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The stock pot was cooking! Various alum-soaked papers and leaves were layered atop an old steamer basket and simmered for a couple hours. So many possibilities!

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bereft . adrift . aloft
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The birds they sang
At the break of day
Start again
I heard them say
Don’t dwell on what
Has passed away
Or what is yet to be
Yeah the wars they will
Be fought again
The holy dove
She will be caught again
Bought and sold
And bought again
The dove is never free

Ring the bells (ring the bells) that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything (there is a crack in everything)
That’s how the light gets in

We asked for signs
The signs were sent
The birth betrayed
The marriage spent
Yeah the widowhood
Of every government
Signs for all to see

I can’t run no more
With that lawless crowd
While the killers in high places
Say their prayers out loud
But they’ve summoned, they’ve summoned up
A thundercloud
And they’re going to hear from me

(Ring, ring, ring, ring)
Ring the bells that still can ring

Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything (there is a crack in everything)
That’s how the light gets in

You can add up the parts
You won’t have the sum
You can strike up the march
There is no drum
Every heart, every heart to love will come
But like a refugee

(Ring, ring, ring, ring)
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything (there is a crack in everything)
That’s how the light gets in
Ring the bells that still can ring (ring the bells that still can ring)
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything (there is a crack in everything)
That’s how the light gets in
That’s how the light gets in
That’s how the light gets in

Anthem
Leonard Cohen (1934 – 2016)

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Yes, I’m named after that Mina!

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Charlie D

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photo above courtesy of Don Drumm Studios and Gallery

Well, that was fun! There was a lot of experimenting (with fantastic results) at the Mixed Media Print workshop at Don Drumm Studios and Gallery. Check out the gallery’s workshop page for more images.

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Don Drumm Studios and Gallery will be celebrating National American Craft Week with five days of workshops. A list of artists, classes and times can be found on the event page.

Mixed Media Prints is scheduled for Thursday, October 13, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. We will explore mixed media monotypes using shape, texture and found objects.

Playing around with ideas and sample work:

collage monotype    relief monotype

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This year I’m bringing along the little press, too!

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Connie Bloom Memorial Party & Sale
Sunday, September 25
at her Summit Artspace 3rd floor studio

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above image: Akron Beacon Journal/Phil Masturzo

“While unfolding pieces of Connie’s hosta series, started last winter and now, sadly, forever unfinished, I was struck by how effectively each fragment illustrated just how passionately she approached an idea or technique. Connie researched, observed and designed, then edited, adjusted and reworked. Inevitably during the process her signature sparkle and glitz would appear, always with a touch of drama.

Connie’s approach to life, and the afterlife, was not dissimilar: no matter the situation, a little pizzazz is always appropriate!”   Joan Colbert, 2017

Read more about Connie in Artspace celebrates life of quilt artist by Beacon Journal art and architecture critic, Dottie Shinn.

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New from the USPS – Gene would have insisted these be on all correspondence!

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Connie Bloom, artist, writer and friend, died today, Monday, August 29, 2016.

“If someone should ever make a Memorial piece in Connie Bloom’s honor it would have to say that this is one grateful woman. She gives gratitude for all she has got, her job, her studio, her creativity, her happiness . . .

                  ‘This came to me, it fell out of the sky.’ ”
Sol Haring
producer and director of the documentary, No Time To Get Old
read Sol’s interview with Connie

Connie asked that her final goodbye be a joyful one, with a fabulous farewell party at her beloved studio.  Please join us at the Connie Bloom Memorial Celebration & Sale on Sunday, September 25, from 3 to 6 p.m. on the 3rd floor of Summit Artspace, 140 East Market Street, Akron, Ohio.

Along with food, wine, live music and memories, there will be a special sale of Connie’s fiber art. At her request, all proceeds will be donated to Artists of Rubber City and Summit Artspace.

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