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The Lie of "Clean Energy": Panda Power Feeding Off Economic Despair October 14 2016

Tonight as I sit in my home, I am deeply saddened by the town meeting that I attended with my daughter and son. Our Mayor only yesterday, dropped the news that Panda Power Funds is going to purchase land from the town on my road to put in a multi-million dollar natural gas powered dual combine power plant.

We know the real truth behind "Natural Gas"... Fracking across this country has caused an epidemic of Earthquakes and the poisoning of hundreds of water aquifers. The Panda representatives were proud of the fact that this natural gas comes from "Tar Sands"...Remember the devastation of this region this past Summer in Canada?.. The fires and the pollution. I am seeing the bigger picture..Greed.  Greed of the Oil, Gas, Bank and Power companies and of our town officials wringing their hands and counting the money before any impact studies have been done. It is time for every citizen to stand up and be counted. Do you want to live upwind from this environmental plague?

"The Dance of Evolution" by BA Wygant who asks: Will we survive long enough to evolve?
Here are the 2 videos of the 4+ hours of dialog between these polished professional sales men and the concerned and informed citizens (as best we can with less then 24hours notice) as we attempted to find the truth behind this proposal.  Hope you find some of these details helpful as I'm sure they will be in your town next:
Part 1:
Part 2:
Local paper coverage:
http://www.newstimes.com/local/article/New-Milford-residents-raise-questions-about-9970505.php

"Neptune Rising" Awarded in Kent CT & Other News August 12 2016


It's been a busy summer at Kent Art Association this year where Lacey and I have been spending time as volunteers. There have been many successful shows, new artists, & judges! We've had wonderful discussions with people at the openings, and  each show I feel the community of artists has grown & learned something new from each other.  Kent Art Association's next opening is tomorrow August 13th, and I am very excited to tell you that "Neptune Rising" will be receiving an Award of Excellence!!  All are welcome to join us in celebration as the KAA Opening Reception is 2-4PM.  There will also be live music too for the first time at KAA in years.  It should be interesting to see art and music filling the halls with artists & patrons coming together to enjoy our members' hard work & the community's cultural celebration.

Neptune Rising by BA Wygant

In other recent BA Wygant Studio news international art writer M. Khalid Rahman at IRIS Art Magazine has decided to feature me in their publication.  I'd like to take this opportunity to thank them for sharing the message. I'd also like to thank my daughter Lacey for helping me put together another calendar for 2017.  The sales from this calendar go directly back into my projects.  Consequently I would like to thank each and everyone of you who have helped support my work through purchasing the calendars over the years.  Maybe some day I will be able to do a coffee table book, but until this this is the best way to grab the best of my collection of work in one spot is the 2017 Calendar.  

"Unity" on March 2017 Calendar pageEach year there are new paintings added, and of course we keep some of our symbolic favorites like "Unity" for March.  As Many of you know, this is when I was inspired to capture the power of hope and healing through Daffodils.  I would see them  on sale in the community to support cancer research.  So every year "Unity" is featured in March as a reminder to go get those beautiful flowers from your local cancer fundraisers; each of us doing our part to keep the hope alive through the beauty of flowers.  That's some serious flower power. In fact each month's selection has a little story. Feel free to reach out to me on Facebook if you would like to find out more stories about each month's selection.  I look forward to continuing the discussion with you www.fb.com/bawygant

 


Lastly I would like to acknowledge that this week is a special week for my family as we celebrate the lives of our family in Heaven.  Both My Grandfather Floyd and my Brother Bill have birthdays and I'm especially feeling thankful for their presence in everything I do this week.
I know my Sister & I were so blessed to have had them in our lives even for the short time that window was.
They continue to inspire me everyday, and though the pain of loss is deep, I've learned to focus on the love they instilled in me.  Their energy, even today, goes on in my work in many ways.








A Spiritual Journey | Artists Seeking to Make the World Evolve Through Art June 20 2016

I have been on a spiritual journey through artistic expression for over forty-eight years now. Growing up in Ridgefield, Connecticut, always sketching or painting my impressions of the physical world around me. My view of this material world expanded my connections after the tragic death of my father in a plane crash and my brother’s murder. In living through this loss and violence, my mission in this life is to plant the seed of peace and unity through art revealing the physical and spiritual worlds are one.  To me Governments that separate us are only an illusion, we are one family.  In seeking out this spiritual journey, and unity, I have connected with artists internationally who are also seeking to make the world evolve through art.  I just returned from Lebanon, where I have met artists using their work to make a positive change in the world around them.  I implore each of you to connect with them, their projects, and others through social media (see links below).

Yesterday I met with Katrina Koerting, a  local reporter, and told her about my experiences in Lebanon (link below). Via Skype I also introduced her to my son Cody & to Razi (above left) who is one of the Syrian Artist's I've come to know. We spoke about the need to find peace and brotherhood through art. Razi told her about his art and the situation he is going through, living day to day. He is an artist and writer who has escaped from Syria, who now lives in a small studio in Beirut, where he is currently painting his heart out. The pain of missing his family and friends, all that he has been a witness to, is reflected upon along with the power of survival in his beautiful paintings of flowers that have both bloomed and gone by. He said that there is a hope of rebirth and new life someday..but the blooms he has painted on his canvas have died now.

There are so many connections between us, the world is too small a place not to look for them. I look forward to bring this experience to my canvas, to sending work to Beirut Art World for donation to their NGO work.  How profound it is the artist’s mind and the journey of mourning the precious loss of life and freedom.  A painted record in the memory of our cultures.  And as our precious little world hangs in the balance between the forces of Light and darkness. I would implore every Artist, Writer, Musician to reach out to the world around you, and inspire the minds, hearts and souls of Humanity to live in peace and harmony together.

Links to the online article:  http://www.newstimes.com/printpromotion/article/New-Milford-artist-visits-Lebanon-to-spread-love-8312048.php?cmpid=fb-tablet the article made the front page that I've scanned in and is displayed below, but please also share the DNT link to support the writer & the paper- print news papers need our support too.

Links I would like you to read & share- All important artists working in Lebanon everyday through their artwork & projects to help the community & the refugees who live day to day there.  Also UN reports & projects.

From Razi Wardh's "In Bloom" Exhibition Bio, "abstract pieces summon a subtle sense of melancholy. Beautiful yet sad, In Bloom hints that despite our plans, hopes and dreams death exists; the flower is after all temporary, a passing thing that soon will disappear. However, hope blooms next to death, as the viewer understands the nature of the flower it will return with the same beauty and tenderness. That delicate and gentle creation brings a sense of hope, just add water and wait; delicate colors, soft petals, it offers beauty and hope of rebirth and renewal.  Here are 3 of Razi's works:

His works come together, forming an artistic garden on canvas. One, two, three flowers, or an entire floral collection, In Bloom expands, grows and inspires. Life, hope, flowers, they all scream silently, raging against our reality of sadness and gloom." https://www.facebook.com/events/1710430962542677/ 
I have learned from this report about the vulnerability of Child refugees.  I have been inspired to speak out on this issue in every way I can.  The plight of refugee children living in the margins should be something we all try to speak out about as these children need voices working on their behalf.  This reports from unicef gives you some information on the general condition and profile of street based children: http://www.unicef.org/lebanon/Adjusted_NEW_BOOK_indd_final_27_1_15.pdf
Roula Chreim's Facebook Page.  She runs an NGO working with the UN to do international art shows where the proceeds go towards outreach projects in the community, everything from providing heaters to those in need, to providing art workshops to women in the community: https://www.facebook.com/roulachreim?fref=ts 
Diala Brisly, a Syrian refugee artist who uses her whimsical illustrations to uplift and enrich the lives of many Syrian children in a weekly magazine that she prints out. Her inspiring pictures of her childhood, that is now lost for many of these children who are living in the darkness and chaos of war. I saw that she painted a mural on one of the school houses in a refugee camp. The painting was of an open book, with dreams coming from the pages to an astronaut in Space. Her works are a window to a world of possibilities and adventure for so many children who live behind the fence, kept from a physical freedom. The world of imagination can be opened in a painting on a wall. https://www.facebook.com/dialabrisly/?fref=ts


The Dove of Peace December 12 2015

I can see with all the divisions in the world today that hatred and rumors of wars have become the only word shared. 
I would implore all to remember the most incredible news that came to our planet roughly two thousand years ago. His message was for every soul on Earth. He came in peace, with love in his heart for every person, despite social standing or religious beliefs. His message is profound and all encompassing.
His great revelation is an eternal message to Humanity. GOD is a loving force encompassing all of creation. We are His children and through Him, we are ONE. 
Our species will evolve through this Living Truth.


Super Blood Moon; Yet another reason to stop & look up in your own backyard September 28 2015 1 Comment

Make time to look around in your travels each day.  Sometimes Mother Nature will surprise you.  For instance, this week, we were able to see the blood moon that was also a super moon (Will not happen again for 30 plus years).  It makes you realize how we are a very small part of this larger reality, and how precious our little blue pearl is.  We are all floating along in this dark silky night sky.  

 As the moon shifts through Earth's shadow it shows just how quickly our time goes by.  Here we also are living in the shadow of earth- leaning into the sun each day for energy and warmth, our time in the light is short. The kind memory you have planted and given with love, is infinite and will be reflected in your life's story, like the red glow of the moon we too can give light back -even in darkness.  Each seed of Love you plant has waves that will reach out into the Universe around you. One day you bare whiteness to the infinite beautiful garden that you are.

 

We each can protect the garden & grow it further, better connecting each other.  We all think, "How can I make our world a better safer place for this garden of life to grow?" One thing I personally do is offer a kind word and a hug, when someone is having a bad day.  How do you meet this challenge?  All ideas on how to spread the seeds of hope & kindness are welcome!  I hope these images bring you light, perspective, & perhaps a little inspiration.  

Photos:

27Sep2015

by Lacey Wallace

Location: Middlefield, CT

Light Worker Sky Watch


Going to Beirut... With Your Help! September 16 2015

We've all heard someone criticizing Art as "excessive" and "unnecessary" and categorizing it as "entertainment", but that view is broken and fully misses the value of Art.  We all need to open our eyes to what Art really is.  It plucks the strings of human emotion.  It taps into our quantum soul that ties us together.  It can give us a perspective on something beyond our own surroundings and expose the true human nature and our shared experience as "spiritual beings on a universal journey"(quote from a friend).  These are truly the goals of all Artwork whether it is a Pixar film, a song composed hundreds of years ago played today by Yo-Yo-Ma, in the movement of a dancer in "American in Paris", or in the brush strokes of a lilypad in a Monet painting.  All these works evoke your emotion as a human being, in fact it is this expression of empathy that makes us human!  This is the true value of Art.  Some people will call Art unnecessary, or a waste of resources in contrast to the massive issues we face around the world.... And these people are missing the point of Art at its core!  Through Art projects around the world, Artists are expressing with grace, all the tragedies and the triumphs of Humanity. The communication of the world around us takes place in Artists' studios in the far outer reaches of Earth and in your hometown.  Art is bringing that need for change to your computer screen or your local gallery and you only need to take a moment to share in this experience to know its value to our global community.  These Artworks are now more important then ever for those of us who want to find truth, sanity and hope for our species. 
Let me share with you how I hope to inspire change in this world where it is desperately needed.  Just over the border from war torn Syria, are areas where many refugees have fled in the Middle East.  I will focus the first phase of my next project here.  My hope is to work for two months in this area of the Middle East painting and exploring the Holy Lands via Beirut, Lebanon, which is at the heart of the old and new worlds.
There is so much energy and potential for planting the seeds of hope and brotherhood and yes, peace.  I'd love to paint at this moment where the winds of change are sweeping refugees in need of support into a culture that is both diverse, vibrant, and budding.  This refugee city is a microcosm of humanity and there is much to learn, document, and paint.  I'm ready to take it all in as an Artist and work in this space.  I'm excited for the possibilities to raise awareness of the refugee crisis.  My goal is to donate my work for sale through Beirut Art International, NGO/UN to benefit the refugee camps where there is well over Two Million people, trying to survive with their families. Upon my return to Connecticut I hope to collaborate with local events to raise awareness of the plight of refugees & promise of hope for the Lebanese through my paintings and photographs.  This is the Video Lacey put together for the project:  
 
There are also several others of me and my work here under my "Video Channel" on this website.  Art can be spiritually powerful, I would like to make a positive change in the world through what I know and through these tools I have, I just hope I can make a difference.  
You can also make a difference by familiarizing yourself with the UN refugee stories from around the world linked here, and by sharing these with your friends and family both in person and online.  That could be you or I with our family trying to hang on to hope for a future, and peace is fragile.  We must all raise awareness to their plight & the strain it is putting on the world.  Please add your comment and suggestions for my project below.  
You can also learn more about my project, share it, and lend your support by clicking on the image below... 
THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP!!