01 October 2009

My final workshop in LA was wonderful on the one hand but traumatic on the other.






















Wonderful for I taught and bonded with this amazing group of women.




















I dont think we would have bonded so tightly as a group had we not experienced a very trying and extremely traumatic last day of the workshop. I will not go into much of what happened in this forum.






























However what I will say is I am grateful to my parents who brought me up to be an independent person who stands up for what is right and honest!
To have done to the students and I, a foreigner, in a strange land, without familiarity around me was beyond shameful.





I have worked in the social justice field since I was 16 years old, fighting for the rights of the oppressed and women amongst other things.
Having been a CEO in the Not For Profit area for many years, I was not going to allow either the students or myself be treated in the wholly unjustified manner that we were.





This incident became a matter of principle.
Standing up for the rights of both artists and students alike was the issue at hand.
The artists/students and I are now wonderful friends with a bond and experience so deep it is hard to describe.





The key was support and unity.





We took a stand for honesty and transparency.





















We won friendship.
























So there!





















My heartfelt thanks and appreciation goes to:
Anna, Beth, Connie, Fana, Joanna, Lesley, Neena, Renee and Reva.
xo

34 comments:

nancy neva gagliano said...

well, unity and friendship facing adversity...looks like it worked. honored principles applying to our own lives is sometimes tricking, 'choosing civility' the phrase that author gave some of this, is not always a clear and easy shot. muddied waters. congratulations to all of you for the resolve shown in the photos.."so there", she said.

ArtPropelled said...

Sorry you all had a traumatic experience, Judy. The good that came out of it .... a stronger bond of friendship.

Jo Archer said...

Goodness, what on earth happened? Sorry you had such a bad experience, but happy you made so many new friends. Is that you with the megaphone? What a beauty! (Still are though) : )

Judy said...

Thanks all and yes thats me with the megaphone! xo

Kelly Kilmer said...

GOOD for you for standing up. It's about time someone stood up and spoke out.

I hope that the word is passed from teacher to teacher as to what happened there so that more people will be aware of it.

layers said...

I also travel and teach workshops but and I have had some wonderful experiences and a few bumpy ones, but nothing like what you seem to have had-- sorry to hear that but it does seem as if you stood up against whatever happened and also bonded with a great group of artists.

Lynn said...

You certainly left us wondering here.
Glad you had such a nice group to work with and they with you.

rscoach said...

As one of the students that was a part of this "experience" I must say that Judy is amazing - as a teacher, as a professional, and as a person - this incident which none of us can speak about legally - did bond us in a way that could never have happened without this unfortunate and unprofessional happening - I would take class from Judy wherever she is in the world and know that she is a woman of her word and a hell of a lot of fun to be around even under dire circumstances! For me the lesson is to stand up for what you know is right - always being true to yourself - and I thought I was signing up for an art class! Love you, Judy! xo xo Reva (Los Angeles)
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Judi said...

Just think of all the good that came from this! Truly, the lessons are often where we least expect them. Love the picture of you with the megaphone! I have similar ones of myself, though I was protesting Vietnam and marching for civil rights. I KNEW there was another reason I liked you immediately...

Renee Troy said...

That was a weekend like no other. The sharing of art and life experience was inspiring in so much more than words can say.
Judy, you not only taught me the most incredible techniques to create amazing books, but the respect and inspiration that I have for you is life altering. You are truly a woman of strength, integrity and values. I've thought about you so often since the experience we all shared and admire you for holding close to your beliefs and standards. I feel I got my monies worth in more ways than one in spite of the trials we all went thru...
Hope to see you again soon.
Much love,
Renee

Kim said...

It seems where ever you go Judy you leave an indelible mark on others and always for the better! Hooray to you for taking a stand and to all of those who were a part of something better.

lunardancer said...

Nothing strengthens bonds than facing adversity together. For artists such bonds are that singular thread that links them to that part of the world where they find the sense of belongingness and understanding they need to move on in their creative journey.

Beth said...

Judy, I am SO happy that I was able to meet you and all the lovely ladies in the class. I could have lived without the awful experience we had forced on us. I hope someday to finish my book, maybe when I'm over the anger of the disrespect we endured. You are a wonderful person and an amazing teacher!!! Beth

Jen Crossley said...

Oh Judy Im not sure what happened,but I hope it all turned out okay in the end.
Jen

Studio Sylvia said...

Way to go girl! Kudos to you for standing by your convictions.

Seth said...

Strength from adversity. And a lesson in the importance of standing up and standing firm. A lucky class to have had you as their leader.

Leslie said...

I love your hootspa and I love that photo of you with the megaphone! I'm glad that you ladies formed this tight bond out of that miserable situation!

xo

PeregrineBlue said...

I must keep better track of your workshops. Would have loved to be there since I live in Ventura County. I missed it this time but I will I will make the next one.

I'm sorry there was a blemish at this one.

studioJudith said...

Truly, it matters not what life tosses our way ... .
only how we respond.
It sounds as if you all chose to make it a positive experience.
I bow to you all.

Judith

studioJudith said...

So there, indeed!

Bravo..... . .

kelsey said...

Your strength certainly sounds like it was required for this "incident". Lucky for the girls in your class they had such a first-class person who could handle what was thrown your way. Even though I have no idea what I'm talking about (the incident I mean), it comes through in your writing in just a few words how upsetting this was for you all. Way to go with the Aussie spirit Judy!!!

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

I am sorry to hear about the traumatic experience but I do applaud you for your dedication and fortitude to remain strong. Go in Peace and hold onto your belief that you are moving forward in your work as an artist/teacher. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Ro Bruhn said...

I don't think I would have been as strong as you were Judy, if what you went through had happened to me. I think we all learn from our experiences, but sometimes we learn the hard way.
Glad you're home safe now.

Jo Horswill said...

I agree with Ro, Judy. You are a very strong woman to do what you do, and this "incident" will make you stronger.

Love that megaphone...could use one around here sometimes :) Jo xx

Sam Marshall said...

Sorry to read about your bad experience, but glad to know you made some wonderful friendships.

michelle ward said...

i'm holding a megaphone and saying *way to go judy*

nina said...

honesty, support, transparency, unity? goodness, yes, judy. yes. good. for. you.

kecia said...

aww, i am sorry to hear this. it troubles me to think of my friends facing such ugliness. i'm glad you all bonded in support and came together as a group over this issue. empowerment only makes us stronger. and was that really you with the megaphone? what a great picture! is that Lesley Venable in the group? i adore her!

Lorri said...

Congratulations on standing up for what you believe in. As another teacher, I must admit I'm very curious as to the 'event' - like has been said before though, what matters is the outcome of friendship and bonding! Kudos to you - hold that microphone proudly!
xo

alteredbits said...

i tried to comment on this last week but blogger was hating me and not allowing it.

how awful that you all had a negative experience but it sounds like you came out of it bonded and even closer -- that is something to be thankful for indeed. i cannot imagine anyone willfully disrespecting or traumatizing you. that is detestable and i'm so sorry you went through whatever it was you had to endure.

i LOVE the megaphone pic! ;)

Judy Wise said...

Judy, can I sign up for that "standing up for yourself class"? Brava, girl, once again I am filled with admiration.

Chrisy said...

It's so easy isn't it to just be quiet...to go into shock...and not do anything...but you didn't...and I'm sure your actions and words have impacted on many people and will continue to ripple out...I bow to you darlin...

rochambeau said...

Another reason, I love the person you are. AND the people you hang out with!

xox
Constance

JoAnnA Pierotti said...

Is that really you? I so see your daughter in that picture.

Judy, I'm so glad you posted what you did. You are brave and you care! I feel I so missed out on that experience to be honest. There is nothing like bonding with others in a time like that.

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