The final word is love… To love we must know each other … and we know each other in the breaking of bread, and we are not alone any more. Heaven is a banquet and life is a banquet, too, even with a crust, where there is companionship.
We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community. -Dorothy Day
From the cafe of the nearby bookstore, at my ancient laptop, I put in the work of the unglamorous side of being an artist (updating financials, print inventory, website stuff, email communications, etc.) In this quiet cafe, there’s only one electrical outlet. Usually not a problem since book-readers usually outnumber the laptop-users. But today was different.
This morning, congregated at a mess of tables around the single outlet, was what I assumed was a study group. Open textbooks, laptops, and notes were spread out amongst this cheerful lot that were clearly enjoying each other’s company as they worked. They saw me hesitantly approaching but unreservedly invited me to come over and find a way to plug in. “Come join our multicultural table!” they said. I offered the power strip I brought in case of situations like this, which proved useful since others needed to charge their devices, too.
We helped each other move more tables together so everyone could have access. This group was so friendly, I shouldn’t have been surprised that they would so warmly welcome a stranger into their space. As we all settled back into our tasks, some resumed their conversation. I heard them asking questions as if they were getting to know each other...it slowly dawned on me that this was not a group that walked in together; they had each just met one another!
I’ve been thinking about humanness, connection, and community lately. How valuable and vital it is in today’s digitally dominated world to be able to look someone in the eye and smile at them. I’ve become discouraged with the detrimental influences digital and social media can have on us, both as individuals and as a culture. We all know no number of “likes” or emojis can ever take the place of human presence. Getting lost in good conversation is far better than getting lost in a scrolling screen.
It is undeniable that technology has created invaluable ways for us to connect, but it’s increasingly clear that we must think about how to intentionally use these digital resources in a way that deepens community.
These thoughts were swirling around in my head when I set out for this bookstore cafe today. Had there been multiple electrical outlets available here, we likely would have retreated into our own tables and screens to work. We would have missed never the opportunity to welcome each other into a space, share our resources, exchange laughter, and make new friends. To create a community.
So, I want to extend an invitation to you. I’d like to use The Journal as a tool to deepen community and make genuine human connections. Here, I can share much more about myself, my artwork, and inspiration behind it than I can on social media. Here, you’re invited to step away from the scroll for a few minutes, and slow down to explore what I’ve shared from my studio and my heart. I invite you to respond to whatever resonates with you —I’d be honored to hear your thoughts.
Even though we are connecting in a digital format, I hope you will think of The Journal as a extension of my own home. You are welcome here. Come, have a seat at the table. I’ll make us some tea (or coffee, if you prefer). We’ll slow down and chat and listen and contemplate and learn. Let’s be friends. Let’s be a community.
I’m so glad you’re here. Welcome.
Artist Profile in Ekstasis Magazine
Art meets academia, kingdom meets earth; Ekstasis Magazine is beautiful aesthetic design merged with mature and thoughtful intellectual discourse.
Earlier this year, Ekstasis Magazine sent Walter Cabal to come by for a studio visit to chat about my work.
Here’s an excerpt from the article:
Christina Eve offers an alternative mode of living and creating in a country that is currently interested in making a loud, visible, global noise. It is a way to accept existing in silence among the quiet, unseen, ordinary things. It is the way of accepting oneself, reality and the others in it –as is.”
This gorgeous production will be available soon! In the meantime, watch a lovely video sneak peek here.
I’m honored to be a part of The Handmade Pop-Up again —an exciting seasonal online market featuring handmade goods from artists and makers around the world.
Featuring an amazing collection of carefully curated, conscious brands, the HMPU’s mission is to knock down geographical barriers and create a global space where mindful folks can connect with quality handmade brands. to provide a unique shopping experience for all.
Get sneak peeks and browse the talent at thehandmadepopup.com
I’m now offering FREE SHIPPING on all the prints in the shop!
I realized that some of you wanting to purchase the $10 Mini Prints were being charged $6 for shipping— yikes! I’m so sorry about that oversight. But you’ve inspired me to offer free shipping for everyone. Hooray!
And as a reader of The Journal, you can get 10% off your order through May 10 with the code: JOURNAL10.
I’ll be sharing more details about these exhibitions as they approach. I hope you’ll be able to make it out and come see my work in person. I’d love to see you there!
MULBERRY CULTURAL CENTER (Mulberry, Florida) : June 20-August 3
FUSION-STEAM GALLERY (Orlando, Florida) : August 9 – October 22
with live painting events on August 17 and October 5
SUPERFINE! (Washington, DC) : October 30-November 3
Inspiration Worth Sharing
I’ve been captivated by the stunning voice of Tamino, a musician of Belgian, Egyptian and Lebanese heritage. He seriously gives me goosebumps. This 30-minute concert he gave in Paris is well worth a watch. Also check out his collaboration with Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead : Indigo Night.
If you’re short on time, just give the haunting Habibi a listen. You won’t regret it.
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