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Lin Evola's Angel's have been all over the world.  Meet the Jerusalem Angel Below and read more about The Art of Peace Charitable Trust.


"The Peace Angels are what I and my team of artists do. Hopefully, this will inspire artists to do art that compels, provokes change." - Lin Evola



Surrendered weapons at Sims Metal Management, NJ
Recently, NYC Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly personally presented 946 illegal firearms to the Art of Peace Charitable Trust. The guns, surrender in a buy-back or confiscated from suspects, will be melted down and re-cast as a Peace Angel sculpture to be installed at Police Headquarters. The event is only the latest milestone in a nearly two-decade-long journey for artist Lin Evola, creator of the series.

 


Commissioner Kelly and Lin Evola

"I had a spiritual experience," she explained of learning, when her son was eight years old, that 1,000 children were being killed each year in Los Angeles. "I couldn't comprehend surviving such a loss... drawing out what I was feeling, the first Peace Angels became drawings of different cultures. The very first one and the next five were drawn at the LA County Museum, inspired by what I saw there."

The choice to express her emotion visually was natural for Lin. "Art overcomes the constraints of the word. Art is beyond language and engages all the senses that it reaches." It's a lifelong devotion for Evola. "Art is my first language and the one that I am most proficient," she says, "I learned to walk and talk at the same time that I learned to draw. It is who and what I am."

 


Evola discussed her chosen medium for the Peace Angels: "A sculpture lasts a million years... Clear communication would have to bridge age groups, sex, races, all people, to do what I had in mind -- shift consciousness... I would have to be exact." The substance of the art has a clear meaning as well. "Contemporary weapons -- swords to plough shares -- a human axiom as old as humanity itself."

 


The project has brought the artist to many places and in contact with people she would not otherwise have met, experiences which intensify her passion. When she met President Halilovic of Bosnia-Herzegovina after the war in the Balkans, she learned that, "After the war ended, a secondary plague ensued, where hundreds of children were dying by being shot or shooting each other as they located the weapons their parents hid to protect their families from future potential threat."

She speaks of "the outreach of pain of the loss of one person. When one child is killed, parents suffer; some die. Communities change."

"The same mechanism of consciousness that takes place to cause the action called violence, is what needs to shift to send that volition in a direction that protects," Evola realized. "Causing peace is purposeful. It takes effort and paying attention. It takes respect and being awake."

As Americans, we are still reeling from the effects of mindless violence almost a decade after September 11, 2001. "I still suffer from grief," said Evola, "I know many people do." Lin and her husband Daniel Peabody-Smidt "brought the Renaissance Peace Angel from Santa Monica to Nino's Restaurant to stand sentinel during those dark days. The firemen, police officers and rescue workers signed the cement base."


Both were exposed to toxins, and while Lin was able to recover with treatment, Daniel lost his life in June of 2005. "My drawings have only been black and white since Daniel passed," she said.
 


Drawing of New York Peace Angel by Lin Evola

Lin Evola and the Art of Peace Charitable Trust continue her work to defuse violence with art, a goal of which she will never lose sight.

"What I have learned the most in the many, many stories, is that there can not be one sliver of energy that is ambiguous or off in creating a better life for your children, " she said. "You have to live what you believe."
 

World Trade by Lin Evola
 

 

Meet Lin Evola. Turning Weapons into Angels.

The Peace Angel Project is just incredible.  As I updated our website today at ajustcause.org I was literally brought to tears upon seeing this video.  

 

 

My aunt Ronni Chasen was shot down in Beverly Hills last year by a man in possession of an illegal firearm. He was a troubled man with a history of violence and complete lack of education. He had no job.  

My sister, Melissa and I have been inspired to create The Ronni Chasen Foundation to bring about awareness and to perhaps try and wrestle something beautiful out of an horrific event that has had such a heartbreaking impact on our entire family.  

The Peace Angel Project gives me hope. I would love to see the Beverly Hills Police Dept. turn over the weapon used to kill my aunt to Lin Evola so that she can transform this weapon that ended my aunt's life into an angel of peace.  

 

 

I feel so blessed to be working with Lin Evola and the Peace Angel Project.  It's why I joined A Just Cause.Org; to work on projects that matter.  I yearn to be a part of the solution and to leave this world better than I found it.  

 

 

Please visit Lin's non-profit and donate today.  www.aopct.org 

All my best, 

 

Jill Gatsby ~ Creative Director of A Just Cause.Org

 

 

 

 

Artistic Soirees with Juan Colomer

 

The purpose of the activity is to bring classical music, visual arts, and
culture of Valencia to the public in a warm and relaxed environment where
attendees can interact with the artists, musicians and composers, ask them
questions and get rid of the "seriousness" that classical music and arts in
general might have, thus, creating an interest in the arts.

Artistic Soirées are events coordinated by composer Juan J. Colomer, who
once a month opens his loft in downtown Los Angeles, hosting a series of
classical concerts and art collaborations where the public can experience
the finest of Los Angeles¹ art scene. We usually have between 50-100
attendees every soirée. We conducted 8 events last season and plan to do 9
events this season.

 

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