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NOW OFFERING PERSONAL HOLIDAY SHOPPING SERVICES

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Season's Greetings!
I’d like to introduce a new holiday shopping service I organically launched in late November. I have family in Hawai’i and every year for the past few, I’ve put together and gift-wrapped goodies from Trader Joe’s and sent them with their other gifts. They are all foodies and the first year the box was filled only with Trader Joe’s and they were thrilled!

This year I decided to extend this idea and offer it as a personal shopping service for friends and family living in the islands, including gift wrapping if preferred. As I began making the photo lay-outs of the items I suggest for them, I had a flash that maybe friends’ and family here might like these as well - OR - want to hire me for their *personal holiday shopping in general.


TRADER JOE'S HOLIDAY BEAUTY SELECTIONS

For the super busy, here is one idea! A selection of wellness and beauty products available at Trader Joe's. This gift package would be perfect for the lady in your life, or for yourself as…

HELP SUPPORT "LET THERE BE ROCK SCHOOL, PANHANDLE" SHENANDOAH VALLEY, WV

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Greetings to all! Today is #GivingTuesday and there are an ever-increasing number of organizations doing incredibly important work on behalf of others, that it is almost impossible to select just one.This year, on Giving Tuesday and beyond I’d like to help raise money for the Let There Be Rock School Panhandle (LTBRSP). After reading a passionately written post about LTBRSP on Facebook by my friend Scott Devours, I promised I’d help. 

Here’s why... this school located in Martinsburg, WV is owned and operated by William Rice, Scott’s lifelong friend, fellow musician and most importantly, an adult living with cystic fibrosis (CF). The opportunity to be able to help both causes is very important to me.  If you have known me for more than 20 years, you know people living with CF are instantly near and dear to my heart for many reasons. The importance of providing music education for our youth and access to music education is, too - we can not fail them and must also protect, empower and em…

PASTICHE GARDENS FOUNDER, RENEE HOWARD, CREATES THE "HEAVY METAL WALL" OF NORTH HOLLYWOOD

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Part of Renee Howard's
"HEAVY METAL WALL" Located in North Hollywood, CA
(All photos by Shawni Groves)
In early August, I happened upon this mind-blowing wall of found objects and recycled materials that had been whimsically transformed into a 45' mosaic art piece. I did not know anything about the artist, there were no visible identifiers I could see, so I took several photos and made a point to return.

 Renee Howard and installation assistants on Saturday, August 18, 2018 I did just that on Saturday, August 18 and was thrilled to see and meet  mosaic artist and creator, Renee Howard and her team of volunteer installers. They were set-up on the sidewalk continuing to carefully secure each nut, penny and bolt, alongside colorful pieces of cut aluminum, mirrors, bottle glass, and odds and ends into a continuous swirling pattern. 




Many of the circular works remind me of chakra's as the flow of energy they create is very much alive. I had no idea she began this w…

'PEACE OF MY HEART' ACRYLIC PAINTING BY ARTIST AND DAV, CHRISTINE MCBRIDE

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Christine McBride
‘Peace of My Heart’
4ft. x 4ft.
Acrylic on Canvas
2017
(Sold)

ROSIE ONE IS THE FEATURED YOUTH ARTIST IN "WHEN SHE RISES", OPENING AT S.P.A.R.C. ON JULY 7, 2018

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From My Archive...

"Judy Baca said we need to save art."
- Rosie One, age 8
(Photo of Judy Baca, by Rosie One. April 27, 2012)
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I'm honored to share this review written by Los Angeles based, young-girl prodigy artist, Rosie One, for the first time ever (*backstory written by me).
Also included are related photographs taken by her when she was 8 years old, in April of 2012. Rosie is also a featured artist in "When She Rises" all details and links are below. Congratulations to you, Rosie!


ROSIE ONE 8-years-old
April 2012, Los Angeles, CA
(Photo by Shawni Groves) I took this photo of Rosie One, who at the time was on "Official Press" business covering the "Urban Legends" Public Art Exhibition held in April of 2012, at the LA Mart and Design Center, located in Downtown Los Angeles. A major art exhibition sponsored in part by LA Art Machine/Vox Humana and many others. It was the first of its kind for L.A., and featured more than 60 public art artists …

"WHEN SHE RISES" ART EXHIBITION OPENS AT S.P.A.R.C. IN VENICE, ON SATURDAY, JULY 7, 2018

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"WHEN SHE RISES UNITES WOMXN ARTISTS FROM LOS ANGELES AND AROUND THE WORLD FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE, COMMUNITY BUILDING AND EQUITY IN THE ARTS."
Curated by Erin Yoshi
(Press release written by Janna Zinzi, with contact information listed below)
July 1, 2018 (Venice, CA) -- When She Rises, a 10-week women-driven arts exhibit highlighting social issues such as ecology justice, immigrant rights and women’s equality, will be on view at SPARC in Venice, CA from July 7 until September 15, 2018. Programming includes public art workshops, discussions and screenings to inspire knowledge sharing and community building between generations, social movements and artist disciplines. The kick-off event on Saturday, July 7th, is from 3-8pm. The “Ladies Love Project” is a pop-up shop, curated by New York City artist Toofly, providing a space for over 100 womxn artists from Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Canada and all over the world to celebrate, display and sell their art, f…

“RECYCLED VROOM-VROOMS” Benefit Art Exhibition Stopped Traffic at this Year’s KAABOO Del Mar

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Friday, November 24, 2017

“RECYCLED VROOM-VROOMS” KAABOO Del Mar, Curated by Shawni Groves - The art featured in the inaugural benefit exhibition, was created by artists inspired by all forms of transportation.  Some of the works from this included in this pictorial are for sale. Please email me for the price list and image catalog. Net proceeds from the sale of art will benefit charity.
"For the Children", photograph
(upper left-hand corner) Photographer: Erwin Recinos
"Nobody's Fault But Mine", neon. Artist: Kelly "RISK" Graval
This past September, I curated a benefit art show entitled: “Recycled Vroom-Vrooms”, on behalf of a client I worked for at that time. The show took place at the KAABOO Del Mar 2017 Contemporary Art Fair, in San Diego, CA. This inaugural benefit exhibition featured exclusive works of art made from salvaged automotive parts, in addition to works on canvas and wood, limited edition prints on recycled bamboo paper, fine art p…