“Never. Ever. Ever. Get rid of the desire to climb a tree or run through the sprinklers.” ~ Unknown
I can’t believe how lucky I am. Rod and Diane Rickey came to Lexington and I got to have dinner with them! I can hardly stop smiling.
Diane is opening a frame shop in Tahlequah. When the idea was bubbling to the surface I told her about master framers Mike and Letha Drury of South Hill Gallery. Last year she and Rod began to build a beautiful space for the frame shop. Then – boom – I got a phone call that they were in town to pick Mike and Letha’s brains. Diane’s dream is coming true, and it couldn’t happen to a nicer person. Meanwhile, Rod beams with pride.
I cannot begin to express how happy I was to see Rod and Diane. It was a big deal for them to be here, and I appreciate so much that they think enough of me to spend a couple of hours over a nice meal. Being in their presence has always brought me joy in abundance. They are two of the most creative and genuinely kind people I know. I’m eternally grateful.
“Our reaction to a situation literally has the power to change the situation itself.” ~ Unknown
I had the opportunity to go to KY Crafted: The Market. It’s one of my favorite things to do. I met Annie Bassoni at the venue and off we went a-lookin’ at glorious art. For three hours we went a-lookin’, and along the way we ran into lots of friends, old and new. David Campbell (above) finally found a way to elude my lens, although it took hiding behind the black curtain to do it. I love David and Rebecca so much. This was her first year at The Market and she won KAC’s Accessibility Award. David also pointed out something really special about this year’s event. “There are three artists here from Morgan County. You’re in the exhibit, Dean Hill is down the other aisle, and here we are. I texted Pam (Oldfield Meade) and told her next year she has to be involved so Morgan County can just take over the whole thing!” Speaking of Dean Hill, he took home a purchase award from the Chamber of Commerce. Rebecca and Dean, way to represent Morgan County! I’m awfully proud to be among such gifted artists from Morgan County, and the Commonwealth overall. There’s just so much good in this state that I have to pinch myself sometimes to remember that I’m here, too, and I’m part of it. Pictured below are just some of the wonderful people I saw today: 1. Judy Sackett and Nancy Lewis 2. Deb Chenault and Annie Bassoni 3. Rebecca Miller Campbell and her beautiful creations.
“Heaven on Earth is a choice you must make, not a place you must find.” ~ Wayne W. Dyer
The new School of Art and Visual Studies at UK had an open house this evening to celebrate their new building. The first person we ran into was, of course, Arturo Alonzo Sandoval. The funniest line of the night came when he said to Crystal, “And what about you and your first marriage?” “She backed out,” I said quietly. “I’m not married,” Crystal said, holding up her ring finger. “No, no, your first marriage,” Arturo repeated. “She backed out,” I said louder. “I’ve never been married,” Crystal said with a hint of consternation. And then it just sort of spiraled into hilarity from there.
It’s a big deal that UK finally put its art students in a decent space. When Crystal and I went through the program we were in the Reynolds Building, an old tobacco warehouse. The bathrooms didn’t have stall doors. Cockroaches the size of whales would drop from the ceiling. Floors were so flimsy only God kept some poor art student from falling through. Back then there was talk of doing away with the fine arts program all together. Let’s face it, art students don’t generally go on to become CEOs or heads of Fortune 500 companies. That’s money that will never come back into UK’s coffers. If we’re lucky, art grads will make enough money to survive, though only just. The rest of us get real jobs and do art on the side. There’s not a lot of financing to come back. Our wealth lies in something other than money. So, it was a happy day to be able to tour this fantastic space and celebrate UK’s recommitment to the arts.
Perhaps my favorite part of the event was the pseudo photo booth they had set up in the lighting studio. Crystal and I walk in with our matching Canon 6D’s, whip ’em out, and the guy just sort of looks at us. Then we point them at each other and he got it immediately. It was a hoot.
Seeing artwork from our classmates, and other alumni from all over the country was heartwarming, and I just adore Crystal and Arturo. They made my experience at UK exceptionally rich. And look at us all these years later, still fun and frisky and happy to see one another. I wouldn’t take anything in the world for their friendship, and I’m so proud that UK stepped up to the plate and gave quality faculty like Arturo someplace decent to teach new artists. It’s been a long time coming, and what a great space it is. Well done.