Thursday, June 5, 2014


I want to share something that has truly reminded me that CREATING ART is a liberty we may sometimes take for granted. It's something we don't have to ask for, or need permission to do. We can create anytime we want… we are lucky. So fortunate we don't even appreciate it at times…. I know I am guilty of that too.
As many of you know I curate the WHERE WOMEN CREATE column CREATIVE RITUALS, several months back I contacted a wonderful clay artist named Nika Htozkaya about being featured in the column. We were moving forward when suddenly all communication with her stopped, below is the actual email I received from her yesterday:

Hello Sandra,

Sorry for a long silence, but due to tragical events in my country I can’t participate in such a great idea now. It’s a real war in the region I live in, I hope some day there will be peace and I could be back to work creating.
I volunteer as a psychologist now as it is my first profession and really see that it is helpful. Two months ago I created a small organization to help people psychologically injured with war, so at least fifty percent of my time and money goes into that endeavor. Hope in a few weeks my organization won’t be so vitally needed.


This wonderfully talented artist lives and creates in Kyiv, Ukraine and maybe thats just an anonymous place most have only heard about on the news but the reality is we are all truly connected in ways we may not even be aware of. Create every opportunity you get…. don't ever take that freedom for granted. Simply by engaging in the constructive act of creativity we are fighting destructive acts and for our right to live in a happy, peaceful world while making a very important contribution to our society as a whole. In Nika's floral words, "Have a Good Day!" Please share this message with as many people as you can…. because we can and maybe, just maybe we can make a difference even if it is in a small way by showing the love we have in our hearts for each other!