Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Conferences and Exhibitions

Last week began with the NC Women's Conference at the Charlotte Convention Center. Mothering Across Continents decided to have a booth at the conference to share information about the mission and vision of our group. It was a great decision as lots of people stopped by and took information about the group. I'm the short one in the photo with Cindy.

I really want to get back to South Africa to take more photographs to share so that more people can fully understand the challenges facing the children orphaned by Aids.

I also got to attend one of the presentations given by Diane Dunn. Diane is a healer in the Andean spiritual tradition. In the 1990s Diane worked in South Africa just after the liberation of Nelson Mandela developing a church-based community outreach program for homeless and unemployed people in downtown Johannesburg. In 2000 she moved to Peru where she runs Paz y Luz (Peace and Light) Healing Center and B&B. Diane is a warm person and I felt a connection to her immediately. I plan to visit her in Peru in the near future.

Then on Friday and Saturday the Artists of Matthews, a group of artists that I belong to - had an exhibition at the Matthews Community Center. It was a great event - I sold a couple of photographs - and had fun (what more can one ask for!) My artist friend, Randy, drew portraits of both my mother and my daughter which are wonderful.

So this week I am catching up with myself and working on the Water book for the yahoo Photo Art Journals group. I've been receiving amazing images in the mail so have been trying to come up with a cover that does them justice.