Grand Opening Celebrations of the McMinnville Center for the Arts, 636 NE Baker Street, McMinnville OR will take place May 25 and 26, 2019. Carol will be attending the opening events on May 25th. Join us to welcome this new venue for wine tasting, fine art, and poetry in the beautiful Williamette Valley.
SPRING EQUINOX and Trilliums Blooming
Wednesday we celebrated our Spring Equinox in the USA and the 3rd and final super moon. Very soon we begin to enjoy the longer and warmer days; and many of you feel you cannot wait for those warmer days to arrive. This is the season to also discover and appreciate our sweet, beloved Trilliums…so be wakeful and watchful in these marvelous, early spring days…those sweet little blooms patiently await your notice.
The trillium plants remind us that it often takes a willingness to slow down and take the time to look closely at everything surrounding us to recognize the true beauty right at our feet. That beauty is ALWAYS present simply awaiting our appreciation of it. We touch hundreds of items each day without truly giving attention to the item or its essence – we simply use or discard of it at will. We forget we can simply be aware of the many things we do consciously and gratefully rather than move through our days in a mode of pure habit and pattern. When we can be fully present with both the seemingly significant AND seemingly insignificant tasks of our days – we find a very welcome sense of peacefulness in every task – and we quite naturally begin to trust and appreciate both its contribution and its perfection. Noticing the tiny blooms of the trillium requires us to give full attention to nature’s nurturing voice of Spring.
Both Quiet Radiance and Trillium vessels were inspired by two different species within the trillium family. These lovely little woodland plants bloom in early spring days and one must be alert and wakeful to find and warmly appreciate them.
Both of these vessels, and the trillium plants are all about mother natures perfect design of threes. The number three is highly symbolic; and frequently an integral essence of my vessels. For me, it is symbolic of Mother, Father, Child; Beginning, Middle, End; Birth, Life, Death; Father, Son, Holy Spirit; the Buddhist three precious jewels; etc. All trilliums have 3 petals, 3 sepals, a 3 part ovary, and the leaves whorl out in threes. Trilliums bloom within two different categories: pedicellate and sessile. The trillium erectum (the Trillium vessel with red blooms) is pedicellate and the yellow trillium is sessile (Quiet Radiance). The yellow trillium on Quiet Radiance blooms without a stem and slightly more modestly. The erectum rises up above the foliage and blooms from a stem. Some of we humans bloom this way as well – some quietly and others rising up with a more vocal pronouncement.
Both vessels have 3 ants etched into the bottom of the vessel. This is symbolic of the ants, attracted to the oil rich appendage of the seeds, help invisibly (beneath the surface of the soils) propogate these protected and endangered plants. This habit reminds us to be grateful for the many invisible helpers ALWAYS present,even if not seen with our eyes, in our lives.
Three ants etched onto bottom of Quiet Radiance
Trillium, 6″ h (3+3)
Both Graceful One and In Vino Veritas I will be shown during ART WEEK at The Russell Museum in Great Falls, MT March 20-24, 2019 by The Samarah Fine Art Gallery of Whitefish, MT. This gala week event is when Great Falls truly comes to life as art overtakes the entire community with quick draws, musicians, art demonstrations, hotels filled with fine art and artists themselves available to visit. We are pleased to have two pieces be a part of this notoriously highly attended event.
The Shemer Museum and Art Center, 5005 West Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ has invited In Vino Veritas I and Reality to be represented in their Mini Masterpieces Exhibition. The exhibition opens with a reception on February 21 from 6-8 PM. The exhibition runs from February 21 – March 21, 2019. Carol plans to attend the opening reception. We are honored to be a part of this exhibition.
The studio has entered into partnership with two additional fine art galleries beginning in 2019. We are excited to be working with these two galleries and extend representation of the work within Oregon and begin representation, for the first time, in Montana.
Samarah Fine Art
16 Baker Avenue
Whitefish, MT 59937
McMinnville Center of Art
626 NE Baker Street
McMinnville, OR 97128
Love Blooms will be included in the 2019, 40th Annual Crafts Exhibition at the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum. Fifty works – representing 13 states – were chosen for the exhibition from 214 works. The 2019 juror is Luiza deCamargo, Associate Curator at the Society of Arts and Crafts. The exhibition opens with a reception on February 8, 2019 from 7-10 Pm with musical entertainment by The Dusty Ramblers. The exhibit will be shown in the Dobson Main Gallery and runs through April 21, 2019.
The Tucson Museum of Art has recently acquired the bronze vessel titled, Graceful One, for their permanent collection. This piece was inspired by the graceful weeping bottle brush tree. We are delighted to have this piece receive this recognition and take home within this incredible museum’s permanent collection. Read inspiration below:
The slightest breeze will move their delicate branches, even if unnoticed by most. Things are always moving, I believe, in gentle ways as well as larger, more obvious ways, on our behalf – and for our highest good. Most often in the midst of these movements, we are completely unaware of the infinite synchronicities beyond the human eye. Branches of the weeping bottle brush do indeed move with the slightest breeze, reminding us of the incessant presence of grace, moving quietly and powerfully in the background of our lives.
These graceful, weeping branches also hold a unique habit of shooting seemingly barren branches, only to pop a brilliant bloom at the tip. This distinctive, luring, feature gives rise to deeper reflection. How often do we look upon something or someone, as ‘dead wood.’ neglecting to leave room for mystery, grace, or miracles simply hidden from the human eye? And how often have I experienced seasons of feeling as though nothing were truly alive within me, and then suddenly, one small or large event, person, experience or word, sprouts a new bloom of life, and everything feels immensely different – enlarged?
The genus name for weeping bottle brush means ‘beautiful stamen.’ The stamen is the pollen producer – the heart of the bloom. It is a beautiful, scarlet bloom that gave name to the species because of its physical likeness to the common household bottle brush. Bottle brushes are used to clean those deep, dark corners so difficult to reach with any other tool. We too, I reflected, often need some very special tools (grace, courage, compassion, love) to both reach and cleanse the deep, dark corners of our interiors. And often, this deep cleansing brings with it a share of weeping and of ‘letting go.’ A center core (Heart) holds the thread-like stamen of the bloom. Through both our weeping and our blooming, we too, are indeed held by a center Core.
While sculpting the vessel, I felt stuck at one point and surprisingly disconnected to it. When I first started sketching the surface of the clay with my needle tool, I thought I was creating a haven for several hummingbirds. I very much liked the idea of creating a haven for those incessant pollinators, as they fly wildly, their wings tracing the symbol of infinity. I knew well of their attraction to this tree of ‘beautiful stamen.’ Yet I could not see them in the branches and foliage I was sculpting. Thankfully, I have learned to surrender to the clay and that interior voice above my own limited projections and expectations. I sat, slowly spinning the vessel on the turntable and listening. Within minutes, a small voice within said, “you are missing a deeper connection to the heart of the piece”. I went to the keyboard and googled ‘weeping bottle brush stamen’ seeking a seed of clarity and clicking on the first reference I felt drawn toward. It opened a site, Nature’s Flower of Life and I was immediately guided back to the essence – the Heart – of this vessel. I found the words on the page giving voice to all that I held inside me. I smiled, realizing once again, a tree had chosen ‘me’ to speak the words I most needed to hear again this season. The words of Solara Zwaneveld, a healing therapist in Australia, gently led me to yet another deeper wisdom of the weeping bottle brush.
I read and reflected on her words regarding the healing qualities of the weeping bottle brush flower essence:
“The energy of the Weeping Bottle brush soothes and relaxes the muscles, allowing a letting go [cleansing] of the tension of holding onto struggle and fear associated with survival of being within this human body. When the body relaxes into a state of peace, the pulsating energy of the seeds of truth that lie behind the illusion of life’s dramas, opens the way to re-membering the Divine Being of Light that you [we] are.
I see the doctrine of signatures of this beautiful, vibrant red flower in the multitude of red thread-like stamen that make up the flower. These, I was shown, to be likened to many threads of energy connecting each Hu-Man Being to the Source of all of creation [and to one another], from their heart centers.”
Used with the generous permission of Solara Zwaneveld, www.flowersforhealing.com
I reflected, with Solara, on the profound qualities of all those scarlet threads as our common bloodlines. When I cleanse a part of myself, I was reminded, I cleanse a part of all of us. And when I weep, I never truly weep alone. And, in this process of growing in peace, we are able to profoundly recognize our common divinity. We are woven together by grace.
Graceful One in her vessel form, opens herself to both receive and to give. She opens herself that she might open a part of all of us, to give and to receive, cleanse and bloom, and remind us of Who we are and all we share, through grace.
Transitions II (42″h) holds an impressively beautiful, inviting and warm presence in the Broadmoor Gallery, Colorado Springs CO. This large, open piece is an invitation to OPEN OUR ARMS WIDELY to both notice and embrace ALL of life’s incessant transitions, large and small, on nothing less than a soulful, grateful breath.
In our lives, each of us experience transitions of varying degrees – some celebration times, some grieving, others simply challenging in diverse ways. Sometimes we even sense a transition, without being able to name it. When this happens our first response may be to ignore it or deny it- while by doing so, we open the doors wide to allowing fear to navigate our path ahead (seldom a wise navigator).
Our life transitions, instead, I believe are sacred nudges. Nudges with seeds of empowerment, if even in an invisible manner at the time. Noticing and embracing each of life’s transitions fuels and nourishes us in quiet, while profoundly powerful ways. Of one thing we can be certain – life holds transition upon transition – the only question is in how we will each receive the often hidden gifts within each and every transition. Resistance (or completely ignoring them) ultimately only denies us the immense gifts. Simply trying to “get through them” can numb our spirits (though sometimes we need a short spell of stepping out of life’s rhythm to be able to fully integrate the essence of a larger transition).
An open heart of gratitude, trust and acceptance fuels our souls and deepens our spirits; allowing us a truly intimate, truthful, and ever growing and deepening experience of joyful, grateful living on this earth. Most resistance is simply our egos insistence that we know better than ANY other Power, exactly how life should unfold for us. May you be nudged to notice – to embrace and appreciate, the best you can – each and every both large and small transition as you travel this journey we call life. May you find a renewed peacefulness in your acceptance -and in your deepened gratitude for the gifts of Life.
Transitions II is currently on display at both The Broadmoor Galleries in CO and The Mark Sublett/Medicine Man Gallery in AZ. These two pieces will be the final pieces available for purchase before the edition closes. Transitions II is suitable for either indoor or outdoor placement – on a pedestal or simply, as seen above, on a secure, hard surface. It is hoped to be a constant reminder to open our arms WIDE, and with gratitude, to each transition in our lives.
Carol will be present at the upcoming Plein Air and Sculpture Show hosted by the Broadmoor Galleries, at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, CO. The show opens on Friday, July 13th and runs through Sunday, July 15, 2018. Come visit with the numerous artists – learn more about their creative process and inspirations. The Broadmoor Galleries, with its exceptionally professional and knowledgeable staff will assist you with starting or adding to your art collection; while providing a most relaxing and inspiring opportunity to appreciate the diverse and extensive offerings in various mediums.