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Green is where the Heart Is for July 24, 2013

"People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something one finds, it is something one creates." - Thomas Szasz

By MO LINQUIST
Contributing Writer

Gabriel Lehman is a young man who has discovered that “giving back as much as he can and helping others,” returns to him many times over, a true “Living Green” perspective.  
A Wilmington resident, Gabriel has worked as a carpet layer and a carpenter but when the pain in his hands became unbearable he chose to simplify his life.  Over the next 2 years he discovered that hidden within him was a fresco artist.
His process begins as he builds a frame to which he adds plywood.  He then adds plaster with a hardener using knives, and screens for relief.  Next is black paint. 
He then stands back and stares to “see” what wants to appear. Burnt umber, the true color of the earth, expresses his palette.  He creates two light sources, which give rise to depth as the light shows evidence of hidden objects.  Warmth in his paintings comes from the sun, whereas the cooler colors of blues and purples come from the evening light.
At times he may be using his fingers and both hands.  His work is a manifestation of his “imagination.”  “No one tells me I can’t do it.  I just do it,” he confides.  Although he admits he is not great with words, his ability to see art everywhere in this “amazing world” is combined with his talent as a musician. 
Recently he also began painting originals on canvas as his micro sensitive touch is tempered by the woven cloth.  It is amazing to be so connected, so in tune with his mind’s eye. 
Come meet Gabriel at Artsful Living Group on Thursday evening July 25th 6:30-8:30.  Michelangelo’s Pizza will be providing snacks.  Adult beverages will also be served.  Lehman’s show of originals and prints has hung in the gallery where he has been the featured artist for the month of July. 
Artful Living Group’s objective of bringing affordable fun functional art to the public and the public to great artists is enhanced by enabling people to experience the creative process through workshops and events where artists can share their inspiration and work. 
For anyone who has been tracking Gabriel’s work throughout the years, it is unbelievable but it just keeps getting more and more emotionally complex.  As I contemplate his work, I ask myself, “Is he fashioning these characters by himself or are they somehow using his imagination to come to life?”  Once you study his work, you may ask the same question.   xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products.  Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.   Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology. Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 20 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success.
To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at www.personplace.com FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-458-7822 office or 330-904-3636 cell.