Edith Garrud trained the Bodyguard unit of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) in jujutsu self-defense techniques. Her accomplishments and sacrifices are something I am grateful for today.
This painting will be available through Southern Exposure's 2017 Auction, We Can Be Heros, Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 6:00 PM at Minnesota Street Project, 1275 Minnesota Street, San Francisco, CA 94107. Southern Exposure - their dedication to the arts and building a community over the 40+ years they have been around - is another thing I am grateful for. Please support your local arts organizations and artists!
Study for (With Gratitude to Edith Garrud), 2017, oil on canvas, 16"x20"
In 1941, in opposition to the rise of fascisim in Europe and the ground swell it was finding in America, Woody Guthurie composed some of the most lasting resistance and political songs in history. His iconic guitar scrawled with the slogan, "This Machine Kills Fascists" embodies his spirit of political awareness, vigilance and empowerment of the citizen. Who will answer the call today?