Archives for May 2015

Memorial Day Poem

Rest Peacefully

Once they floated in mothers’ wombs
Now interred
In well aligned tombs
Though much life
Meant still to live
Their lives
For our country
They did give
They lie beneath
Our sacred soil
Because man can’t live
Minus knife and foil
Now cannons and rifles
Rattle the calm
I.E.D.’s
And horrific bombs

Rest peacefully
Under flowers
And flags
And long after
Due to the weather sags
They who died
For their blessed land
Are held tightly
By the good Lord’s hands
*
Happy Memorial Day
For all those who died for the USA
Barb Whitmarsh

Editor’s note: This poem was due to go up on Monday, May 25, but as many of you may know, I live in Houston and Monday and Tuesday were not ordinary days here. Prayers for all those affected by the storms and floods. We are fine and our hearts go out to those still recovering from losses.–Treanor Baring

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Poem of the Week–Armistice


Armistice

I pass the long train
as it waits, unmoving,
each flat car carrying military vehicles —
armored tanks with caterpillar tracks,
long gun noses extend into air —
the kind of transport we only see on the news
rolling down the streets of Baghdad,
Helmand province,
Tiananmen Square,
right here in Ceres, California,
and for a minute it jolts me,
all the more ironic
since it is Memorial Day weekend
and this looks like an invasion,
tank after tank after tank,
gray green gigantic Tonka toys
that have played for real
in the game of war,
not raw recruits
but old war horses,
veterans,
hopefully on their way
to some kind of resting place
where they will be honored
for their service,
never used again

Nancy Haskett
Modesto Branch, CA

Art of the Week and New Member Profile

Bonnie Benschneider Olson Pikes Peak Branch, CO New Art Member

Bonnie Benschneider Olson
Pikes Peak Branch, CO
New Art Member

Continuing our series on getting to know NLAPW’s newest members, today’s Art of the Week features Bonnie Benschneider Olson of the Pikes Peak Branch, CO. Welcome, Bonnie, it’s an honor to have you as a member! Scroll down to see some of her art and read her art career.

Pastel by Bonnie Benschneider Olson Pikes Peak Branch, CO New Art Member

Pastel by
Bonnie Benschneider Olson
Pikes Peak Branch, CO
New Art Member



Contemplation of Love (1 of 20) Pastel by Bonnie Benschneider Olson Pikes Peak Branch, CO New Art Member

Contemplation of Love (1 of 20)
Pastel by
Bonnie Benschneider Olson
Pikes Peak Branch, CO
New Art Member

Pastel by Bonnie Benschneider Olson Pikes Peak Branch, CO New Art Member

Pastel by
Bonnie Benschneider Olson
Pikes Peak Branch, CO
New Art Member

Pastel by Bonnie Benschneider Olson Pikes Peak Branch, CO New Art Member

Pastel by
Bonnie Benschneider Olson
Pikes Peak Branch, CO
New Art Member

Pastel by Bonnie Benschneider Olson Pikes Peak Branch, CO New Art Member

Pastel by
Bonnie Benschneider Olson
Pikes Peak Branch, CO
New Art Member

NLAPW Pikes Peak Branch logo by Bonnie Benschneider Olson Pikes Peak Branch, CO New Art Member

NLAPW Pikes Peak Branch logo by
Bonnie Benschneider Olson
Pikes Peak Branch, CO
New Art Member

Bonnie has also recently designed a new logo for the Pikes Peak Branch!

Bonnie Benschneider Olson had an early introduction to art and photography and was supported in her interests. Her father, L H Benschneider, was a commercial photographer and teacher, her mother a Pen Woman since 1960 was a prolific painter, writer and sculptor.
Bonnie grew up in Colorado in remarkable natural surrounds. Being immersed in art and the beauty of mountains and love of animals, led her to a genuine desire to express her love of beauty with her own art. She began teaching art in her early twenties and continues to share and teach and create a wide variety of art in pastel, water color, oil, acrylics. She shares her skills with her staff and volunteers at her “memory care” day care center for seniors with cognitive challenges.

Bonnie has a degree in Fine Art and Education from the University of Colorado. She continues to study and develop as an artist through continuing study with various artists through the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center. She uses her technical skills and artistic expression to create one of a kind commissioned portraits. She is also developing several books based on her mother’s vast inventory of litergical paintings and vintage Colorado watercolors as well as her mother’s collection of Broadmoor Art Academy lithographs and her father’s inventory of Time-Life photos and Alexander Film archive photos.

Art of the Week–Street Art Critic

HONORABLE MENTION Street Art Critic Soon Yi Warren Fort Worth Branch

HONORABLE MENTION
Street Art Critic
Soon Yi Warren
Fort Worth Branch

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