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I love this rendition of the song... especially since I'm going to Hawaii again... this time for two weeks!
First week staying at Wai'anapanapa State Park (same as last year)... and second week going to Big Island with Jake to see the volcanoes!
( thanks to Matt Hoelker for posting this on his FB page... which is how I found it )
Fundraising Image – Haleakala Crater – 90% of sales of this print will be donated to Gary’s son Jake Walker, who lives in Maui, and was recently diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. This image was chosen because there’s a special story about Jake behind it. By his own choice, Jake has been living homeless, off and on, for most of the past 10 years. Several years ago I visited Jake, and after staying on the beach and hitchhiking around with him for a couple of weeks, it was time for me to leave and Jake came to the airport with me to say good-bye. Jake’s gear was getting pretty beat up and mine was brand new… so I traded my backpack, tent and sleeping bag for his. As I waited for my plane, I watched out the window as Jake walked away from the airport, with my backpack on his back until he disappeared from site. Months later I learned that was just the beginning of a very long trek. Jake decided to keep walking for miles and all the way up 10,000 feet to Haleakala Crater. Once there he had to decide which way to go back, either back down the road, or through the crater. You guessed it… Jake decided to hike across the crater, all by himself, with no compass… and more importantly, no water (uhhh, not a smart thing to do). It took him two days to cross the crater. He told me once he got to the bottom it was scary because it was total desert, and as the ridges of the crater rose around you it was easy to lose your bearings… and the path was sometimes hard to follow. Fortunately, by the end of the first day, as night was falling, he came upon the park’s rustic cabins in the remote part of the crater. There were a few people there who shared some of their water with him… and he pitched my tent and slept the night under the stars. The next day he began working his way down the south side of the mountain until he finally reached the ocean. And from there, because he was not having luck at hitchhiking, he ended up walking around the entire island. It took about two months… but that’s another story.
Woodland launches... 'ArtsForHumanities.com' ~ 4/10/13
Jake overlooking Black Sands Beach
'Free Art Shops for Friends In Need!' ~ A rewarding way to give a hand-up instead of a hand-out! Everybody wins... buy great art, change a life! And it's focused around someone you care about personally, and want to help with a way to sustain a living. And at the same time, get unique art gifts that support local arts.
The idea was first inspired by Gary's son Jake and how to help with his situation with Multiple Sclerosis and homelessness. Secondly, we thought about all the people who come into Woodland Studios (almost weekly) looking for art donations to support a fundraiser for someone they know. Artists always want to help but it's hard for them to give away as much as they do. So, we thought... why not turn this into a sustainable way of helping people and artists by applying the 'gallery' business model (50/50 split)... only in our case it's artists (50%), friend in need (40%), and ArtsForHumanities.com (10%) for the service. Artists market price their work, wholesale consign it to your friend in need, you buy it, get great gifts, help your friend, and support the arts. What could be better than that!
So on, April 10, 2013... we launched the first 'beta' version of ArtsForHumanities.com featuring Jake's Art Store. Soon we will be adding two more stores to help other people as well. At the moment, we're fortunate to be able to use Jake as our guinea pig to help us learn how to make the service better as we continue to expand to others. Also, Jake is very excited to be part of something that will help make life better for others in need, and support the arts at the same time. We're looking forward to see what we can learn from this 'beta' launch of the first few stores.
We hope the ArtsForHumanities.com idea will catch on and prove to help individuals, family, and friends need... and support the arts at the same time. You get great gifts for people you love while supporting your friends in need.
You win, your friend wins, and even the artists win... it's a win, win, win!
Check it out... www.ArtsForHumanities.com ~ Free Art Shops for Friends In Need!
Get unique gifts! ~ Help friends in need! ~ Enjoy great art!
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Inspire, Connect, Bring Peace! ~ This is one of our favorite organizations!
Check out their 'Imagine' video that we have embedded on the home page of our website. Playing For Change is a multimedia movement created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music. The foundation raises money for music schools for kids. We've embedded more of our favorite videos on our website at http://www.woodland-studios.com/home/playingforchange.html . These are some of the early recordings from where it all started a decade ago when a small group of documentary filmmakers set out with a dream to create a film rooted in the music of the streets. Not only has that dream been realized, it has blossomed into a global sensation called Playing For Change, a project including musicians of every level of renown, that has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. We encourage you to visit their website, enjoy their music and support a great cause. This is art making a difference in the world.