Hello Everyone! I am so excited today to let you know that MUSEA Sonoma is planning our Summer in-person events! After over a year and three months of being closed, we are finally able to invite you to come and see us. We are truly grateful.
While registration is not yet fully open – save the dates…
June 19 Saturday Kinship with Creation Museum Show Opening Also my birthday party so share in some cake! Tickets will be on sale soon and reservations are required.
June 21-25 ARTIFACT – Medicine Painting Retreat with Shiloh Sophia for Summer Solstice.
July 24 Saturday Into the Future Museum Show Opening for Sue Hoya Sellars
Tickets will be on sale soon and reservations are required.
Being open this Summer is very important to us and to our future as a Museum, so I truly hope you will make a point to come and see us. And I will be honest, in Northern California, we have a pretty serious fire season, so Summer is the time to come – and then we will have another event in person in November if all goes well!
If you can’t come in person and you want to support our work, then become a member today and watch the shows virtually. In fact, we have one today! While today’s show is open to the public, it is made possible by our members. Join today: musea.org/membership
Thank you for caring about Musea. We care about you and revolutionizing the art world through honoring women, and women of color at our Museum. Watch this cool video to take a look at our last year…
TODAY 5/19: Musea Intentional Creativity Museum Show featuring the solo exhibit Fierce, Fabulous and Feminine with Artist Phyllis Anne Taylor.
Join us at 1pm HT | 4pm PT | 7pm ET | 1am CEST | 9am AEST | 11am NZST
Invite your friends: imusea.org/attend
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I hope you will join us today as we witness the incredible paintings of Artist Phyllis Anne Taylor, an amazing woman, mother, grandmother and teacher who follows the path of her muse, an elder over 70 years old! Phyllis is a Color of Woman graduate who was invited to teach during a gathering at MUSEA in 2018. During an interview we had, she shared about her desire to leave a legacy in art and be a legend for her grandchildren. I truly cannot say enough about Phyllis and what a treat it will be to join us for her solo exhibit today.
- 5/20 and 27 at 2pm PT: Way of the Red Threadcomplimentary Seminars with Shiloh Sophia on the topic of Guiding Storytelling in Red Thread Circles musea.org/redthread
- 5/27 at 4pm PT: The Art of Women of Color for Black, Indigenous and Women of Color Musea Members with Semerit Strachan and Lauren Adorno-Weatherford musea.org/membership
- 5/28: WILD CARD – Inspirational Oracle Class with Shiloh Sophia. Complimentary to those who apply and enroll in the Red Thread Training by Thursday, May 20th. musea.org/wildcard
- Starting June 1: Red Thread Training 2021 – Intentional Creativity Guide Certification redthreadtraining.com. Apply today and learn to lead Red Thread Circles in person and online using Intentional Creativity.
Today is #WIP Day (work in progress) in the Red Thread Cafe Classroom. Come share what you’re working on!
For all events visit musea.org/school
Upcoming VIRTUAL Museum Shows
We are excited to share this lineup of shows with you so you can plan in advance to join us!
- 6/16 at 4pm PT: KINSHIP with CREATION featuring the works of Artist Shiloh Sophia.
- 7/21 at 4pm PT: INTO the FUTURE featuring the works of Artist Sue Hoya Sellars.
- 8/18 at 4pm PT: Make Me Art featuring photography and poety by Jonathan McCloud, about his wife, Shiloh Sophia
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Red Thread Letter #847
Healing Our Hidden Parts
And now for today’s Letter from the Red Thread Cafe, a prose I recently wrote for my students that I wanted to share with all of you. This IS important. Can you slow way down….and read it aloud with a cuppa tea or coffee?
I know it takes time to read instead of skim. I know my letters are longer than other people and I don’t talk in sound-bites but it will be worth it…
A Reckoning of Soul-Stuff
Somewhere along the path
parts of you that deeply matter
will move further back into your Soul
They will be out of view for a time
You don’t know when or how this happens
Parts just file themselves as cosmic records
in the library of your consciousness and
in the temple of your tender body
This re-arrangement of identity
doesn’t sting so poignantly right then
in a way that you could prevent it
This inherent form of survival is in all of us
These fractures are the ways we
lose access to the wholeness of being
This unintentional seclusion of
core soul-stuff, occurs in a flash
Moments like choosing to fit in,
to pass, to violate a value,
to look good, to be better, to act
more at home than we actually are
Moments when we are diminished,
shamed, called out or made to feel
we do not matter as much as another
We feel a threat, and begin to hide
These experiences most often
take place in the company of others
that we are yet to trust; may never trust
At first this is an invisible wounding
Anyone who really deserves our trust
will not require the lessoning of us
Even we can be aggressor at times,
but that hurts so much, we stop early
The loss of our essential Soul-Stuff
results in a loss of innate instinct
Our intuition is shrouded by our desire
to be loved, over our need for being safe
When you become a witness to the hidden self
through invitation or union or severance,
break-ups, break-throughs, break-downs
then you begin the observation
When there is a chance opening in psyche
out of the shadows our parts come bursting
Usually a surprise, often unwelcome, revealing
a feral streak, that will be silent no more
If we are wise enough, or troubled enough,
we will pay attention to the hidden, when
it reveals itself to us in messy splendor
A long time in shadow can diminish our radiance
The process is different for everyone,
and much the same, this is a repairing of instinct
Could be a mending, a coming apart to come
back together, yes, this is invitation of sorts!
The hidden parts and scars are waiting
for you to return and weave colorful threads
with consciousness, care and compassion
Spend no time shaming or blaming, no need
Before waiting for another drama or trauma,
Invite the hidden parts to tea and creativity
Quite unexpectedly they may delight and surprise
Yet sometimes, it’s a reckoning
When you begin to move in any of the arts
the parts ready to reveal will move forward
seeking the catalyst of creative impulse
Creativity is a language every Soul speaks
Eventually you will find yourself
with less apology and more possibility
Ready for the aliveness the Soul seeks
Allow yourself this Rites of Passage!
We are all walking around
with some kind of limp, whether
visible or hidden from view, so be kind
and discerning too, we are like you
We tend to act like this separation
should not happen, if we only knew, but
you didn’t, did you? A reunion is here!
Becoming you, is yours to do!
A reckoning of Soul-Stuff comes
for all of us, when we aren’t looking
What if you went looking for it?
This voyage requests your Yes!
(will you say yes)
There are moments in our lives when a reckoning is afoot. This could be today or a long ways away depending where you are on your soul path.
Often this happens when you experience a big life change – death, divorce, mid-life crisis, job change or you just begin to realize that the life you are living now is not aligned with who you truly are at your core soul level.
The one thing I know is that creativity is a language every soul speaks. If you feel out of touch with yourself, I invite you to go to the canvas or journal and just let the brush or pen flow… that is what we do around here.
Intentional Creativity is what I did every day for 30 days during my cycle of rematriation as I honored the passing of my mama, Caron McCloud. Creativity invites me to work through my soul-stuff to gain clarity, peace, and a deep connection to who I truly am and what matters most to me.
On Monday, Jonathan and I called a meeting to begin the steps to form our very first Intentional Creativity Foundation Board! I was so proud to share that we have been hosting Museum Shows for nearly a year and how far we’ve come since then. Today we have over 600 Musea Members, and in 2020 we provided jobs for over 41 women staff through our Intentional Creativity Guild and will continue to grow this year…
There has been a lot of grief in my life these past few years. I am choosing to celebrate every chance I get and move towards my chosen feeling this summer of FUN.
May you find something today that brings you JOY and a reason to celebrate. Sometimes we have to look for it. When I look, I usually find it.