Art Tour 2016 / by Hayden Michelle

 Stunning views of sunrise en route to Kathleen's, mystified by the ghostly fog...

Stunning views of sunrise en route to Kathleen's, mystified by the ghostly fog...

This past weekend I had the privilege of being invited to be a guest artist at the home and studio of Kathleen O’Brien, as part of Art Tour 2016.  We were first stop on the tour which included 8 other artists who opened up the spaces in which they live and create their art.

 Kathleen and her spouse, Greg Orth, have the gift of warmly welcoming those into the house and studio which they designed and built, nestled into the landscape which feels like an extension of the beauty within their walls.  We gathered on the porch which completely encompasses their house, offering views in all four directions, soaking up the dappled sunlight that came in through the gorgeous wall of blue morning glories, magically still blooming on these cold November mornings.  A hammock awaited tired feet in the trees beyond the house, and visitors ambled along their beautiful property, soaking up these intentionally and lovingly curated grounds.

 The road leading to  Sunwise Farm and Sanctuary , Kathleen and Greg's home and studio...

The road leading to Sunwise Farm and Sanctuary, Kathleen and Greg's home and studio...

 

The days unfolded with many coming out to see the stunning watercolors, mixed media and jewelry that Kathleen has so abundantly created, alongside my encaustic sculptural work and photography.  We both really enjoyed the symbiotic energy that our pieces seemed to emit while sharing the same space, complimenting each other in color, connection to nature, and positive energy. 

Also showcased were antique items Greg has collected, and some of his writing.  Sherman Fracher of Abiding Grace Farm was there as a guest, as well, with her artisan pickles.  We thoroughly enjoyed sampling them (too many times!) throughout the weekend, and loved sitting around the table with others who tasted these fine pickles and many of the treats that were provided. 

 Sherman feeling joy in the crisp morning air...

Sherman feeling joy in the crisp morning air...

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It was so enlivening to engage with those who came out to share in the day, discussing the process of how I work, what my inspiration is, and inquiring as to what moved them to create in their own unique ways.  I enjoyed hearing about the many facets of creativity expressed by the visitors… painters, writers, illustrators, actors, musicians, photographers, cooks, seamstresses, wood carvers, and those who immerse themselve in nature as source of replenishment, awe, and quiet.  It is in interactions like these that common ground is felt, and which deepens the drive to keep creating and keep sharing with others.  I was left with much gratitude for the opportunity and gift of making art, and especially for being invited to share it out on Kathleen and Greg’s sacred grounds.

 Shadows of the morning glories danced across the porch planks...

Shadows of the morning glories danced across the porch planks...

 Front view of Kathleen and Greg's land, with fountain and hand-made bread oven...

Front view of Kathleen and Greg's land, with fountain and hand-made bread oven...

 Lovely way to end the day... with a good hug with Kathleen and a hearty laugh...

Lovely way to end the day... with a good hug with Kathleen and a hearty laugh...

 And gratitude to be backoned back home to my neck of the woods with a soft sunset to greet me...

And gratitude to be backoned back home to my neck of the woods with a soft sunset to greet me...


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