Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Penner Family

I love my friend Erica. She and the Freeden family were family friends of mine growing up in our hometown of Roeland Park, KS. Now her own clan, Darin, Emory and Adeline Penner have only expanded the circle of life and love. A few years ago, a voraciously progressive form of MS (they think), began to deteriorate Darin's body. It's been devastating, but they have shared every step and are surrounded by a generous community. My miniscule part this year was to facilitate a collaborative piece with them in their home. My only instructions were that each of their hands were traced, and their names were there. I jumped in, too. Wonderfully, Darin was able to participate. We had a blast. For Christmas, I had the piece framed (thanks, Cleo Copeland of Cleo's Frames in Joplin). They love it, as I love them. Count your blessings, people. And keep this precious family in your thoughts and prayers.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Gallery 831

As if I didn't have enough going on in addition to a new job and lots of new community art projects, I had to go open a gallery out of my house in Carthage, MO. First artist was Sandra Conrad, and the opening reception and later open house was fantastic. We sold a good amount of work, connected Sandra to future shows and contacts, and I got to live with beautiful work for a couple months. Bravo!

Bicknell Family Center for the Arts

30 years in the making. Ribbon cutting. Lots of pride, smiles, and anticipation. The gallery isn't quite ready, but I had a couple of the first pieces on display ever at the grand opening of the center. An honor!

PSU Faculty Show: Assembly Required

Teaching Collaboration

Art ed majors at PSU, discovering some lessons they can use in their future classrooms.