High-Flying Beauties of Whitewater
The theme for 2008 was "High-Flying Beauties of Whitewater" featuring butterflies. My "Whitewater Butterfly" depicts a bird's-eye view of a rowing shell gliding through water. The back side reveals an underwater view of schools of fish swimming along side the bottom of the boat. I also attached wooden wind chimes to catch the breeze and add a little music.
Flock To Whitewater
I painted one of these birdhouses as a “Bird Cage” with purple martins sitting on perches. The “cage” has no door, but I painted a labyrinth on the bottom as a way out.
The proud owner of this piece has made it into a functioning purple martin house to be positioned at the end of his dock on Whitewater Lake in the spring.
Come, Sit, Enjoy
In a conversation with my fitness and yoga instructor, Ivy Miles, about the ‘Whitewater Chairs’ project, she suggested that I create a Yoga Chair. With her guidance, I used the symbols and colors of the 7 Chakras.
Stolen art chair returned unharmed.
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Fish Out of Whitewater
I submitted two entries. “Money Fish” was sponsored by the First Citizens State Bank. “Have Fins Will Travel” was sponsored by The Parks and Recreation Tourism Department.
Whitewater, Wisconsin, May through September 2005.
Whitewater High School Gym Mural
I was invited to paint one of the plaster busts created by Lynn Anderson, a Roselle, Illinois artist, for her “Bustin’ Out” exhibit at Charlene’s Gallery Ten, Gills Rock, Wisconsin, in August 2005.
I cut two holes in the bust and inserted green and yellow glass stones to represent the heart and navel Chakras. I painted concentric lines surrounding the stones to represent energy radiating from these charkas. .
Prairie Tillers Mural
Dawn Hunter organized a group of people from Whitewater including the Prairie Tillers, The Whitewater Mural Committee, and interested citizens to return the mural to its original glory.
The mural depicts different eras in Whitewater’s history, with the three figures on the right representing Native Americans, early settlers, and present residents toiling at the water mill meant to furnish power to today and tomorrow’s generations pictured to the left of the wheel. The new mural is painted on materials that are meant to last longer.
I eagerly joined the restoration project as an artist. But I didn’t know anything about painting murals. It was quite a learning experience for me. Caryl is a delightful teacher and a fun taskmaster. It was great to meet and work with other artists and volunteers who gave so much of their time and talent.
Located at 119 W. Center Street in Whitewater, Wisconsin.
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Link to Exhibit: 40 X 40 Exhibit at Apollo