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Telling the stories of revolutionary holy women and exploring issues in intersectional ecofeminism

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. So, 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 and FREE shipping! 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…

First, there is Mothers at the Borders, which was painted as a response to children being separated from their parents at the borders and the horrible ways refugees are being treated in the United States. 50% of the sales of this original and all prints of it are donated to the Florence Project, which provides legal aid to immigrants and refugees.

There are seven amazing women in the 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:

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.

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.

Santa Muerte is a Mexican folk goddess who helps the deceased transition into the afterlife; she is known for creating equality in death, so she is associated with outcasts, the poor, and the LGBTQ community.

Also included in the tiny gallery are three revolutionary holy women from history.

Wangari Maathai is a Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize recipient and the founder of the Greenbelt Movement, which helps poor women plant trees and learn to be entrepreneurs. 

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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