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Website update

Jes and I are preparing for our road trip tomorrow. Hope the weather cooperates!

Our website is updated!

Go take a look! Like us on facebook! Follow us on twitter @awiya @artbyjes RT #TheAwiyaProject

The Awiya Project

Leaving some love

Just leaving some love for the Awiya project and my fellow artisans, Lou and Jes Ewers! Our fundraiser was a success in large part to loving, creatives such as them! Many thanks and much love from our little family….Cory, Crystal and Chloe Vandevoorde

Be that One Person

“Never forget that you are one of a kind. Never forget that if there weren’t any need for you in all your uniqueness to be on this earth, you wouldn’t be here in the first place. And never forget, no matter how overwhelming life’s challenges and problems seem to be, that one person can make a difference in the world. In fact, it is always because of one person that all the changes that matter in the world come about. So be that one person.”
R.Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) architect,engineer,inventor

Nature of People

Good Evening My Creatives,

I sent out emails introducing the Awiya Project 2: Cycle of Compassion & From Palette to Canvas: The Light of Nebraska this morning.

Here are the links to our campaigns if I don’t have your email address. If you want me to have it, send me an email to awiyalife@yahoo.com . Introduce yourself & let me know if you want to receive future introduction emails.

The Awiya Project 2: Cycle of Compassion 

From Palette to Canvas: The Light of Nebraska

It’s recommended that when running a crowd funding campaign that you make contact with someone 7 times. I honestly believe that is a bit excessive if not borderline wallet stalking. We don’t want that kind of negative energy around what we do. My perspective is that once you hear about it, via email, twitter, Facebook and you go look at the campaign site… Either it resonates with you & you want to be part of it or it’s just not your thing. That’s how authentic inspiration happens. It is my heartfelt wish that you become authentically inspired as we are with every painting we create &  donate.

So, with that said, I do hope that you take the time to at least view our crowd funding campaigns.  We do appreciate you taking the time to visit our campaigns.

Jes and I are in road trip planning mode for picture references to start painting the Palette to Canvas series. Also organizing with benefit organizers for a 9 yr old child with a rare type of cancer. A piece has already been selected &  in the next week or so will be delivered. Details will be forthcoming. Here’s a link to the benefit Facebook page.

All for Paul 

As always, Stay on the Awiya Side of Life and be present in your authentic nature

Cycle Continues to Spin

Phase 2 of The Awiya Project is up & running!

Jes & I have initiated the 2 nd crowd funding phase of The Awiya Project.


While the 1st campaign only generate $100 , none the less, it helped us purchase items needed to put the final touches on 2 paintings &  2 tubes of paint contributed to 1 new painting. All of which were donated. Check out our latest  video!



Stay on the Awiya Side my Creatives!


Various updates. . . From The Awiya Project

The Art of Being Jes

Well, a few quick updates. The last couple of weeks have been particularly challenging for both my wife and I. First, I tore my meniscus pretty severely, and the next week my wife had to go to the emergency room with Kidney stones. Oy. Well, we are back at it, working harder than ever.

We were, sadly, disappointed with the results of our initial Indiegogo campaign, raising just a fraction of what we had hoped. However, neither one of us are the types to give up easily, much less to give up on a life’s dream. So, we are launching our second attempt, though a much smaller, narrower in scope version, From Palette to Canvas. This particular campaign leaves out our efforts to help benefits, fundraisers, charities and the like, but focuses solely on Nebraska public libraries. Last year, Lou and I held a month long free public art…

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D.I.G the Gems with an open heart

“It Ain’t Over: The Business 9 Women Kept A Secret For Three Decades”

The Huffington Post brings us this little gem about 9 Nana’s with big hearts and yummy pound cakes. This story really inspired and refueled my dedication to continue painting & give it away mantra Jes & I started. We continue to donate painting to charity and benefits as well as initiating a another Palette to Canvas series. Like the Nana’s who scraped every penny to bake goodies, drop off baskets of hope to those in need… It’s the heart of compassion that’s larger than the self. No matter if you contribute to our campaign or mail us a tube of paint… Or not…. We will continue to paint & give others hope, inspiration & beauty… One painting at a time.

The Awiya Project~ Thank you

The last painting of the current project has been delivered!

I want to thank our donors, supporters and recipiants for participating in The Awiya Project! We were given an amazing opportunity to share our talents & abilities with others. Connect with other artists, community fundraising events & organizations and lovers of art.

 This experience has refueled our passion and drive to continue to paint and donate our art for the benefit of others.

A Heartfelt Thank you cannot express the gratitude we feel for sharing in this experience with you.


Garden Vision

New Painting ready for The Awiya Project



“Garden Vision” by Lou Ewers for The Awiya Project

Finding the Hidden Gems: DIG it!

Every day as I read the news, I find it disconcerting that I have to filter through the negativity of politics and the violence. Then just as I think my search through the conflict was in vain, a hidden gems of compassion, unconditional giving and humanity at our best appears in a little news blurb on a back page. Why is that?

Shouldn’t the best of humanity be on the FRONT PAGE? Here’s a call out to all major news organization…. Stop feeding us crap news! Stop reinforcing the destructive behaviors of others by showcasing them up front and centered.

Here’s a few Gems that I’ve found so far this week, hidden away, awaiting to be discovered.

“Graduation Gifts that Give Back” 

The Huffington Post brought us this little article & slide show with suggestions about buying gifts for the new graduates in your life. The entire idea is about expanding the significance of giving that benefits the Whole. I really like the idea of buying relevent items for the graduate, like buying a medicine kit for the soon to be med student that also provides one for families in need. That’s what I call “D.I.G.” Direct Impact Giving that benefits the whole. Take a look at the other ideas as the Graduates in your family continue to stroll across the stage to receive their diplomas and begin a new adventure!

“7 Omaha families move into new Homes”

Habitat for Humanity builds 7 homes in 7 days!

WOW! Talk about hammers flying for 7 days! KETV Channel 7 in Omaha has followed this story from beginning to end. I LOVE Habitat for Humanity and what they do! Yet another clear example of “DIG” Direct Impact Giving. Check out in your area if Habitat for Humanity has a “ReStore” store.

Omaha Restore 

“Simple, decent shelter is a basic human need. Habitat for Humanity of Omaha’s ReStore, a discount retail outlet, addresses the issue of poverty housing in two ways:
  • by providing an affordable way for community members to purchase building materials and home fixtures for maintaining and fixing up their homes, and
  • by using 100 percent of net proceeds to help fund Habitat for Humanity of Omaha.” 

Warriors Put Their Limits To The Test

“The Warrior Dash invaded Nebraska for the first time Saturday as more than 20,000 participants descended on Louisville for a 5k race meant to push you to the limit.” WOWT Channel 6 Omaha News. 

Personally, Im not a runner. However, next year when The Warrior Dash rolls around, I will be volunteering! An Amazing event that utilizes the concept of “For the Community by the Community” to a new level of Direct Impact Giving!

Warrior Dash

“Warrior Dash provides monetary donations to local organizations that volunteer at events. By volunteering at Warrior Dash, local organizations such as athletic teams, nearby school and non-profit organizations are able to raise funds based on the number of group members who volunteer at Warrior Dash. Warrior Dash has a national partnership with Green Sneakers, a program under the non-profit organization, Crown Ministry Group. At each event, Warrior Dash participants have the option to donate their used sneakers after the event at each race. Participants are also encouraged to bring new or lightly worn shoes for donation.”
Green Sneakers

According to Green Sneakers,

“Through the use of the Green Sneakers program, charities are able to raise the funds they require to meet local needs, all while helping support needs on a global scale through the reuse of collected sneakers as affordable footwear to people in need around the world. This activity greatly improves economic conditions in developing nations and provides sustainable job opportunities where they otherwise would not exist. In cases of great humanitarian need, collected sneakers are distributed through reputable relief agencies with the appropriate mechanisms in place to effectively engage in this level of aide.”
Hope you enjoy these little hidden Gems! 

Every article I read online about  an individual, family, community or organization that has developed a new and creative way to express “Direct Impact Giving”, I get inspired. I hope by sharing what inspires me and motivates me to continue in my efforts with The Awiya Project, will also inspire you . Stay on The Awiya Side of Life my creatives!


You can find me on twitter @awiya where I share more links to the hidden gems I find and share to inspire a new revolution of giving and a new cycle of compassion .