This painting is of Jairo Mora Sandoval of Costa Rica. He was a young conservationist and activist in Costa Rica. His non-profit was called Wider Carribean Sea Turtle Conservation Network (or Widecast for short). In the course of doing his work protecting leatherback turtle nests from being robbed by egg-poachers, he was kidnapped and killed in May 2013; from witnesses there with him up until he was taken away, we know that the poachers (hueveros) were disturbed by the work of Widecast and Mora, in particular. Captain Watson of Sea Shepherd has posted a reward for any information leading to the killers, but they have not yet been apprehended yet (as far as I know. The article I read was the February issue of Outside). Mora was so young, so dedicated, so energetic and enthusiastic that he filled everyone around him with hope and passion. What a great loss to the world. He was the same age as my own son.
But, as Mother Jones once said- “Mourn the dead and fight like hell for the living!” The best appreciation we can all make for Mora’s contribution is to continue to do his work. I wish Roger Sanchez, Marjorie Balfodano, Vanessa Lizano, Almudena and all of the volunteers at the Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary peace and luck in their ongoing efforts to defend wildlife. There really are heroes out there, even in this age of meanness and greed.”
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Tags: Costa Rica, environmental activist, Jairo Mora Sandoval, martyr, poaching, political prisoner, prisoner art, sea turtle, Widecast, Wider Carribean Sea Turtle Conservation Network
“With Conviction: Art and Letters From Behind Prison Walls”
Opening: Saturday, January 11, through February 9
Exhibit S, 547 L Street, Sacramento, Calif.
Open 6pm Introductory talk 8pm
An exhibit of prisoner art depicting inmate life, anti-prison symbolism, but also love letters, and tattoo art.
Marie Mason has four oil paintings on display.
Opening night features a lecture by Chicago-based anti-prison activist Anthony Rayson. Free admission
Kickstarter campaign video at:http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/238264289/519366189?token=1aa04528
Tags: Alexander Berkman, political prisoner, Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist, prisoner art
Alexander “Sasha” Berkman’s book, Prison Memoir’s of an Anarchist, has served as a source of strength for Marie recently.
Tags: art show, kickstarter, prisoner art, Sacramento, Sacramento art, With Conviction
On January 11th, 2014, Marie Mason’s art will be on display alongside hundreds of other prisoners’ art as part of a month long exhibit entitled With Conviction: Art and Letters from Behind Prison Walls.
If you’re near Sacramento, make sure to check this out. Also, the organizers are fundraising to fly out Anthony Rayson and his partner Michael Ploski, who have collected most of the art that will be on display. If fundraised successfully, the two will be on hand for the opening to speak of the art collected and the politics and messages behind much of the work. You can contribute at the Kickstarter page here- http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/238264289/with-conviction-art-and-letters-from-behind-prison
Tags: Art Auction, Earth First! Journal, fundraiser
The Earth First! Journal is holding their First Annual Art Auction as part of their big fundraising drive to cover the printing costs for the 2014 year. Marie has donated her two most recent paintings- Banana Slug and Northern Lights, Melting Ice to the event. The auction is taking place online November 18th. Be sure to check out her and the many other artists’ original works and bid generously to support one of the best radical publications out there.
Tags: climate change, melting ice caps, Northern Lights, polar bear
This is a painting inspired by the article Silent summer: No wolf pup yips heard on Isle Royale.
“So, this painting is of course about Pussy Riot’s public shows (in Red Square here, and the most notorious of theirs being inside the orthodox church). …[it] was good to read that they have tons of support. I still worry for them, tho’. My heart breaks for the one band member separated from her youngest daughter. I hurt to be away from my own kids, and they were so much older. I’m hoping that their time is not too hard and over soon…. I haven’t tried a collage before, but I wanted it to be clear that it was Putin & Pussy Riot….”