Artists For A Better World held a Meeting and Salon at the home of founding member Lynda Hubbard in Sylmar, CA. The meeting was put on by AFABW Founder Barbara Cordova Oliver, with the help of Lauren Perreau. Artists came together who share the purpose of creating a better world through aesthetics and support of top social betterment programs.

The attendees all introduced themselves and some also shared their art and music. Some have been part of AFABW over the years and others were new.

Barbara covered some of the history of AFABW and talked about events done last year. She then read some updated goals and purposes – and went over the organizing board and what hats are currently needed.

There were announcements of upcoming events and projects. Becky Mate spoke about World Art Day – an annual event she will host at her home on April 15th which is DaVinci’s Birthday. This day is a validation of the importance of the arts. Becky likens it to any other International holiday, but this one is for artists, and for giving a gift of art, doing something special that involves the arts, etc. She has been hosting these events since 1998, and has gotten artists from all over to participate.

Barbara went over the need to get “better world” art out more broadly on social media so as to make a more positive impact in society and out-create much of the degradation that currently exists. She also encouraged people to join the AFABW Facebook group, and to expand the participants on it.

Member Randy Tobin had the idea of starting a You Tube channel for the group, and popularizing artists in this manner. There was much agreement from the group on this.

The tone of the meeting was strong interest, and several agreed to wear various hats with the group. Existing members were acknowledged for what they have been doing over the years, and will continue. There was talk about future coordination meetings, and a few even offered their homes.

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Those in attendance who shared their art:

Barbara Cordova Oliver: Founder AFABW/Songwriter/Writer – Played her “Mission of the Artist” song

Deedee O’Malley: Singer/Songwriter – Performed her original song “Broken”

Randall Michael Tobin: Songwriter/Producer/Artisan baker and Chef – Brought his artisan bread and played an original song – “Is it Possible”

Marshall Swerman: Photographer – shared albums of his works

Janet Iles: Painter– Shared her portfolio

Becky Mate : Writer/Painter – Shared her poem ‘Twas the night ‘fore World Art Day

Lynda Hubbard: Painter/Writer/Marketing Exec – Showed her paintings that were on the walls

Svetlana Telbukh: Renowned Ukrainian Sand sculptor –Showed a video with her sculpting to music

Other Attendees:

Cyndie Tobin: Bookkeeper/Event decorations

Rick Murken: Freelance Film, TV and commercial professional

Rob Oliver: Engineer /Musician/Custom Guitar amp builder

Gary Mac: Songwriter/Music mixing producer

Lauren Perreau: Singer/Writer

Elena Vorobei: Travel business / Author of Travel book

Cindy Walkov: Lyricist/ Deedee O’Malley’s songwriting partner

Peter Logan: Designer of Promo and clothing

Tim Corbo: Musician – guitar/piano/drums