The week began with a Koch gathering for Easter. We do so enjoy getting together and are so grateful when it happens.
|The Empty Tomb|
For Monday Night Dinner we tasted sourdough pancakes, something from Alaska, as once a month we make our way Cooking Through the United States.
The meal is always great, but the fun and fellowship is equally so. The children present bring a lot of joy.
|Zion petting guinea pig Moe|
|Teaching at the Red Barn|
|Mending and finishing his big project in his studio at home.|
Back in December he was inspired by a harpist we saw at a concert. He couldn't wait to get his studio set up in the new house to work on this very challenging sculpture. His perseverance and endurance amaze me. As he says, "Inspiration is minimal. 90% is work." Because he believed it was a purposeful worthy project, he did not give up even though it broke many times. I know he learned a great deal in the process.
|Ready for the kiln!|
After two careful firings, he added the strings. And she was finally ready for display at the Arts Festival.
Son Stephan was the featured artist with one of his ice sculptures designed specially for the event. As expected, the whimsical painter slowly melted. His brush was the first to fall off.
Michael exhibited other special pieces from his collection.
Even I was asked to enter my paintings.
I wrote the following to explain and encourage, and because this was primarily a poetry event.
GO FOR IT!
I. Take an oil painting class?
Could be fun, but no time
Still recovering from house fire:
Sorting, cleaning, replacing…
On second thought, maybe…
I loved art in high school and
Someone stole my paintings.
Forty years ago, my husband
made me a palette and gave me
a set of oil paints.
Sadly, I never found the time then.
The class is only two hours a week,
But, no, every new activity
takes more time than you think.
--What do you think, Michael?
--Go for it!
So I did!
Once a week, for several months,
Margaret Gugel worked with us
And taught us the basics:
Brushes and strokes,
Colors, leaves and flowers.
II. The phone rang.
--Enter my beginning pieces
In the Upland Art Festival?!
--Margaret recommended you.
--Are you kidding?
I’m only a beginner.
--Go for it!
So I did!
III. And now, friend,
What have you always wanted to learn?
I say to you,
Go for it!
The poetry reading sessions were lots of fun as well.