This is my turtle, Joe, catching a few rays of afternoon sunshine on his “mermaid island.” This little island was a gift that a good friend had ordered online many moons ago - because I liked mermaids so much. It came with a treasure chest, 6 mermaids and it floats. I have since misplaced those extra accessories, but I've used the island in a kiddie pool and the bath tub. Mostly, it just sits dry dock in my studio.
Joe has the option of going on his island every day, but he often chooses to just sit on one of his many driftwood logs I have placed around my apartment. He also really likes it under the old, claw foot bath tub. The other day he found a jar of magenta dye that had mysteriously rolled under my desk and he “painted” the floor with his body. Not bad for a first try, but I'll wait until he gets some lessons before I share his work with you.
These are two of my friends who "reside' at the Steep & Brew coffee shop on Odana Road. Flora, who is also an artist,paints murals and scene sets. Saad (right) is the big Kahuna who runs the place. It's a rather small space - which is what makes it a fun place to hang out.
Often there will be an open conversation in which you can insert your two cents if you choose. It wasn't until after I learned the original Steep & Brew started in a living room, with volunteers to serve coffee drinks, that I realized how much nicer it is to have a few of my paintings hanging on their walls. Two of the paitning are part of my "Cowboy Colors" series - and the third is a play on words, made just for coffee shop people. It's called "Coffee Beens w Raspberry" - inspired by the collection of coffees I have enjoyed there in the past.
Bright and early Saturday morning, we hauled over 22 of my paintings to the Arts Council of Edgerton's fundraiser exhibit to show in the halls of the Edgerton Hospital. Kris Severson (bless her big heart and boundless energy) and other council members put the show together. It will be on display through July 26. You’ll also find my display of original bookmarkers that are hand painted and tasseled to last long and look elegant. They’re easy and economical to pop in the mail for a gift.
It’s doubly nice that the show coincides with the opening reception on June 4 for the brand new healing garden surrounding the hospital. Please find some time to check it out if you’re around that way … just take Highway 59 and follow the signs to the hospital. All are welcome!