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Art Comes in Many Forms

It’s hard to believe that summer has come and gone so fast. We have had some scorching hot days in Wisconsin this past month, but soon a chill will be in the air. I hope you have had a chance to take some time off to relax and recharge. Self-care!

I wanted to chat a little bit about artists supporting artists. I do consider myself an artist. (It’s worth noting that it’s a recent revelation.) The more I attend poetry events, art fairs and network, I find like-minded people. It’s great to support each other and connect with people in general. I do believe that we can connect and heal through art.

Ann was on my team at work that recently retired. She lives in Northwest U.S. She started sharing paintings that she created on a regular basis. I was stunned at the vast subject matter, colors and techniques she used. Beautiful stuff! One day I saw an owl that she painted and asked her if she ever painted hawks, and although she hadn’t, she’d give it a try. A few days later, she sent me three paintings she’d done and I chose two of my favorites. She sent them to me in the mail and they are displayed on my coffee table. I always look forward to seeing Ann’s paintings!

My dear friend Kelly Thompson is also a painter, teaches art classes and leads the monthly Red Thread Circle women’s gatherings. Kelly and her friend Barbara are going to host a women’s retreat at the end of September called “Mosaic” (can’t wait!). Kelly is someone that really brings out the untapped artist in people and helps them learn more about themselves and heal.

Jenny is a newer friend of mine that I met at Ladies Rock Camp in Madison, WI. We share the same guitar teacher, Helen. Jenny and her partner Autumn retired and music is Jenny’s thing so she wants to get together with folks and jam; maybe even form a band. I’m in! She’s a super nice, positive, nurturing person and it’s fun to get together and play guitar and sing. She just bought a bass so we’re one step closer to a band. Look out!

Beth Kille is a leader at Ladies Rock Camp (and Girls Rock Camp) in addition to being a musician (solo act, plus 2 bands). She writes songs and has also written a songwriting book. She’s asked me and a couple of women to review the book and road test it. Hopefully, I can write some new songs. I’ve written three songs prior to this - inspired by Rock Camp. Beth has a great energy and she brings it out every time I see her.

I caught my friend John and his band 2 Johns and a Nancy out at Cargo Coffee East in Madison. They are a great, fun band and Dana at Cargo books great shows – check it out!

I saw Brandi Carlile in concert in Madison a couple of weeks ago. Sydney went with me and we had a great time. We met up with Jenny and Autumn on a beautiful summer night and once again got to experience the force that is Brandi Carlile along with Tim and Phil Hanseroth. Sista Strings is also a part of her band and they are from the Milwaukee/Madison area. I don’t always enjoy all that comes with seeing a band in concert, but this was a great experience and I’m so glad I got to share it with Syd, Jenny and Autumn. If you get a chance, go see Brandi in concert. I promise, you won’t be disappointed.

I encourage everyone to find people who build them up and make them feel accepted. It’s very validating and peaceful to the spirit.

Let’s chat soon.

With affection,

Carrie VS

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