july 12, 2019

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“We meet no ordinary people in our lives. If you give them a chance, everyone has something amazing to offer.” ~ Unknown

 

the dude abides (snapseed)

 

The last two weeks have been especially tense around these parts for obvious reasons so I decided some self care was in order. I did what I do every year at this time and made my way to the Berea Craft Fair with Stacy Yelton, stopping for a delicious high-caloric breakfast along the way. This time, however, I got a great big surprise when I arrived. You know how I like to stalk Rebecca and David Campbell with my camera, sneaking up on them and snapping when they least expect it. My childhood BFF Ron Gevedon turned the tables on me. While I thought I was being clever snapping Becs and Dave, Ronnie was snapping me! He absolutely made my day. I have loved this man since we were children, and I admire so much his undying devotion to art, the making and appreciation of the craft, his own and that of others. He’s the real deal. 

 

old friends (snapseed)

 

West Liberty contingent (snapseed)

 

miss sweetness (snapseed)

 

Ronnie told me straight away that he’d run into another friend of mine earlier. A woman with a jewelry booth. I knew immediately it was Deb Cheanult. Stacy and I made our way to her booth, and upon seeing me she said, “Hey, there was a guy here that…” “Ron Gevedon!” I exclaimed. One of my all-time favorite things is when friends meet friends. One day, when we all have more time together, Ron and Deb will be BFFs, too. And that day is not too far off. Ronnie and I compared our countdowns to retirement today. I’m beyond proud and grateful that he and I have walked this journey together.

 

honorary Morgan Countian (snapseed)

may 27, 2019

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“No matter how little your light is, let it shine.” ~ Saji Ijiyemi

 

from the outside

 

Deb took us by the former home of Churchill Weavers in Berea. If you’re not familiar, Churchill Weavers opened in the 1920’s by, who else – Mr. and Mrs. Churchill. They’d been missionaries in India where they came to respect finely woven materials. Back in Kentucky, Mr. Churchill built the looms and Mrs. Churchill provided the designs. Their wares became known the world over and they were located right here in tiny Berea, Kentucky. After many decades, The Churchill’s sold their highly respected and successful company to other Berea locals. They eventually sold it to a company in Atlanta, Georgia who then managed to lose money from the company, forcing it to close its doors in 2007 after 85 years. It broke a lot of hearts around here, and around the world I suspect. Today, the building is used for special occasions like weddings and such, but mostly, instead of large looms making beautiful cloth, it’s just large empty rooms. I wish I could have seen it when it was in full operation. I bet it was something to see. 

 

weaver’s home
two stories

may 6, 2019

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“I wish I could show you, when you are lonely or in darkness, the astonishing light of your own being.” ~ Hafiz

 

the top of the top

 

Those Shakers with their simple symmetry. In all the times I’ve been in the Trustee’s Building I had never gone to the top floor until the Rental Sister trip. This is what I found. Such simple beauty.

april 29, 2019

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“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” ~ Willie Nelson

 

acting?

 

If I’m not mistaken, many years ago, Andrea and Erin were roomies when they were both going through UK’s undergraduate theater program. Look at this top photo. Don’t they look like they’re in the throes of some serious thespian dialog? Both  women are so expressive. They’re expressive in their faces, actions, voices. They’re eat up with expression! And it’s a real travesty that I don’t get to hang with Andrea very much (because she lives in NKY raising an NBA team). Everybody loves Big A, and rightfully so. She’s one in a million, just like Erin. No wonder they’re still BFFs after all this time.

 

Big A

april 27, 2019

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“Do everything with so much love in your heart that you would never want to do it any other way.” ~ Unknown

 

gathering ’round the birthday gal

 

I had the honor of celebrating Erin Chandler’s trip around the sun with her and some of the most interesting women I know. Seriously: every woman at the table had an inspiring story of life. Erin, being one of these women, made her own birthday dinner and had party gifts for her guests which included a book she personally chose for each of us. I was really touched by these acts of kindness. It’s a very cool thing to do to entertain people you love on your birthday. We laughed, we talked, we ate hearty, and most importantly, we spent quality time with Erin who looked more beautiful than I’ve seen her in a long time. She inspires me every day and I’m incredibly proud of the work she’s doing these days. I’m excited to see what the future has in store for her because her light continues to shine brightly in our world. Happy Birthday, Erin. I love you from the bottom of my heart and I’m proud to be your friend.

april 16, 2019

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“Push harder than yesterday if you want a different tomorrow.” ~ Unknown

 

the master

 

I’ve passed Paul Holbrook in the hallways of Special Collections more times that I can count. He is a gentle soul, a kind, soft-spoken man. He has taken really good care of the library’s finest gem, the King Library Press. The beautiful work he and his mighty team of volunteers (below) have created over the years is legendary. I’ve even got a few pieces in my personal collection. Today was a real treat, however. Our graduating student, Johannah Ball, received a special award last week that came with a print from the King Press. All this time she’d been working right above it, and yet she had no idea it was there. I promised to show her this week – which would have been little more than the two-dollar tour – but Ralph (in red), Paul, and the other volunteers gladly took up the charge and gave her the five-dollar tour instead. As they readied for an upcoming workshop, they walked her through the various presses, what they do, how they operate, and what they can produce. It was a beautiful moment when student meets master and what a pure delight it was to see. The King Press really is my favorite place in the library. Maybe one day I’ll have enough time to volunteer so Paul and the gang can to teach me a thing or two.

 

disciples

march 16, 2019

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“Never trust someone who isn’t kind to animals.” ~ Unknown

 

KY Market

 

1. Annie Bassoni and sweet, sweet artist friend Katie Swartz from Mason, Ohio.
2. Artist and BFF Deb Chenault selling her wares as Annie and Jeanne Marie Hibberd (and my forehead) look on
3. The totally awesome maker of the coolest crows ever, artist Steve Heartsill
4. Longtime BFFs and artists David and Rebecca Miller Campbell were surprised that I didn’t have the large camera. I like to keep them guessing!
5. The Morgan County Corner of Kentucky Market was more than well represented with photographer Dean Hill next door to David and Rebecca. They make Morgan County proud.
6. Mary Barber, whom I had not seen in easily 40+ years, recognized my name as Annie yelled “Kopana, I’m going to the restroom.” I grew up and went through school with Mary’s youngest sisters, and graduated with the baby of the Barber Clan, Cynthia. It was absolutely wonderful to catch up with her.
7. Yours truly entered these photos in the KY Arts Council’s Veterans traveling exhibit. This is the second time I’ve had work in an exhibit that ended up at The Market. #proud
8. Annie and an adorable cup made by Katie. It was a gorgeous day in the Bluegrass, a perfect day to see beautiful art and wonderful friends. I call this day a win.

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