Five Golden Riiings (I mean Beees!)

The Good of the Hive artist, Matthew Willey, celebrates some amazing organizations working toward honeybee and pollinator health by rewriting a holiday classic.

Two and a half years into an artistic mission to raise awareness about the importance of honeybees, Willey has painted over 3,000 bees in murals from a school in North Carolina to a Broadway dressing room to the side of Burt’s Bees global headquarters. He is on his way toward 50,000 honeybees. www.TheGoodoftheHive.com

Bees, in general, aren’t very Christmas-y. But our need to balance human activity with the natural world, a message Willey believes the bees are bringing us, does not stop during the holidays, and neither do the people and organizations that are represented in this year’s holiday campaign!

Bees, bats, birds, beetles and butterflies work every day to balance a constantly changing environment. The ‘Five golden bees’ we are celebrating are all deeply connected to the cause of bee and pollinator health and are working their fuzz off to try and keep pollinators flying.

The idea to rewrite “The Twelve Days of Christmas” as “A Pollinator in a Pear Tree” sparked the idea for a purchasable art print. to support the organizations that these five golden bees represent! The buzz-worthy gowns (I know you were wondering) came from old clothes that were glammed up with ribbon, glitter, one sewing machine, and piles of love. Every model is more likely to be seen in garden crocks or sneakers with dirt (or paint) under their fingernails than in heels. The bees and pollinators are a global treasure and so are the people doing the work to save them. So this holiday season, we hope to create some real buzz (and some funds) to keep this small army of bee-advocates out there sharing this crucial message in 2018.

www.TheGoodoftheHive.com

Holiday campaign launches November 3rd

To reach us about publishing our story in your magazine or periodical, please contact: matt@thegoodofthehive.com

or call Matt on his cell: 646-369-0261

Scroll to the end to see the last stanza to "A Pollinator in a Pear Tree." Song to be recorded and viewable through The Good of the Hive's YouTube channel throughout the holiday season.

 
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Fiiiive Golden Beeeees! 
From Left to Right Above:

Phyllis Stiles, Founder and Director of Bee City USA.

Debra Roberts, International Educator, Advocate and Founder and Celebrant

Leonora Stefanile, Beekeeper, biodynamic farmer (Representing BEe Healing Guild) Bee Perspective Beekeeping Educators

Matthew Willey, Artist and Founder of The Good of the Hive Initiative - Hand painting 50,000 honeybees in murals around the world. 

Rebecca Ann Robertson, Founding Member of Asheville Bee-Centric Alliance - Organic Beekeepers focused on encouraging honeybees that are naturally resistant to mites. 

Phyllis Stiles, Founder and Director of Bee City USA.

Phyllis Stiles, Founder and Director of Bee City USA.

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Debra Roberts, International Educator, Advocate and Celebrant. Founder of Holy Bee Press.

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Leonora Stefanile, Beekeeper, biodynamic farmer (Representing BEe Healing Guild) Bee Perspective Beekeeping Educators

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Matthew Willey, Artist and Founder of The Good of the Hive Initiative - Hand painting 50,000 honeybees in murals around the world. 

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Rebecca Ann Robertson, Founding Member of Asheville Bee-Centric Alliance - Organic Beekeepers focused on encouraging honeybees that are naturally resistant to mites. 

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On the twelfth day of Buzz Buzz
my true love sent to me:
Twelve Hives a humming
Eleven Keepers keeping
Ten Flora Leaping
Nine Waggles Dancing
Eight Weeds a Milking
Seven Bats a Swinging
Six Queens a laying
Fiiiiive Golden Bees
Four Humming Birds
Three Bumbles Buzzing
Two Purple Moths
...and a Pollinator in a Pear Tree