I’ve still got an intermittent nasty cough, but at long last, I spent a beautiful, balmy, sunny weekend in the gardens. (Poor Paul is slowly improving but still down). The very first thing I did was to clean up and fence in the back strips, so the dogs could have full access to the yard.
I had forgotten how very much fun it is to be around a creature who is experiencing his first spring. Chance is just ecstatic, and periodically he runs up to me, pretty much shouting his totally obvious message: “WOW! This is SO COOL!” It’s great for Lupe, too, much more and better exercise than our walks. She’s initiated a game they play constantly: she is ‘herding dog’ and Chance is ‘you can’t herd me hahaha’ – with periodic double herding going on. And then they both sleep deeply, and Chance sleeps all night!
There’s lots more to do – there always is – both indoors and out, but this also means that dogs can spend time happily in the yard, and I can return to the studio quite soon, and finally have that full balance. In the meantime, this show opens Friday (copy below from the Cleveland Plain Dealer). I really do feel a strong ‘home’ connection to the Morgan, though mostly I experience it vicariously through Aimee, so I am utterly pleased to have been included as a Morganite. (And, the day after, Chance is six months old).
FIBER IN FLUX – Heights Arts is presenting the paper exhibit, Morganites: Fiber in Flux April 25 – June 7 at the gallery located at 2175 Lee Road in Cleveland Heights. An opening reception is planned 6-9 p.m. April 25 with a curator talk and poetry reading to be held 7 p.m. May 8.
Curated by Tom Balbo, artist and artistic director of Cleveland’s Morgan Papermaking Conservatory, the exhibition highlights Morgan Conservatory artists, featuring the collaborative effort of papermaking and the transference of craft, technique, and ideas. Works represent both handmade and commercial grade papers and fibers. This show illustrates a wide range of paper art processes including sculpture, print, pulp painting, book arts, painting and drawing.
Participating artists are Jared Akerstrom, Margaret Bakke, Tom Balbo, Melissa Jay Craig, Yuko Kimura, Aimee Lee, Stephanie Lee, Pam McKee, Julie McLaughlin, Mason Milani, Victoria Pickett, Steve Pittelkow, Lauren Sammon, Tony Trausch, Susan Vincent, Kirstin Wilders, and Paula Zinsmeister.