Thursday, July 16, 2015

iPhotographer Features Moms Getting Their Art Back in Recent Issue

iPhotographer Features Moms Getting Their Art Back in Recent Issue
Moms are getting their art back--thanks to the iPhone--and the new magazine, iPhotographer, has noticed. In a recent issue, Martta Rose Kelly discusses mothers who utilize the iPhone as a photographer’s and artist’s tool. Kelly also has gathered together fascinating bios and amazing samples of these up and coming iphotographers.

Kelly writes: “The iPhone has brought artistic expression back to busy mothers around the world. Or mothers back to their art. Or both. Whichever it is, it is something wonderful and was unforeseen by any of the tech and business pundits, much less discussed. In the past several years, however, something wonderful happened.  Moms began buying iPhones.  Some purchased them to help stay in touch with their children and spouses throughout the day.  Those who held jobs outside the home needed them to check in with their office and clients.  But many moms also started taking pictures, and then discovered apps, and then even more apps, and without even realizing it, each found herself making art again, while dinner was cooking, while waiting in line at the supermarket, and at nighttime, when the children were sleeping. They were creating beautiful pictures and developing their own unique artistic style.  The camera, the darkroom, the canvas, and the paintbrush had all become portable within a small handheld device.” How The iPhone Gave Art Back To Mothers (excerpt). By Martta Rose Kelly
Check it all out at

List of iPhotographers In Article
Ali Jardine, Andrea Koerner. Elaina Wilcox, Elodie Hunting. Lanie Heller, Louise Whiting. Nicki FitzGerald, Nicole Dalesio, Paula Gardener. Sarah Jarrett. Yoni Mayeri

Description of iPhotographer
iPhotographer Magazine, started by Knox Bronson, is for the picture-taker, the picture-lover, the Instagrammer, the Flickr fan, the dedicated aficionado—beginning or advanced—who wants to take more, enjoy more, learn more, app more, see more, and share more pictures as a part of the digital phenomenon that has conquered the globe. iPhoneography, iPhone photography, iPhotography, mobile photography, whatever you wish to call it!
iPhotographer Magazine for iPad and iPhone is available on the Apple Newsstand with two Free Preview Issues with an option for in-app purchase of reasonably priced one-year subscriptions.

For further information contact Knox Bronson


Sunday, July 5, 2015

Buddhist Peacemaking July 19, 7-9pm Alameda Sangha

Name of event: Buddhist Peacemaking
Date: July 197-9pm

Location: United Methodist Church, 2311 Buena Vista, Alameda, CA 

Details: Ayya Sobhana will speak on Buddhist Peacemaking, or ways to reduce stress and conflict and nourish reconciliation, including both individual and interpersonal practice. The meeting format is 30 minutes of silent guided meditation, 45 minutes of the dharma talk, Buddhist Peacemaking, followed by 30 minutes of discussion.

This event sponsored by the Alameda Sangha and is offered on a donation basis.

For more informantion on the Alameda Sangha go For more information on Ayya Sobhana go

Monday, June 29, 2015

August Sixth Annual Group Show Orland Art Center Gallery August 7 - August 29

Sixth Annual Group Show
 August 7 - August 29, 2015

Juried from entries all over the northstate, this show features
stunning selections from 20 different artists who made it through
the judging process. An exciting, multi-faceted mixture of techniques,
themes, and artistic styles fills the gallery for summer's last show.

Artists' Reception Friday, August 7, 2015  3:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Slip out of the summer heat and enjoy the cooling melodies
of pianist Melania Raygoza, while you meet the artists and eat
the sweet fruits of summertime! 

Linger over refreshments, entertainment, and conversation and make an evening of it!

Orland Art Center Gallery
732 4th St. Orland, CA 95963
Tuesdays through Saturdays, 1 to 7p. m. during each 3 week show.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Mechanical Quilt - Lynne Pillus Orland Art Center Gallery July 3 through July 25

The Mechanical Quilt -  Lynne Pillus
  July 3 through July 25, 2015
  A fascinating fusion of fabric Fine Art and today’s mechanized world. Fine Art quilter
  Lynne Pillus captures the movement and motion of the many machines used every day in factories
   and farms across the land.
  Friday,  July 3  Artists Reception 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.
 Refreshments and live music
 Young musician Melania Raygoza at our baby grand piano.
  Pop in Friday and meet the artists, or linger over refreshments, entertainment, and conversation and make an evening of it!

Orland Art Center Gallery
732 4th St. Orland, CA 95963
Tuesdays through Saturdays, 1 to 7p. m. during each 3 week show.

Oroville, California lies in the middle of farming country north of Sacramento. It's also home to Fine Art Quilter Lynne Pillus. Over the years, many small family farms have disappeared from the area. One of the sad reminders of their exodus is the vast array of farm machinery left behind. Lynne was intrigued by the rusting equipment languishing beside fields left fallow by their departing owners.

The artist saw those empty homesteads and their abandoned machines as an important piece in the fabric of the early days of America. It seemed logical to use color and cloth to honor that heritage by giving those machines bold new life.

Lynne's quilting career began with traditional quilts, but in the course of 25 years, she was always experimenting with new techniques, unusual fabrics, and a variety of combinations, searching for her own personal style. Inspired by the machinery in those vacant fields, she found it.

Using a quilting technique known as fused, raw-edge applique, Lynne Pillus skillfully captures the movement and motion of the many machines, old and new, used every day in factories and farms across the land.

Her vividly colored quilts pulse with the strength of the farming way of life that Lynne strives to honor. Using rich colors, strong shapes, and design as intricate and fascinating as the machinery that inspired its creation, Lynne Pillus is an artist who definitely speaks in her own voice.

Meet this delightfully entertaining artist and watch her demonstrate and discuss her creative quilting style at the Orland Art Center Gallery's

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

How To Be An Earthling, Wes Nisker on Mindfulness Meditation and Modern Science Saturday, August 22, 2015

How To Be An Earthling, Wes Nisker on Mindfulness Meditation and Modern Science

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 10 am to 4pm

United Methodist Church, 2311 Buena Vista, Alameda, CA

In this day together we make creative use of classic Buddhist meditation techniques in order to explore and embody our lives as interconnected earthlings.

The talks and discussions will present both traditional Buddhist views of self and reality, as well as some of the latest information from evolutionary biology and psychology to support and guide the meditations. The daylong will include plenty of poetry, and a little crazy wisdom as well.

Wes Nisker is an author of two bestselling books, founder and co-editor of "Inquiring Mind" and a teacher at Spirit Rock and internationally.

Register at

Cost: This event is given on a donation basis to provide an opportunity to practice generosity and to make teachings available to all.

 Beginners as well as experienced practitioners will benefit from this day of guided practice. Please bring a bag lunch and wear comfortable clothing. For more information about the event or the Alameda Sangha please visit us at Stable Heart – Stable Climate Daylong

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Focus on Feeling -Monastic Daylong August 16, 2015

Focus on Feeling -Monastic Daylong

August 16, 2015 Sunday from 9:00 am to 430 pm

It is at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center at 388 9th Street,Oakland, Ca. 94607
Register through Eventbrite at their site

The teachings will be offered freely by Ayya Sobhana so attendance is by


Feeling — Vedana in the Pali language of early Buddhism — is the point where our emotional process becomes accessible to the conscious mind.  We learn from the Buddha’s teaching to see feeling as the trigger for craving, and also one of the easiest points where we can interrupt the cycle of craving, clinging and suffering. But how to get free from craving without an unhealthy detachment from our inner life?

In this daylong retreat we will aim to more fully know and experience feelings. We will appreciate what feeling is good for, how feeling helps us to focus, to decide, and to intuitively look after our own welfare and the welfare of who we care about.  We will make friends with emotional reaction, but from a wisdom point of view so there is lightness, balance and a sense of freedom whether the emotions are pleasurable or afflictive.

This retreat will continue Ayya Sobhana’s investigation of fundamental Dhamma in the light of modern neuroscience and new thinking about emotion. Informed by current ideas we can make the Dhamma less abstract, more meaningful and more helpful at any level of spiritual practice. Informed by the Dhamma, our psychological approach can be more powerful, directed beyond therapy to a fundamental transformation of the mind and heart … to awakening.  

Ayya Sobhana is the Prioress of Aranya Bodhi, a new community for monastic women located on the Sonoma Coast of California. Together with Ayya Tathaaloka Theri, Ayya Sobhana has been deeply involved int the recent restoration of Bhikkhuni full ordination in the Theravada tradition. She meditated and trained with Bhante Henepola Gunaratana since 1989 and stayed at the Bhavana Society in West Virginia from 2003 to 2010. She ordained in 2003 and obtained full Bhikkhuni ordination in 2006. Her primary practice is the Eightfold Noble Path, that is, integration of meditation with ethical living and compassionate relationships for the sake of liberation.