Happy New Year World! I will be exhibiting my piece “Cultivate your Garden,” which was inspired by Voltaire’s “Candide, or Optimism” at a.Muse Gallery, Fictions: “The Worlds Writers and Artists Create”, in San Francisco in January with a Artist reception and talk: Sunday, January 20th, 7 to 10 pm. It’s a great story if you aren’t familiar with it and helped usher in the Enlightenment. It’s satire at it’s best—where is our modern day Voltaire?
I’ve been ruminating as to the state of the world as Voltaire did in “Candide” the 18th century, I couldn’t post anything after the Sandy Hook gun massacre, It was just too upsetting, and still is. Where does evil come from? Maybe we could work on making evil just a little less evil?
So here are my New Year hopes;
1. The Democrats and the Republicans are going to come together and cooperate for the good of the people!
2. The wealthy realize we’re all in this together and in the end it’s not about money, power or religion but about connecting and helping others and protecting the earth we all live on—”We may think we are nurturing our garden, but of course it’s our garden that is really nurturing us.” ~ Jenny Uglow
3. Well Pangloss (the optimistic philosopher from Candide) wins in this post, I suppose it might be the only way to really cope, to always hope for the best in people—Look for my new painting, “Cultivate Your Garden” at a.Muse in San Francisco this January!