July 18

Collective liberation is resurrection.

May we catch the wave and do our part.




2019 – One of my greatest joys while at the Guild was being part of the community as Venice Williams, Executive Director of Alice’s Garden Urban Farm in Milwaukee, WI, poured her wisdom light over us. Her class, The Art of Healing Herbs, partnered with herbs from our garden and indigenous plants.

These are Venice’s words describing her class’s activities: “Today we made Cinnamon Basil cookie dough for tonight’s dinner, stuffed & sealed 60+ tea bags, bottled Sacred Anointing Oil, began brewing a Three-Pine & Rosemary Hair Oil, made herbal spritzers, insect repellent, fenugreek hair spritzer and bath salts….and shared stories….and strengthened our sense of community.”

The Spirit was moving.

2020 – This image was created during a Guild class called Imaging & Transforming. The creative process included overlapping shapes being transformed as they came into relationship with one another.

On the last day of the class, the work was maybe half-complete when I learned of John Lewis’s death. I woke up that night at 2:30am and couldn’t get back to sleep. I was compelled to finish the work.

Here are some images explaining the significance of the symbols used, as well as the work in process:

“Seven Years of Wonder” is a daily look back at my creative journaling posts since 2014. I began this journey on Feb. 11, 2021, and hope to continue through Feb. 10, 2022. What am I learning about my art and faith journey thus far? What has remained constant? Where have I been changed? How is this impacting present and future art-making?

A deep bow of gratitude to you for keeping me company on this journey.

2 thoughts on “July 18

  1. Robin Pantermuehl says:

    Thank you so much for sharing the process and the symbolism of the Kwanzaa drawing. I always found it compelling but had no idea how deep its message ran. Once again, I honor your talent, creativity and openness to the movement of the Spirit. You are a blessing to many.

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    1. vondadrees says:

      Thank you, Robin. I appreciate that you dedicated the time to look more deeply. It was a creative process that required a lot of focus and persistence, offering profound lessons for me.


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