The Wild Hope Artisan Project with the Maasai women was initiated to “empower women of East Africa to use their traditional talents to generate Income from this project helps women meet costs for food, health, education and community development.” As of October 2016, the Wild Hope line was carried in more than 15 stores, with the project achieving its ultimate goal of being turned over completely to the care of African nationals. The web address is www.wildhope.ca.
One of Julia Veenstra’s most recent projects is a book she created with her eldest daughter. The crowd-sourced Look at Those Cows marks a return for Julia to her background as a book illustrator, and she is justly proud: “I have sold almost 5000
copies of the book. The Dairy Farmers of Ontario placed it in each library of each elementary public school in Ontario!” Whether spreading colour on her paintings or books Julia Veenstra is doing her best to make the world brighter.
To see more of the vibrant and colourful world of artist Julia Veenstra please visit these galleries:
above left, Dreams are Made of This, acrylic on canvas, 72” x 48”
above right, Down Stream, acrylic on canvas, 60” x 48”