On Saturday, December 2, the Ballenisles Art Club opened its first Revolving Art Exhibit outside the East dining room of the clubhouse. I was honored to be included in the first of what will be four to six week long art exhibits throughout the season. After our beautiful new clubhouse opened just one year ago, the artists and lovers of art who live here, at BallenIsles Country Club, formed a new Art Club that now has over 300 members and sponsors field trips and lectures and provides open studio time as well as art classes for its members. In addition to the Revolving Art Exhibits, Art Expo 2020, exhibiting a variety of mediums in work created by members of the Art Club, will open with a gala on the evening of January 15, 2020 and run through Sunday, January 19th. I’m happy to be a member of the Art Studio committee and the Art Show committee, since I’m so pleased to have a place to come and paint with other artists right here where I live, as well as new opportunities to exhibit my work.
Happy birthday, my handsome prince! It was on that blind date 58 years ago that I felt like I had known you my whole life…and by now, I just about have!
Today my husband and I celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. The two kids (19 and 25 years old) who married that August night have two extraordinary married children and four amazing granddaughters to remind us how blessed we are.
I’m always flattered when someone thinks that I did this portrait of my handsome prince, but it was painted by Debra Freeman Highberger, a wonderful artist and the woman who let me draw for eight months in her painting class before she handed me my first canvas and gave me the gift of art.
It must have been about six years ago, when my daughter, son-in-law and two granddaughters (at the time) were in Boston for a visit, and we found ourselves at the New England Aquarium. I only had my phone with me, but I took some pictures, mostly of the smaller exhibits, filled with creatures who wouldn’t have survived in the big tank–colorful, smaller fish and creepily beautiful jellyfish. The only jellyfish I was familiar with were the jellyfish of my childhood at Rockaway Beach or Jones Beach–round, transparent, seemingly slimy things, meant to be avoided. But days later, flipping through my photos, I couldn’t help but be attracted to the colors, shapes and, particularly, the transparency of these denizens of the deep.