The Healing Effects of Water & a Smoothie

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Last night was just magical.

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I wanted to go the Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn, NY.  There was an art reception for Water Effect – Art Inspired by Water, but I had a power headache brought on by a dumb sinus infection that has been bothering me for more than a week.

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I was able to finagle a last minute appointment with my nurse-practioner, got the meds, popped into Panera Bread for a strawberry-banana smoothie and miraculously felt better than ever!

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In less than forty minutes, I arrived.  And as soon as I walked in, I saw my friend Katie Turner and her husband Ralph, two of my favorite people in this universe – we only met last year when she exhibited her Terraskin watercolors of flowers in the Chittenango Middle School library, but we clicked like life-long friends.  Here she is next to her piece, The Pines ($275).

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I believe this was a juried exhibition, by the way.  I only knew a few of the other artists, like James Skvarch…

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and Mary Giehl.

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I had amazing conversations with the artists who were in attendance.  Gordana Vukovic…

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Susan Weisend…

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and Carol LaBorie.

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Carol retired from a non-art job and is now a full-time artist who has studied encaustic technique under a number of artists, often going to workshops and artist’s retreats.  I just loved her enthusiasm and passion!  Fifty-three artists from throughout the region are represented in this exhibit, which continues through October 18, 2015.

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In addition, there is a wonderful show of landscapes and barn paintings by Kathryn J. Schylinski.  OMG, I loved her!  She’s from Skaneateles, NY, but will be relocating to my neck of the woods soon and verbally agreed to working with me in the future – à la my art gallery in the school library!  I told her that I sometimes do a painting lesson using  Wolf Kahn references and she said she channels Kahn and crosses him with an Edward Hopper flair…and that is so true!  You can totally get that.

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All of the work, including Kathryn’s, is for sale and will be available for pick-up at the end of the exhibit. (Hers ends October 18th as well).

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The Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center is located at 205 Genesee Street, Auburn, NY.  They are open Tuesday-Saturday 10 am – 5 pm and Sundays 1 – 5 pm.  For more information contact them via their web site, www.myartcenter.org or by phone, (315) 255-1553.

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