Month: July 2010
Monica Stewart was born in St. Louis Mo. At the age of five she moved with her family to Oakland, CA where she still resides. Her natural artistic ability was noticed early in life. She was encouraged by her parents and teachers to pursue a career in the field of art.
She attended the Academy of Art San Francisco CA, Cal State University Hayward CA and Chabot College Hayward, CA majoring in art.
Monica has become a nationally recognized artist. She enjoys working in various mediums and is well known for her fluid depiction of dancing figures painted on Egyptian palm frond paper.
Over the years She has participated in many solo and group exhibitions. Her work has been featured in movies and TV programs such as Waiting to Exhale, Romeo Must Die, and Living Single. Her images have been featured on the California State Lottery and Bank of America calendars. Monica’s images can be found in many galleries, shops, and stores across the nation and abroad in the form of original paintings, limited editions, prints, calendars, tapestries, puzzles, needlepoint kits, book covers and more.
About Eden Hashish Centre
Kathmandu Nepal, located in a beautiful valley in the Himalaya Mountains, was a hippie magnet in the late 60’s and early 70’s. Friendly and intelligent people, great food and cheap lodging were some of the attractions, but an important reason was the local attitude towards marijuana – it was legal. Indeed Ganga, as it is called there, grows wild all over the hills, and its’ more interesting properties have long been explored and respected by Sadhus – the wandering holy men of Nepal and India. The hippies fit right in.
The Eden Hashish Centre was the largest of several legal storefronts in Kathmandu that provided quality hash and grass to the tourists. Mr. Sharma, the owner, opened two shops. The original location was at 5/1 Basantpur in the famous “Freak Street” hippy district, a location that ironically now is occupied by a bank. The second shop was located at 5/259 Ombahal, said to be in the Thamel area.
The Garden of Eden
The Garden of Eden is described in the Book of Genesis as being the place where the first man, Adam, and his wife, Eve, lived after they were created by God. Literally, the Bible speaks about a garden in Eden (Gen. 2:8). This garden forms part of the Genesis creation narrative and theodicy of the Abrahamic religions, often being used to explain the origin of sin and mankind’s wrongdoings. The Archangel Uriel, with his flaming sword, is said to be guarding the Gate to the Garden of Eden.’
The Genesis creation narrative relates the geographical location of both Eden and the garden to four rivers (Pishon, Gihon, Tigris, Euphrates), and three regions (Havilah, Assyria, and Kush). There are hypotheses that place Eden at the headwaters of the Tigris and Euphrates (northern Mesopotamia), in Iraq (Mesopotamia), Africa, and the Persian Gulf. For many medieval writers, the image of the Garden of Eden also creates a location for human love and sexuality, often associated with the classic and medieval trope of the locus amoenus.