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Countdown To Song Of Sahel Art Auction!

The Music has been Launched!  HERE also! The Web-Site has been constructed ready for the event. The radio broadcast is planned. And the anthology is ready to be uploaded. This sounds like, Camera! Action! Lights!  Doesn’t it? Or is it, lights, camera! action? Whichever! The stage is set; we await the players.

This event has been months of work in the planning. From the first instance, when Doug went to Africa to join in with the rescue operation in Niger, I have been busy pulling together the various branches, strands, poets, authors and artists wishing to participate in this grand event.

The brief was: “Those who have; Those who have not” I asked people to express how they felt about the situation occurring in parts of the world where our human family are deprived of so much that many of us take for granted.

I have been featuring some of those who have participated, and this time, I want to say something about the wonderful artists who have donated paintings for an on-line auction that we will be hosting next Sunday 16th.

Cher Duncombe is donating Unrelenting, a wonderful fiery mix of earthy browns and yellows. I have actually seen earth such as this in the Rift Valley in Kenya.

Many geologists think the Rift Valley is where human life began; where the earth is literally pulling apart leaving stretchmarks across the landscape.

I hope Cher doesn’t mind that I am referring her painting to a specific place in Kenya. The painting reminds me so much of the dry, split, scorched, red earth to be found in that part of the world. Cher’s painting is full of life, literally teeming with colour and vibrancy. In it, I see forests, earth and sky. Moving in and out of Cher’s painting, the spirit of our ancestors still eke an existence, still struggle to tame the effects of burning ground.  This  painting is marvelous in depth and suggestion.

The painting will be shipped to the lucky, highest bidder by Cher herself. Funds will go to SOS Sahel.

The auction will be hosted on the web-site and on Facebook. More information about the painting can be seen on the web-site.

In contrast to Cher’s painting, Tahira Lubrano is donating a voluptuous Goddess of Nature.

Tahira’s Goddess dances with earth, air and water.

Perhaps a goddess such as this can do something to soften the effects of the Sahelian sun.

She is of gorgeous flow and graceful lines. She is fecund, one with nature. This Goddess fills us with hope of plenty for those in need.

This exquisite painting will also be auctioned on 16th September.

More beautiful art coming soon.

 

 

 

 

Participating Bloggers!

The Secret Keeper

DiAnne’s Place http://ebbiesplace.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/song-of-sahel.html?spref=fb

Susie Bertie  http://sooziebird.blogspot.com

http://patriciasands.wordpress.com

Shirani Rajapakse http://shiranirajapakse.wordpress.com/2012/08/05/a-gift-for-life-join-me-in-the-song-of-sahel/

Claudio Fiore http://claudfiore.blogspot.com/

Tonia Harris http://passionfind.wordpress.com

Dee Ann Townes http://deannative.posterous.com

http://feetfirstbook.wordpress.com/2012/08/08/from-my-window-the-song-of-sahel-sos/

http://vampiremaman.wordpress.com/2012/08/08/those-who-dream-those-who-do-not/

Tony Mutton AKA DarKasean http://darkarsean.wordpress.com/2012/08/06/1216/

Patricia Sands http://patriciasands.wordpress.com/2012/08/28/2291/#comment-2211

Marta Pelrine-Bacon: http://mapelba.wordpress.com/2012/08/31/plum-friday-self-sabotage-and-support-systems/

Joss Landry: http://josslandry.com/385/

http://www.shevata-cccole.blogspot.co.uk/ C.c.Cole

This Kid Reviews Books: http://thiskidreviewsbooks.com

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About Dr Niamh

When I was a little girl (a very, very long time ago), I used to love learning new, really big words like ‘discombobulate’. As I grew, my love of words grew too, until I loved them so much, I could not stop writing them down. One day, as I was scribbling a particular word, a very peculiar thing happened. The word shouted at me, “Stop! Don’t put me there!” As you can imagine, I was shocked and nearly fell off my chair. When I recovered somewhat, I said to the word, “Could you stop shouting, please? I am not used to it.” Can you guess what happened next? No! I thought not. The word said, “I might be small, but I will misbehave if you do not use me properly. I will not tell the story you would like me to tell. I will say something entirely different!” I dropped my pen. I hoped that by dropping my pen, the word would stop talking. Alas! It did not. It carried on chitterchobbling, even after the ink had dried. I was in a pickle. I could not allow my words to run away with my story, now could I? I don’t know about you, but when this sort of thing happens, there is only one thing left to do if you prefer not to spend your time arguing. “Very well,” said I. “I will do as you ask if you will just be quiet and allow me to concentrate.” Since that day, I have been paying special attention to every word I invite into my stories. After all, a story should say exactly what it means to say and not be led astray. With love from Dr. Niamh, Ph.D in Learning Through The Imagination and Founder of Dr Niamh Children's Books. www.drniamh.co.uk

27 comments on “Countdown To Song Of Sahel Art Auction!

  1. cherduncombe
    September 8, 2012

    Thank you so much, Niamh, for introducing “Unrelenting” for the Song of Sahel Art Auction. My sincere hope is that our friends from across many lands will join us in raising awareness for the Sahel and its desperate needs. May this auction and your ceaseless efforts help the cause for the people of the Sahel.

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    • ontheplumtree
      September 8, 2012

      I hope so also, Cher. The quality of these paintings, music tracks and the poems in the anthology are what we offer…our talent and unrelenting passion to try to make a difference.

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    • ontheplumtree
      September 9, 2012

      It is a magnificent painting, Cher. And let us hope that this reminder of the life that is in the earth will bring those from across many lands together.

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  2. Walking with Beverley
    September 9, 2012

    el magnifico…Niamh…So exciting…my prayer that many around the world will see this great need..for Sahel..God Bless…:D

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  3. the secret keeper
    September 9, 2012

    A Great Introduction to the Music and where to purchase the beautifully written and performed productions of songs for Song of Sahel and the Auction. Where Cher Duncombe has donated her painting, which is noble and majestic. Those who win the bid of her painting “The Unrelenting” will receive free shipping, also, donated by Cher Duncombe. I love the history behind the region in Kenya of which this painting reminds Niamh. The presentation of the contrast of Tahira’s Goddess bringing life to the land and Cher’s painting’s earthiness gives representation of exactly what is happening in Sahel. One is of the soil, though in its richness it is without the growth of food; in Sahel, unfortunately, the soil is dry and dusty and cannot sustain the growth of food. Then the other, a cornucopia of plenty with the Goddess of Nature. This auction will present the offering from several other artists. Please,while bidding. keep in mind all those starving children who are barely holding on as well as those who lost their hold. Be as generous as possible. Dr. Niamh Clune has done a tremendous job pulling this all together with help from some of her friends publicizing The Event and working in the backgroud. The unveiling of the Anthology of Song of Sahel will take place live on Sept 15th and the Auction will take place live on Sept 16th. Please join us for both events. It is hard to take off my promotional hat for these occasions, but I will take a break for a moment to say that it has been a tremendous pleasure to work with Niamh Clune on this project in any way that I found was possible. I have met some very special people during the whole process which I feel will develop into very good freindships. I am grateful for the experience and to the people who have been more than generous in helping me. I support and believe strongly in this project and feel hope for Sahel and hope for the events to be great successes. With Love and Appreciation, Jennifer

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    • ontheplumtree
      September 9, 2012

      Thank You, Jennifer for re-blogging. The music, paintings and the anthology are being given of the heart and soul. All we have is our talent to share with those who might never have the luxury of self-expression.

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  4. the secret keeper
    September 9, 2012

    Reblogged this on the secret keeper and commented:
    A Great Introduction to the Music and where to purchase the beautifully written and performed productions of songs for Song of Sahel and the Auction.

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  5. the secret keeper
    September 9, 2012

    Niamh, I actually changed what I wrote on the reblog to the last 9 1/2 lines of my above comment. Wanted the Reblog to lead here. Check out and let me know what you think. I’d be happy to reblog this until the 15 & 16. J

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  6. the secret keeper
    September 9, 2012

    Very Cool! I clicked on the Goddess on my blog of your blog that I Reblogged and here I am. It brought me right to your image and the Title:

    Countdown To Song Of Sahel Art Auction!

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  8. DiAnne Ebejer
    September 9, 2012

    Countdown is on! Have tweeted, shared and re-blogged. Hopefully hands will join in solidarity to support this most worthy cause.

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  9. thiskidreviewsbooks
    September 9, 2012

    The Nature Goddess painting is really good!

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    • ontheplumtree
      September 9, 2012

      Glad you like it, Erik

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    • TJLubrano
      September 10, 2012

      *bows* Big thanks Erik!! ^_^

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      • ontheplumtree
        September 10, 2012

        Erik is 10 and he is a BIG fan of yours, Tahira. He is a very special boy!

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    • TJLubrano
      September 10, 2012

      Ahh how COOL is that! I need to check out his site asap!! 😀

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      • ontheplumtree
        September 10, 2012

        He is a book reviewer, a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and a shining example to others.

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  10. Tonia Marie Houston
    September 9, 2012

    What a wonderful and exciting venture. The art is magificent. Well done to Niamh and the gifted kind spirits who donated their pieces for the auction.

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  11. TJLubrano
    September 10, 2012

    Hello! Big, big thanks for all your effort in this cause Niamh! The painting is already floating on Facebook. I’m currently writing my post and then I’ll tweet/FB it some more 🙂

    Loved all the art and music, such a good energy is floating throughout this cause. Xx

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    • ontheplumtree
      September 10, 2012

      And I hope that good energy will translate into lots of sales for SOS Sahel!” Thank you, Tahira for your wonderful contribution.

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  12. Pingback: TJ’s WIP: Sahel the Goddess of Nature | T J Lubrano Illustrations

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