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June 20, 2020

When your daughter tells you she wants to be an artist, it worries even the most optimistic parents.  It’s a long hard road of challenging obstacles.  Will her career be stable? Will she ever leave our house? How will she get a dental plan? What does her future look like?  Don’t even get me started about the physical labor associated with helping her hang an outdoor art show, ship paintings, erect a trade show booth, build frames or stretch canvases. In addition, parents also have the daily job of executive sounding board which requires them to listen to every detail of every bump and triumph.

My parents have faced this challenge with great success.  They have given my art career every attention they would another grandchild.  Keep in mind that neither of my parents had any experience or clue about this field I chose.  Somehow they figured out how to be my back up.  I couldn’t ask for a better support team.  However, since this is Father’s Day, I am going to focus on the role Ed has played helping me pursue my career.

My dad was a successful systems analyst in his career.  You might say that a career in technology is the opposite of being an artist. However, If you really know Ed, then you know he has the soul of an artist and that he is the possessor of many talents.

Ed can make or fix just about anything.

He hand-made many beautiful frames for my paintings along the way.  The frames were so cool and I wish I would have kept them instead of selling them.

Ed loves music and can sing and play the guitar.

He bought me my first 45 single (Eric Clapton’s Lay down Sally) and took me to my first concert. When I was 14, I wanted to see Michael Jackson in concert. Ed camped out with me and 4 of my friends to purchase tickets and chaperoned us to the show.

Ed’s is a sage poet.

His advice is legendary and usually delivered in verse.  My childhood friends can fondly quote him at the drop of a hat. His words are always useful and always right.  Each powerful phrase and sometimes single word repeated like a mantra would be the envy of our quote obsessed culture if they were ever exposed to it.  Gems like “Remain Vigilant” (on surroundings and safety), “Hit the floor” (his wake up call to teens sleeping their life away) and “Moderation” (applied to many things including the first time I got totally wasted) come to mind.  After finding a pack of Marlboro lights in my car during college, he offered me this very useful health advice, “There is no such thing as LIGHT cigarettes and there is no such thing as LIGHT Cancer”.  Truer words have never been spoken. 

Ed helped shape me into a street savvy citizen of the world.

My car once broke down in the parking lot of the building where both Ed and I worked.  He passed by me on his way to lunch with friends. The hood of my car was up and I was there with a colleague trying to figure out what to do.  He took a quick look around to make sure I was ok and in no danger.  He then said, “Welcome to car ownership.”  He didn’t say another word and continued on his way to lunch with his friends.

When I announced I was moving to France, Ed’s first words were brief, “They don’t have toilet paper and when you move into your apartment, you won’t have a single light bulb.”  Once again, Ed was right. French toilet paper sucks and when I first moved into my apartment, there wasn’t a single light fixture.  For my first two weeks in France, I only had a lamp and 1 flashlight to keep me company at night.  Guess who showed up to help me install lights and get settled in my new foreign surroundings?  Ed (and Wanda of course)!  My parents had never even been outside of the US prior to my move to France, but that didn’t keep them from jumping on a plane to help me in this new frontier.

Many of my paintings are the namesake and inspiration of Ed.  There’s Ed the BeetleEd and Wanda’s Flower Garden and my favorite, Ed’s Bird Sanctuary.  A love for gardening is something my parents have always shared. Growing up, we always had fresh flowers in our house that were picked from our yard. I often had roses in my room from my dad’s prized rose garden. Ed’s rose garden is so coveted that someone once dug up and stole one of his bushes.  I love flowers as a result of being surrounded by these wonderful gardens.  You might say that Ed (and Wanda) inspired all my floral paintings.

When my inner circle reads this blog, they will be surprised.  They see me as the essence of Wanda reincarnated.   I am totally Wanda Jr, but I am also 50% Ed.

Recently, I was shopping with my dad.  It was just he and I in a men’s shoe store in Hilton Head, S.C.  He was talking with the salesman like two men of a certain age do about their grown children. “Is your daughter like you or your wife?” the salesman asked.  “She is the combination of all our best qualities” he replied without missing a beat.  What a wonderful little nugget for me to remember about my parents.

Ed plays guitar, sings, makes frames, speaks in poetic verse and has the gardening skills of a pro.  Basically, the dude is an undercover renaissance man.

I guess I’m just a chip off the old block. Thanks Dad!

Happy Father’s Day!

June 18, 2020

My daughter Stella and I have had a front row seat to the protests ignited by the murder of George Floyd. Our balcony overlooking 8th Street and Broadway is 12 stories above where thousands of peaceful protesters marched during the day and a birds eye view of the civil unrest that happened over 3 sleepless nights in Greenwich Village.

We are living history. I struggle to explain to an 8 year old in truthful but simple terms what is happening and why. 
 
The Monday morning after the unrest, Stella and I logged into her Google distance learning meeting just like every school day during the new normal. I worried that nothing would be said about what happened below our balcony Sunday night. 
 
Stella's 2nd grade teacher Ms. Kwon addressed our living history immediately. She asked if everyone had heard about George Floyd's murder and if they had seen any of the protests. Ms. Kwon told us about a book she had written called "The Unforgettable Story of George Floyd" and began reading it to the class.  A discussion followed that would be the envy of the United Nations. If second graders ruled the world, what a wonderful place it would be.  READ THE BOOK HERE  if you are searching for a conversation starter with your elementary school aged children.
My daughter's public school in Greenwich Village is one of the best elementary schools in Manhattan (in my opinion). Its famous alumni include Robert De Niro, Scarlett Johansson, Adam Horovitz (of the Beastie Boys) and many others. 
 
We have some diversity at our school. There are many different nationalities and children of color. However, there are very few black children. I would say that there is hardly any socioeconomic diversity to speak of. Attending a school like this is white privilege or socioeconomic privilege (which is often the same thing).  Ok, so it's "woke white privilege", but it's still white privilege. The question is, what am I going to do about it?
 
Here is how I am supporting the current climate of change:
  • Announcing my allyship with Black Lives Matter. 
  • Listening to my friends and colleagues of color even when they might have difficult feedback to hear.
  • Learning as much as I can about the hardships faced by people of color in America now and historically.
  • Raising awareness and money for organizations I believe are making a difference like IntegrateNYC and The Robin Hood Foundation.
  • Giving 100% of the profits from all products featuring my Lady Liberty Black and White to Integrate NYC - a youth-led organization that stands for integration and equity in New York City schools. Watch video about IntegrateNYC HERE.

I choose to support Integrate NYC with my art, my speech and my wallet. Integrate NYC is a youth-led organization that stands for integration and equity in New York City schools.  Purchase my Lady Liberty Black and White image in any format and 100% of the profits will go directly to IntegrateNYC through June 2021.

 

DONATE TO IntegrateNYC DIRECTLY

PURCHASE LADY LIBERTY Black & White 


Studio Laura Loving Black Lives Matter Statement

 
 
I support The Black Lives Matter movement challenging systemic oppression, structural racism and police brutality. I grieve the loss of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and so many countless others.
 
I stand with the black community and other communities of color, as well as those who are disenfranchised or discriminated against based on race, religion, or sexual orientation.
 
I stand against police brutality in all forms.
 
I stand against the widespread alienation of black, brown, and immigrant communities and any attempt to silence them at the voting booth.
 
I stand against discrimination in economic and educational opportunity, in housing and in access to medical care.
 
 
 
May 23, 2020

"Summer is always the best of what might be." Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday weekend!  Be safe and stay well in your Quarantine Teams! (Photo Taken Pre-Pandemic)

May 12, 2020

The art I created for Zoe Brands is going to be on PBS!

All of May & June ZOE will blanket the local PBS weekend cooking blocks on 13WNET, 21WLIW and NJTV, airing after every program on every broadcast format, and then another 50 times on local PBS CREATE TV and another 50 on national CREATE TV coast to coast.

Our ad will follow the 'The Bite' piece (10 different ones that rotate) that follows after each food show at the 29min & 59min mark.

WATCH THE SPOT HERE

April 24, 2020
Winners of my Lady Liberty for Essential Workers Give Away!
Kelsey, a PA from Raleigh, N.C.
 
Jean Marie, a RN from from Gilbert, Arizona
 
Abby, a RN from Trussville, Alabama
 
Jessica, a RN from Cincinnati, Ohio
April 20, 2020

Lady Liberty Give Away! Do you know a medical worker who came to New York City to help during our time of need?

Mayor Bill de Blasio told us this morning that our hospitals would not be able to function without the assistance of the military and medical volunteers that have come from other states!

I want to give Lady Liberty giclees on canvas as a thank you souvenir to 4 of these helpers. Email me at LauraLoving@LauraLoving.com

Please share with anyone who might know one of these heroes that might enjoy a little thank you art to take home with them! xoxo Artist Laura Loving

April 14, 2020

I am on the move! Stella and I are headed to a new home in the West Village. In an effort to lesson our load, I am having a studio clearance.

You can shop and purchase online via the link below or EMAIL ME for a FaceTime appointment to shop the sale.

The sale continues through the end of April. SHOP HERE

April 5, 2020

May we who are merely inconvenienced
Remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors
Remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home
Remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close
Remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips
Remember those that have no safe place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money
in the tumult of the economic market
Remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home
Remember those who have no home.
As fear grips our country,
Let us choose love.
During this time when we cannot physically
wrap our arms around each other,
Let us yet find ways to be a loving embrace to our neighbors.

(Prayer for a Pandemic by Cameron Bellm - Follow this beautiful writer on Instagram here - https://www.instagram.com/krugthethinker/)

February 4, 2020

Sharing my art for the benefit of others is important to me. I have donated work to more than 100 nonprofit organizations, including Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, T.J. Martell Foundation, University of Georgia, Habitat for Humanity and Food Fight. This year, my work will be included in the following school auctions for scholarships and special programs.

PS41 The Greenwich Village School Auction 
PS452 School Auction (Upper West Side NYC)
 

December 26, 2019

Want to attend a private tour of Laura's current show in Princeton, NJ at NRG Energy? Join Laura Loving and curator Heather Christensen Smith Tuesday, January 21st at 10am for a private tour of Laura's work on display at NRG.  If you are interested in attending, please email lauraloving@lauraloving.com for additional details.

Laura's "I Love New York Collection" is on display at NRG Energy in Princeton, NJ through January 2020. 

NRG’s Princeton Headquarters has been awarded LEED Platinum Certification, the highest level of distinction awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The building and its strategic energy solutions are a testament to the reliable, real-world sustainable energy solutions that are possible today.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, NRG sought to design and build a new space that could withstand the effects of a super storm and support critical 24/7 business operations. Having outgrown our former office, NRG seized the opportunity to develop a new facility that incorporates today’s cutting-edge resources & technologies that characterize and bring to life NRG’s vision to create a sustainable energy future by safely providing reliable, cleaner power that enhances people's lives and delivers value to our stakeholders.

Diverse energy mix
NRG achieved LEED Platinum through a diverse and efficient mix of energy, water and sustainable site solutions. The building integrates multiple energy sources and a comprehensive energy management system monitors and manages the energy—keeping the building, and our employees, safely running.

Solar Photovoltaic: 617 kW of solar photovoltaic on our rooftop and parking lot generates about 30 percent of the building’s energy demand annually, while providing shade for employees and visitors. And on sunny days, we regularly see our solar generation exceed 100% of our demand, causing the meter to spin backward.

Solar Thermal: A solar thermal unit on the roof uses the sun’s energy to heat water for the building’s bathroom, kitchen and fitness center facilities.

On-site Energy Generation & Storage: Our 250 kW Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant is capable of efficiently generating most of the building’s annual electricity demand while also reusing the thermal energy produced to meet HVAC needs. We use our CHP when the opportunity for reliability, demand response or cost warrant. Our 500 kW lithium-ion battery energy storage system further supports demand response and solar energy peak smoothing. Additionally, two back-up generators – 900 kW diesel and 400 kW natural gas – are ready to kick in if we lose power from the grid or to take advantage of PJM’s demand response program.

Rainwater Capture: Collected from many points around the building, our rainwater capture system feeds rainwater into four 15,000-gallon cisterns where the water is used for the non-potable needs of flushing toilets. This helps save approximately 150,000 gallons of local water annually.

Daylight Harvesting: All the building’s light fixtures connect to sensors that gauge the presence of natural light. On sunny days, lights near the windows are either off or dimmer than those closer to the building’s interior. This feature allows us to better manage our energy consumption and save money.

Green Roof: The building’s green roof helps with rainwater management, air quality and building insulation in summer and winter. That means less energy used by the HVAC system.

Empowered
The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.

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