Poem of the Week: Comedy

by Susan Bassler
Pickford Member-at-large

Comedy:

Middle English, from Medieval Latin comoedia, from Latin, drama with a happy ending,

 from Greek kōmōidia, from kōmos revel + aeidein to sing    1300s

 

Fifty years ago Carol Burnett

Starred in her comedic variety show

Timeless as vaudeville

Slip on a banana peel

Everyone laughs

But not today

Democrats would point to recycling

Or the cutbacks in garbage men’s pay

Republicans would point to failed farm programs

Or the lapse of the work ethic

Independents would point to ineffective littering rules

The ha-ha’s  would halt in mid-air

The oxygen needed for a hearty guffaw

Sucked out of the prat fall

Political correctness has made fools of us

Comedy If not impossible, becomes anemic

Society has slipped on a banana peel

And we don’t get the joke

 

Art of the Week: Call for submissions

Call for “Art of the Week” Submissions

Active, Associate and Allied Art Professionals are invited to submit work to be featured as “Art of the Week.”

It’s easy and there is no submission fee, no deadline, and no limit to how often you may submit.

To submit work:

  1. Select your best work and send a good quality digital image toarteditor@nlapw.org,
  2. In the subject line put “Art of the Week”,
  3. In a separate document add:

a.   Your Name

b.   Branch name

c.   Medium/size

d.   Your website URL

e.   A brief statement written in third person . . . what inspires you or inspired this particular work;
what your process is; any special techniques you use or have developed; a little about yourself.

 

If you have any questions, I’m just an email away (arteditor@nlapw.org). I’m here to help.

Darlene Yeager-Torre
NLAPW Art Editor

Poem of the Week: Upon Falling from Its Nest

 

by Barb Whitmarsh
Bayou City 2, TX Branch

 

Had it sung but one brief song

Known one moment of Spring

Taken one brief flight

Piped in one dawn

Or one night

Had it made one boastful call

To an unknown mate

Its brief life

Would have been

An enviable fate

 

Poem of the week: From Generation to Generation

by Jill Maura Rabin, M.D.
Long Island, New York Branch

 

From Generation to Generation: ‘L’Dor v’ Dor’
(‘Give me the keys, please’)

 

From generation to generation,
L’Dor v’Dor – a song, a wish, a prayer
pouring from my lips each Sabbath,
Responsibility light years from today.

 

L’Dor v’Dor – a weight, my eyes strain
and discern elders’ traces, admonitions,
‘Do not forget’, soundless warnings,
Knowledge shared in haste over time.

 

L’Dor v’Dor – twilight fills a father’s senses, dawn just yesterday,

Struggle and accomplishment, a life defined by service,

Care, control and days slip through gnarled fingers,

‘Give me the keys, please.’

 

L’Dor v’Dor – How to find you in the darkness?’

I am dizzy from earth’s ever faster spin,

Time, invisible, yet palpable, moves me up life’s ladder,

The next ones’ breath is on my neck asking for more.

 

L’Dor v’Dor – precious, ancient words, fiery letters blaze,

Past and future coalesce, generations of truth shared

in an instant, all is given, lost and gained, my son

is next – ‘give me the keys, please.’

 

L’Dor v’Dor – a song, a wish, a prayer

poured from my lips, each Sabbath,

Responsibility fulfilled, we rise together,

from generation to generation, L’Dor v’Dor.

 

Art of the Week: Maine: Buoys and Lobster Traps

Patricia Levey
Palm Beach Branch
“Maine: Buoys and Lobster Traps,” 24″ X 30″
www.patleveyfinearts.com

 

 

Since childhood, Pat Levey’s life as an artist has been spent drawing and painting, usually inspired by the sea and animals. She began her career as a New York City art teacher then served as a school administrator and taught at Queens College Graduate Programs. Leaving education to pursue her creative potential, Levey studied classical painting with J.Acetus Jackson and also studied at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, FL. She has continued to take Master workshops.

 

Levey paints realistically as well as surrealistically working in oils, metal, and vitreous and limoges enamels. By having three paintings juried into the National Society of Art exhibits from the year 2003 to 2010, she was awarded a gold medal. Earning a gold medal gave her a signature membership in the NSA. Her work, including paintings, murals and jewelry, has been exhibited locally, regionally and nationally.

 

Pat Levey is currently the vice president of the Palm Beach (FL) Branch of the National League of American Pen Women.

 

Art of the Week: Musings on the Bounty (corrected)

Note from the Art Editor, Darlene Yeager-Torre: The art featured last week on “Art of the Week” was upside-down. I offer my sincere apologies to Deborah Anderson, and to all the blog followers, for this error and now show the quilt as it was meant to be viewed. You will also find additional, more detailed information on Anderson’s technique.


Deborah Melton Anderson
Central Ohio Branch
Musings on the Bounty
44” X 38”, Quilted by machine
www.debanderson.net

 

 

Images on this quilt are transferred to cotton fabric by applying heat and pressure, a heat press, used for T-shirts. The photographs are transferred to special transfer paper using a color laser copier. The images are then collaged to complete the design in readiness for a single press, since the transfers are semi-translucent. The final step is to make the quilt “sandwich” (front, center batting and back), stitch through all layers, and bind the edges.

 

Poem of the Week: Spirit Song

by Brenda Layman
Central Ohio Branch

 

Nature does not sigh for loss

In littered leaves and soil

She keeps her own ones

Birthed in Spring’s warm blood

Fed on Summer’s bounty

Curled in fur, huddled in holes

Each day light lengthens, shadows bend

And rush before the wind

That breathes tomorrow’s promise

Underneath her quilt of gray and brown

Blanketed with snow

Seeds are sleeping

Soon to wake, as their parents once awoke

Softly green unfurl

Into her world of sun and rain

And everlasting life

 

Art of the Week: Musings on the Bounty

Deborah Melton Anderson
Central Ohio Branch
Musings on the Bounty
44” X 38”, Quilted by machine
www.debanderson.net
 

 

Musings on the Bounty, obviously a play on the title of the famous book, Mutiny on the Bounty, was made with images of Deborah Anderson’s own photographs which were transferred to cotton then collaged and machine stitched.

 

Since the early 1970’s, Anderson’s creations have been exhibited around the USA in both group and solo exhibitions. Non-traditional quilts and liturgical textiles are those works most exhibited. Over 50 commissioned works for Christian and Jewish congregations and schools have been completed.

 

Anderson has been a member of NLAPW since the 1980’s.

 

Art of the Week: Garden Path

Abby Feinknopf
Central Ohio Branch, NLAPW
Garden Path, Acrylic
www.abbyf.com

 

 

Abby Feinknopf considers herself a mixed-media artist who continues to evolve. She began her career in fabric collage and moved to watercolor, then acrylic. She is inspired by patterns: patterns in nature, fabric, and architecture. And she loves bold color! When Feinknopf began working in fabric collage, it felt good to be able to repurpose clothing, notions, vintage flour, sugar and salt bags and to try to keep waste to a minimum. She also loves to needlepoint and embroider, so, often, those touches are added to a piece!

 

After finishing treatment for breast cancer in 2016, she found herself craving color. It was a cold, gray and dreary winter when she began painting in acrylic. Feinknopf decided to paint for herself, and her only! It was very abstract and very bright. Her paintings often come out of a grey canvas, representing her return to creativity after being sick.

 

Feinknopf has been told her work is “happy”. It pleases her that it resonates with others. Currently she is pursuing work for use in children’s hospitals and medical centers, so that hopefully it can lift spirits where needed!

 

Art of the Week: Red Iris

Vivian Ripley
Central Ohio Branch
“Red Iris”
Pastel
www.vivianripleyart.com

 

 

Vivian Ripley developed her unique “water method” using a large flat damp watercolor brush to move the pastel in a free manner to form the basis and much of the painting. Details are added to end the work. This method must be done on one of many pastel papers that will accept liquid treatment. Ripley finds continued interest in the many possibilities with pastel of which she says, “it is endless!”

 

“Red Iris,” created using Ripley’s “water method,” recently took best of show at an exhibit at the McConnell Arts Center In Columbus, Ohio. Her special watercolor technique is spotlighted in a chapter in “The Watercolor Landscape Techniques of 23 International Artists”. Her paintings are in collections in the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, France, and Japan.