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Think Round Fine Arts Launches Innovative Multi-Location Exhibit of Peace, Understanding, and Unity for Humankind.
WHO: Fine Artist Heidi Hardin, Founder/Director Think Round, Inc.
WHAT: The inaugural launch and opening of "Families of Abraham (Jews, Christians, and Muslims)," presents a selection of family portraits of different ethnicity who immigrated to America to make their homes, and start a new life. Family photo albums have been transcribed into Artist Heidi Hardin's genre paintings that offer an unexpected window into the shared human experiences that bridge the personal and the universal. This exhibit of interfaith camaraderie, respect, and admiration is to be a catalyst to unify all.
WHERE: Think Round Fine Arts, 2140 Bush Street, Suite 1, San Francisco, CA 94115
WHEN: Opening reception - Saturday October 5th - 4:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. Artist talk by Heidi Hardin, 6:00 p.m. These portraits will be on display October 5th - December 29th, 2019th @ this specific location. Gallery hours: 9:00 a.m. - Noon Monday through Friday, and by appointment.
HOW: RSVP @ email@example.com; Suggested cash donation at door $10-$20 per family.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.thinkround.org/
SCHEDULE: http://www.thinkround.org/index/#/our-artists/ or call 415- (415) 602-9599
BACKGROUND: Think Round, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Its mission is to demonstrate life’s fullest potential through the arts and sciences, especially where environmental concerns meet neighborhoods and families. Think Round’s programming reflects the same core concerns that guide their artists and their artwork. These include environmental awareness, universal spirituality, and the power of creativity to transform people's lives.
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As the youngest girl in a family of seven children, I was raised in a chaotic, Christian home, in which I developed a strong belief in Jesus as my brother, not my savior. In fact, I never liked the idea of Jesus dying on the cross for my sins. I preferred the idea of taking my sins directly to God and asking for his guidance and forgiveness when I trespassed against others. I believed that by taking on this responsibility personally, Jesus could come down from the cross, and he would be no more of a son of God than any of my four brothers and he would not be able to horn in on my direct conversations with God, my Father. Where this belief came from is unclear to me still today, it could have been from my parents, an older sibling, or simply from being overwhelmed at age three by the gruesome Grünewald Altarpiece in my mother’s large-format art books, and thinking loudly to myself, “this is NOT LOVE! This has to change!”
In any case, each of my parents had serious, multiple addictions. I forgot much of my childhood due to trauma. To remember my childhood, I began making paintings using my own family photos and home movies as source material, when I was a graduate student in my twenties. As I walked this path, I became passionate to know how the distilled wisdom of world religions is taught in the homes of families practicing other faiths.
I have come to believe that the common unifying core of all religions center upon a belief in God, a belief in the existence of the human soul or eternal spirit, and the idea that God is LOVE. The question then became, what is LOVE? What I learned at home was not LOVE, it was abuse that left me with the five core symptoms of codependence. These symptoms are an inability to: set boundaries; own my own reality; experience reality moderately; experience appropriate levels of self-esteem; and get my own needs and wants met. Now, gratefully sober for 31 years - I have come to believe in God by finding the ability to respond to, take responsibility for, my desperate need to develop these life skills.
Today, thanks to advances in medical science and technology, we live longer and grow closer to becoming one in our humanity. It is my belief that to become whole, we can decide to manifest heaven on Earth, not wait for happily ever after, but rather create happily ever now. I also believe that every person can awaken to their own inner teacher and develop a Higher Power of their own understanding. In doing this, I found God’s Will for me, which is to know and understand the truth for myself—about my own life. To do this, I have had to trudge the road to my happy destiny. Because my childhood was so difficult, this trudge has not been easy or fun; however, my experience has proven to me that it beats the alternative of staying numb to my feelings, dissociating, and being separated from the love of God within me.
LOVE is first taught in the family home; therefore, my first dream is to be among leaders who encourage truly loving homes. LOVE is first taught outside the home through the efforts of the major world religions—often by teaching the Golden Rule of do unto others as you would have them do unto you; therefore, my second dream is to be among leaders ending the suppression of women and children by male dominated world religions. In my ME TOO experience, this suppression of children and of women is NOT LOVE. Thanks to the help of hundreds of adults and thousands of children whom I’ve had the privilege to teach art and science, creating the seven installations of the Paradise Project has given me a broader view of and deeper insight into how to manifest and accomplish these two dreams.
At Think Round, Inc. we are calling on everyone around the world to prioritize preventing toxic stress of children, and to prioritize healing all adults with Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). To be a part of living the Golden Rule, and manifesting heaven on earth, please join the movement to end ACEs in America and around the world.
 Pia Melody, Facing Codependence
 Bill Wilson, The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous
 Nadine Burke Harris, The Deepest Well, and her TedTalk at:
Suggested cash donation at door $10-$20 per family.
Think Round Fine Arts, 2140 Bush Street, Suite 1, San Francisco, CA 94115