I’m only just recovering from the NECC summer enrichment program. Imagine
spending every day making art with kids ages 5-11 and teen interns. It was awesome.
One highlight was the week we spent on day hikes with Sachem
HawkStorm, the chief of the Schaghticoke First Nations. He
challenged a lot of our assumptions about the woods and how we approach our
food and our history.
joy this summer was the opportunity to spend a week in Iowa with my mother,
just the two of us, traveling back to her childhood in Des Moines. We traveled even further back
in time- visiting the town of Algona, that our family founded in 1847. I am
working on an illustrated family tree text about my great grandmother, and we were
able to meet with passionate members of the Kossuth County Historical Society
who had tons of archives to share and were very helpful. The history of the
founders is very much alive in the town today. Imagine my surprise to see a fresh
colorful mural with my great great grandpa’s name in it?
|Asa and Ambrose Call Founders of Algona|
When I am not writing or researching, I am painting a series of fairly silly wolf paintings. It is still too early for me to know what they mean. But I hope to have a few large unframed paintings for sale at my open studio in October. At that point I will make sure some of the proceeds goes to an organization that helps the wolves. They are in dire straits. If you have a suggestion which organization I should pair with, please let me know. I appreciate guidance here. A lot needs to be done.
I continue to do accountability art coaching via zoom. It’s been more fun than I expected. Now in my second 6-week session, I’ve found each group of artists to be inspiring, kind, and honorable. Every time I talk with them, I get so happy I just float! If you need help with your artistic practice, if you can’t get to the studio, let me help you show up. It’s all run through the MidHudson Arts Council in Poughkeepsie, though the participants are as far away as Colorado and South Carolina! Stay tuned for the virtual show of the participants work this winter.
Group shows on the calendar and places where you can see my work:
Opening on the 23rd at ArtsMidHudson “Wish You Were Here” 5 x 7in. postcard show in Poughkeepsie NY. Through the 18th the Reinstitute Millerton NY, see “Together in Isolation” outside underground installation. I just made the deadline! My work is called the Lost Keys of Covid. Closing the 24th, my sketchbooks at the DM Hunt Library in Falls Village CT “Book Marks” show. My 6 large paintings at the Hammond Museum “Voices I Remember” show will be hanging through October, in North Salem, NY. And through the 30th, the Live4Art Gallery in Pawling NY features the Arteastdutchess studio tour preview show.
Thank you for reading through this. I hope you are well and finding creative outlets for your days. Stay curious- Tilly