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Mid May Message

Renovations in the barn are moving along. We’ve been cleaning up the century old post and beam structure on the ground floor. Those things are solid! From the outside the barn looks its age, but it will do just fine for our art camp.
We already have classes forming so please call or email me to get your seat in the studio. In June we expect to have a sculptor and painter from Des Moines IA who will bring us inspiration in his field.

In the garden radishes, peas, lettuce and spinach are up, as well as enough green onions for all the restaurants in Grand Rapids. The hens are producing eggs of many colors, and the white pigeons are multiplying enthusiastically. Chances are good that we will have a pair of orioles nesting here. There is one singing in my apple tree right now with a song of such rich tone and complexity,it would almost put a nightingale to shame.

I’m glad we live near the vibrant city of Grand Rapids, where the preparations and connections for Art Prize are in full swing. Also on June First, the Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts regional competition will open. My son, a student at GRCC has a piece in the show. This Saturday I will be performing in the Spring concert  of the Grand Rapids Women’s Chorus. Its not too late to get a ticket. I think you will be stirred, comforted and inspired.


I’ll be back soon with another topic; Barn Swallows.  They had to move their nest building operations out of my barn when we put a new barn door on the lower level. Alas!




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