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8/29/2012

REMEMBERING MY GRANDPARENTS…J. FRANK AND LOTTIE JURY BAKER

Filed under: prairie musings, family, Artists, Ellsworth Art Gallery — Peg Britton @ 8:08 am

Ellsworth Reporter, June 12, 1902:  “J. Frank Baker has had the old porch in front of the American House pulled down and a fine new one built in its place. Delos Eldridge did the work, which is a guarantee that it was well done. We understand Mr. Baker contemplates making other important improvements to his hotel in the near future.”  J. Frank was my grandfather.  He owned and operated the American House, among other endeavors, then, along with my grandmother, the Baker House Hotel. The Baker House was located on the corner of Douglas and South Main just east of the Ellsworth County Historical Museum and once was home to the Charles Rogers Art Gallery.

1/8/2012

CHARLES AND RUTH ROGERS ART DISPLAYED AT EAAC…

Filed under: prairie musings, Artists, Ellsworth Art Gallery — Peg Britton @ 5:24 pm

We have a new display at the Art Center.

Now showing are the seldom seen arts of Charlie Rogers and his wife, Ruth Rogers.
The “nonobjective” paintings were painted from 1953 to 1965, while Charlie Rogers lived in California.  These are not the western themed nor landscapes or seascapes that we normally put on display.  In fact, they have seldom been seen in the last 20 or more years.

The needlework and handiwork of Ruth Rogers is now on display.  She received her degree in design from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 1942.  Many samply pieces, and some clothing will be on display through out the month of January at the Ellsworth Area Art Center, 223 N. Douglas in Ellsworth, Kansas.  We are open Monday to Friday, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Please stop by and see these artist’s work, and also woodcarvings by Glen Knak from Salina.

Sharon Haverkamp
785 472 5682

11/26/2011

LINDSBORG, ART MECCA OF CENTRAL KANSAS, IS LOSING MUCH OF ITS PRIZED HERITAGE…

Filed under: prairie musings, Artists — Peg Britton @ 8:40 am

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The Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery in Lindsborg, Kan., is selling this “Untitled (Still Life), painted in 1919 by leading American modernist Marsden Hartley. Sotheby’s estimates the painting will bring $700,000-$900,000 at its Dec. 1 auction of American Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture. The gallery will use the proceeds to pay for gallery renovations…

… The Sandzen Gallery’s sale of its Hartley painting follows on the heels of Bethany College’s recent sale of 11 paintings by Birger Sandzen and a 100-plus piece Pueblo pottery collection to raise funds for scholarships. The Aug. 13-14 sale by Manitou Galleries in Santa Fe, N.M., raised $1.15 million, including a record price for a Sandzen.

His “Summer in the Mountains” (1923) brought an unprecedented $632,500, topping the 2006 record of $492,800 for the artist’s ‘Autumn Symphony.” The college was so pleased with the sale that it put out a press release touting the exposure it gave Bethany.

Although the auctioned works had been displayed at the gallery in a 2005 exhibit, they belonged to the college, Michael said. The Sandzen Memorial Gallery is a separate entity, located on the campus but not owned or operated by the college.

Selling off artworks, or deaccessioning as it’s known in the museum world, is a common but often controversial practice among museums.

 ‘Crown jewel’ on the block
Gallery at Bethany College is selling Marsden Hartley work to fund renovations.
By ALICE THORSON
The Kansas City Star

For more about the out-flow of precious art works from Lindsborg, click here…

10/27/2011

COME JAM WITH THE SMOKY HILL PICKERS…

Filed under: prairie musings, Artists, Ellsworth Art Gallery — Peg Britton @ 5:02 pm

I have been informed that the SMOKY HILLS PICKERS will play their music on the first Sunday of November, the 6th, at 6 p.m.,  at the Ellsworth Area Art Center, 223 N. Douglas Ave., in Ellsworth.  Everyone is welcome to join the jam session…or just relax and enjoy an evening of music.

Remember that is the day of the time change… fall back!

Thanks,

Sharon Haverkamp

785 472 5682

8/30/2011

LEADERS CALL ON BROWNBACK TO RESTORE FUNDING FOR KANSAS ARTS…

Filed under: political musings, Artists — Peg Britton @ 3:18 pm

TOPEKA –  Today, legislative and community leaders called on Gov. Sam Brownback to restore funding to the Kansas Arts Commission in his FY 2013 budget proposal. Their request comes in the wake of recent decisions by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Mid-American Arts Alliance (MAAA) that Kansas is ineligible for continued federal support due to Brownback’s line-item veto of funding for the Arts Commission in FY 2012.

“The Governor’s decision to defund the Arts Commission was justified with false pretenses and has had a devastating ripple effect,” said Kansas House Democratic Leader Paul Davis (D-Lawrence). “As he develops his FY 2013 budget proposal in the coming weeks, Gov. Brownback has an opportunity to right this wrong by restoring the funding that the Legislature included for the Commission in FY 2012. Current estimates indicate we have a $180 million surplus, and that number is expected to increase. The state can afford this $700,000 investment to protect 4,600 jobs and secure millions in funds we are currently being denied.”

Sarah Carkhuff Fizell, spokeswoman for the organization Kansas Citizens for the Arts, agreed that the Governor should consider strategies to reauthorize state aid.

“Gov. Brownback has deceptively claimed removal of state funding for the arts would not compromise federal funds,” Fizell said. “Kansans across the state call upon the governor to listen to the Legislature and reinstate funding to the Kansas Arts Commission.”

When Brownback originally proposed defunding the Arts Commission in February, his administration was deliberate in assuring the public that Kansas would remain eligible for funding despite his actions. Budget Director Steve Anderson said in a letter to state legislators that “as the official state designated arts agency, the Arts Commission can still receive funding from NEA.”

“Gov. Brownback has been adamant that his decision to defund the arts would ultimately result in increased arts funding and no loss of federal money,” said Davis. “The evidence shows that not only was the Governor wrong, but the arts have lost even more money than anyone originally thought.”

8/17/2011

JOHN REISCHMAN HAS A LLOYD LORE MANDOLIN AND MANY OF YOU HAVE HEARD HIM PLAY IT HERE IN ELLSWORTH….

Filed under: prairie musings, Artists, John Reischman — Peg Britton @ 5:03 pm

John Reischman was given the key to the City of Ellsworth.     I forget the date, but it was about 11 or 12 years ago. John is one of the acoustic world’s top-ranked mandolin players and composers.   The occasion for his appearance was a concert that he, Susan Crowe and Linda Kidder performed at the PAC.

Susan Crowe  (and here) (and here) John Reischman and Linda Kidder came at my invitation as I was, at that time, bringing musical groups here from Canada.   These three came for one concert, Susan Crowe and Heather Bishop came for another that we had in Abilene.  The other was a long-remembered concert  by the Arrogant Worms, also held at the PAC.  At the time John was here, those of us close to the scene were aware of the significance and worth of his mandolin.  At that time I recall he had it insured for $45,000.  It is worth many times that today.  Although I seem to have spaced out the conversation, or never was in it in the first place, Ally, who helped me with the concerts, well remembers John’s conversation about how he acquired his Loar mandolin.

In the world of mandolins, Lloyd Loar-signed Gibson F-5s from the early 1920s are considered the cream-of-the-crop. They’ve been the instrument of choice for legendary virtuosos like Bill Monroe and David Grisman and they often sell for around a quarter of a million dollars. Among the 200 or so Loars known to exist, Vancouver, British Columbia’s John Reischman has arguably one of the very best.  That’s the one that many of you heard him play.

Here is a good video of John that you might enjoy seeing to refresh your memory of that wonderful occasion when he was here and played for us.  Click here for video.

Seeing him on the video  brought back many memories especially when he started playing Over the Rainbow.  When we first met, he asked me what was one of my favorite songs…and he picked up his mandolin and played it for me.  He’s really become quite famous…and he’s a super nice man.

Susan and Heather are still very active professionally and stay in touch with our family.  They are very special to us.  We hear occasionally from John and would love to see him again as well.  At any given time, you can hear their music resonating through my house.  I’ve lost track of Linda Kidder.

Thanks for tuning in…

5/31/2011

“WITH A STROKE OF HIS PEN, THE GOVERNOR COST THE STATE OF KANSAS 1.2 MILLION”

Filed under: prairie musings, Artists, Ellsworth Art Gallery, Kansas — Peg Britton @ 1:13 pm

By Rebekah Dryden
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Tue May 31, 2011 12:35 PM EDT

When the administration of Kansas’ Republican Governor, Sam Brownback, laid off the staff of the state’s Arts Commission earlier this month, citing a “lack of funding,” despite a clearly-stated plan on the part of the Republican-controlled legislature to fund the agency, lots of folks predicted what would happen next.

Or, more precisely what just happened.

Governor Brownback signed the state budget bill over the weekend, and he made use of his line-item veto pen to eliminate funding for the Kansas Arts Commission. Essentially the governor eliminated the agency by eliminating its funding. He tried to eliminate the Arts Commission by executive order back in February but the order was overruled by a Senate vote the following month.

From Saturday’s Topeka Capital-Journal:

The action by Brownback ran counter to votes by the House and Senate to retain state support of KAC and to preserve the organizational structure of a 45-year-old agency sending arts grants to every corner of the state.

Henry Schwaller, chairman of the Kansas Arts Commission, said the governor’s removal of $689,000 in state financing would prevent Kansas from qualifying for grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Kansas will be the only state to miss out on this federal aid, he said.

“With a stroke of his pen, the governor cost the state of Kansas $1.2 million,” Schwaller said. “On July 1, nearly 200 local arts organizations and artists will lose critical support for local arts programs, operational funding and professional development.”

5/25/2011

TARA HUDSON’S DEBUT NOVEL, “HEREAFTER”, WILL BE ON THE BOOK SHELVES JUNE 7. ANOTHER IS IN THE WINGS…

Filed under: prairie musings, Artists, BOOKS — Peg Britton @ 7:37 pm

Here is an interview with with family friend, Tara Stine Hudson, about her debut novel that comes out June 7.

HEREAFTER by Tara Hudson

Tara Hudson discusses the creation of her debut novel, HEREAFTER, in this youtube production. Drifting in the dark waters of a mysterious river, the only thing Amelia knows for sure is …

I talked about Tara in previous posts here…http://www.tarahudson.com/ and here http://tarahudsonwrites.blogspot.com/ Or you can find her name in my blog list on the right.

This is a young writer with great potential whom I hope you will support by buying her book.

Thanks for tuning in…

4/7/2011

NEW EXHIBITS AT THE ELLSWORTH AREA ART GALLERY…

Filed under: prairie musings, Artists, Ellsworth Art Gallery — Peg Britton @ 12:03 pm

There is always something new and exciting going on at the Ellsworth Area Art Gallery. Many local volunteers contribute a considerable amount of their time and talent to bring new and exciting displays to you.   The latest displays for your enjoyment are by “Friends of the Lincoln Art Center” directed by Joyce Harlow. These works have been composed by 14 Kansas artists from the Lincoln, Salina and Hays areas.  You are encouraged to visit the gallery and welcome the artists to Ellsworth.

As you enter the gallery, you will see four acrylic paintings with a western theme by Mary Rodgers from Salina.

Bob Crangle, Lincoln, has four oil “Dreamscapes” on display. Hally Crangle’s display consists of four still life photographic images.

Judy Donley, Lincoln,  has four landscape and nature photos.  Barbara Cordin, Overland Park, has four crocheted purses made from fiber on display.

Ann Eitel, longtime Salina  artist, has four watercolors.  One of particular interest is a painting of  Ellsworth’s Drover Building; others are Kansas landscapes.

Joyce Fent, Salina, is showing her wonderful Native American culture inspired mixed media.  You will find this exhibit to be very eye catching and interesting.

Cindy Lloyd of Hays is displaying floral watercolors and a humming bird.

Randy Lohmann is exhibiting three oil landscapes of Lincoln area grass land.

Marion McReynolds, Lincoln, is exhibiting six very interesting limestone relief carvings with native Kansas theme.

Marguerite Miller, Lincoln, has three  traditional oil and watercolor paintings.

Pam Morgan, Lincoln, has photography of “The Wall” and a unique sculptural welding of a bird’s nest.   She also has a Printer’s Drawer, titled “Faith”, made from mixed media.

Mary Ann Stertz, Lincoln, is showing her three pieces of stained glass. Joyce Harlow has two displays.Phil Wilkerson of Lincoln, who hung the entire show, has three “Travel Photography”on display.

The show will close on Thursday, May 5th, with a reception from 6 p.m. to 7:30. The artists will be present so that you can meet them.  The public is welcome.

The Art Gallery is open Monday to Friday, 12:30 to 4:30.  Ellsworth and area residents are encouraged to stop by the gallery and show their support for the effort put forth by local volunteers.

The “perfect” art gallery visitor will stop by the gallery and leisurely view the exhibits…then return for the reception on May 5th to welcome and visit with the artists.  That would be a nice thing for you to do.

Thanks for tuning in…

3/15/2011

UNNI HENRIKSEN PHOTO…

Filed under: prairie musings, Artists — Peg Britton @ 12:30 pm

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Unni Henriksen’s photo…Et fantastisk farvespill på himmelen i kveld.

The following is from my Norwegian friend, Lars.  We’ve been friends since I got my first computer eons ago.  I asked for some help from him to explain the picture. I’ve never see a sky like this in the Great Plains…and I think it is quite beautiful.

Hi Peg…

The photo is taken a few hundred feet away from my parents home at Senja looking west at the mountains of the western part of the island. The translation is: A fantastic array of colours on the western sky tonight.

The mountain at the right hand side of the photo, at the very edge of it, is the mountain which I ski the most. It’s The First Svanfjell (Swan-mountain).  This is where an USAF C130 crashed. A plaque commemorating this is mounted on a rock at the top of the mountain.

The woman who took the pic is the mom of my best friend when growing up.

Please ask if there’s more I can help you with!

hugs  Lars

I hope you enjoy this photo as much as I do.  Thanks for tuning in…

2/22/2011

ELLSWORTH AREA ART GALLERY NEWS…

Filed under: prairie musings, Artists, Ellsworth Art Gallery — Peg Britton @ 11:30 am

Several events are on going at the Ellsworth Area Art Gallery…

The “It’s All About Kansas” display is coming down this Friday, February 25.

National Youth Art Month begins Monday, February 28th,  with area schools, K-12, and our local Pre-School displaying their art until April 1st.

Sunday, March 6, the Gallery will host the Smoky Hills Pickers at 6 p.m.  Everyone is invited to drop in to sing, pick or just listen.

The Cowtown Carvers meet the 2nd and 4th Thursdays every month at 7 p.m. at the Art Gallery.

The most exciting thing going on is the joint effort by the Art Gallery and Ellsworth County  Medical Center co-hosting the “Go Red for Women Art Contest” to educate people about February’s Heart Health Awareness Month.   The contest will display the entries throughout the month of  March.  The Gallery will host a reception on Monday, February 28th at 6:30, where the winners of the contest will be announced.  Bobby Cunningham will provide music.

For further information, contact Sharon Haverkamp at 472 5682.

2/20/2011

“A WOMAN’S HEART IS A WORK OF ART” ART CONTEST…

Filed under: prairie musings, Artists, Ellsworth Art Gallery — Peg Britton @ 3:11 pm

There is still time to participate in an on-going contest sponsored by the Ellsworth Area Art Council and the Ellsworth County Medical Center Chronic Disease Council.

The contest is intended to educate so all entries much include an educational tie-in to woman’s heart health.  Artwork must be original and use a visual art medium such as painting, photography, drawing, collage or sculpture.  For entry forms and more information, contact the Area Art Center at 785.472.5658 or call Meredith at 785.472.4908.

Individual or team entries are encouraged and will be entered into one of three age categories:  K-5th grade; 6th-12th grade; and adults 17 years or older.

Each entry must be the original work of the contestant(s).

The winners will be announced on February 28th at the Ellsworth Area Art Gallery at 6:30 p.m.  Top category winners will win a WII.

Participate.

12/21/2010

JUDD PATTERSON PHOTOGRAPH …

Filed under: prairie musings, Artists — Peg Britton @ 8:47 pm

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ACTIVITIES AT THE ELLSWORTH AREA ART GALLERY….STOP BY AND VIEW THE WONDER OF IT ALL…

Filed under: prairie musings, Artists, Ellsworth Art Gallery — Peg Britton @ 6:54 pm

Here are three upcoming events in Ellsworth:

The Smoky Hill Pickers will meet on Sunday January 2, at 6 p.m. at the Ellsworth Area Art Gallery.  Everyone is welcome.  As always, the first Sunday of every month marks the time when the group convenes.

At the Ellsworth Area Art Gallery, the  Ellsworth High School Art students will have their art on exhibit until January 3rd.  The work is under the leadership of art teacher Brian Hutchinson.  They have a wide variety of art on display.  Please stop by and check out the art work of our Ellsworth High School students.  Support the arts and our art students.

Coming in January:  The 150th birthday of Kansas will be celebrated with displays of various artisans and artifacts.  It will include Kansas history, art reflection of Kansas wildflowers, nature, animals, birds, and other ways to celebrate the birthday of our state.  Plan to stop in and view this wonderful exhibit.

The Ellsworth Area Art Gallery is located at 223 Douglas, in downtown Ellsworth,  and is open Monday thru Friday, 12:30 to 4:30.

For further information about these events, contact Sharon Haverkamp at 785.472.5682

12/9/2010

ERIKA NELSON ON CONAN DEC. 22…

Filed under: prairie musings, Artists, Lucas — Peg Britton @ 5:48 pm

The Conan guest list for Dec. 22: Jack Black, Erika Nelson, Jimmie Vaughan.  Watch the program and “Meet the Creator of the World’s Largest Collection of the World’s Smallest Versions of the World’s Largest Things Traveling Roadside Attraction and Museum.”  Erika Nelson, Pretty Smart Cookie, lives in Lucas.

12/1/2010

WRITERS: JOHN SIMONSON, MATTHEW LUDWICK AND TARA STINE HUDSON …

Filed under: prairie musings, friends, Artists — Peg Britton @ 10:04 am

Three of my friends have written books.

The first one is by John Simonson called “Paris of the Plains: Kansas City from Doughboys to Expressways”.  For anyone who has connected with Kansas City in any way, you’ll love this book.  You can find the book Here and get the flavor of the book by taking a look inside.
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John Simonson is an independent writer and editor. His work has appeared in local newspapers, magazines, websites, corporate publications, museum exhibits, jazz recordings and beyond. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri.  His mother and I go back to 1946 and have been good friends ever since.

“From the end of the Great War to the final years of the 1950s, Kansas Citians lived in a manner worthy of a place called Paris of the Plains. The title did more than nod to the perfumed ladies who shopped at Harzfeld’s Parisian or the one-thousand-foot television antenna nicknamed the “Eye-full Tower.” It spoke to the character of a town that worked for Boss Tom and danced for Count Basie but transcended both the Pendergast era and the Jazz Age. Author John Simonson introduces readers to a town of vaudeville shows and screened-in porches, where fleets of cream-and-black streetcars passed beneath a canopy of elms. This is a history that smells equally of lilacs and stockyards and bursts with the clamor of gunshots, radio baseball and the distant whistle of a night train.”

You’ll find this a fascinating book.  John is an excellent writer and his attention to detail is evident in his book.

Matt Ludwick is the author of “Can You Hear What I Hear?”, also available on Amazon.

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Matthew is the son of Harvey and Joan Ludwick.  Harvey was superintendent of schools in Ellsworth in the 70s.  The book is the story of growing up legally deaf, and the challenges Matthew faced in academics and sports. Ludwick is a former instructor at Colby Community College.  Currently, he is a football coach and teaches at Colby Middle School. The book is highly recommended for anyone dealing with those who are hearing-impaired.

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Hereafter is written by Tara Stine Hudson, a family friend whose book is scheduled for release Tuesday June 7, 2011.

Tara is an attorney by trade and an author by declaration of a real-life publishing company. She is represented by a tireless literary agent, Catherine Drayton of Inkwell Management. When not working and writing, Tara spends time with her husband, her menagerie of spoiled, ill-behaved pets, and infant son Wyatt.

Hereafter description:  “Drifting in the dark waters of a mysterious river, the only thing Amelia knows for sure is that she’s dead. With no recollection of her past life - or her actual death - she’s trapped alone in a nightmarish existence. All of this changes when she tries to rescue a boy, Joshua, from drowning in her river. As a ghost, she can do nothing but will him to live. Yet in an unforgettable moment of connection she helps him survive.

Amelia and Joshua grow ever closer as they begin to uncover the strange circumstances of her death and the secrets of the dark river that held her captive for so long. But even while they struggle to keep their bond hidden from the living world, a frightening spirit is doing everything in his power to destroy their new-found happiness and drag Amelia back into the ghost world…forever.”

I’ve mentioned this book before and I think it is going to be something you’ll want to keep your eyes open for next year.  This could be something very, very big.

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Tara is one of those rare people who is brilliant, beautiful and goal-oriented.  She was about to finish a degree in medicine  at the University of Oklahoma after turning down offers to other universities at age 16, including Duke and Stanford (on scholarship) when she switched to Victorian poetry or some such obscure major.  She’s an attorney now and  can do anything she makes up her mind to do.  She has entertained her friends for years telling stories and was prodded into turning those stories into a book.  Obviously, it was well-received by an excellent publishing company.

Tara Stine Hudson.  Keep that name in mind.  You can follow her blogs which are found on my blog list:  Tara Hudson and Tara Hudson writes.

Thanks for tuning in…

11/29/2010

ELLSWORTH KANSAS EVENTS:

Filed under: prairie musings, Artists, Ellsworth Art Gallery — Peg Britton @ 10:49 am

The Smoky Hills Pickers will meet on Sunday, December 5th, at 6 p.m. at the Ellsworth Area Art Council, 223 N. Douglas.  The public is welcome to come listen to the music.

The last day to view the beautiful exhibits at the EAAC for painter Rebecca Drach and potter Carol Long, both of the St. John/ Hudson area, will be Thursday, Dec. 2nd.  The Art Gallery is open M-F 12:30 to 4:30.

The Ellsworth High School art class will assemble their art display on Friday, December 3rd, and have an open House on Saturday, December 4th, from 1 to 6 p.m.   Their display will run through December.   Please come in and visit with the students and have a cup of coffee.

The silent auction for the Christmas wreaths will end on December 4th.  The wreaths can be seen at the Art Gallery until Friday at 4:30 p.m.  On Saturday, the wreaths may be seen at the VFW Hall where people can still put a final bid on the wreaths.

Support the activities of the arts council and various organizations that help make Ellsworth a better place to live.

Thanks for tuning in…

11/20/2010

ART GALLERY RECEPTION…

Filed under: prairie musings, Artists, Ellsworth Art Gallery — Peg Britton @ 2:13 pm

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Betty Gwinner looks at a partial display of wreaths in the lobby area of the Ellsworth Art Gallery.  The wreaths were donated to the gallery by the various businesses in town as a fund-raising event for the gallery.  Ceramics created by Carol Long are displayed below the wreaths.

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A silent auction on the wreaths is being held until Dec. 4th.  Stop by the gallery and enter your bid on the sign-up sheets associated with each wreath.   There are 37 wreaths on display from which to chose a special one for your house or business.

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The paintings by Rebecca Drach are featured behind this wreath.

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Paintings by Rebecca Drach, left, and ceramics by Carol Long are on display at the gallery.  These two very talented women have brought a display of their art to Ellsworth in a very remarkable display.  Please stop by and enjoy their works of art.

Thank you for supporting the arts and the volunteers who bring these outstanding exhibits to Ellsworth for your enjoyment.

11/15/2010

THIS AND THAT…ART, TEA, RACCOONS, LUDWICKS, CRAIG JOINT THEATER HOSPITAL BAGRAM…

Filed under: prairie musings, friends, Tyler Britton USAF, Artists, Ally Britton — Peg Britton @ 1:10 pm

Please stop by the Ellsworth Art Gallery on Wednesday to see the Christmas wreaths that will be on display.  There will be a silent auction on the 37 wreaths donated by area businesses. In addition, the volunteers at the gallery have provided the public with a wonderful display of paintings and ceramics created by two area artists.  You won’t want to miss it.  And, it’s free.  You should really take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.

I must have oversold the pomegranates.  Gene’s is out until tomorrow, according to manager Jeff.

Ally baited our large trap with some succulent morsels and we finally landed the big boy raccoon that has been land lord of our decks and roof for some weeks now.  I think he is the last of the brood of trouble makers to be relocated and the one who broke our chimenea and inflicted all the damage to the bird feeders.  Rich’s Raccoon Removal and Relocation Service, a companion to the Crystal Queen’s Crystal Cleaning Service  came this morning and took care of the problem for me.  Yes, they are cute, but they are very strong, smart and destructive as well.  Rich said they’ll go into semi-hibernation soon and maybe they won’t return.

There is a big treat coming my way on Wednesday as well.  Harvey and Joan Ludwick are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary by traveling all over Kansas to visit friends whom they feel were instrumental in shaping their lives.  I guess Brit and I fall into that category.  Certainly the Ludwicks  and their three sons were important in our lives.   Harvey was superintendent of schools here for many years at the time I was on the school board.  It will be good to visit with them again.

Our soldiers who are still fighting in Afghanistan are going almost forgotten.  Here is a video that you can see which  shows the extent of care given to soldiers and civilians who are wounded.   It was sent to me by my grandson who wanted me to see the level of care he was involved in while serving there and why he wants to return.  He’d like to go back and work in the Craig Joint Theater Hospital in Bagram Afghanistan.  It shows the advanced capability of the hospital staff.  After having once worked amid the surroundings of one of the busiest trauma hospitals in the world  among the best trained medical staff in the world, one can understand his desire to return and help in the ways he is trained to do. He considers it a privilege to work there.

It’s pretty clear that I’ve turned into a hot, brewed tea aficionado.  I not only have a cup of hot tea close at hand most of the day, but now I find documentaries on tea fascinating.  All in This Tea is an intriguing documentary that follows renowned tea importer David Lee Hoffman as he scours the far-flung corners of China to find the richest teas on earth. Tea making is an art and tradition that goes back generations in the East, and Hoffman makes it his goal to bring to the rest of the world the exquisite teas produced by struggling small farmers.  He formed the Silk Road Tea Company.

I have a pantry full of several kinds of tea that I bought in England…Assam, Darjeeling, English breakfast as well as a good supply of Japanese green tea sent to me by a good friend who knows her Japanese teas.  I want to try many others.  This is the site where I enjoy browsing through various varieties of organic tea. Organic Wild Tree Pu-Erh Mini Tuo-Cha is one I want to try.

It’s a beautiful fall day and too nice to be inside.  Ringo and I are going to take another peek around town to see what is going on.  Maybe we’ll have something further to report later on.

Thanks for tuning in…

11/12/2010

AN AFTERNOON OF DANCE WITH A COMPETETIVE EDGE…

Filed under: prairie musings, Artists — Peg Britton @ 4:15 pm

Think about a program of dance similiar to the popular TV show Dancing with the Stars, in which the audience decides, with the help of an applause meter, which dancer will win the prize of the show.  This innovative, scripted program, designed by James Sewell, will appear in Beloit, Sunday, November 21, 3 p.m. at the Beloit Municipal Building, as part of the 61st season of cultural entertainment presented by the Beloit Area Concert Association.

James Sewell, master of ceremonies, will introduce the dancers.  The audience members will get to know them, put them through their paces, decide who their favorites are, and vote for the dancer they think is the best.

The James Sewell Ballet was founded in 1990 by James Sewell and Sally Rousse when both danced in New York companies.  Together they envisioned their own small, close-knit company of artists willing to expand their notions about ballet and to perform work that challenged their physical limits.  Two decades later, the embodiment of James’ and Sally’s original vision is a company that performs innovative works that explore the technical boundaries of ballet.

This performance in Beloit, presented by the Beloit Area Concert Association, is a perfect example of this innovation,  performed to pops, folk, jazz, and classical music, with the audience deeply involved in picking  their favorites.

The non-profit Beloit Area Concert Association’s mission is to bring professional quality cultural entertainment to rural North Central Kansas.  For more information about the Dance ‘N America concert, or the Beloit Area Concert Association, contact DeeAnn Harbaugh, President, at (785) 738-2980.

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