Saturday Thoughts from The Gallery at Redlands

Will probably let the watercolor rest a few days . . .

Change is the nursery of music, joy, life and eternity.

John Donne

Sitting in the gallery this morning with some quiet around me, I find myself arrested while reading some of the works of John Donne (I recently bought from an antiquarian book dealer here in Palestine a lovely old copy of Donne). I know what we generally read and share about change and how it spawns anxiety. I generally agree with that sentiment. But now, shaking my head in wonder at my own retirement odyssey, I realize that in taking over The Gallery at Redlands, I suddenly changed a lifestyle to which I had become comfortably accustomed. There of course was some initial anxiety, but now there is just a sense of wonder at this new scenario.

Every week since we took over the gallery, we have travelled to Palestine to open the gallery Thursday through Saturday while paying Cecilia Bramhall (one of The Twelve) to keep the gallery open for lunch on Tuesday 11:00-2:00. We have been happy to keep the hours consistent. Now, we are happy to announce that the hours will remain the same next week though Sandi and I will be at the Dallas Arboretum for Artscape 2021. Cecilia will open the gallery Tuesday 11:00-2:00, Thursday 11:30-2:30, and Friday and Saturday 5:00-9:00.

“Change is the nursery of music, joy, life and eternity.” I am going to hold onto that one, trusting that changes throughout the retirement years will prevent us from becoming hardened, stiff and intolerant to diversity. As the winds continue to shift and swirl about me, I am trying to keep my focus on what’s ahead, but also trying to keep my morning habit of reading for the purpose of reflection and cultivation of new ideas and approaches to what we are doing here.

Artscape 2021 will be held in the Pecan Grove section of the Dallas Arboretum next weekend. Saturday and Sunday hours will be 9:00-5:00 and Sandi and I will greet you from our Booth #71. Eight-five juried artists will be on the premises. This has been my biggest show of the year, and I’m so glad it’s returned after last year’s cancellation due to the pandemic. We hope you will come out to see us and enjoy the lovely environment.

Thanks for reading.

I make art in order to discover.

I journal when I feel alone.

I blog to remind myself I am not alone.

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