Featured Art: Woman in White Chair

 

 

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“Woman in White Chair,” acrylic, 27.5 x 22.5
By E. Marie Francis, Vero Beach Branch, Florida

 

From the Artist:

“Me Ladies” is the name of a series of drawings that I created over 30 years ago. The early pieces were simple pen and ink line drawings — rather abstract pieces. I later added watercolor paints in order to jazz them up. Over the last 19 years, I started using acrylic paint and a limited palette of white, black, red, and gold. Lately, the themes seem to be a little whimsical. Right now, a little whimsy is nice.  

The Woman in the White Chair

The woman in the white Queen’s chair,

had been reading her love poems with care.

Her thoughts have now carried her into

a dreamlike state,

putting a sweet smile on her face

completely unawares.

 

Featured Poem: Oakland Giraffes

Patricia Doyne
Diablo-Alameda Branch, California

 

 

(Based on Giraphics by muralist Dan Fontes)

 

Whoosh!

The freeway overpass

pulses with cars, pick-ups, buses, big-rigs, motorcycles.

All day they speed up, change lanes,

weave in, out, and on.

 

 

Underneath the overpass,

drivers pass the huge support pillars emblazoned with—

giraffes?

A giraffe stretching to feed,

a giraffe bending to drink,

two giraffes angling their necks to check out the neighborhood.

Comic surrealism peeks out

amid the apartments, small stores and ever-moving traffic.

 

 

“When the freeway fell down in ’89,”

says the artist, “these pillars

had to be enlarged. An old giraffe is still inside.

Can you hear him?”

The child puts her ear to the pillar.

Her face brightens.

“Yes,” she burbles, “He’s saying,

‘Mmm, mmuh-uh-uh, mmmuh.”

 

 

So now there’s a new spirit

haunting the Oakland street scene.

Not political. Not gang-related. Not religious.

This spirit makes you smile as you pass by,

shaking your head.

A giraffe poses photo-realistically on the pillar,

leaving homeland camouflage behind.

But his very presence echoes the Serengeti

in this unlikely cement place:

Mmm, mmuh-uh-uh, mmmuh.”

Or perhaps,

We came, unwilling, from Africa.

Now Africa leaves a keepsake in our midst.

 

Featured Poem: One Moment

Mary Joan Meagher
Minnesota Branch

 

The present tense is tricky

When the one you love

No longer is

But has become a was.

Existence is measured in moments.

Moments are long when

Is no longer describes

The one who was immediacy,

The one who was forever.

Now a moment shocks,

Now a moment stretches,

Now a moment is eternity.

An eternity without,

An eternity bereft,

An eternity of empty.

One’s sight is blurred,

One’s hearing is gone,

One’s touch is numbed,

One’s moment is bloated

With grief.

Existence depends on the gyroscope

Of time and space

Returning to is,

Not was.

One’s moment becomes a merry-go-round of

Never.

 

 

Featured Art: Pelicans Sitting in the Sun

Pelicans photo

“Pelicans Sitting in the Sun” by Judy Barnett, Golden Gate-Marin Branch, California
McAbee Beach on Cannery Row in Monterey, California

Judy Barnett expresses her creativity through jewelry design, fiber sculpture, wire and metal sculpture, and photography. She enthusiastically tries new media whenever she can. She recently purchased an iPhone 8 Plus and is having fun taking classes and learning about all of its features. 

“I like this photo because it looks like a watercolor painting,” Barnett says.

You can view her other art on Facebook.

 

Featured Poem: After the Fruit

Christina Laurie
Cape Cod Branch, Massachusetts 

 

When the serpent beckoned Eve
and she tasted the ripe softness
of the pink fruit from the forbidden tree,
she felt the energy of earth
pour into her bones,
teasing the marrow with cool sweetness
and the memory of being.

 

Then she knew of knowledge,
and adventure begged at her back door.
She galloped into the new world
with insight and understanding
that her husband only sensed
as he watched her frolic in the fields of gold,
free, beautiful and sensual.

 

She knew that, up until that moment,
all she had known was isolation
of green and blue, of earth and sky
and gentle walks with God.
His voice called her to His evening stroll,
but after the fruit, all she knew
that what had touched her tongue
was only partial truth.

 

  

Featured art: Madonna

sculpture

“Madonna” by Renata Fackler, Central Ohio Branch

 

Two bronze sculptures by Renate Fackler, “Madonna and Baby Jesus” and “Mrs. Plank,” are featured in the Garden of Peace at St. Mary’s Church in German Village in Columbus, Ohio. The Kelley family, who are grandchildren of Mrs. Plank, are responsible for the beautiful garden and the sculptural additions that where installed in the summer of 2019.

 

Featured Poem: Something’s Missing, Something’s Gone

 

Dr. Carmen Meadows
Atlanta Branch

 

 

Carefree days outside I played 

Come cloud or sun I’d laugh and run

 

To see bugs crawl or scale a wall

I’d pick a flower build a tower

 

Something’s missing, something’s gone

 

We fell in love and made a promise 

My heart’s desire to be your wife, 

Bear your children, share my life

 

Our babies came and grew so fast 

I thought it should forever last

 

Something’s missing, something’s gone

 

We built a business, watched it grow

Had to see it crumble though

Together we could bear it strong

 

Something’s missing, something’s gone

 

Time doesn’t seem to want to brake

I watch our parents bend and shake

 

They aren’t too sure they know our face

How sad to think they’ve left the race

 

Something’s missing, something’s gone

 

Today we have the moment sure

I look into your eyes and smile 

Thankful for the time at hand

 

In love and loss we spend our days

Grateful we have passed this way

 

As I look back it’s plain to see

 

Something’s missing, something’s gone

 

If Grace is granted now as then

There’s still a bloom and call to hear

“Come play and run and laugh again”

 

All isn’t as it seems

 

The thing that’s missing’s yet to come

What seems a loss is part of all

A stone once hewn and set in place

 

All understood when face to face

 

 

 

Featured Art: The Princess and the Unicorn

The Princess and the Unicorn

“The Princess and the Unicorn” (22×18) by Patricia Lipe   
Jacksonville Branch

 

Artist’s statement

This is a painting that literally came on its own. Surrealism, perhaps? I was painting landscapes in southern France and wiped the extra oil paint with a palette knife onto an empty canvas. Later, I looked at that canvas, turned it upside down, and there they were – the princess and the unicorn.

I had seen the original unicorn tapestry in Avignon, but this rendition was not planned. I did add the dragon, however. The painting depicts good (the unicorn who represents creativity) and evil (the dragon). The princess holds up the mirror so the unicorn cannot see the “evil” lurking in the woods.

I used this painting on the cover of my book “Myth, Magic and Metaphor: A Journey into the Heart of Creativity.”

 

Featured Poem: Stay for Awhile

Patricia J. Dennis
Santa Clara County Branch, California

 

A mansion set back
White pillars standing tall

 

Framed by trees guarding all
Luscious greens so alive
Glistening clean after the rain
Sweet aroma of flowers fill the air

 

There is a swing
Do we dare
Sit and stay for awhile

 

Remembering when as a child 
We could swing forever 
And get lost in the
Sky

 

Head thrown back

 

Air blowing through our hair
Letting go of the worries 
Soaring through the air

 

Hearts full of promise
On our way to tomorrow

 

Featured Art: Little Bear

Little Bear

“Little Bear,” watercolor, 24h x 22w, by Geri McGriff Davis
Columbus Branch, Georgia

 

Geri McGriff Davis is a graduate of Auburn University with a degree in art and architecture. She also has a master’s degree in counseling and human development, focusing on art therapy. She has taught art for 45 years, from elementary to college level, as well as in her private art school.

Davis is an avid environmentalist and uses her art and lectures as means of informing the public about endangered floral species in Georgia. She has served as her branch’s president and vice president, as well as the Georgia state president and vice president.