Nationally-renowned multi-media artist helps grow Greenheart community
We are so excited to introduce the newest spokesperson for Greenheart International, nationally-renowned multi-media artist, Arica Hilton.
“The objective of my art and what I see is the objective of Greenheart is aligned perfectly. It’s sort of like aligned in the stars. I feel fortunate to have a voice in the artistic community, and will be using this voice to showcase the contributions of peace-building, tolerance, and love that Greenheart has made to our local and global communities,” says Arica.
Arica believes that artists do the hard work of raising awareness about issues that may go under the radar. She presents these issues in such a way that allows light to be shown rather than darkness. She says this mission of hers and the mission of Greenheart is interconnected.
“I was born on the mediterranean coast of Turkey and we came to America when I was 6 years old. My mother married an American in the air force and that’s how we came here.”
Arica’s desire to build monuments to the human spirit led her on a journey through architecture and design, poetry and ultimately art. One of her current environmentally conscious projects utilizes recycled water bottles. “I began infusing the plastic into my oils and it turned into something really spectacular,” said Arica. In a true cycle of life, the water bottles became the water in her paintings.
Travel is Arica’s great inspiration and education. “I wouldn’t be the person I am if I hadn’t traveled as much as I have and learned about other cultures. And learned about what it is that they believe and honoring that,” she says. “When I learn to understand where your mind is coming from and what your thoughts are, I can learn more about you and the rest of the world and we can learn to come together and work together. I think that’s the key.”
This pursuit of education is what led Arica to Greenheart. “At Greenheart, you’re transforming minds and those minds are going to transform the world. When I learned about all of the work that Greenheart does and all of the different branches, it all led towards one thing and that’s making this world a better place by education,” she says. “The children enjoy learning and giving back and if you teach them that from the beginning, you teach them empathy and compassion. If you couple that with serious education, you’re going to have some beautiful global leaders who are going to take the world into the next century.”
Arica will help grow the Greenheart family by holding a special gallery event on March 16, 2017 from 5:30-8:00pm at the Hilton-Asmus Gallery in Chicago. The event will unveil some of her newest pieces, featuring recycled plastic, and will share more about the roles she and Greenheart are playing in shaping a more peaceful and sustainable world.
“People want to know that there are organizations doing the hard work. Greenheart does the work from the bottom up. You’re developing these children and I think people want to know that. They want to support organizations like that.”
Welcome to Greenheart, Arica! We can’t wait to see how your art and presence transforms our community.