who was born December 3, 1948 and passed away December 7, 2012

All are welcome to honor her memory!


December 10, 2012

Photo of Christine, she mailed this in 2008

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Tribute by Moan Lisa to Christine

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My friend Christine A. Tarantino

by Hajee Rafique (Bangla Desh)

posted on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 5:03pm

Christine Tarantino, 64, of Wendell, Massachusetts, died on December 7, 2012 at Hospice of the Fisher Home in North Amherst, Massachusetts. She leaves her loving partner, Douglas Dawson, and their two cats, Oscar and Lucy; her brother, Peter Tarantino, of San Carlos, California; her nephew, Kyle, and her niece, Lauren; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. One of the great joys of the past year of her life was the reconnections she was making with her family, especially her dear cousins.

Christine Anne Tarantino was born in the Bronx on December 3, 1948, to Francesca Rita Russo Tarantino and Anthony Thomas Tarantino. Although her family moved to Framingham, Massachusetts, while Christine was young, she had fond memories of her life in the City: museums and shows, the Bronx Zoo, her large extended Italian-American family (especially the many artistic members), and the family bread business, Russo Brothers Bakeries.

Christine’s later childhood and young adult life were spent in the Framingham area and Cape Cod. She attended Fitchburg State College, where she earned teaching certificates in Art and Education, and became a second grade teacher in Westminster upon graduation. Christine emerged from a near-death experience triggered by an allergic reaction with heightened sensibilities and an artistic focus. She rejected previously established family and career relationships and goals in favor of a natural lifestyle guided by rapid spiritual awareness and supernatural zeal. For the last thirty years of her life, although she continued as an educator in various part-time and temporary positions, including museum workshops and substitute teaching in many local schools, her overriding goal was to make Art.

Also known as Words of Light, CHRISTAR, and the homeless poet, Christine believed strongly in the transformative power of words, both spoken and written. She believed that the exclusive use of positive words would advance one’s consciousness. Thoughtless or unkind words distressed Christine, and she tended to avoid situations where they could be found.

Christine created highly-regarded, Fluxus-inspired visio-textual art, including concrete/visual poetry; collage using organic/found materials; mail art, a global artist network in which art moves through mail as its medium; and artist books, unique and small editions of original writings/images in artistic book-related structures. Her performance/event art consisted of creatively planned or spontaneous, short or long-term, moments and actions of documented artistic engagement. In 2012 alone, Christine had her works included in Fluxus or artist book shows in Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Ireland, Nepal, and the United States. She was one of the first contemporary American artists to have her work shown in Bhutan, the Kingdom of Happiness. She maintained several art-related blogs that had hundreds of visitors each day from many different countries. As a member of OPEN Fluxus, DoDo/DaDa ARTE POSTALE, and the International Union of Mail Artists, she was a shining light in an international network of artists devoted to cooperating, communicating, and collaborating.

The solitude and natural beauty of her Wendell homestead nourished and inspired Christine. She was an avid gardener, an accomplished and creative cook, and a fearless defender of any animal she thought was being mistreated. She loved to walk in the Quabbin and drive through the Berkshires, especially to the art museums in North Adams and Williamstown. She took great pride in her personal appearance, occasionally remarking that she came from a long line of Italian beauties and wasn’t about to let them down.

In accordance with Christine’s wishes, there will be no services. Contributions in her name may be made to the Franklin County Community Meals Program in Greenfield, Massachusetts; the Athol Animal Shelter or the Athol Public Library in Athol, Massachusetts; or Medicine Mammals, a wildlife rehabilitation facility, in Wendell, Massachusetts. More importantly, she would want you to write a poem, make some art, reach out to someone in distress, avoid harsh words, celebrate the divinity that is within you.

Douglas Dawson extends his heartfelt thanks to the staff and volunteers of Hospice of the Fisher Home; to his friends and co-workers at the Franklin County Home Care Corporation; and to his friends and neighbors in the Wendell community. These wonderful people, with their compassion and love, lifted him up and held him steady, and allowed him to care for Christine through this most difficult time.

Christine will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her, and her Words of Light will shine on in the hearts of her fellow artists and others across the globe who have heard or read them.

"My soul is a poem in bloom."

Christine Anne Tarantino

To transcend my grief I trimmed a tree in my garden and attached papers in white, blue and yellow ochre to the branches, they are now dancing in the wind. I called them

WINDSINGERS FOR CHRISTINE. Part of native american and other traditions, GV in Brussels

This is a most remarkable gesture Guido...

Hands for Christine, from Janine Weiss, Suisse, as attach in personal email

I wish I'd known her, Guido, she sounds remarkable. Thank you for sharing all this with us.

New York - April 2010 (photo by Ruud Janssen)

Beautiful windsingers for Christine, guido.

I planted the golden winter mums on the balcony in memory of Christine. She shines:


Collage I did this evening to honor Christine Anne Tarantino

Very touching Guido !


Oh, I just realized we shared the same birthday! I had come across her online, but too late make contact. I love these tributes, especially Moan Lisa's and Guido's  windsinger tree and the quote: "My soul is a poem in bloom."

Dear friend  Guido Vermeulen, though She was not known to me but Her smile n absence always missed by me... Here is great loss for all of us because We lost a creative smiling artist... I pray to Lord for her peaceful abode in the Heaven...  my prayers for her...




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