Dear Starlight,

We are gearing up for another incredible art fun-raiser for Planned Parenthood, specifically our local chapter, Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood.  Instar has joined together with Kristen Dodge from September Gallery to create ACT I. a postcard exhibit featuring 100’s of artists original small artworks, hung at Hudson Hall.  A hundred percent of the artwork sales will be donated to UHPP and sold one night only (7/22) for $50 each, as part of  Rally In The Valley.  Rally In The Valley will be July 21-23 in Hudson, NY.

Currently we are accepting submissions of all artworks any mediums, from all artists near and far! All submissions received before June 29th (HURRY!) are eligible for inclusion in the limited edition printed postcard collection as part of this exhibit. All submissions will be accepted up to July 19thsubmit now! Please share this invitation with your artist friends!

And lastly we have been thinking of action and burnout.  Self-care can even begin to feel like an action that one must do, one more thing to add to the list of to-do's.  When is too much good action bad action?  We are learning that this is a very personal question and one that can only be answered by you.  We encourage you to s l o w d o w n in our rampant climate of busyness and ask yourself: Am I acting with love, self-love?  Love is the only action that should be daily and it is the only one that will not deplete you or others.  If we all lead with loving action the world is certain to change.  

How are you acting with self-love today?  

(Show us on instagram, so we can high-five you and send you some loving affirmation back!#act1selflove @instarlodge)


“The moment we choose to love we begin to move towards freedom, to act in ways that liberate ourselves and others. That action is the testimony of love as the practice of freedom.”

--bell hooks in Outlaw Culture: Resisting Representation, 1994, excerpt on Grassroots Economic Organizing website.