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Summer Art Sale

 
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Having a gallery in a tiny house is awesome, but it means that there’s not a tremendous amount of space for artwork. Since we don’t have a solo exhibit scheduled anytime soon, it’s time to clean out the gallery with a summer sale! 11x14 Acrylic Holy Women Icon paintings are usually $350, plus the cost of shipping. But for summer, we’re offering $50 off! Plus, payment plans are available with 3 monthly installments of $100. Check out the revolutionary icons available for sale in our tiny gallery for the summer price of only $300 each…

If you would like to purchase an original icon, please email Angela.

 

Holy Women Icons Hawai'i Series

Spirit of Aloha embodies the essence of Hawai'i Island: aloha, love, and respect for the land and family. With a nod to the hula in her quality of movement, “aina” translates as “land,” and “ohana” means “family.”

Spirit of Mana embodies the spirit of mana, or the life-energy and spiritual power of all creation (aina). Particularly prevalent in Puna, the Spirit of Mana guides us all to be more harmonious. Surrounding her are some of flowers and foliage one finds in Puna’s jungles: ohia and lehua, hibiscus, birds of paradise, heliconia, plumeria, ferns, palms, and torch ginger.

NaMaka is the Hawaiian goddess of the sea. She is Pele’s sister and fierce rival.

Poli’ahu is the Hawaiian Goddess of snow; she lives on Mauna Kea, which is the only place in all of Hawaii to receive snow fall. She governs half of the Big Island, while Pele governs the other half.

 

Holy Women Icons of Grief Series

As a way of coping with my littler brother’s death on March 6, 2017, I began researching different goddesses, saints, and holy women associated with grief, funerals, and death. These are the first eight in this powerful series.

Demeter is the Greek Goddess of Harvest who descends into the underworld to rescue her daughter, Persephone. She presides over the cycles of life and death and risked her own life to find and save her beloved child.

Persephone is the Greek Queen of the Underworld. Daughter of Demeter, when she emerges from the underworld each year, spring begins and all the plants that seem to have died come to life again.

Nephthys is the Egyptian Goddess of the Dead. Associated with funeral rites, she is often depicted with the hieroglyphic for her name perched atop her head and with the wings of a hawk because a hawk’s cries mirror those of the grieving and the wings help her carry departed souls into the afterlife.

Our Lady of Sorrows embodies Mary after the death of her child, Jesus. Seven different swords pierce her heart, symbolic of seven events in her child's life and death that brought her sorrow. 

Goddess of Grief was the first in the Holy Women Icons of Grief Series. She embodies the grief and loss of a sister who mourns the death of her younger brother.

La Llorona (SOLD) is the Weeping Woman from the Mexican folktale about La Llorona. Reclaimed by chicana feminists as a source of strength for using her voice to weep and wail, she grieves the death of her drowned children and searches for them in the river at night. 

Borghild is a Norse goddess who dedicates her life to avenging her brother’s death. She poisons her brother’s murderer. Borghild is often associated with the mist and the moon.

Frigga (Frigg) (SOLD) is the Norse Goddess of Weaving often associated with the sky. Knowing that her son, Balder, would one day die, she committed her life to trying to protect him. Upon his death, her tears turned into mistletoe berries and all creation wept with her.

 

Revolutionary Holy Women

Also included in the tiny gallery are three revolutionary holy women from mythology, history, and today:

Xochiquetzal (SOLD)is the Mayan goddess of fertility, beauty, and sexual power. She is the patron saint of pregnant women, new mothers, lovers, artists, and prostitutes.

Sojourner Truth gave a stirring speech at the 1851 Ohio Women's Convention by asking "ain't I a woman?" in relation to the way white women are treated better than black women. After selling the original icon of Sojourner Truth icon in 2009, I repainted her in 2016 because her message resonates with contemporary needs for justice and equality for black women.

Dolores Huerta is a civil rights activist and labor leader. Co-founder of the National Farmworkers Association, she is one of the few women awesome enough to be called a Holy Woman Icon while she is still living.

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