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Painted Violins…it’s almost time!

Oh, Joy! One by one, they are popping up at www.musicfromangelfire.org
Some are utterly beautiful, some are downright silly. You can see mine here. For more on the painting of the violin, simply scroll down this page to “Painting the Violin” and read about it. The online auction will open on August 14. Then the high bid will be the starting bid at the live auction. Cool. Exciting!

Angel Fire ArtSpace,
3469 Mountain View Blvd, Suites B2-4 Angel Fire NM
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Ahh, Beautiful Sunday Morning

I’m sitting on my front porch, the sunshine glistening on Eagle Nest Lake, and the Red Tailed Hawk hanging effortlessly in the air as if suspended on invisible wires. It is 77 degrees and it just doesn’t get much better than this! The dog, Grace is sniffing the trails of last nights visitors and the columbine are reaching out to let the sun light their multi colored faces. It’s a compelling reason for the creative muse to emerge. I must write or paint. Since I have to go to work in a couple hours I opted for writing…plus my paints are at the gallery so the choice was easy!

The performance of the Mountain Theatre Children’s Workshop was way cool. What those kids accomplished in a week was nothing less than astonishing. With the guidance of Beth Tafoya, the choreography of Diane Peterson and creative costumes designed by the kids and crafted by Carol Verry and Allison Batchelder, the story of the history of Angel Fire came to life on the stage. From the creation of the high mountain valley to calling of the Sun, the Moon, the rivers and critters, the roots of the name Angel Fire came to life. Rooted in reality with a sprinkling of the mystical and silliness, it was a delight to watch. Now I’ll get to work editing the video for parents, grandparents and others. It was fun, and also a great relief that we pulled it off and it was richer and purer than what we saw in the past from Tech. No going back now…at least not to the way we used to do it. We dug deep and found gold. My deepest thanks to those named above who made it happen. Kudos!

Once the video is done I’ll post some clips here, so stay posted. Hope to have that done within a week. In the meantime it’s time to refresh my iced coffee. Ahh, nearly perfect!

Angel Fire ArtSpace,
3469 Mountain View Blvd, Suites B2-4 Angel Fire NM
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Mike Filsaime Restored My Faith

I had a sinking feeling. I’d been carrying this weight around on my shoulders for a couple of months. Without going into the long and boring details, I needed relief, and help to sort through the myriads of busy things I was running to, hither thither and thon. Rich Schefren would say it was an ABC problem. I didn’t have ABC. But ABCABCABCABCABC ad infinitum. In the middle of all that a couple months ago I delved into yet another, and today, Mike Filsaime rescued me. I contacted him, and explained my dilemma and he let down a rope to pull me up. He’s never met me before. He dealt with me fairly and honestly and I learned a lot in the process. He didn’t have to. I’m sure he gets a bazillion emails everyday. He didn’t even have to read it, but did, and responded too, which he also didn’t have to do. Why am I telling you this? Because he’s all over the internet, and I wanted to chime in and say, he’s the real deal. Smart, highly successful, and still honest and approachable. It’s remarkable…and so I’m remarking. Thank you, Mr. Filsaime. I won’t forget it.

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3469 Mountain View Blvd, Suites B2-4 Angel Fire NM
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Fingers Crossed and on My Knees

OMG! What an endless parade of tragedies large and small have plagued the opening of both the Mountain Theatre And the Angel Fire ArtsFest! From Salmonella and Cancer to “just can’t pull it together”, it is a wonder we’re pulling it off! Thank you Jacqui…and John (my John) for stepping in at the last minute. Even my new student Jennifer came to the rescue! Tickets are going fast and it looks like we’ll actually open!

As for AFMT, Robin saved the day(s) and Diana ended up at the gallery more than I did! But, open we did! Wednesday opened The Dining Room and wow! what a show! The audience loved it and even gave a standing ovation at the end! Final show is Saturday night and I’m looking for more chairs!

I think I need to sleep for a week to catch up. Not that that is likely to happen. Ah, well, Fall will be here soon enough. In the mean time I’m just doing my best to keep up the most important tasks (like paying bills) but laundry is lagging behind and if don’t do some soon we’ll be walking around in the buff. Not a good idea, especially when afternoon thunderstorms drop the temperature to 50.

So…Diane, be well-and fast! Jacqui…hang in there and THANK YOU! John..ditto..and more! Diana (and Bill), and Robin, and Jimmy…and Wing and Jane…there are not words, so THANK YOU will have to do.

If you’re in the area…don’t miss the last performance of this show on Saturday (yes tomorrow) There are more shows to come, but this one closes. And now, so shall I.

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3469 Mountain View Blvd, Suites B2-4 Angel Fire NM
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