Five Golden Bees
A simple, unique, holiday gift that gives in more ways than one.
Click the arrow above to listen to this beautiful arrangement of a new holiday classic A Pollinator in a Pear Tree by the incomparable Mira SpiritVoice.
Meet Our Five Golden Bees!
From left: Phyllis Stiles, Founder & Director of Bee City USA® / Debra Roberts, Founder of Holy Bee Press / Leonora Stefanile, representing Lady Spirit Moon, Founder, BEe Healing Guild / Matthew Willey, Artist and Founder, The Good of the Hive / Rebecca Robertson, Founding member of Asheville Bee-Centric Alliance
A note from The Good of the Hive Founder - Matthew Willey
This holiday season, I thought we would try to steal a little of Santa's thunder for the bees and pollinators... The idea to rewrite the holiday classic “The 12 Days of Christmas” as “A Pollinator in a Pear Tree” sparked an idea to create a holiday campaign surrounding a purchasable art print to support five organizations that are doing amazing work in the world of bee and pollinator awareness and conservation. Thus, this very unique project was born. Little did I know that the incomparable Mira SpiritVoice would bee interested in turning some quirky pollinator lyrics into a new holiday classic! If you've gotten this far and haven't listened to the song yet, scroll up and give it a listen!
Below are the portraits of the people and organizations of our Five Golden Bees campaign 2017! There are an enormous amount of people coming together for the bees around the world. But my four 'golden bee-mates' (The Good of the Hive is the 5th Golden Bee) are people that played a huge part in guiding me as I began this journey three years ago to paint 50,000 honeybees in murals around the world. I knew very little about bees, conservation, or how to connect with others around this work when I began. All I knew was how to paint. These people made a huge difference for me, and they work daily to make a difference for the bees and pollinators with their own lives and through their organizations.
Bees, butterflies, bats, birds, beetles and other pollinators work every day to balance a constantly changing environment. The ‘Five Golden Bees’ we are celebrating this holiday season are all deeply connected to the cause of bee and pollinator health and are working their fuzz off to try and keep pollinators flying.
All 'Five Golden Bees' are more likely to be seen in garden crocks or sneakers with dirt (or paint) under their fingernails than dressed to the nines! That is part of what made this so much fun! We started with old clothes and a few donated items and decked them out with holiday ribbon and glitter. We hand-made the wings and crafted the gold antennae. Our Five Golden Bees were wrapped like holiday gifts to the pollinators! Joshua Niven offered his amazing photography skills to the mix while I created a hive sculpture and painted the backdrop at Wild Mountain Bees in Weaverville, NC for the photo shoot. Voila! Five Golden Bees!
The bees and pollinators are a global treasure and so are the people doing the work to save them. So this holiday season, we invite you to help us carry this message and generate some real buzz! Order a print for yourself or gift one to a friend for the holidays. A little piece of art can go a long way in getting people to think differently. And please share the facebook posts throughout the season! You will be helping some real advocates continue to carry this crucial message out into the world in 2018.
Stay tuned for facebook and instagram posts about the campaign!