Category Archives: Environmental Art

14 New Calendar Titles for 2014

We have an amazing lineup of new calendars this year, including Farm to Table, Tree Huggers, Lunaria and Sacred Celtic Sites. We’re also bringing back an old favorite, Hafiz, with Persian-inspired illuminations from  Silas Toball, designer extraordinaire and co-creator of our best-selling Duirwaigh card line.  Other new titles include Steampunk, Day of the Dead, Bee Happy, The Garden Sanctuary and On Sacred Ground. We are also adding four new titles to our Healthy Pet series: Healthy Dachshund, Healthy Golden, Healthy Lab and Healthy Pug.

Bee Happy Calendar Sacred Celtic Sites Calendar Day of the Dead — Sugar Skulls Calendar Garden Sanctuary Calendar The Healthy Dachshund The Healthy Golden The Healthy Lab The Healthy Pug Lunaria Calendar Steampunk Calendar Tree Huggers Calendar Farm to Table Calendar Hafiz Calendar On Sacred Ground Calendar

As we move forward with our mission to illuminate spirit in the world, we remain mindful of our responsibility to the planet we share. We are full of optimism and goodwill, and we extend our deepest gratitude to our customers, artists, authors, representatives and friends all over the world.

Namaste — Amber Lotus Publishing

Autumnal Equinox

The Day of Equal Light and Darkness

Land Art Calendar

Artwork © 2013 Martin Hill. Excerpt from Land Art 2014 wall calendar.

In The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, poet William Blake wrote, “Without contraries is no progression.” And in the profound teachings of Jewish mysticism is the statement, “The Book of Concealed Mystery is the book of the equilibrium of balance.” Our pagan fore-bearers celebrated the balance of opposites on the Equinox. This day, when the hours of light and dark are equal, was a sign, a teaching embedded within the mysterious yet comfortingly predictable time cycles. This ancient wisdom is marvelously illustrated in the yin-yang symbol. The image from Taoism teaches that light and dark — in fact, all pairs of opposites — are necessary. They are the Tao, the original and inherent way of all things. And growth — life itself — arises from their balance and equilibrium.

by Tim Campbell
VP Sales Director
Amber Lotus Publishing

World Record Tree Hugging – UPDATE!

It’s official; the Guinness Book of World Records emailed to confirm that Portland Parks & Recreation‘s Hoyt Arboretum and Treecology NOW OWN the new world record for tree hugging with 951 people simultaneously giving minute-long hugs to the arboretum’s trees last July! Congrats to the nearly 1000 folks who took part!

Amber Lotus staff help create history at the Hoyt Arboretum in Portland, Oregon.

It was a bright sunny day in July. Hoyt Arboretum and Treecology were hosting an attempt to break the Guiness World Record for the most people simultaneously hugging trees in one place at one time.This fun event, and others like it, are a way to raise awareness of the ancient souls that clean our air and feed our environment. Amber Lotus had donated a box of 2014 Tree Huggers calendars to help raise funds for the Arboretum. It seemed only right that we, as diehard tree huggers, help make history.

Tree Huggers 2014 Wall Calendar

Tree Huggers 2014 Wall Calendar

Although we intended to arrive by the 2 pm start time, we wound up distracted and delayed by live music and sand sculptures at Pioneer Square. Fortunately, the Arboretum is just a short train ride from downtown Portland. Thus, we casually strolled up to registration around 2:45, just 15 minutes before the grand tree hug. Being among the last arrivals, my companions and I found a large tree to share in the nearby stand of Douglas Fir reserved for the chronically late. We leaned back to wait.

With only five minutes to go, we heard the registration folks announce that we were just 35 people short of achieving the world record. Volunteers ran out in every direction to beg, bully and cajole passersby into joining the effort. We watched in bemusement as people trotted up the path, proving that Portlanders are always willing to help—especially when trees are involved. As each newcomer signed in, the registrars called out numbers: 30, 25, 20. We were down to just 5 people short as 3 pm rolled around.

A tree hugger at the edge of the copse noticed a wedding party being photographed down the hill and shouted to one of the volunteers, who sprinted down the hill towards the party. A few moments later a cheer rose up as the wedding party, official photographer in tow, crested the hill, rushed to registration and signed in to hug a tree.

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Some of the Huggers that participated in the Guiness World Record Tree Hugging event at the Hoyt Arboretum in Portland, Oregon, summer 2013. Photograph by John Klicker. keefeklicker.com

Now we had enough people but not enough nearby trees. The rules stated that multiple people could share a tree, but that we could not touch each other. So we all squeezed in. Tall people hugged high, short people hugged low. As we rearranged ourselves, more people wandered in to join. Finally, at 6 minutes past the appointed time, the whistle sounded and we all grabbed our trees and hung on. Videographers ran through the forests filming the minute-long simultaneous hug. And then we were done.

Final count? 951 people, handily beating the previous world record of 702 in the UK and just squeaking by an earlier attempt (not yet certified) of 935 tree huggers in Minnesota.

— Aleta Florentin, Production Manager, Amber Lotus Publishing

Other Hugging products by Amber Lotus:

Holiday Tree Hugger Card

Tree Hugging Santa – Holiday Cards

Graphics for Change

Graphics for Change.

This is one of our featured images in the 2011 Posters for Peace and Justice wall calendar. We now have it in a greeting Card also.

We are proud to continue to champion the Poster designers and their messages in our 2013 Calendar, including a number of worthy political and environmental concepts.

Graphics for Change

Some of the poster designers we are featuring in the 2013 Calendar are Luba Lukova, Micah Ian Wright, Dan McCall, Chaz Maviyane-Davies, Max Temkin and Lalo Alcaraz.


July 2011 – Vicissitudes – by Jason deCaires Taylor

Vicissitudes depicts 26 children of diverse ethnic backgrounds holding hands in a circle, representing unity and optimism. The piece took six months to make and weighs around fifteen tons.

Vicissitudes...ever changing art...by Jason deCaires Taylor


2011 Environmental Art wall calendar


As the sculptures are colonized by marine life, their human faces erode and become home to a colorful set of new inhabitants. The artist invites this process, allowing the sculptures to “engage with a vision of the
possibilities of a sustainable future, portraying human intervention as positive and affirmative.
“What I’m most interested in is the idea of change and process,” he explains. “It’s meant to mirror our lives. In the same way that children are meant to absorb their surroundings as they grow up, these under­water children will also be heavily influenced – they’ll take on the patina of their environment as they grow and change over time.”

2012 Environmental Art Wall Calendar

http://www.underwatersculpture.com/pages/gallery/vicissitudes.html

Environmental Art

As one of the most exciting art movements of our time, environmental art celebrates our connection to the natural world through beauty, science, metaphor and ecological restoration. It encompasses a surprising landscape of approaches from ephemeral “art in nature” sculpture designed to last only a few hours before returning to the earth, to community-based “eco-art” installations which clean up polluted watersheds and promote public understanding of local and global environmental issues.

On the cover:
VICISSITUDES by Jason de Caires Taylor
British sculptor and diver Jason de Caires Taylor brought creativity to his passion for the sea to create the world’s first underwater sculpture park of the coast of Granada, in the West Indies. Just one of several installations, “Vicissitudes” is a circle formed by the cement casts of 26 Grenadan children holding hands, that also functions as an artificial reef that provides habitat for marine life. “We’re just a moment in this chain, and nature is so powerful and incredible.” The artist adds, “you just have to be awed by it.” With nearly 60 percent of the world’s coral reefs under threat by climate change and human activity, the artist helps us care and movingly highlights our responsibility to future generations.

The Environmental Art 2011 wall calendar features fifteen projects drawn from the global archives of greenmuseum.org, a

One of the most exciting art movements of our time.

not-for-profit online museum of environmental art. They provide a sampling of some of the latest developments in this field to stimulate the imagination and promote the role of art in the creation of a more sustainable world culture.