Like other multi-taskers, I have recently begun to question my lengthy ‘to do’ list. My passion is pottery. But throwing pots on the wheel is a very time-intensive activity. I began to think, “Why make pottery on the wheel when a bowl can be purchased at the store?” I dreamt of the free time I’d score if I gave up my pursuit of pottery.
Have you ever had a dream that moved you? Not the one where you end up going to work in your undies. I mean the kind of dream that, even years later, you remember vividly. Artist Helen Kate McAllister (or HK) lives her life in those dreams, creating the art of the subconscious. Her artwork […]
Emily Schiebal’s redbrown hair falls straight against her green floral print blouse. Rain pounds on the single-wide trailer converted into an art studio. We sit at the kitchen table, Emily sipping on some hot chocolate while I take a taste of water. A beekeeper’s suit hangs on a wooden mannequin next to an old upright piano. She’s nervous. “I’m used to hiding behind my husband,” she tells me. “He’s such a prolific artist. It’s easier to hide behind him.”
The County of Lake, as part of our #LakeCountyBrilliance initiative, will be sharing powerful lessons learned in conversation with Lisa Kaplan in the coming weeks, lessons that challenge us all to greet obstacles with an eye toward wholeness and restoration, encouraging us to identify not as permanently scarred, but hopefully resilient.
Resilient. It’s pretty much the word du jour lately as fires and devastation have marked not only our community, but our neighbors, our state, and our psyches. No matter how much “resilience” seems to be the new buzz word before grants and politicians, it speaks to us all because what it says is no matter […]
It’s the first Friday of July in Lakeport. My husband David and I settle in at a table on the balcony of Juicy’s Pizza. A giant redwood stretches its large arms over us, dropping a cone on the railing and providing some much-needed shade. Fellow patrons sit nearest the roofline, escaping the last rays of […]
The Middletown Art Center’s reach stretches beyond the art hanging on its walls. In the past four years of its existence, it has served as a resource, events, and art center. It’s been a place for those affected by the fires to come, talk with others, work through their stresses and fears and heal. It’s […]
5.30.19 – 3:30 PM Thunder echoes across Harbin Mountain, rolling down the hills into the Collayomi Valley. Children spread out around the installed artwork, laughing, stumbling, and posting their “wishes” on manzanita branches. It’s a group of fourth and fifth graders from Cobb Mountain Elementary who have spent their time learning about bats, building bat […]
Wake up, see the day, know it is there. Drink rose tea. Remember the one you love has died. Proceed to crumbling on the bedroom floor. Remember the world is alive. Pick yourself up from the bedroom floor. Drag yourself outside. Stare at the moon. Walk through mud. Remember the last time you found yourself […]
“How about over there?” a voice calls from further up the hill. “Does that look okay?” I’m on Rabbit Hill to see a new collaborative art installation created by the Middletown Art Center and the Lake County Land Trust. Almost four years ago, the Valley Fire ripped its way down Cobb Mountain, blackening Rabbit Hill […]
Lisa Kaplan stands between the u-shape of the tables, sharing her vision. A diverse group of students sit around her, ranging from youth to elder, locals to internationals. “The Resilience project was about expressing and reframing personal loss,” she begins. “But the RESTORE project takes our creative artistic expression and moves it further out into […]
I met with Lisa Kaplan at her home in the Hidden Valley ranchos. Newly rebuilt, it stood like a piece of her art on the ridgeline. “It’s so beautiful,” I exclaimed as I stepped through the door and took off my shoes in the concrete-floored entryway. She pointed to a small section of the rough […]