Third Eye

We are pleased to announce the addition of "Third Eye" by Dan Hook to our gallery.  We purchased Dan's self-portrait on corrugated cardboard at the recent West Michigan Area Show 2015 at the Kalamazoo Institute of Art.

We are pleased to announce the addition of “Third Eye” by Dan Hook to our gallery. We purchased Dan’s self-portrait on corrugated cardboard at the recent West Michigan Area Show 2015 at the Kalamazoo Institute of Art.

 

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Looking up

If you were sitting where I am sitting right now and happened to look up, this is exactly what you would see.  Really?!?  Really!!!

If you were sitting where I am sitting right now and happened to look up, this is exactly what you would see. Really?!? Really!!!

 

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Sweet Corn

Aunt Natalie and Andrea head toward John Deere headquarters through the company cornfields.

Aunt Natalie and Andrea head toward John Deere headquarters through the company cornfields.

(Silvis, Illinois) The theme for our recent three-day visit with our niece Andrea Fitzpatrick was simply Sweet Corn.  We brought freshly picked sweet corn from Michigan, and Andrea had an ample supply of freshly picked sweet corn from Illinois, and so we boiled and steamed our way through the weekend.  We were thus corn-fed and corn-powered when we walked from Andrea’s apartment to her place of employment, the world headquarters of John Deere in Moline.  And, what should our wondering eyes behold as we entered the corporate grounds, but fields of flourishing corn.  Hmm, do you think that’s where Deere & Company got the idea for their colors of green and yellow?  Anyway, we continued our tour of the Quad Cities with a return visit to the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa, and, upon entering the museum that is celebrating their first 10 years, we were dazzled by an installation of glass, polyester rope and video projections called Corn Zone by Michael Meilahn and Nick Nebel.  Part of the Figge’s permanent collection, Corn Zone is periodically displayed.  We lucked out!  I mean: TOTALLY!!!!  To wit:

Natalie and Andrea behold "Corn Zone" by Michael Meilahn and Nick Nebel at Figge Art Museum.  (www.figgeartmuseum.org)

Natalie and Andrea behold “Corn Zone” by Michael Meilahn and Nick Nebel at Figge Art Museum. (www.figgeartmuseum.org)

One of us was so inspired by "Corn Zone" that she bought a smaller piece by Michael Meilahn in the gift shop.

One of us was so inspired by “Corn Zone” that she bought a smaller piece by Michael Meilahn in the gift shop.

Cooking up another corny meal.

Cooking up another corny meal.

 

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Travels with Charley: The Iowa Side

The Figge Art Museum in Davenport offers a fabulous view of the river.

The Figge Art Museum in Davenport frames a fabulous view of the river.

(Davenport, Iowa) So, we did get to the Iowa side of the Mississippi River during our recent end-of-summer journey across Illinois. And, in a posting to follow, you will be privileged to read about an amazing piece from the Figge Art Museum’s permanent collection that just happened to be on display when we visited.  We spent the better part of a day celebrating the Figge’s first 10 years, but our niece, Andrea Fitzpatrick, also took us on a delightful driving tour of Davenport.  We especially enjoyed driving along the Iowa side of the Mighty Mississippi at a point where it runs from east to west on its journey from Minnesota to Louisiana.  I had dreamed as a kid of rafting down the Mississippi with my friend Billy Melish from the old South Shore neighborhood in Chicago, but we never got the chance. So our drive along THE RIVER in Davenport with Andrea at the helm was just as good, if not better, because we were blessed with an absolutely splendid day for our river cruise.

Barging down the river.

Barging down the river.

Andrea treated us to a delightful river cruise in Davenport, Iowa.

Andrea treated us to a delightful river cruise in Davenport, Iowa.

Davenport is definitely a railroad town.

Davenport is definitely a railroad town.

One last look at the Iowa side from the I-80 bridge.

One last look at the Iowa side from the I-80 bridge.

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der Ring des Adlers

IMG_3734(Harbert, Michigan) When I was awarded the highest honor the Boy Scouts of America can bestow at the Eagle Court of Honor in Chicago on October 17, 1965, I resolved to one day wear an Eagle ring as a constant reminder of my achievement.  After all, once an Eagle Scout, always an Eagle Scout.  So, since I do not go about in a Scout uniform any longer, I settled on an Eagle ring as a token of my appreciation for those at Boy Scout Troop 607 who gently nudged me toward completion of the many Eagle Scout requirements, particularly the late Richard Gentry, who was a troop leader at the time.  Thank you, Mr. Gentry for telling me back in 1965: “If you don’t get your Eagle Scout award, you will always regret it.  So let’s see what you have remaining to do.” Well, thanks to Mr. Gentry, I did it all, and thus I was pleased to have my mother, Hannah Dick Macfarlan McKelvy, pin my Eagle medal on my uniform in 1965.  I will always remember that moment, and it was shortly before my mother died on June 4, 2014, that I decided to commission our friend and neighbor, Randel “Randy” Ball, to fashion me an Eagle ring. Randy is as fine a jewelry artist as you could hope to find, and in finding Randy to make my Eagle ring—or, as Richard Wagner would say, der Ring des Adlers— I found a lovely token of appreciation for all those who launched me as an Eagle Scout. Thank you all, and thank you, Randy.  This Eagle Scout is most grateful.

The Eagle Scout (right) with the artist, Randel "Randy" Ball.

The Eagle Scout (right) with the artist, Randel “Randy” Ball.

If the Eagle ring fits, proudly wear it.

If the Eagle ring fits, proudly wear it.

 

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Illinois Road Trip

We’re just back from a three-day road trip across the width of Illinois and over the Mighty Mississippi for a brief foray into Iowa in pursuit of fine art at the Figge Art Museum.  A full report will follow when I have reset my biological clock to Eastern Daylight Time.  Meanwhile, here are a few teasers to keep you in the game:

Crossing the Mississippi on the Rock Island Centennial Bridge from Rock Island, Illinois to Davenport, Iowa.

Crossing the Mississippi on the Rock Island Centennial Bridge from Rock Island, Illinois to Davenport, Iowa.

Eastbound on Illinois 18 just west of Streator.

Eastbound on Illinois 18 just west of Streator.

Illinois wind farm near Dwight.  The answer, my friends, is blowin' in the wind.

Illinois wind farm near Dwight. The answer, my friends, is blowin’ in the wind.

Passenger-side shooting in Kankakee.

Passenger-side shooting in Kankakee.

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Air Ship

We gave this one the "kite of the day" award at Silver Beach in Saint Joseph, Michigan the other day.

We gave this one the “kite of the day” award at Silver Beach in Saint Joseph, Michigan the other day.

 

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