As I said a couple of days ago, I’m planning to make a pilgrimage to the Imagine Peace Tower in Reykjavik later this year. When I go, I will be taking thousands of heartfelt wishes for peace with me to place in the base of the tower. I’m collecting these wishes everywhere I go and from the more than 500 people who visit Lovegrove Gallery & Gardens each day during season. If you’d like me to take your heartfelt wish for peace to Iceland, swing by or contact the gallery. The number is 239-938-5655.

Heartfelt Wishes actually had its origins in a project I did a couple of years ago that coincided with the opening of the Yoko Ono Imagine Peace exhibit at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery on the Lee campus at Florida SouthWestern State College (formerly known as Edison State College).

I called the project Painting Peace. It was a collaborative effort designed to enable thousands of Southwest Florida residents and visitors to imagine peace in an experiential, artistic way. I took a 9 x 12 foot canvas to various locations around Southwest Florida and invited the public to paint peace symbols on it in various shades of blue.

Of course, you can’t really take a canvas filled with painted peace symbols to Iceland, and that’s why I’m collecting heartfelt wishes on pieces of hand-painted paper.

And on this Throwback Thursday, now you know the rest of the story.