The Arts…The magic month of May

May is a magical time of the year. It sings to our very souls with its exhilarating fragrance of awakening flowers and budding trees stirred by gentle breezes. As painters and photographers, we revel in the enchantment of the earth opening to the glories of summer – the scenes ready to capture with our paints and cameras.

The air is like a butterfly with frail blue wings. The happy

earth looks at the sky and sings. Joyce Kilmer.

We know that a piece of art can teach us a lot about the way we view the world in which we live. Everyone of us is enriched by looking at art in all its various forms. Everyone of our group of Lake Lure Artists brings to our group a unique talent. They share their talents and provide encouragement and help to each other.

For example, Lori Loftus has been conducting classes on painting on silk at the Tryon Painters and Sculptors in Tryon. This reminds me of the time, years ago, when Ina, one of our Lake Lure artists, also conducted a class on painting with watercolors on a silk scarf. She worked magic with her ability to paint on silk and taught the rest of us a little of her technique of applying the paint, resist, and fixing dyes. Her results were beautiful, stunning works of art to frame or wear. I still have the scarf I painted and wear it often.

            All artists are invited to compete in the Celebration of Arts. This is a juried show at the Performing Arts Center on the campus of Isothermal College in Rutherford County on September 22-27, 2023. The show is being sponsored by the Rutherford County Visual Artists Guild and by the North Carolina Arts Council. The deadline to join is September 6.

            This is also the time of year to celebrate the season at our annual garden party held at my home on Thursday, May 11 at 9:30 am. The Lake Lure Artists have been gathering here every May for many years. It has been an exciting and interesting event where we explore all the plans for the summer season. Please join us if you are interested. My garden and home welcome you and so will all the artists who will be ready to encourage and help you learn what the Lake Lure Artists have to offer the public. This is a group of talented and special friends who meet together twice a month to discuss the arts and to plan events and shows.

Happy are the painters, for they shall not be lonely. Light and

color, peace and hope, will keep them company to the end, or

almost until the end, of the day. Winston Churchill

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