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What’s food got to do with it?

by Nancy Tingley What does writing about food have to do with the creative process? Plenty. This time of year, with the holidays in all directions, food seems to be a major contributor to the festivities, and a binder that brings people together. A gathering of friends, family, or a…

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Little Boxes

by Jessica Simpkins In celebration of Little Boxes PDX, here is an origami box design for the precious little gifts you’ll be wrapping for your loved-ones. We look forward to seeing your beloved faces here at Arte Soleil this weekend for crafts, snacks, discounts on locally made products, music, and…

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Welcome to Arte Soleil!

by Kris Bella I am an owner of Arte Soleil. I am also an artist, art therapist, mother, wife, advocate, community mobilizer, neighbor, daughter, sister, aunt, niece, friend, supporter, voter, citizen, healer, teacher. When looking at ourselves in the wholeness and complexity of the self, the possibilities are endless. So…

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Eye into the madness of creation

by Brice Maki I’ve lost my time again, and it begins to unravel into the infinite collapse of the veil space. The multifaceted face of the creator looks upon me through the infinite holes in my own perception. Where is someone supposed to search for answers when all of the…

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Space and Time

By Pete Fennell I have been a songwriter for 40 years. I have crafted hundreds upon hundreds of lyrics and poems. I have recorded numerous songs, but the perfectionist side of me won’t allow them to be released. In my basement, I have a full recording studio. But I can’t…

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Autumn Fun

by Robin Barnstead-Long HALLOWEEN IS COMING!!! No, this is not the All Hallow’s Eve edition of the Arte Soleil blog post, but I do have to say I’m rather excited about this time of year! I have been trying to put my finger on the one thing that stands out…

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Talismans of Memory

By Jessica Simpkins My grandma and I sat together on the daybed in my grandparents’ guest bedroom and looked at the jewelry she kept in boxes, which were stuffed in black, heavy-duty 50-gallon trash bags under the bed to disguise its value during a potential robbery. She was telling me…

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Getting noticed!

It’s wonderful when an event goes well… and exceptionally wonderful when the recognition for your efforts are featured in a local news blog! David Ashton from East Portland Portland News showed up for the 1st annual block party and interviewed Kris Bella. Click HERE to check out what he shared…

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Community Connections

By Kris Bella “There is immense power when a group of people with similar interests gets together to work toward the same goals.” ― Idowu Koyenikan In celebrating Arte Soleil’s one year anniversary, Pete and I knew we needed to bring neighbors together, to honor our community, to thank all…

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Taking time to listen

by Nancy Tingley Going on vacation to a foreign destination took me away from the over stimulation of my everyday existence and gave me a new perspective on life. I’m writing this as I fly home from visiting family in Norway. The pace of living in Norway seems so much…

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