Environmental Education & Reforestation in Haiti

Archive for November, 2008

Miami Mid-Century Art & Collectible Gallery Auction

On Saturday, 15 Novembet 2008, Miami Mid-Century Art & Collectible Gallery in the Wynwood section of Miami will conduct an estate auction to make room for the Environmental Art Exhibit of Operation Green Leaves during Art Basel Miami 2008. The Gallery is conveniently located at 3404 North Miami Avenue, just south of NW 36 Street.

This stainless steel operating table is one of many unusual item at Mid-Century Gallery.

This stainless steel operating table is one of many unusual item at Mid-Century Gallery.

Dee-Anne Treadway collects estate sale merchandise, ranging from Brasilian Samba hats…

You'd look magnificant with this head covering from Brasil

You'd look simply 'marvalous' under this Brasilan head ornament.

  to a collection of red ‘wizard of oz’ slippers.

Click your heels and 'away you go' to the Jackie Gleason Theatre on Miami Beach.
Click your heels…

Call 305.409.8536 for directions or to ask Deann what she has in the attic?

The VIP area is up a stairwell...

The VIP area is up a stairwell...


Original Lust-Table Furniture Art for Operation Green Leaves Fundraising Effort

Noted New York artist Paulette Lust completed her first piece of furniture art on November 11, 2008.

Responding to a ‘call for artists’ plea from Operation Green Leaves’ executive director Nadine Patrice, Paulette transformed a lovely wooden table into an original painting during a brief business trip to Miami.

Paulette Lust creates an original piece of art for Operation Green Leaves

Paulette Lust creates an original piece of art for Operation Green Leaves

Paulette was in Miami for Gallery Walk, November 8th, because she has her work on display at Art Fusion Gallery in the Miami Design District. On Monday, November 10th she drove to the Econo Equipment warehouse and began the painting. She returned on Tuesday, November 11th, to finish. The table will be on display, along with the work of other artists, during Art Basel Miami Beach 2008 as part of an Environmental Art Display in the Miami Mid-Century Gallery in the Wynwood Art District of Miami.

“My art is contemporary-primitive. It’s colorful, whimsical, easy to understand and fun to look at and enjoy. My blocks of color give you serenity as the eye travels easily from space to space,” she says on her website – www.LustforArt.com. Paulette Lust’s contemporary drawings are based on familiar moments and interactions of daily lives. Her art engages your imagination by communicating a vision and a sensitivity to the everyday. There’s something comfortable and secure about knowing and understanding what you are seeing. When Ms. Lust draws animals, it is to show their beauty, illuminate their innocence and playfulness, and to reflect the happiness they bring.

She calls her art primitive, because it’s spontaneous – not overworked, the first lines are always her best. You will love to live with her art. Ms. Lust’s unique style, contemporary-primitive, has earned her critical acclaim and an ever-increasing following among collectors. After working in many mediums, including oil and watercolor, she became fascinated by the ancient technique of painting on silk. Her original silk paintings have been exhibited successfully in one-woman art shows in galleries domestically and internationally.

Paulette Lust’s inspirations come from her extensive travels. Born in Lvov, Russia, she lived and traveled throughout Europe and the Middle East before settling in New York. Speaking four languages by the age of 12, Ms. Lust began her formal studies in art while studying at The University of Texas in San Antonio. She resides in Manhattan with family.

The goal of the Artoire Project is to sell the furniture and use the proceeds to plant trees in Haiti. Check out the Operation Green Leaves’ website for more information and pictures: www.oglhaiti.com.

BlogTalkRadio: Guest – Lisa Torres, World Vision

Lisa Torres of World Vision was today’s guest on EcoAlert with Nadine Patrice on BlogTalkRadio. To here the show: http://budurl.com/ecoalert1nov08 or visit www.oglhaiti.com.

The BTR show is produced by co-host Ken English, the BlogTalkRadioGuy for the Social Radio Network.

On the Edge

Nadine C. Patrice Speaks for Haiti at Global Warming Conference

Last week I was honored to be the Lunchtime speaker at Barry University’s Global Warming Conference. The theme of my presentation was ” Haiti’s Environmental Tragedy”. 

Aerial view of the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Aerial view of the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

My message was that those at the lowest end of the socio-economic levels are the ones who will be affected  the most.  This hurricane season was a ferocious one for Haiti. The entire island was affected from West to East and North to South.  Because all four hurricanes that hit Haiti were mostly a rain events, mudslides and the lost of life was very high. The muslides are the result of Haiti’t almost totally denuded mountains.  For years (18 years) Operation Green Leaves’ message has been that restoring Haiti’s environment should be a top priority. Now, we are seing the wisdom in the warning.

The Global Warming conference was very well attended. I asked everyone present to help me spread the message that “we must be prepared by the next Hurricane season.” We need to take preventive measures that include increasing reforestation nationwide, building necessary infrastructure and providing basic services in the 5 major cities, at a minimum. The Goverment of Haiti, and the elected officials, must plan NOW! They must take steps to diminish the outrageous lost of life we saw this year.

Reforestation must be a NATIONAL PRIORITY in Haiti.

In 2004 after witnessing the death toll and destruction in Haiti when Tropical Storm Jeanne hit, we were sad and all sectors of the international community made promises to be ready, and make changes, to reduce the lost of life the next time. Four years later, with the increase of Global Warming, we had one of the most dangerous and vicious hurricane seasons on record. We are crying AGAIN. We are saddened AGAIN. The pictures of a totally ravaged Haiti were spread on the internet. But, that was months ago. What is being done, TODAY?

I am hoping we will learn, this time. I am hoping the responsible authorities and agencies in Haiti will start preparing NOW. I asked everyone in the audience to help me give voice to the voiceless, hope to the hopeless. Love to the children.

Haitian Nationals and friends of Haiti must pressure the Haitian government and those in charge to provide the basic needs and infrastructure to the people of Haiti, so next time fewer lives will be lost.