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Jane Evershed's art was recently selected for a show in Syracuse New York to represent the 100th anniversary of International Women's day. Only 20 women artists across the US were chosen.
Jane Evershed's activism was recently highlighted in a new book The Compassionate Rebel Revolution: Ordinary People Changing the World has just been published and contains her story among many others.
The United Nations will soon be seeing jane's art, more details to follow soon...
BIG SURPRISE - CONGRATULATIONS.
I submitted your art and poetry to the Asian Human Rights Commission - Human Rights & Culture Issue, and the coverage of you is GREAT.
This went out very much throughout Asia, but other parts of the world as well. AHRC is crisis focused, with a large male audience, but women as well. They have just recently been doing the Culture issue, as most of their publications are on crisis issues. I will send you an example.
Enjoy the publicity, via WUNRN.
October 17, 2008
Many Voices, One Vision
Sisters of the great parade,
We have bannered our way
Through centuries of risk and ridicule,
Our grass roots have become giant redwoods,
Gathering strength over time,
Bracing against those who would fell us without thought,
Our trickle has become the powerful river of change,
Giving sustenance and hope to many without,
And out of an ounce of peace, We shall build a planet of peace.
Jane Evershed is a mother, artist, activist and poet and Presenter
Ms. Evershed was born in England in 1959 and moved to South Africa at the age of nine, the experience of growing up during the racist Apartheid era taught Jane Evershed the nature of domination firsthand from a young age and informs her artistic consciousness to this day. Jane's activism began at the age of 21 when she was jailed briefly in South Africa for opposing the system of apartheid. She spent two years on The Board of Women Against Military Madness and was jailed briefly for activism against an arms manufacturer as part of the Alliant 28, all were found not guilty under the Geneva Conventions. Jane’s painting and poem were forwarded by WUNRN http://www.wunrn.com
Picking up the snapped strands of creativity and mending them...
View from the Front Porch... YES! That is a bear!
In 2006, just before the housing bubble crash, Jane Evershed moved from Uptown, Minneapolis in the state of Minnesota to a little river in the woods of Wisconsin to get out of the city and find time to devote her creativity to art and writing whilst pursuing a lifelong dream of living with nature and eventually getting off the grid.
"The constant treadmill of paying bills is truly un-inspirational for artists. My activism had usurped so much of my time with so little effect that I was forced to change my priorities and my life."
"Both my children had left home within months of each other, I missed them deeply. Also the constant treadmill of bill paying is truly un-inspirational for artists, and my activism had usurped so much of my time with so little effect that I was forced to change my priorities. I had let my means of making a living slip severely in favor of organizing and trying to be a part of preventing an imminent war, and all that ensues, I was making fliers and going to board meetings instead of focusing on making a living from my art, which only 1% of artists manage to do anyway. Even though the Minnesota Women's Press readership voted for me as their favorite local artist in 2006 I was struggling to keep up with the rising cost of living and constant repairs to my home. My business had been severely affected by the advent of the giant chain bookstores that had usurped my particular market niche: independent book sellers across the nation."
The first project Evershed undertook in Wisconsin was to establish a sound plan working with LFC, Living Forest Cooperative, to manage the land, forest and riparian areas with responsible stewardship at the suggestion of a friend and nearby land owner, Dr. Lois Hall.
The second was re-establishing her business out of an 800 square foot A frame after leaving a home/gallery/office of 3000 square feet. "That was challenging and required a few storage sheds for inventory and office space. "My friends say I am living up to my name: Ever shed, but I really do feel better having a smaller carbon footprint now."
Then came the gardens, vegetables and flowers, and then making the trails in order to traverse the land. This done, it was time to pick up the creative strand that had been snapped by the upheaval of moving. "I had been working on The Time of Woman book for about two years and getting nowhere and then it all started falling into place by providence."
Having studied Art History, Jane was able to see her work in the context of the times we live in and thus value it enough to pursue her work during these times of Global climate disruption, corporate global domination and the lack of women in positions of power on every level of society in every country in the world.
I am working on my book which should be ready in 2009. For more information about the book please go to our publications page.
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Healing "Nature Deprivation Syndrome" in Kids
After hearing about this problem of nature deprivation in kids Jane began looking at options to get kids from the city that never get to go out in nature to come to the river forest and enjoy it. "Humans can have epiphanies just by being immersed in nature, away from the synthetic energy of machinery and concrete."
Jane purchased a ready made, summertime cedar retreat building, with the idea of using it for whoever became the adult caretaker bringing kids up from the cities while the kids could bring tents and enjoy an authentic camping experience nearby. There are trails to walk and the river to float down. Nearby is the Trego Nature trail and even closer the famous Namekagon River and nature reserve.
So far this idea is still an unrealized dream and a work in progress. The greatest problem to solve is in liability and litigation areas. In June the tic population poses a problem as Jane really does not want kids getting Lyme's didease, but by Julty4th the tics are all gone. Any ideas or help with this project would be highly appreciated. Please contact Jane at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Artist and Writer's Retreat
The 12x20 summertime cedar unit with its little porch could also be used by artists and writers as a retreat to get away and create in nature and silence. "I would make it available to artists for a very low fee compared to what people usually pay to get away from the oppressive city for a while, many artists cannot afford to rent luxury cabins on lakes around here."
The peaceful flowing brook could be very inspirational in awakening a burnt out soul, it is a respite and a gateway for creative juices to flow along with it. You can hear the babble of the brook with the crackling of the fire, it is music to the ears.
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