I have been spending the last couple of months working on closing
my dad's estate, among other "must do" but not very interesting
things. In the meantime, as I write this, summer has come, and is
in her glory.
Little by little I can see progress in our lives out here in the
country. Wayne and I have lived here 3 years now. Again, I am
flabbergasted by how fast time flies.
To have my name finally on the deed of 9087 Kalamazoo Ave, is a
huge relief, on one hand, and a big responsibility on the other.
It's not easy keeping up an old farm house, a barn and 5 other
out buildings. It's not easy, but it is so worth it! I am very
grateful to have a handy hubby who love's me and who takes great
interest and pride in this place!
Our next project is putting a new roof on the studio. I don't think
it has been replaced since my dad first converted the chicken coop
into his "Pavilion of Intelligence" as he fondly referred to his new
work space. That was way back in the early 70's. It will give me a
great sense of satisfaction to complete our mission of restoration
to this wonderful building. I will be sure to post "after" pix once
the job has been completed.
There have been several inquires about art shows or events here
and if there are plans to continue them. The answer is a resounding,
yes! We had jumped right into having these fantastic gatherings
early in the spring of 2011 when Charles LaRue, one of my favorite
local artists, raised the idea. His memorable show was the first of
8 altogether. Each of which, were interesting and fun to put on, in
their own way.
These shows do take time to plan, and a lot of elbow grease to
prepare for. That is why there has not been any thing going on this
spring or summer so far. I wanted to take some time to re-evaluate
how to go about honoring local artists in the most effective and
economical way possible. Also, as I mentioned, attention to some
basic issues took priority.
One of the things that I am excited about are my "Open Studio
Wednesdays". Since early spring I have designated Wednesdays' as a
time when, you, my friends and customers, can feel comfortable
in coming out whenever you feel like it, bring your framing needs,
knowing that I am in the studio, ready to assist you.
This way, Merizon Studio is like any other store on Wednesdays.
Open for business!
I met my next artist at one of these "Open Studios". Her name is
Debra Sportel and she is lovely!
Deb grew up around here and I actually knew her slightly when we
were kids. She went to Byron Center and I went to Caledonia. Her
family, the Maiers', still live this area. They were the first
family we met when we moved here from Eastown in 1968.
Anyway, Deb is one of those people with whom you feel instantly
comfortable with. She brought some of her photographs for me to
frame and we ended up talking for a long time. She eyed a painting
by my dad that I had just acquired and fell in love with it.
Two days later she was back again. This time, to buy the painting.
Debra is a professional photographer and painter. I was delighted
to learn that she lived right around the corner on a farm with
her husband, Randy. Deb invited me to her home to see more of her
work. I liked it very much, and together we made plans for an
August 24th show, of which you will hear more about in the up
coming weeks. I am totally geeked for this one!
Aside from being a great person and refreshing artist, Debra is
also savvy with photoshop! She helped me design a card logo that I
plan to use for the sales of my dad's giclée's. I have had
this image under wraps for several weeks now. I love it so much I
didn't just want to throw it out there, but then I guess there is
no time like the present!
|Jester, by Armand Merizon|
Isn't it cool?!