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Hello to my friends around the world!

I am so happy to have Karen’s okay to go ahead and share her newsletter.  Every month, I receive it and enjoy the poems, her thoughts and her awesome paintings as well as her news.  I always feel better after reading it.  So I invite you to enjoy it this month along with me.  You will also see that she has included a write up about me!  Near the bottom!  So please share this post on Linked in, Twitter or wherever else you wish to share it. 

I send to all of you – Love and Light,

Laara WilliamSen,

International professional painter,

Art educator, Vancouver Lower Mainland, B.C. CANADA

Wonder connects us in an arc of energy, an arc of synergy.
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The first month of a year always feels fresh. The cold atmosphere makes everything smell fresh; snow transforms the outer world. It is an open time, a time to wonder. Wondering can take us back to a place within, when curiosity was a constant presence.For nearly a month our garden has been visited by this sparrow hawk. It is beautiful, sleek and decisive. (There are many more feathers on the ground than in previous winters.)
“When Hawk swoops into your life be ready for a whole new level of awareness developing in your mind and spirit. Hawk bears observation skills and broad perspectives on His wings. You could not ask for a better companion…..
Hawk is often a messenger from Angels, Devas and the Divine. He signals a time in your life when you need to focus on what’s ahead and prepare for a leadership role. Your global vision is a potent helpmate in this. Just as the Hawk, you are ready to fly higher than ever before.” 
For more on how animals are harbingers of many things, visit here: https://whatismyspiritanimal.com/spirit-totem-power-animal-meanings/birds/hawk-symbolism-meaning/For a few days, I wondered how they knew when Hawk was about. The feeder would be full, and seed scattered on the ground; but the garden bare of birds. Later in the day, 14 morning doves would be feasting away, and more than 20 sparrows taking raucous turns at the stocked tube. Sometimes this dance of present/absent goes on all day.I wonder what the birds do when they get cold. I often wonder where birds sleep at night. I wonder what they dream about. What do birds see out of their eyes? Do they take in a lot more information than we do; and is time faster or slower in their experience of it?
I’ve often wondered what the clouds do at night; what might they wish for?
I’m less interested in wondering about things I can easily answer. What a mean, tight place that puts the imagination!What are you wondering about?

Below: Little Cloud Wants Something Else, 18k gold on patterned, prepared paper, image 12″ diameter, overall, 31″x23.25″, $1,800.

Please join me on Tuesday evening, February 6, from 5:30-7:30pm for this opening reception:

The Impact of Art: artists find refuge and regeneration through their art

Art Times Two        the gallery at Princeton Brain and Spine
731 Alexander Road, suite 200, Princeton, NJ 08540

Anne Elliott, Karen Fitzgerald, Shellie Jacobson, Charlene Lutz, Sarah Morejohn, Maria Pisano
curated by Madelaine Shellaby

The exhibition runs through August, 2018.

Here are new things I am working on: a suite of paintings with black backgrounds. On the left, Night Clouds, image 11″ diameter, oil on prepared paper, 19.5″x14.5″ overall. On the Right, Night Clouds, image 18″ diameter, oil on prepared paper, 31″x26″ overall. Left, $800.; right, $2,000.
Here is a feature about my work at Alpha and Omega Arts:


There’s a terrific exhibition at the Westchester Community College Fine Arts Gallery through March 10, 2018.

Séance, by Carla Rae Johnson.

She says this about her work:
“My sculpture is directly connected to ideas and often addresses issues of social, political, and cultural import.   As an artist, I find the most challenging forms and concepts at the intersection of the visual and the verbal.  Begun in 2000, “The Séance Series” suggests imagined meetings between unlikely pairs; creative individuals that never met during their lifetimes:   Emily Dickinson with Marcel Duchamp, Hildegard of Bingen with Herman Melville, Bessie Smith with Ludwig van Beethoven and Audre Lorde with Abraham Lincoln.

Each of the pairs in “ The Séance Series” plays a game. Lorde and Lincoln play “bridge.”   This bridge is not a card game, but a physical, symbolic span across an obstacle.   I think Audre Lorde would have confronted Lincoln on issues of race, power, and privilege, so it is Lincoln who must build the bridge.   Not a straightforward crossing, this is a difficult, jagged transition; composed of huge steps, twists, inclines, and internal tensions.   At the top of the center of the crossing is a “spirit-level” symbolic of the quest to equalize and create a more level ground.   Beneath the bridge sits the “house.” Emblematic of the existing social structure, “the master’s house,” is the obstacle that must be bridged with understanding and common ground, level ground, so that together Lorde and Lincoln can dismantle its walls and work toward a just future.

Above Right: Audre Lorde Meets Abraham Lincoln, from The Séance Series, 2nd view, wood & rope, 75″x96″x48″, 2007

Above Left: Hildegard von Bingen Meets Herman Melville, from The Séance Series, DETAIL, wood (maple), 54″x36″x71”, 2001

You can find gallery hours and directions here:

Elinore Schnurr is a co-traveler – a terrific artist who works in Long Island City. We have known each other many years. Currently, you can commission, or acquire one of Elinore’s excellent paintings at a 15% discount: simply contact her and use this code (18*1504) when you finalize your purchase.

Don’t procrastinate – this special offer is only available through this newsletter, and it will expire on March 31, 2018.


Above: LOOKING IN ON FLORENT II   oil on board  18” x 22”   2013 (framed) $ 2,200.00

Florent was an all night diner on Gansevoort Street in the Meat Packing District in Manhattan, close to where the Whitney Museum is now. The food was cheap, the ambience was artists. This view caught a glimpse of the interior from outside the window as I passed by on a busy Saturdayafternoon.
Below: THE UN AND CHRYSLER BUILDINGS AT SUNRISE  oil on linen  24″ x 29”   2017
$ 4,600  (strip-framed)
There is a short time, called “slack tide,” when the currents change direction and the river becomes still like glass. That is the only time we see reflections of the buildings on the river. At sunrise in summer, the light turns stone and glass into one of the natural wonders of our planet.

Do you wonder how you can find career development support?

Look below!

Artists! I am putting together a pilot course so that you can achieve local and international exhibitions, and recognition through The Professional Development Mentoring for Artists course.  I will be teaching the foundation of professional career development through written and live classes, with coaching in between classes based on my career of thirty years as an art educator and international professional painter.

I am excited about serving the larger online world of artists.  I want to help you achieve your successful art career.

So that I can refine my content and better understand what you may need, please book a free one hour online coaching call with me.


I’m looking forward to chatting with you about your work, and what your career dreams are!

This year we continue our Second Decade Campaign

Please join us: send a gift in any amount.



Hello to my Friends around the world!

I am so excited to tell you that the solo exhibition of my original artworks at the Pelican Rouge Cafe has expanded into A SILENT AUCTION

with 50% of all proceeds being donated to




Also Dr. Jane Wu the Director of ICU and Doctor at Peace Arch Hospital and painter is offering five of her own original colorful paintings.  Her paintings are open bidding with 75% of all proceeds to benefit Peace Arch Hospital and Community Health Foundation! 

The exhibition will run from November 1st to 30th.

On November 30th from 7 – 9pm there is a reception to meet me and there will be a representation of The Peace Arch Hospital and Community Health Foundation there as well to answer any questions.

So hop on down and place your silent bid today.   Here are just three of the artworks that are going for a very low minimum bid!

The Silent Auction is taking place at the Pelican Rouge Cafe, 15142 North Bluff Road, White Rock, B.C. !

We will also be celebrating the opening of http://artprintsforcharity.com which donates 50% of all proceeds to Better At Home Quesnel and Sali.  Read all about them on the charities page on the website!

Please Share this information with anyone you wish or on Twitter, Facebook, Linked in or anywhere else!

Thank you so much for all of your past acknowledgements and support,

Love and Light to All

Laara WilliamSen

International professional painter

South Surrey (Vancouver area) B.C. CANADA


THE ELEMENTS - Earth, Original Acrylic painting by Laara WilliamSen, (c) 2013 MINIMUM BID JUST $1,000.00 Copyrighted All Rights Reserved

THE ELEMENTS – Earth, Original Acrylic painting by Laara WilliamSen, (c) 2013 MINIMUM BID JUST $1,000.00 Copyrighted All Rights Reserved

THE ELEMENTS - Water and Air Original Acrylics Laara WilliamSen (c) Copyrighted 2013 MINUMUM BID JUST $1,000.00 All rights reserved

THE ELEMENTS – Water and Air Original Acrylics Laara WilliamSen (c) Copyrighted 2013 MINUMUM BID JUST $1,000.00 All rights reserved

THE ELEMENTS - Water, Original Acrylic painting by Laara WilliamSen, (c) 2013 MINIMUM BID JUST $1,000.00 CAN Copyrighted All Rights Reserved

THE ELEMENTS – Water, Original Acrylic painting by Laara WilliamSen, (c) 2013 MINIMUM BID JUST $1,000.00 CAN Copyrighted All Rights Reserved

Hello to my Dear Friends all around the world!

I hope all is well with you.  I have some more exciting news.  The artprintsforcharity.com website is now complete and there is unique solo exhibition featuring Art Prints for Charity to celebrate this website opening and to raise funds for BETTER AT HOMES QUESNEL.

There are 186 images to choose from and when you make your donation you receive an email with instructions about how to download your high quality print.  No packages or parcels will be sent.  50% of all Art Prints donations are given to charity!

BETTER AT HOMES QUESNEL has a $25,000 shortfall each year. Art Prints for Charity aims to help them with this!

BETTER AT HOMES QUESNEL has a $25,000 shortfall each year. Art Prints for Charity aims to help them with this!


Volunteer with a client at BETTER AT HOMES, Quesnel, B.C.

Volunteer with a client at BETTER AT HOMES, Quesnel, B.C.


Please visit both the website artprintsforcharity.com and if possible come to the solo exhibition at Pelican Rouge Cafe.  The solo exhibition of my artworks is on for the whole month of November and you can make a bid in the Silent Auction! Below are all the details!

A New Art Exhibition


From November 1st to 30th

50% of all proceeds


To Charity!

and Silent Auction of Original Artworks


Visit with


at the

Meet the Artist Party

And celebration of http:artprintsforcharity.com website

November 24th 7 – 9pm!


Come to


15142 North Bluff Road, White Rock, B.C.

Call Laara WilliamSen at 604 560 4269 for information.


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Love and Light to All


Laara WilliamSen

International professional painter

Vancouver area, B.C. CANADA

OH AND PS – I WANT TO HAVE UP TO FOUR CHARITIES ON artprintsforcharity.com so if you know of a worthy charity PLEASE LET ME KNOW!  laara63@gmail.com



Artists: Doris Anderson, Don Sharpe, Laara William Sen

THE THREE MUSKETEERS! Artists: Doris Anderson, Don Sharpe, Laara WilliamSen

To my Dear Friends around the world!

On Friday, I was asked to put together an exhibition so I quickly called my friends Don and Doris and the three of us now have a beautiful show at the Good Day Sunshine Cafe!  I have never seen anything come together so fast before.  You will notice that we called it the Three Musketeers Art Exhibition and this is because we are all good, creative people who protect, love and cherish other people, places and issues!  Please share this information and I will add more photos of the exhibit as we go through the month.

The Three Musketeers Art Exhibition


  • Doris Anderson – Canadian Abstract Painter 

          An artist extraordinare! Well known locally and internationally!

          Works from her heart!


  • Don Sharpe – Talented 91 year old Artist 

          And cowboy, fisherman, leatherworker, crafter and doodler! Been creating

          all of his life one way the other! Started drawing 2 years ago!


  • Laara WilliamSen – Artist, Local and International, 

          Tom Sawyer in disguise! Loves to paint and organize events!





2950 King George Blvd.- High Street just behind Staples

South Surrey, B.C. CANADA


AND you are invited to



on FRIDAY, OCT 21 1-3PM



I send all of my friends around the world many hugs and

Love and Light

Laara WilliamSen

International professional painter

Vancouver area, B.C. CANADA

PS WATCH OUT FOR  http://artprintsforcharity.com a new and exciting website I am just getting going.

Have a look and let me know how you like it!   XXXXXXXXXXXXXOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

5 ELEMENTS - Earth #4 Original acrylic 24 x 36 inches April 2013 (c) - Copyrighted All rights reserved - Copy - CopyHello my Dear Fiends around the world!

I am absolutely thrilled to share with you that I am the solo artist at the Carl Benz Cloud University online for the month of September, 2015!

Here is the website address: https://www.benz-academy.org/en/culture/exhibition/Laara.WilliamSen

They did an interview with me that I found totally engaging and I hope you will enjoy this too.  I also have 30 images up for you to view; some new and some old but all of my favorites.  My biography is there as well as my artist statement.

And many thanks to my good friend Immo Jalass who recommended me for this exhibition!  Thanks Immo!  None of this would have been possible without you!  Also I really appreciate the introduction that you wrote and I also hope that viewers may have a playful and possible spiritual experience while visiting!  You can view his amazing digital artworks here: http://galeriejalass.tripod.com/

Very Best Regards and many thanks to the Chancellor of The Carl Benz Cloud University, Mr. Manfred Schoenebeck for accepting my artworks for this solo exhibition and special thanks to Mr. Hans-Peter Bergner, the IT Consultant who did all of the exhibition online editing!

I am also delighted to mention that Sherri of Belle Fusion has accepted me along with seven others to be a part of an advertisement through Van City that will be going out to 4.3 million people this week!  Here is her tagline about me!

Laara WilliamSen  – Discover and Experience her dynamic paintings! Her paintings are held in private collections around the world and the permanent collections of PAUL GETTY III MUSEUM, Italy, BUIRO KULTURY, Poland and THE BOSTON ART LIBRARY, U.S.A.  https://www.benz-academy.org/en/culture/exhibition/Laara.WilliamSen

This advertisment is about an upcoming Allure + Prestige: Picasso & Rembrandt event in Vancouver on September 17th.  For more information about this event please go to facebook Belle Fusion Art Event Group.

Most of all thank you to you my dear friends for your ongoing support over the years!  This is what means the most to me.  I wish you all much success, happiness and peaceful times!


Laara WilliamSen

International professional painter

Vancouver, B.C. Canada


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Hey, let’s vote for GLOBAL ART AGENCY!  This can be an important funding for them and they just need a few more votes!  Have a look and please SHARE THIS INFORMATION!

If we win, you win – simple!

With the support of Sir Richard Branson YOUR ART could reach an audience beyond your imagination.

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is a 1-week exhibition in the heart of the Art district in Miami nearby the famous Wynwood area, with global promotions attracting thousands of visitors.
Final spaces, submit online to exhibit.www.themiamiartexpo.com



Love to my friends around the world, Sincerely, Laara WilliamSen, International professional painter, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

To my many friends around the world!

I would like to take a moment to wish you so much Love and Peace in 2015!  I am thrilled that once again I was included in the PEACE PROJECT’S traveling exhibition and that a print of my art work is available for sale to help with the good works that the PEACE PROJECT will accomplish in the future

During the past 5 years,  just a small bit of what the PEACE PROJECT has accomplished;

Designed a house that has around $500 in building materials and completed construction of our first community of 40 houses, plus communal restrooms, for those that lost everything in Typhoon Haiyan.

  • Continued to support the education of several dozen children in Sierra Leone.
  • Held The Peace Project’s 5th Annual Call for Artists and Traveling Exhibit.
  • Produced two outdoor art festivals “Affair of the Arts” in Culver City, California.
  • Opened six exhibits at The Whole 9 Gallery and hosted dozens of events designed to sell art, raise
         funds, build community and spark discussion of important social issues.
And these are only a few of their gifts to the world.  Please visit http://www.thewhole9.com and check out Peace Project.
LOVE creates PEACE Original acrylic by Laara WilliamSen

LOVE creates PEACE Original acrylic by Laara WilliamSen

It has been a full year for me of traveling, hosting workshops, painting and writing and I regret that I have not been in contact as often as I would like.  Please know that all of my Linkedin network members and friends are important to me and it is especially to you that I send my very best wishes for your happiness, success and much Love and Peace in 2015.


Laara WilliamSen

International professional painter

Vancouver, B.C., Canada


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I am very happy to share the news of a

Solo Art Exhibition featuring

Sue Foerster – Canadian Artist

Drawings, paintings and mixed media sculptures


Mill Pond Gallery

314 Mill Street,

Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada

 Saturday, September 13 from 11 am to 5 pm and

Sunday, September 14th from 11 am to 5 pm

FOR A CLOSER PREVIEW OF SOME OF SUE’S ART WORKS VISIT http://exhibitionsuefoerster.blogspot.ca/

There will also be a dynamic acoustic duet perfomance with

Janna de Haan and Rob Wessel

Sunday, September 14th from 1 to 3pm


Refreshments, free admission, lots of parking!

For further information call 995 770 7449

Sue Foerster hopes to see you there and if I could make it out to Ontario I would not miss this amazing exhibition and performance!

Sue Foerster is a member of rhga.ca
and she is also a Life Drawing Coordinator and
Owner of Open Studio Life Drawing
If you like this article/invitation, please feel free to share it on facebook, linkedin, twitter or wherever else you wish to!  Thanks and very best wishes to all!
Laara WilliamSen
International professional painter
Vancouver, B.C., Canada 
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GOOD DAY SUNSHINE CAFE #100-2950 King George Boulevard, Surrey BC V4P 0E5

I was so delighted to be a part of COMBAT CANVAS on the 23rd of September at the GOOD DAY SUNSHINE CAFE.  Here is the list of the artists who painted for 45 minutes to create a work of art for charity.

The participants of Combat Canvas on August 23 are as followed:
Morning Session 11am to noon
Carolyn Barone #1A
Nicole Carrie #2A
Joanne Chang #3A
Jude Hannah #4A
Annie Tsai #5A
Lynda Wylde #6A
Winner for morning session is Annie Tsai.
 photo 1
Afternoon Session 4pm to 5pm
Tammy Bailey #1B
Kathrine Churchill #2B
Marilyn Hurst #3B
Wendy Mould #4B
Vicki Oates #5B
Jess Rice #6B
Laara WilliamSen #7B
Winner for afternoon session is Marilyn Hurst.
Each artist completed his/her painting in 45 minutes.  The paintings were on display for a week in the cafe for silent auction with proceeds benefiting Semiahmoo Arts,







This was a real neighbour hood event with local musicians and a spirit of festivities was in the air.


Here is a photo of the owners of the Good Day Sunshine Cafe, Jessie and Chris.  Chris is the guy wearing the hat!  And Jessie is the beautiful lady with that great smile of hers.


Good Day Sunshine Cafe
– Happiness You Can Taste –

GDSCafe’s Recent Accolades:

Shaw TV – http://ow.ly/v1kX2
Vancouver Sun – http://ow.ly/v1kHk
Tourism Surrey – http://ow.ly/v1lfr
Vancouver Foodster – http://ow.ly/v1ln1
Brewing Hours:
Tuesdays – Fridays:  7 am to 5 pm
Saturdays:  9 am to 9 pm

Sundays:  10 am to 4 pm

Mondays:  Closed\\
I REALLY LOVE THE GOOD DAY SUNSHINE CAFE – the coffee, the gluten free cookies and most of all the wonderful owners; Chis and Jessie!
Drop by for a coffee and then cast a vote!  GOOD DAY SUNSHINE CAFE #100-2950 King George Boulevard, Surrey BC V4P 0E5

We Heart Local Awards 2014 Vote daily thru September 16!

GDSCafe is in the running with many other fine establishments in Vancouver and beyond, in the ‘We Heart Local Awards 2014.  Show us some love –
we would truly appreciate your votes! https://weheartlocalawards.ca/info/972/












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