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facebook photo roundup

12 Jan

Since there may or may not be much overlap between those who check out our blog and those who are following us on Facebook, we just wanted to take a moment to post a few photos we’ve gotten on our Facebook page over the past few months.

Stephanie at WWU

Stefanie at WWU

We first handed out hearts to some of our friends in early August at an art event in Vancouver. One of those early hearts made its way up to Western Washington University with our friend’s daughter Stefanie. Thanks to the whole family for their support and for posting this photo.

a happened upon heart in Vancouver

a happened upon heart in uptown Vancouver

Remember the (he)art bombing in uptown Vancouver and the lovely ladies who wrote massages on the backs of hearts? We assume this is one of their hearts since the message “Live in pure love” is on the back. Good work, ladies! And thanks to Katherine for the photo!

somewhere in Seattle

somewhere in Seattle

The most recent photo posted to our Facebook page came from Seattle and it’s lovely. We’re not sure where in Seattle this was taken (or even if it’s somewhere we hung a heart or if it got moved to this location by someone – we know at least some of the hearts have migrated and we love it), but we give big thanks to Kim for taking the time to take a photo and share it with us.

We’d like to remind everyone that we love getting photos of hearts you happen upon, photos of hearts you have hung yourself, and any other love-related content you’d like to send. Post them to our Facebook or send and email to loveisaradicalact [at] gmail [dot] com.

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happy new year!

1 Jan

happy-new-year

Wow, can you believe it’s a new year? Looking back, so much has happened with Love is a Radical Act in such a short time. We’ve shared a lot on the blog – (he)art bombings, trips, photos from other folks, and our wedding – plus we’ve enjoyed a lot of smaller interactions such as emails from people who happened upon our hearts and looked us up or photos posted to our Facebook page. Just this week we had the pleasure of meeting up with someone who heard about us in a roundabout way from a friend and contacted us to buy some hearts to take to a wedding.

We look forward to doing even more in 2013. Of course, our biggest focus right now is planning our trip to San Francisco to (he)art bomb the Bay Area and many places along the way. Thanks to many kind and generous gifts from friends and family for our wedding, we have raised about $1500, leaving $1000 left to raise. If you would like to help, we appreciate donations of any size (see the Paypal button on the side bar and at the bottom of the page) or purchase some hearts or love-themed art. You can order some custom hearts for Valentine’s Day or a wedding. Have other ideas? Just ask!

We are also interested in applying for grants – both art grants as well as grants that would pay for us to do some educational work. We are both art educators and would love to have the opportunity to use Love is a Radical Act as a way to teach about various topics: ceramics, installation art, conceptual art, families/relationships, etc. If you have any ideas or leads for us, drop us an email. If you would like us to lead an art activity with your class/youth group/group of any size or age, please contact us.

Finally, we are delighted to announce that you can now follow our blog on Kindle if that’s the kind of thing you like to do.

Of course, we will still be (he)art bombing in Vancouver and Portland and blogging about it. We hope to hear from all of you and share your photos, words, and more on this blog.

Thanks for being part of Love is a Radical Act!

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 mel & tim

22 Dec

mexico

 

Our friends Mel and Tim recently went on a trip to Mexico for their anniversary. They were kind enough to take time from their busy beach-dwelling schedule to hang two hearts down there for us. They look lovely in such a picturesque location, yes?

palm tree in Los Cabos

palm tree in Los Cabos

hearts: from jan & jan

17 Dec

Good friends Jan and Jan went to the Oregon Coast on what turned out to be the first stormy weekend of the fall (note the high wind in pretty much all of the photos). We sent along some hearts, and they were kind enough to brave the weather in order to hang them.

hanging a heart in Tillamook

hanging a heart in Tillamook

 

along Highway 101

along Highway 101

 

near Rockaway

near Rockaway

 

Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach

 

Seaside

Seaside

 

 

 

 

hearts: from gina

16 Dec

gina

Last month we had the pleasure of (he)art bombing at a friend’s book reading (it’s a romance novel, after all). Her friend Gina was in attendance, and she sent us these lovely photos of herself and her cat Rosie with their heart. Thanks, Gina!

rosie

we’re getting married!

2 Dec

kelly&sam

I know we’ve been pretty quiet lately, but we’ve been extra busy with many things, the biggest one being our wedding! We had already decided to get married on the first day it was legal if marriage equality passed in Washington, so once we found out it was a done deal, we only had about a month to plan.

We did a couple of small (he)art bombings in November, one at a private residence and one at a book reading. The project has been on the back burner a little, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t thinking about it every day.

We read about a mass wedding on December 15 in the state capitol building, and we are seriously considering driving up to Olympia to pass out hearts to all of the newlyweds and to give the city a fresh (he)art bombing. We’ll let everyone know if and when we decide that we are definitely going.

The biggest plans we have in the works is a trip down to San Francisco to (he)art bomb the bay area. We are so committed to this trip happening that the only wedding present we are asking for is contributions to our travel fund. We really hope we can meet our goal in a couple of months. If you can donate any amount, large or small, or help us spread the word, we would be very grateful.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us.

(he)art bombing: seattle

30 Oct

After (he)art bombing Olympia, of course we had to go up to Seattle. I think we could spend an entire week hanging hearts up there and still not go everywhere we’d like to go. As it is, we hung about 200 hearts in the downtown area.

We started at Pioneer Square. There were lots of tour groups coming through and out of town visitors wandering by. A friendly couple from Yosemite had a nice chat with Kelly. We were also delighted to have help from Kelly’s friend Laura.

Then we did some wandering about and hanging more hearts.

Of course no trip to Seattle would be complete without a visit to Pike Street Market.

Finally, we figured the Seattle Art Museum could use a little extra art.

(he)art bombing: olympia

29 Oct

Last weekend we drove up to the Puget Sound area to (he)art bomb Olympia and Seattle. We hung almost 400 hearts in total. It’s amazing how much work it can be and how long it can take to hang that many hearts – and the realization of what a tiny fraction of each city we covered after hanging them was rather humbling.

Saturday we (he)art bombed downtown Olympia. It’s been our goal from the beginning to do at least one (he)art bomb in Olympia since it is the state capitol and the starting place for all of the ups and downs of our fight for marriage equality in Washington this year. We appreciate what the legislature did for us, and we have agonized over the past few months about how the upcoming vote will turn out. Depending on how close the vote is, in a week and a half Kelly and I may know if we can get married or not. It is exciting and nerve-wracking and many other things all at once.

We started at Heritage Park, just a stone’s throw from the capitol building. It’s a lovely park with a nice walking path around a small lake. The weather did not cooperate most of the time – wind, rain, hail, and biting cold temperatures – but we did our installation anyway. We hung about 100 hearts at the park altogether.

Then we went to the capitol campus and hung a few hearts. Coincidentally, there was a wedding party having their photos taken on the steps of the Legislative Building. Kelly made sure to give a heart to the bride – it just seemed right.

Then we wandered around downtown for a while just hanging hearts wherever we pleased.

And finally, on our way out of town and on to Seattle, we stopped at a church that we just happened to pass that had multiple signs and banners supporting marriage equality and the LGBTQ community. We (he)art bombed them as a way of saying thank you to a bunch of strangers who didn’t know us but were fighting for our rights.

“love is a radical act” by sage

23 Oct

Zinester and distro owner Sage wrote this great blog post about Love is a Radical Act and what she’s doing with the hearts she bought.

Love is a Radical Act is an art installation created by Sam and Kelly. The ceramic hearts they made symbolize that loving one another for who they are is a radical act, and I couldn’t agree more. Allowing people to be themselves is the true act of love. I knew I wanted to participate in this awesome creative movement as soon as a friend had shared the website link on her Facebook page.

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Big thanks to Sage for participating and for sharing the project with others. We hope you’ll be part of the project too!