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Listening and Looking EverywhereOver the years, I have grown more and more interested in the Southern Writers.  I did not grow up in the South, but my mother tells me that being raised in a southern Indiana town might be similar to living in the South.  

Southern novels and the Southern Writers-you may have heard of them - William Faulkner, Walker Percy, Harper Lee, Zora Neal Hurston, Flannery O’Connor, Richard Wright and Eudora Welty, to name a few—are an important part of our country’s literary history.  Some moved out of the South—New York, Europe, Chicago, Detroit—but are still considered part of the Southern Writers.  Wikipedia defnes southern writers as a group of authors who focus on a common Southern history, the significance of family, a sense of community and one's role within it, a sense of justice, the region's dominant religion - Christianity and the burdens and rewards religion often brings, issues of racial tension, land and the promise it brings, a sense of soci…

The Art of Making a Life

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THE ART OF LIVINGWhat kind of life will you make?


Making things.  Self-expression.  Creating solutions.  This is art and it comes to you in many forms.





Most artists can name their "art heroes."

"Art heroes" show us the way -- they offer examples of how to craft an idea, how problems could be solved and sometimes, they show us a completely different approach.

Who gets to define art?  What defines a life well lived?  Those fortunate enough to have had wonderful teachers during their life, look back gratefully at the many examples of a well-crafted life.

This past weekend, family and friends paid tribute to Winifred Wickes, my mother-in-law, who died at age 99 this past year.

From Winifred, her studio was her life and her special gift, her artistry, was her spirit!  
By example, she taught that life had many adventures in store and if you were curious, flexible and adventuresome, they came your way.

She expressed how important it is to be accepting and affirming
--of peop…

Not a Neutral Topic for Me

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NUVO arts columnist visited our studio a few months ago and I recently found this article.



Digital Audiences, Trump's Self Love, and Amalgamation Out at the Galleries on a December First FridayDan GrossmanDec 2, 2015 (0)

SAA Blog Post: Meet the Artist -- That's me!

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Around my studio building - The Stutz - there is a lot of activity.  The preparations for the 2015 Annual Stutz Open House are underway.  Painting, cleaning, making lists of things that have to get done before we open our studios for the biggest weekend of visitors of the year.  Not to mention, we are still trying to create more work.  The Stutz Artists Association, our organization which sponsors The Show, maintains our gallery and website and creates our publicity has featured me as an artist participating in the Annual Open House on the blog this month.
Here's the link:
http://stutzartists.com/blog/

Amelia V Fields - What's in a Name?

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A few weeks ago I was in Brooklyn, NY.  We regularly walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and back to get some good exercise.  This day my husband, Jack, and I kept going when we got to the other side.  Our destination was Ground Zero and the 9/11 Memorial.  The Memorial Gardens are open to the public and the 9/11 Museum opened a couple of week sago.  For several years after the 9/11 attacks we watched periodically from a nearby hotel window as heavy equipment moved earth and debris from the site where the twin towers of the World Trade Center stood.  We read of the competition among architects to be awarded the commission to commemorate this tragedy and tell the story of that day.
On this visit, we decided to just visit the gardens and fountains.   We'll come back to the museum at a later date.  It was a beautiful day, just like 9/11/2001. The garden was  full of people but there was a quietness in the area.
The two pools, which represent the Twin Towers, are filled by water rushing …

The Receipt of a Gift

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Art and artistic people have always been around me.  I suppose I have always taken it for granted that that was just "what we do" in my family.  With the recent death of my Aunt Mary Rose and our memorial gathering, I would like pay tribute to a great artistic influence in my life.

My memories of Aunt Mary Rose are very colorful!  
Mary Rose was my first Aunt.  She was 20 years older than I.  She was married to Uncle Frank.  When I was a little girl, we lived next door to the Aunt Mary Rose and Uncle Frank and shared a huge emerald green back yard.  They had a wonderful, fluffy, lovable collie named Trouble who was my best friend back then.  
Young Mary Rose had long black hair, which she wore pulled back in a chignon with colorful clip on earrings and colorful clothes.  She wore high heels, even for a day of shopping at L.S. Ayres in Indianapolis.   She had a warm wide smile and a little space between her two front teeth, which I loved, because I did, too.  Her mother, my g…

The Great 40th Anniversary Escapade, Part 3 or, Baby, It's Cold Outside

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Well, baby, it sure wasn't cold outside at the beautiful tea house in Shanghai in July of 2013.  It was at least 95 degrees Fahrenheit.  But jumping ahead to January, 2014, it is a wonderful day to fix yourself a cup of tea, sit in your favorite chair and pick up that book you have been trying to get back to.
We sat down to a tasty and educational tea ceremony/demonstration in a lovely Shanghai tea house. I spent my time at the table tasting 7 teas, taking notes on the various properties of teas and painting the tea host.
p.s. If you know where to buy Lychee Black Tea, let me know.  A cold winter night is a great time for a cup of tea and "for romance", according to my notes!