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20171104_1153341554298602.jpgI drove over to the Old Luckett’s Store for their Fall Festival this morning.  The drive was beautiful.  I like to take little backroads and see what I can see.  Today it was a beautiful view with these llamas in the field.  We live in a lovely part of the country.  And Luckett’s was fun too!

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Last January I shared a post with you about my friend Jean Barbour.  She attended art classes with me for  several years.  You can read that here.  Yesterday I had the great pleasure of helping her husband, Chuck Barbour, hang Jean’s art in a display at our library.  Her work looks so nice hanging there.  And it was fun to reminisce about the pieces as we hung them.  She enjoyed painting so much.  She enjoyed her family and travel and often painted from photos she took while on trips with her family.20171102_1645561257582090.jpg  It was always a delight to have Jean in class.  We miss her.  Jean’s art will be on display at Samuels Public Library through the month of November.

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Phoenix Project FundraiserLast night we held a fundraiser for the Phoenix Project.  We had a great turnout…and we had a LOT of fun.  Thanks to everyone who helped make it a big success for a great organization. Learn more about the Phoenix Project here.

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A few more photos from the trip to Capon Springs.  Here is the spring house.  The sign above the door says, “Capon Springs – called by local Indian tribes Cape-Cape-pe-pon (the healing waters) rises through 1600 feet of rock, the last 300 feet being sandstone-a natural filter.  The flow-100 gallons a minute – has been undiminished for centuries.  It’s origin unknown.” 

Wednesday night after Bingo they served a homemade pizza snack.  Yum.  It was made in their huge brick oven where they also make tons of bread which they serve at all meals.  Every morning at 8:30 the flag is raised in a ceremony and the National Anthem is sung proudly by all who attend.  Traditions are alive and well at Capon Springs.  It is such a beautiful place.

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Our final day of instructing at Capon Springs saw us working with Palette Knives.  Everyone was game to give it a try and we had fun creating some wonderful art.  Then we finally got a little time to relax and enjoyed a soak in the mineral waters at the spa.  What a treat….especially with a little Epson Salt thrown in to help the old arthritic knees.  We spent time at the Fish Pond and wandering around taking photos of this magical place and ended with the traditional weekly Bingo game. (I didn’t win.)

What a fun day!  If you get an opportunity (or you should make one) to come out to Capon Springs Resort and Farm you should jump at the chance.  It is an amazing place that is such a gift to enjoy.  Plan to come join us for the Spring Artist Retreat on May 20-24, 2018.  It will be a good excuse for you to get away and to discover all that Capon Springs has to offer!

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Yesterday at the Capon Springs Artists Retreat we created Paper Paintings.  And it was thrilling that so many came to give it a try….26 paper painters to be exact!  Terrific!!!  What fun we had creating wonderful animals, flowers and scenes using only torn and cut paper.

Then last night everyone displayed the work they have done since Sunday and we had live music for our “Art Show”.

It was terrific.  If you didn’t come to the Artists Retreat you should KICK YOURSELF!  It is so much fun.  The good news is we have dates for the one in the spring….May 20-24, 2018.  Mark your calendar NOW!

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Deb Spins 31We are still at Capon Springs teaching at the Artist Retreat.  But last night we had a special treat.  My good friend, Deborah Ray who is assisting me at the Retreat gave us an explanation and demonstration on spinning wool into yarn.

It was fascinating.  It helped us all understand the amount of labor that goes into making this beautiful yarn.  It’s worth every penny they ask for it! Thanks Deb.

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