February 2016 News

2016: My art is part of the best version of Myself !
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February 2016

Finding Inspiration Everywhere

February – the coldest month of the year with snowstorms raging on the east coast and here in the desert we are shoveling sunshine in 80 degree temperatures. It is the month we celebrate so many things: planting our gardens, naming our Valentines, Lent and oh yes MY BIRTHDAY !

It is a month of reflection for me personally, and a month of planning for the direction my art will take. As I have mentioned before, I believe in searching for the best version of myself in my art. Toward that end, I have been taking classes, filling out workbooks, mentoring and being mentored. There are days I feel I am grasping so very many new concepts, and other days I feel as if I am a remedial pottery student stuck in the mud.

And then there are the best days when the sun is shining warmly and a new friend is very happy with her newly completed original art piece she can enjoy using every day.

The Flying V Green Swirl pattern continues to grow its fan base. This wonderful woman knew exactly the size she wanted and was willing to wait as it was crafted just for her. She arrived in the studio a few hours after its final firing and happily carried it off to its forever home.
What a pretty smile!
The essence of Valentines Day-
“In the flush of love’s light we dare be brave, and suddenly we see that love costs all we are and will ever be. Yet, it is only love which sets us free.” Maya Angelou.
Spend your life becoming more and more free, and spend your life responding from a place of love. The Angelou Johnson Family.
Flying V Studio will once again participate in the Ceramic Show and Sale @ Tohono Chul Park
February 19-20, 2016
and the
Tucson Museum of Art’s
Spring Artisan’s Market
March 18 – 20, 2016
10:00am – 5:00pm each day
Free admission to Market & Museum

Tohono Chul
7366 N Paseo del Norte
Tucson, Az 85704
520-742-6455

YWCA’s Frances McClelland Leadership Center
525 N Bonita Ave
Tucson, Az 85754
520-884-2810

I work with people who love owning original artwork they can use everyday, and who expect beauty, quality, and affordability.
I help them by creating gallery quality, functional and decorative art
that fits into their daily lives.                        – Kathryn

Kathryn’s pottery can be seen at                                                                   Tohono Chul Park Gift Shops & Nursery
The Galleria Gift Shop at the YWCA
and at the Flying V Studio by appointment or by chance

– Here’s to finding inspiration everywhere  

and to becoming
the best versions of ourselves in 2016 !
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Happy New Year 2016

2016: My art is part of the best version of Myself !
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Happy New Year 2016

Finding Inspiration Everywhere

Every New Year brings Resolutions and Solutions and Promises of greatness.
We’ve all had many of the same ways to begin the New Year: losing weight, climbing the corporate ladder, winning the lottery, being a daytrader, putting a new header on a newsletter. We all have our own version of living the dream, and ways to get there.

I have a friend who believes in keeping expectations low so as not to be disappointed.
I believe in searching for the best version of myself in my art, my family and friendships, my volunteer work, my business and my challenges.

Like grandma used to say: you get out of life what you put into it.

I think it runs in the family.

My favorite Flying V pattern is the Green Swirl. As you can see from the photo,
the pattern is expanding into new items like the berry bowl tucked into the back corner,
and the ice cream bowl up front.
If you are someone who loves owning original artwork you can use everyday,
this is a great choice for you. 
Tony Robbins is known as a catalyst for change and a strategist for success.
While I have encountered his philosophies before, I have been most recently moved by this quote –Making a true decision means committing to achieving a result, and then cutting yourself off from any other possibility.

Pottery & Trunk Show – Functional & Decorative Sublime & Whimsical

Friday & Saturday | February 19 & 20 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Park Wide

Over 30 ceramic artists from Southern Arizona Clay Artists
including Flying V Studio, will offer their gallery quality, functional and decorative ceramics in
Tohono Chul’s blooming botanical gardens.
Free admission during the sale.
Flying V Studio will once again participate in the
Tucson Museum of Art’s
Spring Artisan’s Market
March 18 – 20, 2016
10:00am – 5:00pm ea day
Free admission to
Market & Museum

Tohono Chul
7366 N Paseo del Norte
Tucson, Az 85704
520-742-6455

 

YWCA’s Frances McClelland Leadership Center
525 N Bonita Ave
Tucson, Az 85754
520-884-2810

                 I work with people who love owning original artwork                   they can use everyday,
and who expect beauty, quality, and affordability.
I help them by creating gallery quality, functional and decorative art that fits into their daily lives.    – Kathryn

Kathryn’s pottery can be seen at                                                      Tohono Chul Park Gift Shops & Nursery
The Galleria Gift Shop at the YWCA
and at the Flying V Studio by appointment or by chance

– Here’s to finding inspiration everywhere  

and to becoming
the best versions of ourselves in 2016 !

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August 2015 – FVS News

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Flying V Studio August 2015

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Monsoon Madness ! It’s the only way to describe Tucson’s weather in the summertime. Like all Tucsonians, I love the rain; but, I admit I always forget just how fast the storms come up and how violent they can be. Today is one of those days, the sky was brighter at 5:30 am than it is now, and the rain has blown its way into the studio. It’s a perfect time to have a cup of hot tea as the temperature has plummeted to 75 degrees.

I will never get used to school starting here in mid-summer. While I assume the rest of the country continues to enjoy summer camp, summer picnics, and summer vacation, most of Tucson’s schools started back this week. Alas, I realize I have grown so old as to remember the 1st day of school was once a full week after Labor Day.
“Whatever you want to do, if you want to be great at it, you have to love it and be able to make sacrifices for it.” — Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou continues to be an inspiration to me, even in death.
The Tohono Chul gift shops and The Galleria Art & Gifts at the YW are 2 of the most interesting places to shop. Each offers a fabulous art gallery adjacent to the shops, as well as a cafe, a must for the visitor trying to decide how to fit all their newly purchased treasurers into their suitcases. Flying V Studio is proud to be one of the local artisans who’s work is represented at each of these fine establishments. Our pottery can be seen (and purchased) at both locations.
If you would like to see what these fabulous places have to offer (besides the gift shops) you can find Tohono Chul just north of Ina at 7366 N Paseo del Norte, Tucson, Az 85704 and The Galleria at The YW is located just south of the St Mary’s exit on I10 in the YWCA’s McClelland Center 525 N Bonita Ave, Tucson, Az 85754
This striking Tulipiere in deep crimson red is currently available on ETSY at the Flying V Studio shop. Just click on the photo to be transported to the site.
Opportunities
are truly everywhere
– Here’s to more
exciting discoveries
in 2015 ! 
We work with people who love owning original artwork they can use everyday, and who expect beauty, quality, and affordability.
We help them by creating gallery quality, functional and decorative art that fits into their daily lives.
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July 2015 News

2015: Grab that BRASS RING !
Opportunities are everywhere
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Flying V Studio July 2015

Opportunities are truly everywhere

OKAY ! It’s July and it’s HOT !
And this year it’s not even a dry heat! 

I’ve lived in Tucson since 1993 and the monsoons have always started their season on one of 3 days: July 3rd, 4th, or 5th.
I was always prepared, umbrella in hand, and watching the clouds build every afternoon. This year however, there are real rain clouds as early as 5 am, when I go walking; one morning I even saw a rainbow.
The humidity has built, the rains have come, and we continue to have humid days. While I admit this is not my favorite, my little garden seems to be thriving. 

New opportunities have come from the many pottery classes and business webinars we have participated in the past 6 weeks. 

It’s always a challenge to know which opportunities are right for us at Flying V and this flood of information from more than 50 different coaches, authors, musicians, artists and entrepreneurs was overwhelming. Much was offered through webinars, and easily absorbed in a day at the studio thanks to my wonderful new IPad. Others were so very packed full of useable tidbits for organizing the studio, finances, photography, and social media to name a few. I found myself washing the clay off my hands many days to take notes, and then implementing much of what I learned in the same day. I have always found that all training has at least some new spark, and these seminars and webinars were among the best.

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”
— Maya Angelou 

I mentioned in the June issue that my summer reading began with “The Dream Manager” by Matthew Kelly and I shared some concepts from the book during our Sisters’ weekend last month. The task at hand was to write down 100 dreams big or small, even seemingly far fetched, whatever popped into our heads. I discovered I had a few I could accomplish right away.  I challenge you to try doing this. Everyone needs dreams.
The 4th of July ! Fireworks ! Happy Birthday America ! 🇺🇸
My dear brother Joe and his wonderful wife Laurie each celebrate their birthdays in July.
I have such a great family ! 
Here is a preview of a few new pieces soon to be in
the Flying V Studio Etsy Shop –
-A pink & blue Garden Fairy that catches the sunlight in the crystal beads
-A purple cat Yarn Bowl
-A lovely red Berry Bowl/ Strainer
-Apple Bakers to “bake” apples in the microwave ! Recipe included 
Tohono Chul
7366 N. Paseo del NorteTucson, AZ 85704
(520) 742-6455

Flying V Studio Handcrafted Pottery can be seen at the
-Galleria Gift Shop at the YWCA
-Tohono Chul Park Gift Shops
-Etsy.com/shop/FlyingVstudio
-www.FlyingVStudio.biz
                                             

YWCA’s Frances McClelland Leadership Center
525 N. Bonita Ave, Tucson 85754    (520) 884-2810

We work with people who love owning and displaying original artwork in their homes and who expect beauty, quality and affordability.

Opportunities are truly everywhere
– Here’s to more exciting discoveries in
2015 ! 

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June 2015 News

2015: Grab that BRASS RING !
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Opportunities are truly everywhere

Tucson is warm in June.

It’s not hot yet, that dry desert heat that is overwhelming in July, August and even September, but it is definitely warm. It has been a trying year for the weatherman, and local Tucsonians. March brought 94 degree heat for the outdoor Tucson Museum of Art Artisan Market that we participated in, and mid May were 70’s. Now here we are in June with the anticipated 90+ degrees having already morphed into the 100’s, and even some rain to bring life to the plants in my yard. Quite frankly, I couldn’t be happier . . . my outdoor studio only requires a small box fan and the A/C is reserved for indoor use only!

New opportunities are here for the Southern Arizona Clay Artists.

The nominating committee is conducting a search for leaders for 2016. The slate is to be voted on at the September general meeting and will work side-by-side with those currently in position before assuming their roles in January.
It will be bittersweet to step away from my position on the Board of Directors at the close of this year. I have enjoyed meeting many new people and contributing to the future of this great organization that I have volunteered with over the years. The new found time, however, will afford me the opportunity to grow Flying V Studio (and perhaps even a garden).

The Lew Sorensen Community Center affords me the opportunity to do so many things.

I volunteer by mixing all the lovely ^10 glazes used in their gas fired reduction kiln, and in the pottery classes, I have met many exciting students at all levels of proficiency. The dreams of each student come alive in the classes I have attended, and I must admit the teachers are all so very encouraging and willing to share their experience in clay. The pottery results at Lew Sorensen are far different from that at Flying V where I fire to ^5 in an electric kiln and use many pastels in my ever changing color palette. The exposure to both is a challenge I thoroughly enjoy.

“If a human being dreams a great dream, dares to love somebody, if a human being dares to be Martin King or Mahatma Gandhi or Mother Teresa or Malcolm X, if a human being dares to be bigger than the condition into which she or he was born, it means: So can you! And so, you can try to stretch! Stretch! Stretch yourself!” –Maya Angelou.

My summer reading began with “The Dream Manager” by Matthew Kelly, and was the embodiment of the attitude espoused by Maya Angelou above. Consider this quote from the book –
“WHAT’S YOUR DREAM? It’s a question worth considering and a question that we should take the time to ask the people who are important to us.” 

Many galleries and shops are open by appointment only, here in the summer, and nearly everyone else looks forward to time at Disneyland or the White Mountains, including me. My sisters and I will gather for some time together in the mountains and I am looking forward to the luxury of quiet, and time to dream and plan for the future.
June proudly brings us Fathers’ Day.
Mine died many years ago, and I miss him every day. I like to think I inherited his strengths, but really I know it was his love for food and travel that lives on in me.
I am very proud to say that my brother is a great dad and his 3 incredibly brilliant and handsome sons seem to feel the same way. Its amusing to me that at 6’2″ he is no longer the tallest man in the family.

Flying V Studio was honored with acceptance into the shops at the Tohono Chul Park this month. We have worked with the shops manager in other collaborations in the Park and this is truly a dream come true.

Tohono Chul
7366 N. Paseo del Norte

Tucson, AZ 85704
(520) 742-6455

YWCA’s Frances McClelland Leadership Center
525 N. Bonita Ave, Tucson 85754
Regular Galleria Hours: M-F  9am – 5 pm
(520) 884-2810                                                                                 

Flying V Studio pottery can be seen at
the Galleria Gift Shop at the YWCA and
the Tohono Chul Park Gift Shops
and at the Flying V Studio by appointment or by chance

Opportunities are truly everywhere
– Here’s to exciting discoveries in 2015 ! 

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May 2015 Flying V Studio News

2015: Grab that BRASS RING !
Opportunities are everywhere
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Flying V Studio May 2015

Opportunities are truly everywhere

Here we are: the merry month of May and for me, personally and professionally, the busiest month since December.

Flying V Studio participated in the annual St Francis de Sales Spring Fling Shopping Boutique on Sunday May 3rd. We had a great time visiting with all the vendors who have been participating in this event for the past 6 yrs., and we thank all the wonderful people who came out to shop and see our newest pottery treasures.

Kathryn will be among the featured ceramic artists at the Rain Crow Gallery from May 16th   through June 17th. Be sure to save the date and come on out to the reception on May 16, 2015, from 6pm to 9pm, and meet all the artists.

The 2 great organizations I have volunteered with over the years, The Southern Arizona Clay Artists, Inc. and The Lew Sorensen Community Center have had exciting happenings the past few weeks.

The Southern Arizona Clay Artists, Inc. has had 2 Social gatherings in the past 4 weeks. The 1st was April 12th at the new Clay Art Center studio and gallery and was attended by 40 members and guests. The 2nd was held May 9th at the historic Romero House on the campus of the Tucson Museum of Art welcoming 30 members and guests. Two demonstrations were presented, much food was offered, short meetings were held and we were entertained by great musicians at each venue. The next Social will be in September and guests are always welcome. If you would like to see what the Southern Arizona Clay Artists is all about, be my guest at the next Social. You can also follow the facebook page for Southern Arizona Clay Artists for all the current information on both the organization and its members.

The Lew Sorensen Community Center has always had teachers of renown in all its disciplines ranging from fiber art with state of the art looms, to fine art including drawing, painting, oils and acrylics, and of course pottery, with its cone 10 reduction firings and instruction ranging from wheel throwing to hand-building and mosaics. On April 10th through 12th, the Center invited a group of artists from the Mata Ortiz community to conduct a 2 day workshop and a 1 day sale of their one-of-a-kind  art work. If you’d like a tour of the facility just let me know and I can help you arrange a day and time. You can also message your request at the facebook page for The Lew Sorensen Community Center.

One of the most exciting personal moments this month comes from my youngest nephew; he is graduating High School. I can’t wait for the ceremony to begin. As if that wasn’t a great enough achievement he has received a scholarship to Arizona State University, ASU, and will be bunking in the Honors Dorm.

CONGRATULATIONS LUKE !!!
Maya Angelou – A Cradle to Hold Me                                                                                 “I feared if I let you go you would leave me eternally.
You smiled at my fears, saying I could not stay in your lap forever… Mother, I have learned enough now to know I have learned nearly nothing. On this day when mothers are being honored, let me thank you that my selfishness, ignorance, and mockery did not bring you to discard me like a broken doll which had lost its favor. I thank you that you still find something in me to cherish, to admire and to love.”
Mother’s Day is always a welcome holiday for everyone. We celebrate our own mothers and those who have influenced our lives with their innate abilities to be incredible moms themselves. My own mother is 96 as of last fall, and as feisty as ever. She may not remember everyone’s name but she certainly knows what she wants and how to get it. I also celebrate 3 other women as mothers: two are the moms of my dearest sisters-in-law and the 3rd is the darling wife of my baby brother and the mother of my nephew who is graduating this week. These 4 women, Clare, my mom; Marilyn, my younger brother’s mother-in-law; Mama Lane, my older brother’s mother-in-law; and Laurie, my younger brother’s wife are the mothers who have influenced me the most. They have shown spirit and kindness, spunk and perseverance, patience, self-control, and unconditional love to their children and to me.
I am forever grateful for these mothers in my life.
HAPPY MOTHERS’ DAY !
    Laurie and her Mom Marilyn                                          Me and my Mom Clare
Here in Tucson, Mother’s Day is also the kick-off for the free Spring Concert Season also called, ”Music under the Stars”. The Pops Orchestra will play at the DeMeester Outdoor Bandshell in Reid Park to huge crowds that have grown over the years. The concerts begin at 7pm but the spectators begin to arrive before 5pm and set-up their picnic dinners or just claim their seats with a view and wait for the Food Trucks to assemble. I have enjoyed this venue for the 20+ years I’ve lived in Tucson and look forward to the beginning of this season of concerts. If you’d like to join the music lovers see the Facebook page for the Tucson Pops Orchestra.
May begins the summer heat here in Tucson and Flying V Studio’s working hours will change to mostly early morning. We will be closed on Mondays.
It is always a welcome treat to have visitors to the studio, and our mantra is:
“Visitors are welcome by appointment and by chance”.
So, if you’ve always wanted to visit a working home studio, or would like ideas on how to set up your own studio, feel free to call and/or drop by in the mornings through the summer months.

Opportunities are truly everywhere
– Here’s to exciting discoveries in 2015 ! 

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April 2015 Flying V Studio News

Flying V Studio’s
1st solo adventure at the 2015 Tucson Museum of Art Spring Artisan Market
Here are a few highlights
It is such fun when others appreciate your brand of humor
The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day He created Spring  -Bern Williams

 

 

Apple Bakers for year round desserts using the microwave

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 2015

Opportunities are truly everywhere

To begin. this is how I view April. . .

A new beginning, Spring has sprung, new life forming in the buds, April showers bring May flowers. My favorite season is Spring, that is until the leaves begin to change colors in the Fall, but that is a long way off.

Spring in Tucson is fleeting, with 75 to 90 degree days and 50 degree nights. No matter, it’s not yet Summer with the 100+ degree days. Today, severe winter storms are still hitting the rest of the country, and I have tiny oranges forming on the tree in my yard.

This is why I live here.

I am still walking each morning and the delight of leaving the tassle cap, scarf, gloves and hoodie behind was a sure sign of Spring. The sun is rising earlier of course, and I get to greet the day so much sooner now. The dark mornings of winter allowed me to sleep in until nearly 7am and now I am walking by 5:30am!
Did I mention this is my favorite time of year?

Spring also brings Easter, and a personal infusion of faith seen plainly in all the new life in my garden. To be sure, Easter also brings much temptation in the form of chocolate bunnies and chocolate eggs, and I am powerless to resist. My darling sister Laurie tells me to just toss it all out; but no, I moved it all to the refrigerator where I can feel the bunny’s eyes staring and daring me, even with the door closed.
No will power here, just more walking.

Another great Springtime event for us is the birthday of my dearest friend and “better-half”, Frank. A whirlwind sampling of Tucson’s Italian restaurants should take at least 2 weeks. And then there’s the birthday boy’s favorite dessert: Lemon meringue pie. Admittedly, I have never learned to successfully bake one myself, but there are several local bakeries very willing to pick up the slack! More walking for me . . .

Flying V Studio just participated in a ‘new to us’ venue: the Tucson Museum of Art Spring Artisan Market. A Tucson tradition for many years, this annual Artisan Market features over 100 of the Southwest’s finest artisans set up in the Museum’s courtyards for 3 days. Our host, John McNulty, a vendor himself and the Director of all things Museum, personally dropped by each day to chat and offer delightful ideas on the topic of keeping cool in the 92 degrees. Many visitors to this show are winter guests of our city who seemed unaffected by the heat and quite happy not to be shoveling snow back home. We so enjoyed making new friends and of course visiting with the many fans who came out to see us.

Flying V Studio’s next event will be on Sunday, May 3, 2015. We will again participate in the annual Spring Shopping Fling Boutique at St Francis de Sales; 1375 S. Camino Seco, Tucson, Arizona 85710 from 8am to 3pm. This event features over 40 local vendors offering a range of products from Handcrafted Jewelry and Pottery to well known national brands including Pampered Chef.The Rain Crow Gallery will host an event on May 16, 2015. The title of the show is “Centered and Open – Works in Clay”. The show will consist mainly of works previously unseen at this gallery. And Flying V Studio who is already represented by this gallery will be participating in this event.

  You can see more pottery treasures

from Flying V Studio at
the Galleria Art and Gifts at the YW
at 525 N Bonita Ave, Tucson, Az 85754
and Rain Crow Art Gallery
at 204 W Grant Rd, Tucson, Az 

The 1st gala of the year for the Southern Arizona Clay Artists is coming up on April 12th from 2:30pm to 5pm.
A new studio /gallery THE CLAY ART CENTER located at 1703 E Ft Lowell Rd. will host the event. Demonstrations by Roy Lizama and Betsy Tanzer, refreshments, the camaraderie of  local artists and a general membership meeting will round out the event.
If you’ve been interested in what this organization has to offer, this is a great way to test the waters. Be my guest.

 Spring is busting out all over ! 

You may have noticed that this newsletter skipped the March issue in lieu of an earlier April issue. It seems a good fit to have the news earlier in the month and so we will continue to publish the upcoming newsletters by the 10th of each month.

Spring has already brought new and exciting opportunities for Flying V Studio and myself. My intent is to continue to grab that proverbial Brass Ring!

Opportunities are truly everywhere
– Here’s to exciting discoveries in 2015 ! 

 

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2015 has been artfully busy – viewing a collection from the Kasser Mochary Art Foundation, catching up with old friends, attending the Symphony, and participating in art shows. Here are a few highlights

Auguste Rodin, Adam, 1881; cast 1970. Bronze

Comprising approximately 120 works of art, this survey examines the portrayal of the human figure through paintings, sculpture, and works on paper by noted 19th- and 20th-century European and American artists. Included in the exhibition are works by Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Mary Cassatt, Diego Rivera, Henri Matisse, Alberto Giacometti, Edgar Degas, Andy Warhol, Auguste Rodin, and many others.
The Kasser Mochary Art Foundation was founded in 1968 by Alexander and Elisabeth Kasser with the mission of inspiring and promoting appreciation of the fine arts. The primary  focus of the Foundation is to lend significant works of art to regional museums from its holdings of important 19th and 20th century European and American art. The Foundation has representatives in Vienna, Austria; Montclair, New Jersey; and Tucson, Arizona.

Friends walking me through the Kasser Mochary Art Foundationexhibit at the Tucson Museum of Art

Jules (left) and I attending a retreat for So. Az Clay Artists


Toulouse-Lautrec, Henri de (French, 1864 – 1901) La Loge au mascaron doré / Loge with a Gilded Mascaron, 1893 Lithograph on paper. Edition of 100.

Conrad Jones, now in his second season as TSO Principal Trumpet


Happy Birthday to me

February  2015

Opportunities are truly everywhere

Art – we know it when we see it or hear it or for that matter taste it. Art is in our everyday lives, in our kitchens, our gardens and on the walls of famous and not so famous galleries.

History is always a captivating subject and to those of us who fancy ourselves professional artists, Art History is the ultimate draw. (no pun intended) I was fortunate this year to join 2 friends in viewing the awe inspiring travelling collection at the Tucson Museum of Art entitled: The Figure Examined: Masterworks from the Kasser Mochary Art Foundation.

The larger than life, Rodin’s 1881 bronze Adamwas indeed breathtaking, as was Picasso’s 1898 oil Tavern Interior, and Henri Toulouse-Lautrec’s 1893 lithograph Loge with a GildedMascaron.

The best part of this exhibit was viewing it with friends, one of whom holds a doctorate in Art History. As you can imagine, the exhibit took on new meaning to me when viewing it with the loving tutelage of my friend. If you haven’t seen this exhibit yet, be sure to go soon, as it closes in Tucson April 12, 2015.

The non-profit organization I belong to, Southern Arizona Clay Artists, held its 1stannual retreat for the Board of Directors. An enthusiastic group, we laid out plans for the upcoming year, and hurdles to overcome. It was a joy to see new faces and hear ideas for new directions to take this 25+ year old organization into a community oriented future.

Watch for the upcoming Empty Bowls events – a community driven luncheon /fundraiser to aid the local food banks. SACA’s members donate over 1000 bowls each year to each of these events. That’s 1000 works of art. A bonus for those attending is the artist’s bowl they choose at the luncheon is theirs to keep, as a reminder that there are those whose bowls are empty every day.In support of the Empty Bowls movement, I have made a personal commitment to insure Flying V Studio donates 100 bowls this year. There are 6 on the shelf now!

We participated in 2 annual art shows this spring – the 1st was Cupid: Champagne & Chocol’Art on February 7th.  Warm weather, art and wonderful customers all made the day great.  Next was a garden show at Tohono Chul Park with the Southern Arizona Clay Artists on February 20th and 21st. Twenty-five clay artists each with their own perspective on how the same bit of clay should ‘come to life’. And what’s not to love about 2 days in a botanical garden surrounded by art. We’d like to thanks all the amazing people of Tohono Chul Park who helped make the show great and of course all who came to shop and enjoy the beautiful Tucson weather.

My recent weight loss has made me aware of my food weakness. I crave pasta. I can do without the cakes and candies, bread and assorted temptations but oh the pasta – it calls me. Needless to say, my dear sweet Frank made my 62nd birthday on the 12th a day to remember. We had a lunch date in the park and watched the ducks as they followed us around the lake begging for scraps of bread. Dinner, of course, was Italian. You saw that coming, I bet. The marriage of a good sauce and handmade pasta is an art beyond explanation. Either it’s from heaven or you never go back to that restaurant again. Frank chose well!

The Tucson Symphony was also on the menu for the birthday celebration this year. Tchaikovsky and Complimentary Concert Comments with the conductor and soloist Conrad Jones, now in his second season as TSO Principal Trumpet, all made for a delightful evening.

The sight of a beautifully presented meal, a well formed ceramic mug, a hand-woven scarf, a photograph catching perfect light, a song, a movie that touches your soul, a book with its worn cover, all Art in just a few of its many forms making many of us feel alive.

Flying V Studio is planning new art collections for this year as well. A new and improved ETSY store is coming soon and the Rain Crow Gallery in Tucson continues to represent our work.

A visit to the Flying V studio is always welcome by appointment or by chance, and upcoming shows are announced on the website and on Facebook. We look forward to seeing you soon.

These are some of my opportunities for 2015, and my intent is to grab that proverbial Brass Ring!

Opportunities are truly everywhere
– Here’s to exciting discoveries in 2015 !

 

 

 

Tradition

Yesterday was a most wonderful day here in Tucson, one week before Mother’s Day the thermometer reached 97 degrees with just the slightest breeze. A perfect day for a picnic, and the entire parish thought so too.

St Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church, on the eastside of Tucson, holds their parish picnic each year at this time and everyone gets involved. The altar servers served up free ice cream, a good idea in this weather. Many other groups were offering choices of BBQ ribs, BBQ chicken, assorted Mexican dishes, and even breakfast items were on the menu for sale.

All the Parish ministries and organizations had representatives to welcome both newcomers and seasoned parishioners and offer everyone an opportunity to be more involved in this thriving community. There were raffles for great items and even a 50/50 raffle, which paid for all the free items and prizes at the picnic. The youngsters were entertained with the indoor jumping castle, face painting, and quite possibly the free nachos, popcorn, and cupcakes too.

The largest single event was the annual Spring Fling Shopping Boutique, organized by Julie Freeh and held in the gym. The youth group, who receives a donation from the vendors, was on hand helping everywhere; they are of course driven both by their leader Marian Gilbert, and by their mission to “bridge the gap” between the youth and seniors of the parish and the small donations help with their ministry. Approximately 35 vendors participated offering both handcrafted items and commercial products. Even the local Newspaper sent a photographer/ reporter who spent a few hours enjoying the atmosphere.

I participated as a vendor and had great fun meeting new people and visiting with those in the parish I have come to know and love throughout my 10 years as a parishioner. This years’ Parish picnic added to my joy of spring and my pride in being a part of this warm church community.

I believe the old adage applies here: “A good time was had by all”.2014_0504StFrancisSpringFling0079

A Christmas feeling worth repeating

It is the Season of Giving and the Season of Being Grateful.
Many years ago a friend shared what she calls her GRATITUDE ALPHABET. This has become an everyday practice for me that I recite as I walk my requisite mile each morning. It often changes each day as something or someone will come to mind or touch my heart. I keep in mind the saying “What if you awoke tomorrow with only those things you THANKED GOD for today”. I thought I would share my ‘A’ for today.
 I am thankful for ART
Art surrounds me and makes me feel alive. I see the Lord’s hand at work through those gifted with the ability to create and capture the beauty that is everywhere. Without these amazing Artists we may forget that which we saw only fleetingly or never saw at all except through their eyes.
Through the years, I admit I have collected a few works of art through purchase, gifting and even a few pieces willed to me by the artist herself.
I have Framed Art –
photos taken by my incredible cousin, Gina Cormier, an Award Winning Professional Photographer


As well as a great collection of silkscreen prints,
and a memorable charcoal caricature drawing of my parents’ home in Phoenix from the late 70’s.

I admit there are quite a few pieces of Pottery in my home and garden including this RAKU piece from a local Clay Artist I admire –

And . . .
I have many other works of art including prose and poetry by well and not so well known artists.

Books old and new grace the shelves. I treasure my 1899 copy of the complete works of William Shakespeare, a 1938 copy of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol with a signed foreward from Lionel Barrymore and a new book called True Leadership by my Sweetheart’s son, Paul ‘Vinnie’ Venturella.

And I could, of course, go on about the handspun shawl I’ve had forever and the few pieces of antique Furniture
But . . .
What I really wanted to share is the idea of Thanksgiving; the very need for my soul to state that which I am so grateful for as I take my mile hike each morning at 6am. I recite my Gratitude Alphabet from A to Z often discovering many things for one letter and none for another – X and Z are tough ones. And when I am finished there is indeed a sense of Peace and of knowing I have named those things I really wish to awaken with tomorrow.