April 30, 2019
Mark Gruber has put together an amazing collection of work by the 2019 instructors at the Woodstock School of Art. This is my first season teaching for them , so I was grateful to be able to send some pieces over. Luckily, my prints are easy to post and so not knowing what Mark had in mind, I created 16 new versions of some designs and sent them to him. I left him with the task of selecting.
He made great choices and even framed up one of the original woodblocks I sent over. This means that I have given up, resigned, retired, that image and any copies of it become the last. It is an image of the Stromness harbour, so it is funny that it will be finding a home on the opposite side of the Atlantic Ocean.
But then, that is what is great…crossing the ocean for art! I guess it is like my sister, who as I write, is finishing up a fantastic biographical novel. I am sure it will be a big hit and will be on the best seller lists on both sides of the ocean as well. Funny how we have both become international in our fields!
Sister, Joan Bouza Koster and I stopped to see the exhibition as we were working our way over to the Catskill Mountains where we both have many memories of childhood summers at our grandparents summerhouse. That sounds rather grand, but it had no electric, an outhouse and a handpump for getting the water when I was a toddler. Somewhere after those early years, electric, toilets, and inside plumbing was accomplished. But I have a great memory of my sister and I taking a shower in a summer downpour by standing under the overflowing leader pipe off the screen porch roof!
I also remember feeding cows apples at the lone remaining farmer down the dirt road. Boy do cows have big tongues!