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Green is where the Heart Is for March 5th, 2014

“Look deep into Nature, and you will understand everything better.”
~Albert Einstein

By MO LINQUIST
Contributing Writer

Albert Einstein is considered a genius with his progressive thinking and ‘out-of-the-box’ vision of science and math skills, but one constant he relied on was the contemplation of the ever-changing cycles of nature. 
This was not a new concept to the 20th century.  Nature was the basis for wisdom in ancient China when feng shui was developed to help humans live a more auspicious life.  ‘When the wind blows, the water sways,’ is the literal meaning of feng shui.  Native American Indians followed the cycles of nature as they lived a lifestyle of deep connection to the earth, wind, fire and water. 
The Old Testament, the foundation of many religions, states in Leviticus 25:23:  “The land must not be sold permanently, because the land is mine and you are but aliens and my tenants,” prompting humans to embrace the doctrine of stewardship, opposing policies and practices that threaten the health or survival of our planet.
So it is not surprising that the old has become new again and three UNCW students have creatively put together a show expressing their understanding of the cycles of life called, “Life Structures Inspired by Nature.”
According to Chris Higgins of Artful Living Group, “This is a series of works by students who took their own meanings of different parts of life:  the beginning, the journey, and the end. 
Bridgit Buchanan, a graduating senior, focuses on the beginning of life.  She works with soft pastels to create abstract and concrete subjects of beginnings. 
For an example, she has gone to the roots of life and is using cell multiplication as an inspiration to draw her own adaptation.  In her concrete work, she draws things more recognizable, for instance, a sunrise to represent the gift that the beginning of every day is.
Chad Woody, graduating in December, concentrates on the journey of life.  Chad is inspired by ‘human nature.’  His pieces highlight why people do the things they do.  They are about habits, and culture, and sacrifices. 
He creates these works using several mediums of mixed media, including paper on wood, wood stains, bondo, ceramics, wax, paint, and soft pastels. 
Natalie Berkey, also a senior, focuses on the end of life.  Yes, it is a morbid subject, but a very important part still.  It felt natural for her to choose this subject as her work already associates with the motif.  She finds meaning in the process using acrylics on canvas and Birchwood. 
Brigit, Chad, and Natalie have become good friends over the past year.  They have each witnessed each other improve as artists and they develop new ideas together.  The distinct styles of these artists and their friendship resemble how different the stages in life are; yet they are still bound together.”
Come to Artful Living Group on Thursday, March 6th 6:30-8:30 to meet these young minds, view their creations and enjoy a friendly atmosphere with appetizers and beverages.  Because of the road construction on Cape Fear you can come around the back on Harper or park on Lake Park Blvd.  Don’t let a few orange cones keep you away.  Mother Nature wouldn’t like that.  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.