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A Place to Be

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Dear Friends:

It gives me great pleasure to introduce to you my friend Anelia Elaine Crawford, P.E.   Anelia is an award winning artist whose work “Tree Culvert” was selected to be on exhibit at the National Arts Club in New York City. “Tree Culvert”, is part of an international competition offered by the 119th Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club’s Annual Open Juried Exhibit at the National Arts Club, NYC, December 1st to December 18th, 2015.

Screen Shot 2015-12-08 at 8.43.58 PMAnelia was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. As a youngster, she became an enthusiastic fan of the great outdoors, where all of nature and its creatures hold significant beauty for her.  Anelia studied at the Ringling School of Art, the University of Florida, and graduated from the Southern College of Technology in Marietta, Georgia. She has over thirty years experience in civil and environmental engineering disciplines ranging from commercial and residential site design, roadway design, subsurface investigations, utility systems design, construction management, and solid waste management. Anelia was the project engineer and inspector for a 60 million dollar recycling facility in Georgia. Anelia has lived and worked in the Atlanta, Georgia area for thirty four years.  Anelia retired as a co-owner of a land surveying and civil engineering business, In the Field, Inc.

 

Free to follow her passion for art, fueled by nature, life’s cathedral,  Anelia now focus’ her career opportunties as directed by creative spirit.  This force is her guiding light and it enhances her expression of color and light subtleties found her in subjects, while her engineering training influences her realism technique.  See more of her beautiful work on her website: http://www.aneliacrawford.com

Screen Shot 2015-12-08 at 8.43.43 PM Currently, she is the owner of ‘Blue Lotus Expressions’, offering nature photography, fine art, and garden features. Her other life long passions include: science, spirituality, writing, and gardening. Anelia is a member of the Oil Painters of America, the Southeast Pastel Society and the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club in NYC.

Her work “Recovery”,  will also be on display at the Hudgens Center for the Arts,  as part of the 4th Annual Juried Members Exhibit from October 10th to December 19th, 2015.
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Anelia is also the author of “A Place to Be: Reflections on Life, Love, and Letting Go”, an inspirational photo book, and a quick read. The complete book is being updated and will be available early 2016 and at ‘A Place to Be’.

The writing of this inspirational photo book became the healing process for me to get over the  loss of my career, as an engineer, due to the economic recession of 2008 through 2012. The book is being updated and will be available early 2016. Here is an excerpt:

“The recession of 2008 through 2012 has been a humbling experience for sure. I never imagined that as an engineer, I would not be able to find work. I want to stand on my own two feet and earn an honest living. Thousands of people are in my situation or worse. God help us all.
 
I was under the plow. Plow harrows turn up the soil, deeply and mercilessly, preparing the soil to receive new seeds. I’m hard headed, and I did not want my world to change when the economy crashed. But all of my pain, despair, and whining didn’t stop until the seeds of change were planted.  
 
This creative process has changed me from a deep depression and sense of loss to immense gratitude for life and to peace of mind, knowing that I belong on this particular journey. It has brought me closer to my spiritual path, to walk for my life not to a destination. Life is a continuum with different twists and turns, my part is to be forever grateful for this dance.” 

You will also want to check out the website, ‘Gentle Tiger, Brave and Strong’, formed to promote strength and courage while being gentle and kind. ‘Gentle Tiger’ has also been formed to provide a platform for artists to lend their voice to promote non-violence. A call for art has been extended until September 2016.  Information is available at www.gentletigerbraveandstrong.org

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This beautiful person, and talented artist, influences us all through her thought provoking art, photography, poetry, and writings.  Her journey, her process, and her sharing are evidence that together we rise.  I sincerely hope if you are in New York City this month, you stop by the National Arts Club located at 15 Gramercy Park South, NYC.  They are open Tuesday to Saturday Noon to 4pm. Sunday 2pm to 5pm.
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God bless.
Blessed holidays, Merry Christmas, and happy new year to everyone.
OM

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