I’m back!


Despite being incredibly sore from a new core workout regimen Sat., I’m feeling absolutely gleeful about the time I have to read my blog friends’ blogs, give my other job the time it needs at the moment, and to play with paper!  I have made some lovely cards, wrote 5 notes last night, and helped some scrapbook customers/friends with their Christmas cards.  That was fun.  I also spent 5 hours organizing my scrap area, so all items are together, and I know what I have.

I need to do a little interval training and get my blood flowing to help eliminate this soreness.  I took some advil and I’ve been drinking lots of water today.  Back on the wagon w/ my personal health.  I felt like crap this am!  Also used my inhaler-had bronchitis a few weeks ago, and I think allergies are affecting my breathing.  I also plan to meditate later.

Today is the 12th anniversary of my marriage to my precious hubby, Tim. I linked to his blog.  My parents married 52 years ago today, at the Christian (Disciples of Christ) church in Belhaven.  I’d like to know how Dad’s family became Baptist, when his Dad’s side were such ardent Methodists.  His g-grandfather was named Francis Asbury White.  The only way he could have been more  Methodist is if his name had been John Wesley White!

I’m reading Annie Lamott’s Bird by Bird and Dostoevsky’s The Brothers KaramazovI’m finding both interesting, but I’m more interested at the moment in creating, so I hope my poetry muse will return.  I wrote a poem last week, right after I lost my job, about living in a state of contentment, even when unpleasantness prevails.  Is Dostoyevsky an Americanization of Dostoevsky, beause we can’t say oy unless we see oy?  I noticed the book jacket on my library copy doesn’t have the extra Y.

The blog posts I read were stunning in their passion and vision.  I then read some of my old posts from a year ago and couldn’t believe how much less engaged I am now to the creativity in my own town.  I have a lot I want to do and see!  One of my first priorities will be to see the new VMFA!  Just went to their site and they have a tour today, but I will go on my own later, so I can linger in the Modern & Contemporary are section.

Geez, hope I don’t sound as blah as I feel like I sound.  What-ever!


Richmond’s own Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has landed “Picasso: Masterpiece of the Musee” Feb-May, 2011.  One of only 7 stops on this international tour, Richmond is the only east coast venue of this touring exhibit.

Isn't this lovely?!


Copyright 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Réunion des Musées Nationaux / Art Resource, NY

Arts Events


Let’s see if I can find a picture of someting from the Lewis collection at the Virginia Museum.  Here’s one:  (I’ve actually seen this; it is a life size sculpture.)

Ice Mankikismith 


Kiki Smith (American, 1954- )


79-1/4”H x 29-1/2”W x 11-1/2”D
201.30 cm x 74.93 cm x 29.21 cm

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. The Sydney and Frances Lewis Endowment Fund, 2004.1
Photo: Katherine Wetzel © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

I’ve been planning to renew my membership to the Virginia Museum, but I thought I’d wait until all the galleries were open again.  I didn’t, because of a wonderful preview for members that is happening 20 November.  Remember my favorite art patrons in Richmond, the Lewises?  I wrote about them here.  The preview on the 20th is of the new gallery with the Lewis collection of contemporary art!  I’m very excited.  If you are a member or decide to join the museum, please join us for this preview.  It is a wonderful collection, and I know there are additions to it since I’ve last seen it.  Remember James Prosek?  I wrote about him here and here.  I know the museum purchased one of his paintings, and I think it will be part of this exhibit. 

Also, did anyone join Visual Arts Center of Richmond?  I did when I signed up for my Creative Spark writing class, so I could get the discount, and I thought I might take more courses there this year.  Sunday afternoon there is a new members reception at the home of one of the board members.  I’m going, and I wondered if anyone reading this is also a new member, and going to the reception?  Let me know if you are and I will look for you there!

I’m very excited about both of these events, especially the preview.  Can’t wait to see the new Sydney and Frances Lewis Gallery, and the fabulous works of art in it, both old and newly acquired.  And then the whole museum is reopening in May!   For a town the size of Richmond, the VMFA is quite impressive.