Chicago Flower & Garden Show 2015

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do green, do good” is the theme of this year’s Chicago Flower & Garden Show.  We were there yesterday to get a “fix” for Spring, and it was quite stimulating with lush gardens and aquascapes.  However, my favorite part was the display of a variety of masks created by Women’s Journey in Fiberoriginated by Janette Gerber.  I’d sure like to meet her.  Different artists created different masks with a theme offered in a written note displayed to the side of each.  The above photo of Mother Earth by Jeanne Reed was accompanied by an essay ending with this line:

Isn’t it time that all people everywhere in the world worked together to conserve, share, and preserve the resources of Mother Earth?

I agree.

Petition Asking for Removal of District 86 Board Member

Hello,

I just signed the petition, “District 86 Board of Education: Remove board member Claudia Manley after bullying incidents.”  Please read the article linked below and you might consider signing too.

Hinsdale High School District has been one of the top rated Illinois schools, even national recognition, but the present Board of Education majority of four have pushed their narrow minded agenda and I worry of the long term effects!  This is just the latest example of a board member’s inappropriate behavior toward a student.

Here’s the link:

http://www.change.org/p/district-86-board-of-education-remove-board-member-claudia-manley-after-bullying-incidents

Thanks,

Martha

Did Someone Really Buy These Ladies?

And then today….I rediscovered this photo which reminds me of my days as an artist??? when I would create and sell soft sculptures at art shows throughout the country.  Having no art background and teaching myself (like now, learning how to make  this website), I could not believe the respect and awards and money I received.  I felt like an imposter!

In the early 1990’s I turned to real estate sales for income.  The artwork had become so isolating I needed to be with “real” people again.

However, the moral of the story for me is that I loved the “high” of the creative process and the wonderful characters I met along the way.

Father John Misty

                 I enjoyed an “artist’s date” with Father John Misty today, as I carefully removed the shrink wrap from the vinyl (hot off the press) album I LOVE YOU HONEYBEAR, studied for a moment the album cover, opened the gatefold to reveal pop-ups and music (like a greeting card, only much better), removed the colorful records, and played them each side on my record player.  My favorite song remains “Bored in the U.S.A”, as performed on the Letterman show.  Very original, very interesting….

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