Our Little Artist

Emery is very artistic and creative in many ways–not only does she draw beautifully but she is also a wonderful writer and quite good at just about any creative endeavor she embarks upon. Recently she was one of 10 elementary students to win the Window on a Wider World Youth Art Show for the whole Panhandle region, which included a $100 prize. She was so excited!

She is not taking an art elective this year because she is on the 5th grade newsletter instead, but her art teacher from last year sought her out and asked her to submit an entry to the contest the day before it was due! Emery said “Sure!” and drew this lovely scene the night before it had to be turned in. She said their family’s time at their cabin in Angel Fire inspired the view.

All of the winners’ drawings were made into greeting cards and mine just arrived in the mail. We are so proud of Emery and I am enjoying sending out her cards. I wish I’d ordered more!

Salina, Kansas

We rolled in early this evening, so after we checked into our hotel (masks on, sanitizer in hand!), I looked online to see if there was anything interesting going on. Side note, we have been fasting regularly since early in the pandemic and today was a fast day so we didn’t have the fun or the burden of finding somewhere to eat. ūüôā I discovered that downtown Salina has a “sculpture walk” so we decided to go take a look. It’s a cute little downtown, though most everything was closed this evening. We still had fun strolling along and seeing all of the cool sculptures and architecture.

Salina has a population of about 47, 700 and is a large wheat producing area. Wikipedia includes the following: “Prior to European colonization of the area, the site of Salina was located within the territory of the¬†Kansa people. Claimed first by France as part of Louisiana¬†and later acquired by the United States with the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, it was within the area organized by the US as the Kansas Territory¬†in 1854.” According to citytowninfo.com, “Salina was originally settled in 1856 along the Saline and Smoky Hill Rivers. It was founded in 1858 by William A. Phillips and was the westernmost post on Smoky Hill Trail. It was established as a staging post in 1860 for prospectors who were moving to Pikes Peak. It also served as a trading post for the local native tribes.”

Today Salina is a regional wheat trading center with grain milling as the chief industry. It’s also home to Kansas Wesleyan University and Kansas State University College of Aviation and Technology.

Sculpture Tour Salina is an outdoor exhibit that changes each spring. This was the tenth year of the tour. The public votes for the favorite sculpture and it is added to the city’s permanent collection. This year’s favorite was the giraffe sculpture called “Out of Africa” by Dale Lewis. If you look closely, you can see that the sculpture is made of knives, forks and spoons!

Street Art by Ace Cordell

After reading an¬†article in a local newsletter about a sculptor who lives on Worth St. in Dallas, Rich and I decided to take a walk down his street and admire the yard art he has gifted to his neighbors. This was a very interesting and enjoyable change-up to the daily walks I’ve been taking in my own area of town. We could definitely tell which house belonged to Ace because he had several pieces displayed, along with his unique vehicle known as Jezebel or “the zombie killing truck.” You might be surprised at what he has to say about it. ¬†ūüôā I felt a little awkward taking pictures in his yard and was embarrassed that he might come out and see me pointing my phone at his works of art. Rich quipped, “Look at this stuff! He is begging to be noticed! He’d love it if he saw you!” I had to admit it was probably true and it might have been big fun to chat with him. ¬†Check out all his cool creations!

Bye-bye, November

It was beautiful last weekend and we ventured over to White Rock Lake (not far from our house) to the annual ArtMart at the Bathhouse Cultural Center. ¬†SO many talented local artists and crafters had their items for sale, it was almost overwhelming. We wandered through the whole place, intending to work our way back to purchase a few things but we left empty handed. Too many decisions?? I did take a few business cards so I can consider ordering later. ¬†Then we stopped in at Brumley Gardens’ holiday open house. It was definitely all decorated for Christmas! We had a drink and a cookie and looked at all of the plants and displays, but again left without a purchase. ¬†What’s up with that?!

All of the kids were with in-laws for Thanksgiving so our friends Mary and John were kind enough to invite us for dinner. Their daughter Bridget was home from college, plus their friend Mark was visiting from NYC. Also invited were a colleague of John’s (who did not want ¬†her picture taken) and Rich’s ex-brother-in-law, Bob. So we had a funny mix of people which only made it more interesting and enjoyable for all. Not to mention great food and lively conversation! Rich contributed homemade cranberry sauce and homemade rolls and I basically showed up with gifts in hand. Can’t beat that, right?