A Room of Her Own – Lara Gularte

Cherie Hacker, Universal Dreamer, 2020, Mixed media A ROOM OF HER OWN Inspired by Universal Dreamer, Cherie Hacker                              Room of their Own Exhibition, Arts and Culture El Dorado   She’s a dreamer, a graceful climber– on a journey toward the light…

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Sisters All – Sue Crisp

Alison Tomei, Sister All, 2019, Acrylic on canvas SISTERS ALL – ALISON TOMEI – 2019   Sisters all, by a singular nuclei of gender divided into individuals. Each with it’s own identity, yet sharing a single gene. Sharing in physical traits and memories.   Encapsulated in the beginning, in a single cell, now divided into…

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Porcelain – Beatrice Pizer

Katie Morris, Reception, 2020, Porcelain Preamble to share with listeners: This ceramic by Katie Morris caught my attention. Because of its hollow arms it made me think. Perhaps it was meant as a candelabra to hang on a wall? A fusion of woman and tree with fluted arms. An Object. This set off a stream…

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End/Beginnings: Fireweed – Taylor Graham

Julia Schwadron Marianelli, Study (Fireweed 2), 2018, Acrylic ink on paper End / Beginnings : Fireweed inspired by Study (Fireweed 2), Julia Schwadron Marianelli   After the fire swept through making of forest a waste of ash and char,   after a winter of wind and rains eroding slopes burned down to mineral soil,  …

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A Basque Sheepherding Life – Lara Gularte

Sheepherder with Dog, Jean and Phillip Earl, Wax-on-muslin rubbing, 1970s, Etienne Maizcorena (carver) A BASQUE SHEEPHERDING LIFE   The sheep rise from the mountain meadow as he commands them. Lambs rush for milk, one lamb gone in the night to a coyote.   When he sleeps, his body is quiet, his heart roams, far from…

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Saying Goodbye – Sue Crisp

Country Couple, Jean and Phillip Earl, Wax-on-muslin rubbing, 1970s, Etienne Maizcorena (carver) SAYING GOODBYE (Country Couple) He holds her hand, looks into her eyes. Eyes that hold tears of sadness. He tells her tenderly of the love he feels for her, and what sadness he feels at this leaving.   She tries to understand this…

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Female Bust – Beatrice Pizer

Female Bust/Nude, Jean and Phillip Earl, Wax-on-muslin rubbing, 1992, Borel (carver) Female Bust/Nude, Jean and Phillip Earl, Wax-on-muslin rubbing, 1992, Borel (carver)   He who is not Borel was not born yet in that geologic instant when two tectonic plates collided, and a towering mountain range rose up in Northern California   He who is…

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How He Survives – Taylor Graham

Deer Profile Right, Jean and Phillip Earl, Wax-on-muslin rubbing, 1990s How He Survives inspired by Deer Profile Right, Jean and Phillip Earl, Wax-on-muslin rubbing He watches me from the back of his eye. At ease – if a wild buck so crowned with antlers can ever be at ease – he’s caught in profile for…

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The Lieutenant’s Pork Roast – By Mike Durant

“Here piggy, piggy, piggy. Come here you little sucker,” I mumbled as I sloshed through the muddy pigsty in the dark, trying to catch one of the little bastards. I had to be quiet. Johnny Reb was less than a half-mile away from the deserted farm, unaware that our troops were trailing close behind. I…

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