December 28

Philomena

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Every week in 2013, I tried to set aside a little time for an Artist Date. The Artist Date comes from the book The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. Being the final weekend of 2013, I wanted to make sure I did something, so my daughter and I headed out to see a movie.

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We went to see Philomena.

Philomena

The film is based on the book The Lost Child of Philomena Lee by Martin Sixsmith, which tells the true story of Philomena Lee’s 50-year-long search for her son.

Me & Philomena Movie Poster

We really enjoyed the film and more than a few tears were shed by me. I recommend it.

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December 21

A New Book

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On Saturdays, I take you on an Artist Date with me. The Artist Date comes from the book The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. I haven’t taken a “proper” Artist Date in quite awhile, but today I received a book from a friend and looking at it was very inspiring.

642 Fashion Things To Draw

It’s called 642 Fashion Things To Draw. All kinds of inspiration for future girl paintings. Here’s a sampling of some of the ideas:

a masquerade mask

a Chanel tweed suit, circa 1920

a big-face watch

a bolero jacket

Wayfarers

a tiered top

a rhinestone hair clip

plus 635 more. How fun!

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December 14

Snowy Day

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On Saturdays, I take you on an Artist Date with me. The Artist Date comes from the book The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.

December 14 Snow

Just starting to snow

No special outing today. Just a scary ride into work and scary ride home and then…rest. And snow, lots of snow.

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December 7

Alternative Gift Fair

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On Saturdays, I take you on an Artist Date with me. The Artist Date comes from the book The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.

Truth be told, I haven’t taken an Artist Date in about a month, but today I briefly stopped by a cool event…the Alternative Gift Fair.

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The Alternative Gifts Fair is held at the Prince of Peace Church of the Brethren in South Bend, Indiana, and features a variety of gift items from local, national and international not-for-profits.

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I was there to checkout Ten Thousand Villages’ display.

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Then, I headed to the store.

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Next year, I’ll do a more thorough job of “covering” the event.

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This year, I apparently only had eyes for Ten Thousand Villages.

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October 26

Ten Thousand Villages

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Every week, I take you on an Artist Date with me. The Artist Date comes from the book The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.

I have been terrible about making time for my Artist Date. It’s time for me to be a little more proactive with my calendar and schedule them in. For now, here’s where I’ve been spending much of my time…my new place of business.

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Ten Thousand Villages Mishawaka.

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It’s an inspiring place,

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filled with beauty and whimsy.

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I’m honored to represent these artists from around the world,

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and privileged to work with a group of volunteers who are passionate about fair trade and sharing the artists’ stories.

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Certainly makes getting up in the morning easy. Now I just have to work on getting my “off work” time in order.

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October 12

Feast of the Hunters’ Moon

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Every week, I take you on an Artist Date with me. The Artist Date comes from the book The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.

Last weekend, I headed down to West Lafayette, Indiana, and attended the 46th Annual Feast of the Hunters’ Moon.

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The Feast of the Hunters’ Moon is a re-creation of the annual fall gathering of the French and Native Americans which took place Fort Ouiatenon, a fur-trading outpost in the mid-1700s.

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Fort Ouiatenon was active from 1717-1791. In 1791, President George Washington ordered the destruction of the Wabash Native villages. All crops and houses were burned, bringing the era of Ouiatenon to an end. Ouiatenon lay in ruins when white settlement began to grow in its neighborhood in the 1820s. Its existence was slowly forgotten until even its exact location was no longer known.

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In 1928, a local physician, Dr. Richard B. Wetherill, acquired the land around what was believed to be the site of an early French trading post known as the Fort Ouiatenon. In 1930, he built a 452 square foot replica of a fort on this land.

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In 1968, archaeological excavations and document research began to recapture and preserve the almost-forgotten French heritage of Ouiatenon. The archaeological excavation uncovered the actual site of the original stockade approximately one mile downriver from Dr. Wetherill’s replica fort. Excavations ended in 1979.

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There is something for everyone at Feast of the Hunters’ Moon. Traditional artisans demonstrate crafts in the style of the 18th-century using only materials and methods available at that time.

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Over 50 different French, English and Native American foods, adapted from original recipes, are prepared over open fires and served by costumed participants.

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Blanket traders and merchants sell replicas of 18th-century trade goods from blankets and tents. Products for sale include colonial goods, period clothing, toys, Native American items, pewter, leather, wood and woven goods.

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You can also see French and Native American music and dance, fife and drum corps performances, military drills and demonstrations, fashion shows, puppet shows, games and contests.

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The day started out rainy and overcast, but thankfully the afternoon was sunny and beautiful. The perfect weather for stepping back into the 18th-century.

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October 5

Copshaholm Gardens – Summer

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Summer Garden 1

Every Saturday, I share my weekly Artist Date.

Summer Garden 2

I volunteer at the Center for History and give tours at Copshaholm (The Oliver Mansion).

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Copshaholm has beautiful gardens.

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This year, I planned to document four Artist Dates in the Copshaholm gardens…one for each season.

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I’ve taken my Artist Dates late in each season, so I don’t think I’ve captured the gardens at their seasonal best.

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In March, I posted about my Winter Artist Date. In June, I posted about my Spring Artist Date.

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Regardless of the season, these gardens are one of my favorite Artist Dates.

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Peaceful, quiet, historic.

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The perfect place to rest after a busy week.

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September 28

Personal Care

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Every week, I take you on an Artist Date with me. The Artist Date comes from the book The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.

This was my first week at my new job, so my Artist Date was simple…a home manicure and facial.

Simple Artist Date

It re-energizes me to be quiet and freshen up a bit.

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September 21

Artists’ Own Gallery

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Every week, I take you on an Artist Date with me. The Artist Date comes from the book The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.

Since my head is mush, my Artist Date this week went totally undocument…not even one picture. So, I’m taking you on a past Artist Date that I did while visiting my daughter in West Lafayette, Indiana…Artists’ Own Gallery.

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Kathleen Kitch

Artists’ Own is an artist cooperative that opened in 2000. As an artists’ cooperative, the members own and operate the gallery. The artists serve in all capacities of running the gallery operation, including serving as shopkeepers.

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Linda LeMar

Works in the gallery include paintings, sculpture, jewelry, photography, furniture, pottery, fiber, glass and drawings.

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In 2010, Artists’ Own expanded and opened an art gallery in the adjoining space. Throughout the year, the Artists’ Own artists exhibit in solo or group shows.

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Zach Medler

The art gallery is also a place for the artists to explore new mediums and exhibit daring and unconventional work.

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When we visited, the gallery featured a community art wall. You could grab a paint pen and add to the ever-evolving piece.

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My daughter’s contribution is the wolf to the left of the birdcage, and my future son-in-law’s contribution is the wolf to the right of the birdcage. I thought this was very cool.

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Cyndy Clauss

The Artists’ Own Gallery is very inspirational and dangerous to the pocketbook.

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September 14

Wabash & Erie Canal

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Every week, I take you on an Artist Date with me. The Artist Date comes from the book The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.

Since I participated in a photo challenge called The August Break 2013 during the month of August, I have a few past Artist Dates to tell you about.

Canal Park Sign

Last November, I stopped at a holiday market, 2nd Annual One Stop Shop, in Delphi, Indiana, held at the Wabash & Erie Canal Interpretive Center. I wanted to go back in the summer, when the canal boat was operating, and a couple weekends ago, my daughter, future son-in-law and I did.

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The Wabash and Erie Canal was the longest man-made waterway in the United States (468 miles).  It stretched from Toledo, Ohio to Evansville, Indiana and linked the Great Lakes to the Ohio River.  The canal era ended by the 1870s after about 30 years of use.  The Delphi section of the canal is the only remaining accessible Indiana portion which still has water in it.

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We started by taking a 35 minute trip on The Delphi, a replica 19th-century canal boat.

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During the tour, our guides, dressed in 19th-century clothing, shared information about the canal and stories of everyday life as it was 150 years ago on the Wabash & Erie Canal.

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After the boat trip, we toured the Reed Case House.

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Our excellent tour guide, Mr. Mark Smith, told us about this Federal-style house, built in 1844 by Reed Case, contractor for the Wabash & Erie Canal construction in Carroll County.

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Mr. Smith shared canal era history and stories…

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…along with information about the furnishings and everyday life.

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We finished off by visiting the Interpretive Center and walking through the exhibits. The lobby of the Interpretive Center features large oil paintings by Terry Lacy depicting the canal era.

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A fun, interesting and beautiful day.

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