‘Tis the Season

Posted on: December 4th, 2017 by jmbroekman 2 Comments
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‘Tis the season for giving

As often happens in December, I am cleaning out flat files. Since it is the season for gift giving, I’ve decided to give away a stack of prints. Prints that I made during a couple of different year long projects.

One of these projects, Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here, seems particularly apropos right now. These prints are about the nature of peace; how having a cup of tea with a friend nurtures a moment of tranquility in a world that seems to be going completely awry. About how the exchange of ideas over a cup of tea is one of the best antidotes we have to the divisiveness of the world around us. You can read more about this project, in an earlier blog post, which you will find here.

The other set of prints (some are on my printmaking page) were completed a couple of years ago for a show celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Peregrine Press. These prints, the Interstices Series, were about the places in between and intersections; the places where we overlap. Where we are more alike than different; and about finding middle ground.

The imagery in all of these prints address ideas about connection and communication and the increasing need to pay attention to how we connect and communicate in this digital age. The older I get, and the more the world turns in a direction that I find difficult to understand and bear, the more important I think art is – both the making and the sharing of it. As a working artist, I feel more and more responsible to put into the world some kind of antidote to the increasingly ugly vitriol.

‘Tis the season of abundance

So,if you’d enjoy an art surprise, I will randomly gift an original one-of-a-kind print to you! My hope is that by putting my work out in this way, I am actually making a difference; that I am offering something worthwhile and helping others find a moment of peace. My intention is to remind you to stop in your too-busy days and remember that quiet moments do and can exist – we just have to pay attention and watch for them, cherish them, and foster an environment that allows for them.

I have about two dozen of these prints on 15″ x 11.25″ paper to give away. No requirements, no catch. If you are so inclined to pay it forward, you can donate to a local organization helping recent immigrants, or the homeless (in Portland: Preble Street or Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project). And of course I’d love it if you subscribed to this blog, or signed up to be on my mailing list if you haven’t already done so. I post to Instagram regularly, to my blog once every couple of months, and send out a newsletter a few times a year. My goal in all these endeavors is to share my artistic investigations with you. Work that I hope brings some peace and beauty into the world.

If you’d like to receive a gifted print from me (I get to choose which one) drop me a line. If you take me up on this offer you’ll be helping make room in my flat files for new work! Thank you.

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2 Responses

  1. dan burke says:

    hey!count me in if it’s not too late. hope to see you soon

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