Thursday, March 3, 2011
An Artist's Way: My Art Colony Along US 68 Part I
I was at my studio at Carnico and took a break to walk Carly, the dog. It was a short walk, I just walked up the hill and down toward the point, and there were Jim and Ottis. Ottis had brought a painting for Jim to look at. Jim restores art as well as doing some framing and making his own original art. The painting was one that Ottis had collected when he bought art to sell in his furniture store. Ottis is an amazing artist himself; the most experimental artist I know. It is very liberating to be around him and his work! Hmmm, I thought, maybe I do live in an art colony. Jim's wife Katie is a first-rate needle artist and she has recently taken up weaving on an impressive loom. Between their home/studio and mine, is the home/studio of Derek, the mastermind designer of my website: http://www.kathyreesjohnson.com/. I don't have to travel far to have paintings framed or to have a chat with my website guru! Then a couple of coves over is Brad, who worked hard with others to start the Courthouse Square Arts Guild in nearby Carlisle. Brad is a fossil artist! He finds a lot of fossils along US 68 and creates some solid compositions with his found treasures. March lives down another point and she makes gourd art, using Native American techniques. Across the lake is Kay, who exudes creativity in her dress and in her collage work. Her husband Raymond, makes fine furniture in an amazing workshop with a view like you wouldn't believe. No doubt, I am leaving many people out--but I'll get to know them, as Brad is planning an Art of Carnico exhibit. This is just Part I. Finding our place on Lake Carnico has made possible my archipelago-like art colony. I want to tell the story of all these islands of creativity that enrich my artist's life.