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Art Cards United: A Inspiring Local Story
Part of an ongoing series, we have been bringing you stories of local artist and entrepreneurs that inspire us with their stories. This month, we would like to introduce you to Angela Taylor.
Angela is a survivor of both epilepsy and brain surgery. As a teen life was hard, but what kept her going were the arts. There were good things, and bad things about the arts like with anything. The good outweighed the bad though, and gave her reasons to get up each day.
After waking up from surgery her left side was temporarily paralyzed. Surprising everyone including herself she did what rehearsals taught her to do. She was repetitive and due to this relearned to walk, talk, eat, etc. This experience taught her how much of a blessing life is.
The artists that she worked with and met inspire her even today. Due to her health, she turned to visual arts in 2004.
She had her first show "TurnOfMind" with artist Mary Atkins in Savannah, GA.
There she sold her first painting and was published in an article written by Lynnette Spratley.
She also sold her first self-portrait in the “I Have Marks to Make show” held at the Telfair Museum in 2005. Angela was in the I Have Marks to Make show every year since that time.
Painting became very therapeutic for her. Painting and giving it away, helped her learn to let go. Helping others gives her so much satisfaction, that it helps her in return.
Over the years she has donated art to the United Way, Tybee Arts Association, Interfaith Hospitality Network, The American Legion Auxiliary, The Savannah Children’s Theatre, American Diabetes Association, Hospice, Young Survival Coalition and many more!
She became a contributing writer and editor for ACEO Magazine on July1st of 2007.
She had her first solo show held at the Jewish Educational Alliance in on Feb 4-29th of 2008.
Seeing how little this inspired others, she turned back to donating and created “Touch and See” (a feel for the arts) in 2010. She also owned ACEO Magazine by this time and decided to give others the opportunity to feel the reward found from giving as well.
Having been bothered by the feud between ATC artists and ACEO artists, Angela created Art Cards United in March of 2014. Giving each artist the opportunity to choose for themselves if they trade or sell and how much they sell for. While giving them the chance to donate and help others as she does.
ArtCardsUnited motivates Angela to get going each day and not dwell on negative things in her life. Seeing others motivated to create gives Angela a satisfaction that can’t be put into words. ArtCardsUnited is also a constant reminder not to give up, and that you can too. Due to that ArtCardsUnited is Angela's love, giving others the opportunity to create awareness and help as she does with AngelasArtArea™.
Most of the artists in ArtCardsUnited are female. Angela is proud to stand up for the right women have to create art!
ArtCardsUnited is a place where artists from around the globe have the freedom to sell, trade, and set their own prices on their 2.5” X 3.5”art cards. ArtCardsUnited is sponsored by AngelasArtArea™ and due to that creates awareness of many different issues. ArtCardsUnited does have some male members, but mainly helps women in the arts. Due to the owner being female, disabled, and bi-sexual these are some of the things ArtCardsUnited stands up for.
If you wish to have political conversations respectfully we ask you to find a political group that does so. ArtCardsUnited is mainly about art and wishes to bring joy to the world through art.
The ACU fan page is: https://www.facebook.com/Artcardsunited/
The ACU Instagram page is: https://www.instagram.com/artcardsunited/
The ACU Twitter page is: https://twitter.com/ArtCardsUnited
AngelasArtArea fan page is: https://www.facebook.com/AngelasArtArea/
AngelasArtArea Instagram page is: https://www.instagram.com/angelasartarea/
AngelasArtArea Twitter page is: https://twitter.com/AngelasArtArea
To learn more go to: www.angelasartarea.com
If you would like to volunteer your services, which would look good on any resume! Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
All visual artists and musicians want an opportunity to be published? You got one! Want an opportunity for your music to be featured in a video you got one! Need details on how contact: email@example.com
People everywhere, once again are revisiting the benefits of shampoo bars. Shampoo as we think of it today was largley the result of a desire to improve the lather in shampoo. This was one of the major pushes to create Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS), a chemical in many bath and body products from shampoo, to toothpaste, to sunscreen. Much debate has turned up over this chemical that has a way of slipping into many products, even those that suggest they are natural. Whether you agree with the dangerous allegations of SLS, the one indisputable fact is that SLS is anything but natural. In fact, around the same time SLS began to creep into our body care, conditioner became popular because our hair was being stripped of its natural oils from the harshness of our new and “improved” shampoos.
This is one of the beautiful benefits of shampoo bars. They are created with added moisturizer already in the bar so your hair is moisturized as it is cleaned. Many people find they no longer need conditioner once they switch.
Which brings us to the other great benefit of shampoo bars, money. Finding all natural shampoo can be difficult, not to mention expensive. With shampoo bars you are spending less to do more for your hair, plus you may stop buying conditioners all together.
Lather bar in your hand, or directly on the hair. You can also mix it with water (2 or 3 water to 1 soap is recommended).
Because often our water is slightly acid, some find a vinegar rinse is beneficial. MIx 1 part white vinegar or apple cider vinegar to 3 parts water and rinse. I recommend this step while transitioning to the all natural bar. The vinegar smell dissipated fairly quickly.
Also, keep in mind it takes time to see results when switching from any shampoo to another. That is because it take a few washes to remove residues left from the old shampoo in order for the new shampoo to fully function.
As always, good hair starts with good health. The best way to improve hair health is by drinking lots of water, and eating a balanced diet. Start from the inside first, then work from the outside.
For more information on shampoo bars,
check out NaturallyCurly’s write-up:
For more info on SLS, view this article.
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