Natalie Alleyne is a painter and educator who grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where she attended Art and Design High School and then majored in art and design at the School of Visual Arts. It was when she moved to the island of St. Maartin in the Carribean that she found her artistic voice, and became fascinated with the textures, colors, and overall flow of island life. Upon moving back to New York she became a teacher on the Board of Education and exhibited her work at a show comprised of work by educators, and her career has taken off ever since. She is also a member of the Artists Collective For Social Change, a group that works to provide arts education and opportunities for self expression. We think she would be a great addition to the Love and Water community because she is interested in the intersections between education and art!
This piece, entitled “Spirit Guides,” could be matched with buildOn, a group that connects urban youth to their communities and builds schools in developing nations.
Foster Parrots is an organization that rescues and cares for unwanted and abused pet parrots. Founded by Marc Johnson and based out of Massachusetts, the group runs the New England Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary in Hope Valley, Rhode Island, which provides permanent sanctuary care to unadoptable exotic animals. This includes not only parrots but other birds, turtles, fruit bats, and porcupines that are not native to the area, but were brought in illegally as pets. They also protect parrots in the wild through their conservation work in Guyana, and they work with the Avian Welfare Coalition to promote the proper care of all birds.
Name: Ashley Gallman
Occupation: Client Relations and Events Manager of the Wix Lounge and Co-Founder of ForByFor
Shirt: Logo Shirt
Charity: RAINN | Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network
Artist: Johny Ronnblom
Where are you from? Dalton, GA
What do you do? I’m essentially a professional community builder for creatives. I run a free co-working and events space by day, and by night I help run an arts nonprofit dedicated to using art as a tool for social change.
What would you do if you could do anything your heart desired, right now? I must admit that I am quite lucky to be pretty close to my heart’s desire right now. I guess I would love to spend time traveling all over the world to meet and help artists.
What do you love about your Love and Water Designs shirt? I’m a huge fan of using art and commerce to raise money and awareness for nonprofits, so with my Love + Water shirt, I can literally wear my philanthropy on my sleeve.
Bethany Haley is from Kentucky and currently resides in Nashville. Though she has a PhD in counseling psychology and a Masters in social work, photography and giving back to the global community are her two biggest passions. She and Peggy Cox founded eXile International, which provides art therapy, weekly art, dance, music, drama, and expressive trauma rehabilitation to former child soldiers and victims of war and sexual violence. Much of her work, both in photography and in charity work, is based in Africa. WE think she would be an amazing contributor to the Love and Water community because she uses her art to promote international change!
ASPCA is the most popular national animal-related charity, as well as the first humane society in the Western Hemisphere. Their mission is to prevent the cruelty of animals throughout the United States, and they work to rescue animals from abuse and pass humane laws. To do this, they have a number of services available such as adoption centers, poison control centers, animal behavior centers, animal-assisted therapy, disaster readiness guidelines, veterinary outreach, and even grief counseling for those who have lost their pets. Today there are over 1 million supporters of the ASPCA across the country.
If you’d like to create a design inspired by the ASPCA, head on over to our website and submit something to our artist’s choice! Or check out more of the work the ASPCA is doing by going to their website and asking that they create a profile on our site!
Name: David Patrick Stucky.
Shirt: “Leave Your Mark”
Charity: Global Glimpse
Artist: Katie Lovejoy
Where are you from? Originally Kansas, have lived all over the world, Thailand, London, SF, LA, Provincetown, NYC.
What do you do? I try to pay attention.
What would you do if you could do anything your heart desired, right now? I’d take “Mark Twain at Seventy” to London for a run knowing I had another acting job waiting for me when I returned to New York.
What do you love about your Love and Water Designs shirt? What it says. “Make Your Mark”.
This month’s featured charity project is Nikibasika, and there’s still plenty of time to submit your design! The design that gets selected at the end of the month will be featured on Indie GoGo in a very special limited edition campaign, so don’t waste this opportunity to show us your own art!
If you’d like to send us a design that isn’t based on Nikibasika, you can also submit to our Artist’s Choice!
Laurel Terlesky is a visual artist who lives in British Columbia, Canada, where she got her BFA at the University of Victoria in 1999. She specializes in abstract designs of the human form and kinetic movement by challenging the viewer’s special awareness, and is extremely interested in themes of electricity and power, human spirituality, and sustainable energy. Her work has been featured in galleries across Vancouver, British Columbia, and the Northwest United States, and she also spent a month in Barcelona as part of an international art residency. We think that she would be a great addition to the Love and Water community because her work is not only gorgeous but inspired by ways to uplift the human spirit.
This image is entitled “Snowflake” and could be matched with 3for5.org, an organization devoted to supplying clean water to 20 million people in underdeveloped nations.