© 2019 by  Attila Farkas

CContact me: attilazone@gmail.com  Ontario, Canada

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Enviroartist

Enjoy this eco-friendly portal, where artists, designers, political leaders and, and environmentally conscientious individuals work together to find practical solutions for environmental challenges.

Dear Attila:

 

Thank you very much for taking the time to share some examples of the work you're doing with EnviroArtist.com. I was pleased to learn about your efforts to raise environmental awareness through digital art, and I applaud you or inspiring others to use their creativity in building a brighter future for our children.

As I continue to do what I can to help strengthen and improve our world, I'm grateful for the input and ideas of people like you.

Sincerely,

 

Bill Clinton

 


 

Doctor David Suzuki:

"Everything within the biosphere is interconnected, so everything we do has repercussions and therefore responsibilities."

When I was asking David Suzuki to provide EnviroArtist.com with a quote that can inspire the next generation of Enviro Artists, he had sent us a statement that all of us can benefit from. Thank you, Doctor Suzuki, for the autographed picture.

"Environmental art can help us communicate the world’s environmental challenges to the public in a new way. Everyone has heard about and is aware of all the earth’s

environmental problems, but art has the power to speak to people about our environment and inspire them to take action in a way that just words cannot accomplish."

Belma Kapetanovic

Dear Mr.Farkas:

 

May I first take this opportunity to congratulate you and your organization for the work undertaken to engage and educate Torontonians about the environment and the need to protect it. I found your use of art and the Internet to convey our relationship with nature very innovative. My best wishes for the continued success of the EnviroArtist project.

Yours sincerely,

 

David Anderson P.C. M. P.

Former US president, Bill Clinton has expressed his appreciation with a thank you letter. Doctor David Suzuki has sent an autographed picture and good advice in the form of a quote. Environmental model, Ashley Brown was kind enough to pose in a creative photoshoot that offered the base for many of our posters. University students had entered the Enviroartist contests, won cash prizes and displayed their work on this portal. The list is long and it is growing. I need everyone to help with ideas, illustrations, prizes, practical solutions.  The interesting thing about ideas is that they multiply; once you write them on paper. Even a short note on a sticky note can turn into a useful tool when you take action to implement it.

 

Barrie, Ontario, Canada is the host of the 2020 International Environmental Art Contest! If you live in Barrie, please participate!

 

The preliminary competition is open to Barrie elementary, high school and college students. The winners will have the opportunity to be active participants in the international contest. This year’s theme is solution-oriented digital media with an environmental theme. Several local companies have offered to provide cash and promotional prizes for local students placing in the top ten. Are a company owner and would like to gain local, national and international recognition? Participate in the event by sponsoring the winners and give out the prizes at our celebration. Please contact us for details.

 

Become an Enviroartist! Use your talents to create visual images that inspire people to reduce their ecological footprint from a size 14 to a size 2, or write about your ideas in a way that will move people to take action.

 

Please do not focus on global warming alone. The biggest problem with global warming is... The warming part. The word warming itself does not describe or represent the complexity and dangers resulting from the toxic by-products of worldwide manufacturing processes, fossil fuel burning, transportation, and other man-made production. Mother's milk is warm, or if it is not you should warm it up. Warming up to a new idea, or under your favorite blanket, next to a campfire. Butterflies warm up their wings in the morning sun before they collect nectar from your garden.

Warming does not rhyme with Hydrochloric acid, Mercury, Sulphur dioxide or Hexachlorobenzene.

 

Enviroartist.com is a portal where everyone gets a chance to display their artistic talent and innovation. The first environmental art contest I have organized was in 2003. I have received numerous entries from university students, high school and grade school students, retired teachers, artists, and many others.

As I continue to organize the 2012 International Environmental Art contest I always keep in mind that I have to help my local community. I live in Barrie, Ontario and I am counting on local organizations and individuals to assist and benefit from the upcoming contest.

 

Please check back soon, we are going to start the contest in Barrie; from here it is going to spread throughout Ontario and other provinces. It is time for Canada and Canadians to step up to the environmental plate of the world. Drop me a short e-mail if you would like to volunteer.

Patchy Piglets


Hi, my name is Attila Farkas.


When I was six years old, the only form of environmental degradation I was familiar with was hair coloring for piglets. It was 1967 and we lived on a small farm in Hungary, my brother was three years old when he decided that he should try his skills as a hairdresser for piglets. Our twelve piglets were three months old at the time and ran free in our large backyard in the company of chickens, turkeys, and other farm animals. The piglets were all healthy, strong, playful, and white. There is a Hungarian proverb that says: Variety is pleasurable. My brother wanted patchy piglets. He had a good imagination and some unconventional tools. He had brought a small bucket of corn to entice the piglets to move closer to an open barrel of tar from their usual feeding grounds. It was an old technique to use hot tar under hardwood floors as an adhesive. We had some leftover tar in the barrel, so when the piglets came closer to it to enjoy the corn, Peter took advantage of the opportunity. He dipped a piece of wood into the tar and used it as a primitive brush to paint some black patches on the white piglets. The piglets didn’t mind the hair coloring, maybe because the wood had pleasantly tickled their skin. My parents had a good laugh, no one got hurt, and the piglets never complained about the incident. Countless things had changed since then… Including the way, I look at the tar-like substance that littered the Florida coastline, after last years disastrous spill. When I lived in New Jersey, we used to go on a family vacation to an island off the North Carolina coast, called Emerald Island. In 2002, a job transfer brought us closer to my brother in Canada and further away from one of my favorite spots on the globe.


It is 2010 and I haven’t seen the ocean in eight years…


I had missed it to a point where I had cravings for the sultry mist that the crashing waves perspired from all the work they had to do, turning over millions of seashells. I had missed standing on the shore, listening to the rhythm of the waves and looking out in the distance; after four or five rows of crashers discovering where the light algae green water had transitioned into cobalt blue. Hermit crabs hurrying away from your footsteps carrying their borrowed home. The warm afternoon waves of the high tide washing bubbles and clean foam around your feet. If you stay in one spot long enough, the waves steal a handful of sand away from right under your feet and you feel like sinking into the sand and becoming one with the shore. I love collecting seashells or strangely shaped driftwood; I even like the seagulls, always searching for food or try to get a bite-sized fish out of my bait bucket.


I had promised my kids that we’ll go to the ocean together and enjoy its beauty, experience its treasures as a family should. I had promised a clean, wonderful environment, teaming with life: dolphins, mullets, crabs, seashells, pelicans and white sea herons searching the shores.
We had planned our vacation from June 20th-27th on Emerald Isle, in North Carolina. I remember the kids started packing a suitcase in the middle of winter, they were so excited to go.


After the news about the Deepwater Horizon disaster, I’ve checked the progress of the spill and the predictions, praying that it will not reach the North Carolina coastline before we get there. I wanted more than anything, that my kids experience the clean, undisturbed ocean before the spill gets into the Gulf.


I prayed and prayed for a clean ocean, clean beaches, and edible fish and crabs to catch. My kids had every right to experience beautiful beaches, crystal clear, warm water and hundreds of finger mullets swimming by them in the shallows. It is interesting to read about it in books and see it on TV, but the ocean only becomes one with you if you stand in it and let the rushing waves steal enough sand from under you until you become a human post.


My prayers were answered, the spill has never reached the Carolina coast, but I don’t have any illusions about the global effect of this man-made disaster. Scientists had recently discovered large dead-zones in the Golf, where the toxins have accumulated from the flood of black death that was gushing out from the hole. The whole that we have drilled into the Earth in a location that is not in our total control and if something happens that can get out of hand, we just observe it, because there is nothing we can do for weeks, perhaps months. 
I remember the frustration, anger, disappointment I had felt when I watched the public display of poisoning our ocean by BP. After three weeks I had sent an e-mail to the white house recommending to remove BP from the decision-making process and ask for international help in addition to putting the navy in charge. I have seen engineers and scientists providing solutions that fell on deaf ears. My solution was to guide a gigantic steel pipe, the size of a family home and the walls thick enough to withstand the pressure over the oil well and fill it up with large steel bearing balls and rocks. I’m sure there were more sophisticated solutions, but it was painfully frustrating to wait for other people to solve this disaster that was affecting my ocean. It was affecting our ocean.


I teach my kids to be resilient, creative, and never give up. I believe that if there is a problem or challenge you can always find a solution or improvement.


Today, I see problems and solutions everywhere. I focus on solutions, instead of gloom and doom, but I don’t close my eyes and cover my ears when I discover the problems. I also believe that an eight-year-old may have a solution to a problem that we adults just cannot fathom. That’s why I’m asking everyone for a solution that fits on a sticky note. It is fabulously titled my sticky note campaign. Simply write a comment that would fit on a sticky note. Use your best idea to clean up our environment or to change something that would result in an improvement. 
I will post it on this large size painting until it is all covered with solutions.
Make sure to put your name on it and your social media handle if you have one. This way if an organization is ready to act on your idea, they can contact you directly.
I will also select the best ones and take practical steps to make sure that they become a reality.
Thank you for your help in keeping our oceans, rivers, air, and food cleaner.

Please check back often, I am networking with companies and groups that can help us clean up and improve our environment. 

Here is my partner site: http://www.enviroartist.com


Attila Farkas

Enjoy my favorite video and imagine that you are swimming with the pigs!