BIDDING AUCTION FOR RECOVERY EFFORTS FOLLOWING WASHINGTON WILDFIRES, ONLY 2 HOURS LEFT!

ALL of these photos are part of a BIDDING AUCTION TO HELP WITH RECOVERY EFFORTS FOLLOWING WASHINGTON WILDFIRES…. The auction ends today, September 20, Sunday… at 7:00 pm PST

Here is a link to the Facebook page the auction is on, you do have to have a Facebook account to join in, and you must join the group to bid:

Auction for Survivors of WA Wildfires

after joining, go to THIS ALBUM PAGE to see all the photos available for bidding!

Auction Items Album Page to help those who lost homes to the fires

and join in the fun!   There is only a very short time left however… less than THREE HOURS!

Here are samples of all photos  #Auction4Wildfires

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Art For Oso Photography Auction Fundraiser

Art For Oso Photography Auction Fundraiser

Round #3 has begun and the first two rounds were a great success! We are accepting art and photography for review and auction online on Facebook starts May 16th at 9pm. Please share, pass this on! More information on this google doc: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CrbQYf9a0fcE6OjsPwG5IejEmC-TgBOfrep3d5SujvA/edit?usp=sharing

Thank you!

Successful Art For Oso Photography Auction Fundraiser

Art For Oso photography auction on Facebook

 

ROUND 2 CLOSED. ROUND #3 COMING SOON!  Successful Facebook based Photography Auction Fundraiser to benefit the mudslide recovery process in Oso and Darrington, Washington.  This fast growing grassroots event started by Justin Kraemer on Facebook, has grown to a group of over 1500 in just over a week, with other volunteers stepping up to the plate very quickly to help organize and do behind the scenes data entry.  Round one started as a Facebook event, with 170 photos donated by many people in the area, and accumulated bids of $8,500. 100% of proceeds were donated directly into the Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation fund set up for mudslide relief in the local Arlington Bank. (link below).

Round two was a  Group based fundraising effort on Facebook for better tracking and control,  a new Group called Art For Oso was set up just for the Fundraiser, and can be found in a link below called Art For Oso Group page.  Many  local Pros such as Aaron Reed in round 1 auction), and Gary Randall, Kevin McNeal, and Darren White (in round 2),  as well as many very talented hobbyists from around the PNW, donated 1-2 prints, (some on metal or canvas, some as prints,)  and we auctioned 146  prints of great quality.  Round 2 ran from APRIL 4 AT 6 PM PST through APRIL 7 at 9 PM PST  and raised over  $13,580 in addition to previous $8,500

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Art for Oso Facebook page, click on photo to go to group in a new tab

Art for Oso Facebook page, click on photo to go to group in a new tab

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This link is for the youcaring.com website link for the Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation emergency fund for Oso, Washington

Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation Fundraiser website.  People will pay directly into this fund, not through this group or administrators.

youcaring.com website link for the Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation emergency fund for Oso, Washington

click on the photo for the youcaring.com website link for the Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation emergency fund for Oso, Washington

 

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Facebook link for the Photo Album from the Round 2 Auction in Art For Oso

This link is for the Facebook photo album from Round 2, and can still be viewed to give you an idea of how this works.  Bidding however has been closed.

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Below are images snipped from the album of 146 images, for those who are not on Facebook and yet are curious what images are being auctioned!

Click on any image to see it larger.  To see the album itself you need to be on Facebook and click on the links above

Click on any image to see it larger. To see the album itself you need to be on Facebook and click on the links above

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#530slidephotographyauction  #artforoso  #osostrong
 

Thank you,  volunteer staff member Darlisa Black  www.starlisa.net

 

A WILD RIDE! Art For Oso photography auction fundraiser,

Fruit trees burst into bloom in the orchards

Art For Oso photography auction fundraiser

#530slidephotographyauction

We are on round 2 of a Facebook based Photography Auction Fundraiser to benefit the mudslide recovery process in Oso and Darrington, Washington.  This fast growing grassroots event started by Justin Kraemer on Facebook, has grown to a group of over 850 in a few days with other volunteers stepping up to the plate very quickly to help organize and do behind the scenes data entry.  Round one started as a Facebook event, with 170 photos donated by many people in the area, and accumulated bids of $8,500. 100% of proceeds were donated directly into the Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation fund set up for mudslide relief in the local Arlington Bank. (link below)

Round two is Group based fundraising effort on Facebook for better tracking and control, called Art For Oso,and can be found in a link below called Art For Oso Group page.  We now have many high end Pro Photographers from the Pacific Northwest that have been donating to both rounds, like Aaron Reed in the first round, and Gary Randall and Kevin McNeal in this round.  and myself of course 😉  and about 140 prints to sell of great quality.

BIDDING STARTS TONIGHT APRIL 4 AT 7 PM PST,  AND RUNS THROUGH MONDAY APRIL 7 UNTIL 9 PM PST

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This post in the group will give you more information, and is good for sharing on your facebook page to reach out to othersFacebook group "Art For Oso" creating fundraisers for #OsoStrong to help with mudslide relief efforts in Oso and Darrington in the state of Washington~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*Group page Link:   https://www.facebook.com/groups/artforoso/

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This link is now set up for donations, and people paying for their winning photos will pay directly into this fund, not even through this group or administrators.

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CLICK TO SEE THE FACEBOOK PHOTO ALBUM!  This is a small number of over 140 images being bidded on in the #artforoso photography auction fundraiser on Facebook.

CLICK TO SEE THE FACEBOOK PHOTO ALBUM! This is a small number of over 140 images being bidded on in the #artforoso photography auction fundraiser on Facebook.

Thank you,  volunteer staff member Darlisa Black  darlisa.may@gmail.com

~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~       Below are my two images that I have donated to the Auction with the financial and encouragement help of my friend James Massey of Trout Lake, Washington.  They are posted, with over 130 other amazing images by many amazing photographers,  in this Art For Oso Photography Auction.

 

This image of the Perseid meteor and Milky way was taken in early August, 2013.  Click on the image to see it in the AUCTION album

Perseid Meteor and Milky Way over a very ghostly Locust Grove Church near Wasco,

Perseid Meteor and Milky Way over a very ghostly Locust Grove Church near Wasco, Oregon

You can also see this one of the Meteor and church in my photo galleries in this link

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Or this Aurora image taken June 1, 2013  Click ON the image to see it in the Auction Gallery.  Bidding starts at 7:00 pm PST in the group Art For Oso

Northern Light Bliss over Mount Adams, reflected in Trout Lake, Washington

Northern Light Bliss over Mount Adams, reflected in Trout Lake, Washington

This Aurora image can be seen in my photo galleries on SmugMug by clicking on this link

Thank you all for coming!  maybe we will see you over at Art For Oso this week!

Darlisa Black,     Starlisa Black Photography

Meandering Visions of Joyous Solidarity, and Appreciation for Helpful Hints.

large rainbow seen over the Columbia River from White Salmon, with one end touching the stone outcropping near Hood River called Guardian of the Gorge.

NOW if you just want to skip to the stuff about where is the Art For Oso fundraiser auction and gorgeous photos you can bid on, slide on down the page to the link section.  🙂  I won’t be offended if you skip my ramblings

This has been an incredible grassroots explosion of caring, thanks to the dream of Justin Kramer and his wife.   Along the way they collected volunteers so saw the dream and wanted to help.  We are all learning as we go!  As of April 4,2014,  Photos for the Auction for Oso have been reviewed to be sure they are of printing quality suitable for an Art auction. Getting that balance between quality art and community spirit is a big challenge! I am plum worn out from soothing ruffled feathers and making decisions. (Wednesday night) and then Rejuvenated Thursday watching it all come back together with a Joyful dance as artists met each other and discovered beauty everywhere aimed at helping make life a little bit easier for the folks in Oso and Darrington area. Along the way came many lessons.

Having been an artist of one form or another all my life, I learned long ago to have a thick skin about constructive criticism… but I slip now and then 😉 However there are many people who take it VERY personally… and if you are one of those, submitting in an event like this is not always easy or even wise unless you learn to NOT take it personally. The pointers from the review committees can be extremely valuable learning tools if you listen instead of react. Photographers who have been doing this a long time don’t always have patience for an obviously or even slightly crooked horizon for example, when that can be so easily fixed even with Picasa or Lightroom. Learning to deal with rejection and criticism is something artists and writers have always had to deal with as well… but a writer who is passionate about their dream learns to bite their tongue, stack up those rejection slips and keep on writing, improving as they go. Passionate Photographers grab their cameras and head back out there in the rain and try a different angle and catch a rainbow, or learn something about a program that will help them process photos more effectively to bring out the beauty the camera seldom captures all alone. I don’t get it when someone tells me “but I can’t do what you do”, because I wasn’t able to either, but I kept trying and trying. My Dad used to say “I Can’t is a slugger too lazy to try”. He also said, “Show me someone who never made a mistake and I will show you someone who never did a darn thing!”. DON’T let not knowing stop you! You can weave together a miracle out of moonlight and spider webs, with enough passion and hard work! I studied popular photos on Flickr and other places to train my eye to see what works visually and grabs people’s attention, and I STILL consider myself to be a rank amateur in comparison to some of the amazing photographers out there I admire so much.

Ok, that was my download rant after this remarkable couple days. Never give up. never just get hurt at someones opinion… see if there is something in there that can benefit you and then throw the rest out. Your value does not depend on someone elses opinion, but you might be able to learn something because of that opinion. It is up to each of us how we take such things, what we do with them.

For myself, today made it all worthwhile, watching the coalescence of stars form into galaxies of great beauty that will become treasured Prints upon an appreciative new owner’s wall… even while hope becomes a strand in a rope built of caring and sharing that will become mightier than we even know. A rope that will pull the dreams back out of the mud in Oso and put education back into lives and feed the hard-working souls working to rebuild.
Yes, I am grateful to be here right now. Thank you for sharing it all with me.

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This auction is the second  Facebook fundraiser by Justin in two weeks , all of it for the rebuilding and recovery efforts taking place in Oso and Darrington area of Washington State following a terrifying mudslide that has left way too many homes and lives destroyed.  The first fundraiser, ending less that a week ago, collected $8,500 in bids!   ALL money, 100% of what is gathered, is going into the Cascade Valley Hospital Fund set up in a bank in Arlington, where it all will be going right back into the communities ravaged by the 530 mudslide that buried Oso, Washington.  These links will open  in a new tab

 This link is now set up for donations, and people paying for their winning photos will pay directly into this fund, not even through this group or administrators. 

This link is for the youcaring.com website link for the Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation emergency fund for Oso, Washington

This link is for the youcaring.com website link for the Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation emergency fund for Oso, Washington

 

ALSO if you are wanting to skip the whole Auction bidding thing, don’t want a picture anyway… you can donate DIRECTLY to that fund via the link just above.  It is all about donating to our Washington neighbors in need! 

#OsoStrong #530slide #530slidephotographyauction

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Bidding at the online Auction on Facebook will begin Friday April 4th @ 7:00 pm PST and will continue for a week.  An incredible collection of images, many from some of the Pacific Northwest stars among photographers, will be available for your bidding pleasure!  Click on either of the following images to see them in the album available, OR:

click on this link to go directly to the group page where you can JOIN the group and be able to bid on the images. 

Facebook group "Art For Oso" creating fundraisers for #OsoStrong to help with mudslide relief efforts in Oso and Darrington in the state of Washington

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If you are already IN the Art for Oso group and just want an easy LINK TO THE GROUP PHOTO ALBUM TO GET DOWN TO THE BUSINESS OF BIDDING, just CLICK on this sentence in blue to go directly to photo album full of  Treasures of great beauty!!!  

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Below are my two images that I have donated to the Auction with the financial and encouragement help of my friend James Massey of Trout Lake, Washington.  They are posted, with over 130 other amazing images by many amazing photographers,  in this Art For Oso Photography Auction.

 

This image of the Perseid meteor and Milky way was taken in early August, 2013.  Click on the image to see it in the AUCTION album

Perseid Meteor and Milky Way over a very ghostly Locust Grove Church near Wasco,

Perseid Meteor and Milky Way over a very ghostly Locust Grove Church near Wasco, Oregon

You can also see this one of the Meteor and church in my photo galleries in this link

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Or this Aurora image taken June 1, 2013  Click ON the image to see it in the Auction Gallery.  Bidding starts at 7:00 pm PST in the group Art For Oso

Northern Light Bliss over Mount Adams, reflected in Trout Lake, Washington

Northern Light Bliss over Mount Adams, reflected in Trout Lake, Washington

This Aurora image can be seen in my photo galleries on SmugMug by clicking on this link

 

Thank you all for coming!  maybe we will see you over at Art For Oso this week!

Darlisa Black

Starlisa Black Photography

 

My daughter Leannan Sidhe and her Music Project

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Leannan Sidhe is a Singer Songwriter working on recording her second album of Original Music.  Her melodic tunes take on mystical and fairie like qualities, at times reminiscent of singers like Enya and other Celtic musicians.  She is also my daughter, and I am so proud of her!  She writes her own unique songs, based on stories of life.

Her first album sold well, and with help from an earlier Kickstarter Project she has made it mostly through recording on this second album, but does not have enough to finish Mastering and Duplicating the album.  By jumping in and pledging now, you will be prepaying for a copy of the music when it is finished, or depending on the level of pledge there are other prizes as well.

Please take the time to go listen to her title song on the link above, and come tell me what you think!

Thanks!

Darlisa

She Sings like a Nightingale!

My sweet Daughter Leannan Sidhe has been stretching her artistic wings in more ways than one the last few years. Last year she accomplished the recording of her first album of original music, as well as gotten her first published work, a short story in an anthology which can be found on the Fragile Dreams page. She also is an accomplished seamstress and created many of her own costumes. Leannan does beadwork, and is a lovely artist with pencil and watercolors as well, and can throw a great snowball to boot!

Now she is working on her second album of mostly original music, and the plan is to start recording this summer. You can hear samples of her music here

She is giving up her apartment and staying with me for awhile so she can put everything into this project. Here is where you come in! If you like to support young musicians and artists struggling to make it in this world, you can help through a website called Kickstarter which matches up people with projects with those who like to donate to such causes. I AM HAVING TROUBLE POSTING LINKS ON HERE BUT IF YOU CLICK ON HER LINK TO THE LEFT IN THE SIDEBAR YOU WILL FIND HER KICKSTARTER LINK THERE.

AFTER VIEWING, PLEASE CONSIDER A PLEDGE… SHE HAS 15 DAYS TO GATHER ANOTHER $1,005. THE WAY KICKSTARTER WORKS IS THAT IF THE GOAL IS NOT REACHED BY THE DEADLINE, THE ARTIST GETS NONE OF THE MONEY. NONE OF THE MONEY IS TAKEN FROM YOUR ACCOUNT UNTIL THE END OF THE PROJECT, AND THERE ARE MANY TIERS OF DONATION LEVELS WITH BONUS PRIZES YOU WILL RECEIVE AS WELL. I HAVE ALSO PROMISED TO SEND ONE OF MY PHOTO CARDS TO THANK ANYONE WHO DONATES AT LEAST $15 OR MORE, AND MY 8 X 10 IMAGES ARE SOME OF THE PRIZES.

Leannan has been working with James Alexander Adams, who not only does all the recording studio work, but also sings with her on a few songs and plays several instruments on the first album.