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© Alma Hoffmann, 2016.
Some of my former students came to the show and wanted me to tell them
the story behind each piece.

Hello reader!


What a busy week! How has your week been? This has been a very hectic and sad week. I can't continue writing without acknowledging what happened in Charlottesville, VA. It has left me with a heaviness in my mind. I have a lot to say. But, I feel like there is a lot being said out there and much of it does not make sense. After the events in Charlotesvile, I came across this tweet from the governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe:

“A right to speech is not a right to violence.”

I think it sums up much of what I want to say. When something like that stays with me, it always makes its way to a visual form. So, your free wallpaper this week is based on this tweet. See below:
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Meditate on those words. There is value to them. You can even substitute violence with murder.

So, what did I learn this week? A person's life is not the price for my right to speech; that sometimes we don't need to say everything; that silence has value; that wisdom is lost and is looking for its people, and that before we call ourselves by this or that political label, the label we should concern ourselves with, is the fact that we are human beings created in the image of God. And while we want to squish this person or that person becuase of their skin color or ethnicity, we shall do well to remember— as Joshua Sparkman said on his Sunday's sermon— a Jewish man died on a cross out of love for you. That is powerful.

Before I leave you, I want to share with you that the reception was great! Some of my former students came (Karen, Paige, Alan, and Emily). My good friends Christina, Nacy, Denise and Martinho, Elisabeth and Aaron, and Todd and Chelsea and the kiddos! I was so, so happy to see them! I could not believe so many people showed up! Some people I did not know wanted to take pics with me in front of the work (my less than 15 minutes of fame!). My students wanted to give them a personal “tour” of the work. Below you will see pics and Tyson listening to the stories he has heard an infinite amount of time as if it was the first time. That is love.

I can't thank Optera and its people enough for putting this together and providing space to show my work! I am very grateful!
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The pictures were taken by my good friend Nacy. Thank you Nacy for taking care of this! I kept forgetting to take pics and that was a good thing because a lot of people wanted me to talk about the work. Tyson told me that people wanted to read my poems, even the ones in Spanish. A lot of people came to ask me to interpret for them. It was a great night! Thank you to all who came and supported me in one way or another!

Now, I need your help. In 2019 I will have a solo show at the Mobile Arts Council. I need help with ideas. At least some thoughts to get me started thinking. So, shoot me some thoughts! I will reply!

And as usual, don't forget to visit my new store! I have been a tad busy with classes starting back but I will start making new things soon. Especially for cups! I just realized I like my Be Brave cup a little too much! Click on the button below.
And with that, I wish you a great weekend and a fabulous week ahead! Until then my friends!
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