Connecting Broken Pieces: Synkroniciti’s Open Mic

Synkroniciti held our latest Open Mic on Saturday, January 9th. It is always exciting to see connections and understandings appear in a group and this gathering was especially rewarding as half of us were "regulars" and half were brand new to synkroniciti. I am so grateful to those who shared themselves and their art. We began with an … Continue reading Connecting Broken Pieces: Synkroniciti’s Open Mic

Building Creative Resilience: Strategies for Cultivating Enchantment

Adversity and boredom can strip away our joy and creativity. Can a sense of enchantment improve our resilience? Boredom © Jae with CCLicenseHave you ever felt as if you were missing something or merely going through the motions of living? Sometimes this happens as a result of a catastrophe in our lives, but it can sneak … Continue reading Building Creative Resilience: Strategies for Cultivating Enchantment

Grab Your Shovel: Guerrilla Gardening in Los Angeles

As the appearance of a community decays, its people decline too. Can collaborative gardening help restore community health and spirit? Guerrilla gardening is the planting and tending of gardens on public land, usually without permission. You might think of it as the green thumb version of graffiti, using plants instead of spray paint. Here are two wonderful videos … Continue reading Grab Your Shovel: Guerrilla Gardening in Los Angeles

Scanning the Nest: The Art of Ellen Hoverkamp

Technology constantly creates tools, but we seldom explore their full artistic potential. Pioneer Ellen Hoverkamp makes art with a scanner. Ellen Hoverkamp began making photographic images with her flatbed scanner in 1997, enjoying the dramatic three dimensional look which she has further developed with such elegance. Her images have a very classic feel, often recalling Victorian botanical illustrations. She's also … Continue reading Scanning the Nest: The Art of Ellen Hoverkamp

Animal Images: Inspiration from Nature, Part One

From adorable kittens and puppies to majestic lions and wolves, we love pictures of animals. What need do they fulfill? When I am attracted to the image of animal, be it a painting, a sculpture, a photo or any other representation, it is usually because I'm identifying with the creature's attributes or abilities. That kitten is so … Continue reading Animal Images: Inspiration from Nature, Part One

Sharing a Difficult Journey: The Art Installations of Serge Alain Nitegeka

How do we break cycles of violence? Art helps us share painful personal stories and build empathy across cultural lines. Serge Alain Nitegeka was born in 1983 in the African nation of Burundi. When he was eleven years old his homeland erupted into open conflict between the Tutsi and Hutu tribes, violence that devastated Burundi and neighboring Rwanda. … Continue reading Sharing a Difficult Journey: The Art Installations of Serge Alain Nitegeka