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(he)art bombing: downtown library

13 Mar
Vancouver Roots & Shoots members at the library

Vancouver Roots & Shoots members, showing off their hearts at the library

We are slowly catching up with the blog, and we have a couple of (he)art bombings from February to tell you all about.

We were contacted by one of the Vancouver, WA, chapters of Roots & Shoots to do a (he)art bombing together. These kids are all grade-school age and work together to plan and execute service projects that will benefit the community. It’s great to see caring and involvement being fostered at such a young age. We decided to (he)art bomb the downtown library since it’s an important part of their lives and a busy place where lots of people will see the message of love that these kids are sharing.

hanging-heart

It was an amazingly sunny day for the middle of February. After a brief discussion about installation art and Love is a Radical Act, we set the kids loose to do their (he)art bombing. We gave them ideas about where it’s easiest to hang hearts, but we also gave each kid complete control of where they were going to hang their hearts. Aside from a little adult supervision and assistance, this was their project.

heart-in-tree

hanging-heart-on-fence

heart-on-sign

heart-on-fence

Great job, everyone! Keep on sharing your love with the community and your families!

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weddings in olympia

26 Dec

After reading about the upcoming December 15 weddings in Olympia in the capitol rotunda, we decided we had to make a day trip up to Olympia to be part of history and congratulate the happy couples.

The weather outside was very cold and crummy, we arrived a bit late, and we didn’t know what to expect – but inside the capitol it was warm, welcoming, and busy with happy people.

the capitol rotunda

the capitol rotunda

card-front

program for the day

program for the day

Every so often we’d hear cheers from one of the balconies, signaling another couple finally getting their wish to legally marry. We hopped from floor to floor taking photos and passing out hearts, but there was no way to catch everything that was happening. And, in a way, it’s pretty cool to get to say that there was so much going on that there was no way to see all of it.

(Note: the lighting in the building is, shall we say, rather subdued, so we also had a hard time getting really good photos of what was going on. We regret we don’t have more to share, but we did find one nice album online and a few photos with an article in The Olympian, and would love to share any others we come across.)

near the end of a Native American ceremony - these ladies also provided the amazing cakes at the reception!

near the end of a Native American ceremony – these ladies also provided the amazing cakes at the reception!

another view of the rotunda

another view of the rotunda

the 0:00 wedding of ten couples

the 1:30 wedding of ten couples

onlookers as another couple gets married

onlookers as another couple gets married

a beautiful couple and their family and friends

a beautiful couple and their family and friends

a generous and delicious assortment of cakes at the reception

a generous and delicious assortment of cakes at the reception

It was a lovely afternoon where the spirit of love and community, even amongst those who had never met before, was clearly felt and expressed. One newlywed couple even invited us to their wedding dinner!

On our way out, we did a little replacement (he)art bombing since our hearts from October had disappeared one way or another. This time we were able to hang them in an act of celebration.

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hearts: from katie

24 Oct

Katie, a local artist and mother of two adorable sons, is all about love and family. She is well known for her many paintings of all kinds of families. Katie spends lots of time with her boys doing all kinds of things, including fun in the kitchen. She sent in a couple of great photos of her boys having fun with their hearts.

 

domestic violence awareness month at ywca

15 Oct

Earlier this month, we were invited to pass out hearts and share about Love is a Radical Act at the YWCA as part of their Purple Lights Ceremony, an event that raises awareness about domestic violence in our community and beyond. We were happy to share the message that with all of the hurtful relationships out there, we should always celebrate all families that are truly loving and supportive. Please, if any of your relationships are hurtful, do what needs to be done to fix it or leave.

 

installation event: love art gallery

3 Oct

We appreciate the warm welcome we got on Saturday at Love Art Gallery, both from owners Ruby and Ted and from the artists and community members who stopped by. We also appreciate the live music that was provided by Andrew Grade.

a table full of hearts ready to go

choosing the perfect hearts

one of the families that helped hang hearts

our fabulous guitarist and a statue that already had its own heart

dressed for the occasion

puppy love

we made sure to fancy up the surrounding area too

double love!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

installation event: uptown vancouver

3 Oct

What a lovely turnout on Friday for our first proper installation event. The community in downtown/uptown Vancouver is very strong and supportive, and we felt it as folks took hearts and hung them all over. Once again, a big thanks to our friend Anni for being our photographer for this event. And, of course, a big thanks to those who participated.

happy art-lovin’ community members

getting things started

ladders are oh so helpful

loving the love!

making the railings fancy

hearts are tasty as well as attractive

poet + installation project = ❤

a new and spontaneous addition to the project…..

…..writing messages on the hearts

we got a message that someone else found one of these special hearts

look closely, you’ll see a tiny heart

hearts: from mari

29 Sep

Today we did our first big public interactive event and it was great. It was an excellent example of community, friendship, and love. We also appreciated the generous donations of many of the folks who participated – we are well on our way to having gas money to make a trip up to Olympia and Seattle in October with Love is a Radical Act (details coming soon)!

Early on, Mari took one heart and quickly went a couple of blocks down, hung it at a bank, took photos, and came back and showed me. I asked her to send them to me and she was kind enough to do so.

She also took another heart and ended up hanging it further into downtown – I love that she managed to get it hanging on a blank wall.

Thanks everyone! There will be photos of the actual event posted soon. In the meantime, we look forward to the next installation event at Love Art gallery.

upcoming installations!

16 Sep

We have two Love is a Radical Act installations coming up at the end of the month and we invite you all to join us! (Feel free to email loveisaradicalact [at] gmail [dot] com for full-size, high-res files of these fliers and/or with any questions.)

Moe’s and Mon Ami are located in uptown Vancouver.

Love Art Gallery is located in the Sellwood neighborhood in Portland.

peace and justice fair recap

12 Sep

As I said before, we were very excited to talk to all of the lovely folks who came to the Peace and Justice Fair last Saturday.

stringing up hearts

So many delightful families and friends. My favorite part was one person who said, “Love is a radical act,” and I knew he got it.

choosing the perfect heart

a lovely family

another beautiful family

even puppies need love

buy some art: ceramic plaques

11 Sep

Kelly has started making some cute ceramic plaques celebrating couples and marriage equality. We sold one at the beginning of August to a nice lady from a small town in Idaho who said she was buying it for her son and his partner. How sweet.

Each plaque is handmade, white clay with a red stain, and has a wire hanger.

 

 

Love is Love plaque, 6 1/8″ x 3 3/4″, $12.00

 

 

Love is Love plaque, 6 3/8″ x 3 1/2″, $12.00