Finnish Art, Denver-trained Artist
Strolling through Porvoo, the second oldest town in Finland, I found a beautiful garden with a studio/gallery at the end of a flower-edged path. I followed the path and entered the studio, testing for English with a tentative, "Hello." "Hi," was the answer in nearly flawless English, "Where are you from?" I told her, "Colorado in the U.S." She said, "Oh, I graduated from Denver University in Colorado." Small world. She said she had just received a call to check the installation of her new exhibition which opened in two days and invited me to come take a peek. What I saw were many vanilla-colored free-form ceramic tubes hanging from the ceiling, interesting but not spectacular--until they turned them on. The scene and the shadows were truly exceptional. I cherish the gift of light a Porvoo artist gave me that day.
Coffee Table Books!
I love coffee table books, those books containing mostly photos of captured moments. One I recently acquired is One Planet, compiled by the publishers of Lonely Planet Guides. Another one I bought two copies of at after-Christmas sales is America 24/7 and plan to give them to our hosts when we visit Chile later this year.
A friend told me that my blog is becoming a collection of captured moments. Exactly! When one collects people as we do, the memories are captured as special moments of shared communication. Sometimes it is through art, through a shared story or gift or just a moment sharing wine from some relative's small grape arbor outside a small, virtually unknown town in Italy or Chile or Peru or Estonia.
Maybe I'm making my own annotated Coffee Table book--online.