Saturday, November 18, 2023

Busy November

Along with delightful weather, I've enjoyed many musical events. My yard is bright and open but I'm still waiting for some landscape planting to be done. A drainage problem across my back driveway has been solved (I hope!) by a replaced pipe. Roots had grown into the old pipe where it had been cut during a cable installation. Grrrrr. Now I'm waiting for a heavy rain to see if the problem has been solved.

The Meistersingers concert featured Music for Royal Occasions, with organ and trumpet. 

Sanctuary at Westminster Presbyterian Church

With my singing buddies, Gwen Combs, me, Jean Claire Bounds,
 Judith Collins, Janice Gundy 

Dr Joel Dunlap, Conductor
It is a privilege to have my artwork displayed as part of  Main Street Gallery's Exhibit #4 for the months of November and December. 

More musical events--Tom Kimmel and Michael Mille were at the Back Door Coffeehouse at University Baptist Church. It was wonderful having Tom back home, and we hope Michael will sing for us again.
Michael Mille and Tom Kimmel
I have loved Amahl and the Night Visitors since I first heard it (composed in the 1950's by Gian Carlo Minotti), and getitng to hear it really makes my Christmas, so it was a special treat to attend USM's production of this classic. 
The USM Honors String Chamber Recital every spring and fall is one of my favorite events of the year. The students compete for two nights, and the winners are featured in a recital which my church hosts. Four or five groups perform and are judged for the top three winners. The talent and professionalism shown by these musicians sets them on a path for success. We are fortunate to become friends and be a small part of their journey. 
Marlene Gentile, Adelle Paltin, Isabella Marques, and Alejandro Restrepo
It has been a very musical month, but some art projects are underway. I did a program for Pine Belt Quilters showing my cheesecloth art using Mary Pal's techniques. The fall leaves are brought into the house and used often. 
Man with Pipe, cheesecloth, 12x14

Leaves on teal burlap, 8x10

Bay Leaves and Crape Myrtle Leaves, 12x12

Sweet Gum Leaves gathered on misty morning
There is lots of kitty news, but will save that for another post.