbie Denenburg

Coloring the life we are given splendidly IS what these artist’s do and exactly what this coloring book is all about. 

Free expression through the ARTS has been and always will be the first and best action we can ALL take for healthier and happier lives. 

 

So get your diversity colored pencils sharpened,  get ready to unwind your mind and wrap up your heart in some fan-flippin-tastic ART!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 COLORING PERCEPTIONS

Brilliantly! 

 

*available at the 2016 AutismHWY Chalk festival 4-9-16.

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Chalked Over The Moon

 NEXT YEAR’S EVENT will be APRIL, 18TH 2015!

 

 

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Last Saturday was a day for all time! A day long coming  and warmly embraced by many. A whole new frontier for Autistic safe space! We are planting our flag for Autism Acceptance and FUN. The 4th Annual AutismHWY.com Chalk Art Festival really delivered that and all of the attendees and partners couldn’t be happier! A day dedicated for unconditional love and acceptance. No teams, no battles, no agendas to eradicate Autism. No negative rhetoric about 1 in 68. In fact we believe one in sixty eight is great!IMG_0364

 

Autistic adults, children and their families, friends and supporters all assembled at Heritage Plaza Park in Downtown Covina for a great day of Art, Performance and Friendship. It was a powerful feeling to have so many people on the spectrum together for the celebration. So many friends and family old and new coming together for a fun day in the sun to express how we feel and what we bCF LOGOelieve in. Empowering to say the very least!

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Jeff Kellen Carpe Inspirus Award Winner Zach Lopez has it right!

Jeff Kellen Carpe Inspirus Award Winner Zach Lopez has it right!

 

ZACH 'S Message!

ZACH ‘S Message!

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...and so does Dani Bowman!

The fantastic Artistic Activist Ms. Dani Bowman!

Our fantastic hosts this year ; The City of Covina and the Covina Cultural Arts Commission were most hospitable. They have even made me a Cultural Arts Commissioner! WOW!   cf ccaacWe now have a great location that was beautifully mapped out for our special day! Everyone enjoyed the Heritage Plaza Park setting. Booths, Art zones , Drum circle, Performance stage, Chill zone and play area created an all around fantastic atmosphere. Over 600 people came through the event and I believe we would have stayed there all day! No one wanted the day to end! All of us vowing to be back next year for more of the same unconditional acceptance and amazing ART!

Joanne Lara and her Autism Movement Therapy Dancers

Joanne Lara and her Autism Movement Therapy Dancers

What a lovely day! "The Food Mansion" by Syance

What a lovely day! “The Food Mansion” by Syance

IMG_0420Exceptional Minds students….show that off in this great piece!

Eileen Sobora's beauty of the sea!

Eileen Sobora’s beauty of the sea!

Willie Zinn shared his talents!

Willie Zin shared his multi dimensional talents!

Who's Clayton played their hearts out!

Who’s Clayton played their hearts out!

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Adriana Salgado’s CROWD FAVORITE winner! Cat’s are Autistic you know! haha Great call Adriana!

Roman Castro on hand to facilitate the Remo Drum Circle!

Roman Castro on hand to facilitate the Remo Drum Circle!

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Trevor Aycox traveled from Oklahoma with his Mom and Grandmother  to share his awesome Spray paint Art with us! Thank you so much for coming west young man! Many people were very grateful that you all did! The connections made at this event have an empowering affect on all of us.

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Karen Schaefer Howard working her magic!

Karen Schaefer Howard working her magic!

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 Thank you to Remo Recreational Music center for the amazing donation of drums and instruments to power this circle! It was a very moving event for those within it and those of us watching and listening! Different Drummers ROCK! 

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cf keithJacque Keith Dubois brought his colorful perspective! Thanks so much Keith!

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Lesley Perdomo with her BEST OF SHOW design!

Lesley Perdomo with her BEST OF SHOW design!

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David L. ~Best of Show Youth is interviewed by filmmaker Manuel Valenzuela!

David L. ~Best of Show Youth is interviewed by filmmaker Manuel Valenzuela!

cf czThe event was soO chill that not too many people needed the ZONE! …except my son Wyatt (we called it the Wy~Zone!)

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Keri Bowers and her Artistic Super Powers….

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Debbie Denenburg travels to meet and greet us! So great to have you and your ART present Debbie!

Lysa Ashley and her Autistic Pride Design Winner!

Lysa Ashley and her Autistic Pride Design Winner!

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Carissa’s second appearance at the festival garnered her Crowd Favorite! Congratulations Carissa!

Kai's colorful DRAGON! (and his trademark OWL!)

Kai’s colorful DRAGON! (and his trademark OWL!)

 

Pocahantus even made an appearance!

Pocahantus even made an appearance!

 

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Joel Anderson working on his Einstein logo just after finishing his “steam-punk” Jules Verne! This was Joel’s 3rd appearance. He was the 2012 Jeff Kellen Carpe Inspirus Award winner. The Artist best breathing life through creativity!

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 LAnt ART ~ Lori Antoinette W looks beautifully into our future of more Chalk Art festivals at heritage Plaza !!

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Young Mr. Briceno’s awesome creation! Thanks for joining us again. We love what you add to this event!

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Epic Luis Art….takes Best use of Color in the youth category!

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Mickey Chap memorializes the Ultimate Warrior in chalk and wins Best use of Color! She said it was her first award in 15 years of chalking! We are PROUD to be the first ones to recognize your talent with Cash Mickey!! 

Kevin Hosseini flies in for spring break just in time for the Remo Drum Circle!

Kevin Hosseini flies in for spring break just in time for the Remo Drum Circle!

Aaron Eh's colorful creativity evolving!!

Aaron Eh’s colorful creativity evolving!!

 

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What a simple and clear message!!

What a simple and clear message!!

cf balloons 2Thank you to each and every one of us that played a part in making this the most spectacular AutismHWY.com Chalk festival EVER!! next year we will do it again because the possibilities are endless…

THE SKY IS THE LIMIT TRULY! xo

 

JUST TAKE A LOOK~~>HERE!!

 

 

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WHY DOES Wyatt…DO THAT?

…..Making Friends with Autism.

 

 

The book Title and subtitle idea that started me on this amazing….  AutismHWY.com website  JOURNEY. An excellent road-trip of creations for connection to deep understanding!

OUR Thinking.....EXACTLY!

OUR Thinking…..EXACTLY!

 

 

My journey from a literal “lightening bolt moment” during prayer for my ailing brother in 2009  sending me in a new direction and toward a new purpose in life. That voice in my head urging me to combine all of my life’s artistic experience, knowledge, old and NEW friendships- together for good use! An informative artistic mission really. A mission to teach children exactly “WhAt” they are seeing when they look in the direction of my brilliantly different Autistic son, Wyatt! Our Making Friends with Autism children’s coloring book series describing Autistic traits and my son’s Autism to the countless ‘questioning eyes’ we encounter daily!

#1″Making Friends with Autism”

#2 ”Why Does Wyatt Do That?” and our latest edition…

#3  “Awareness EVERY Month” Coloring Pages.

Advocating for brain diversity through engaging imagery and useful information.

Out latest and...GREATEST! Teaching moments every month!

Out latest and…GREATEST! Teaching moments every month!

My whole life I have enjoyed trying to talk sense with children. Listening to the perceptions they have and expanding on that. I imagined myself having thousands of conversations with my 2 boys. Conversations that have never yet come to fruition. My oldest son Aaron (who is 10 yrs. older than 14 yr. old Wyatt)  grew up and away so fast he seemingly had no time to talk…perhaps whenever he settles down we will have that chance. Wyatt’s speech disintegrated after age 3. It is an ever changing art interpreting his  tones, vocalizations and  emotion filled communicational movements. I want others to understand that just because a child does not communicate or express themselves in the typical ways, friendships are still attainable and FUN! The whole purpose of this heart-filled project. To disarm and engage people in a positive fashion. To undo some of the Autism mythology that misleads and dissuades friendships. To ‘get over’ the stumbling blocks to understanding and acceptance!! Our everlasting mission in life.

Making Friends with Autism ROCKS!!

Making Friends with Autism ROCKS!!

My mission...to understand.

My mission…to understand.

Creating conversations that pave the AutismHWY of friendship! Conversations that are finally starting to evolve! Exactly what we want to be doing in this great “Decade of Change” for Autism!! I have felt this positive energy surrounding my son since his birth even if I had no clue where it was driving me. Since my advocating mission began 4 yrs. ago I am seeing so much more positive and encouraging change in dialogue! I see it in many, many  amazing organizations old and new. It is happening, it is tangible. It is so very exciting to see the movement on these multiple levels driven by families and Autistic Activists. All of us ascending in this positive and much more effective direction! It feels magnetic. We live in an excellent age.

An age where we as a community an emerging culture are finally sending positive messages to society. What Autism really is and how even if, it may shape some things about people, it does not define nor count them out.  Autistic people are people first, with all of the fantastic individuality that each and every person on this planet is born with.  It is funny how such obvious information can escape generations of thought. But those days are gladly long over. The floodgates  of useful information regarding the Autistic condition / thought process are opening and the energy is overwhelming!  Overwhelmingly pragmatic with a side of natural innocence. To me a more meaningful way of being by dropping pretenses and communicating purely. A lot of people’s true character has been tampered with in this overtly social society and somehow long forgotten. People must return to a more  socially direct and honest self, finding more authentic pathways to friendship. Understanding the deeper less superficial give and take of communication. How we all experience that differently and most importantly what works for each person in that regard. This will help people define who they truly are without outside pressures. Understanding Autism and those communication differences can define a more authentic way of expression and being for each and everyone of us.

Always and Forever.

Always and Forever.

We all have our OWN ZONES !!

We all have our OWN ZONES !!

 

Each of our three, 20 page books are designed to empower children and adults with simple information to ease fears and  erase stigmas regarding Autism.

When you can understand a few concepts about Autism and how differently Autistic people are built, connections are that much simpler.

We want everyone to understand that Autism is just a thing in life, something to understand, accept and validate as part of the human condition. We all need to be understood and accepted in order to be comfortable with who we are.

Because truly, WHO ELSE CAN WE BE?

 

 

BOOK SIGNING August 17th at VROMAN’S in Pasadena:  http://vromansbookstore.com/connecting-friends-autism-spectrum

See YOU there!

 

 

 

 

 

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