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Friday, April 14, 2017

Liberate Your Art 2017


This past few weeks there has been a large group of artists anxiously watching for the mail carrier. Why? Because it’s Liberate Your Art time! What is that, you ask? It's a postcard swap that Kat Sloma hosts to "foster connections between artists in different places and mediums." Those who participate create a work of art. The art might be painting, sculpturing, needlework, pen and ink, or photography. Then a picture is taken of the art or in my many cases photography is the art. Next the photo is made into a postcard. All your postcards can be the same or you can create five different ones. Lastly the postcards are sent to Kat, who swaps them all and with a few wonderful volunteers prepare them to be mailed around the world. When we receive the postcards we're encouraged to take of picture of them in or around their new home.

This year there were:
146 participants
876 pieces of art liberated
12 countries
30 US states and territories


Let me tell you about the postcards that I received.


The first postcard that arrived was from Val van der Poel of Wynndel BC, Canada. It’s a beautiful painting of a valley entitled “#762 Birds Over Erickson." I would love to live in such a beautiful, peaceful place. If you’d like to see more of her word drop by her website.





The second postcard was from Carol Collier of Washington State. It’s a unique view of farm equipment. The light on the equipment is beautiful as well as the fascinating sky and trees behind it. The quote on the back reads, “Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.”





The third postcard was from Christine Barker in Calgary, Alberta Canada. It’s a beautiful piece of digital art. The colors and lines fascinate me. It’s almost like I can reach out and feel the textures. The quote on her postcard, “What we play is life.” Louis Armstrong. You can see more of Christine’s work on her website.





The fourth postcard was from Marcia Hill in Worcester, VT. A pastel painting of Worcester Village. Another beautiful, peaceful place to live. I especially love the white church with tall steeple. On the back, it says “Art is the voice of the Soul. Speak Up!" You can visit Marcia at her website.





The 5th postcard was from Jane Martin in Roanoke, Virginia. A delightful painting of a potting bench and flowers for spring. The quote on the back is “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Pablo Picasso. Visit Jane at  her website to see more of her art.





As a special treat we all receive a postcard from Kat. This year she sent a digital painting of colorful leaves. It was a treat for the eyes after such a dreary winter! The back of her card reads "Experiment, Play, Create, and Liberate!"





I almost forgot to include the postcard I sent. I have this fascination for flowers and vines that are tenacious; that have the strength to overcome poor conditions and grow. They encourage me to keep on when times get a little tough. I also love old buildings, so when I saw this vine on the side of a rock building I had to take a picture. I added a quote on the back, but I failed to write it down and I simply can’t remember which one I used. Oh well, I’ll do better next year.

Each year Kat puts together a video of those who wish to include their art. I would like to encourage you to hop over to her blog and watch it. It's an incredible display of many different works of art. Just click right here.

This has been a fun postcard swap and I’m delighted with every card I received. I’ve done this swap since Kat began seven years ago. Each year I am truly amazed at the incredible art that is shared.  If you’re interested in participating next year It’s simple to do. Just go to Kat’s website, sign up for her newsletter, and she’ll let you know when it’s time next year for another swap. I encourage you to try this. You have a whole year to think about it, create art, and have the postcards made. Kat even gives help with making postcards or suggestions for having them printed. It’s fun and you will love getting mail! I promise! 

Liberate Your Art 2017

19 comments:

  1. Lovely display of all the postcards! Isn't MAIL ART fun? And I just love the one you sent out. Aloha!

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  2. I also love your display of the gorgeous cards you received...I absolutely love the postcard you sent out..Would you be interested in a side swap ? ;-) I participated in LYA for the last three years, including this one :-)

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  3. Beautiful cards! And I love your photo! It was one that really caught my eye in the video!

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  4. Your blog was really interesting.

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  5. This is one of my favorite cards this year. I'm a sucker for pops of red.

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  6. You've displayed your cards so beautifully and I absolutely love the design you used for your own.

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  7. What a fun way to display your cards. I am going to have to think of something fun like that for next year. This being my first year of this swap I am definitely a novice at this part.

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  8. Cathy, when I looked through the video on Kat's blog a couple of days ago, your beautiful card stood out to me as my very favorite! I didn't know it was yours, but I loved it at first sight.

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  9. Love seeing where all the postcards landed. You got some great ones. :)

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  10. A super post Cathy and thanks for adding the link to my website. All of the cards you received were great and your own card is fantastic. I

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  11. So nice to read about all those lovely cards you received, Cathy! Your own card of the vines is just beautiful and I like its personal reminder to you!

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  12. I love that you hung them on that cage :)

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  13. I love the postcard you sent. It's just beautiful. And, who wouldn't love all the postcards you received. Take care and I'll see you next time.

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  14. I really like your postcard! So pleasing to the eye. Loved your post .
    HeartsUntangled.com

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  15. I've always wanted to be a part of this but never was able to sign up on time (I'm going to next year for sure now). Loved the Postcard with the Farm Equipment and the one you sent out. Very cool.

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  16. I LOVE SNAIL MAIL!!! This is simply fabulous!! Wonderful works of art and such a fun exchange of talent!! I really like the way you have yours displayed!!

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  17. What treasures, beautiful!! Happy LYA 2017!

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  18. Hi Cathy Thank you for visiting my blog. Life has been so busy I am just going to the liberate your art hop. Yikes. You received some beautiful cards. I am so inspired by all the art out there. Aren't you?
    I had a jolt when I saw your name..Cathy H That is my name cathy and my maiden name starts with an H so I signed that on school papers for all my school life until I married......

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  19. P.S. Your photo of the vine and leaves was wonderful. I love it....all the textures are amazing.

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