A reminder: If you haven’t yet purchased your ticket to tour some lovely local gardens in Blooming Backyards this weekend, you can still pick up a “day-of” tickets at Hanna Boys Center where one of the shuttle buses awaits you. Don’t miss these never-before-open-to-the-public gardens, each unique and special. Ann Peden has coordinated this event using more than 200 adept volunteers. If nothing else, stop by Hanna Center, Sunday, June 8, beginning at 9:30 a.m. just to peruse and buy at their crafts fair. Maybe I’ll see you on the shuttle or among the gardens.
I must correct a recent erroneous note in this column last week, when I said that the Plein Air folks had donated $7,400 to the Sonoma Schools for art education since their inception in 2002. Boy was I off – way off. The truth is the Sonoma Plein Air Foundation has contributed more the $740,000 to Sonoma Valley School for art education for our children. Yay! We so appreciate their work in helping make art an essential part of our children’s education. As it should be. Hip, hip hooray for Sonoma Plein Air Foundation. I thank Judy Young for this good information.
Painting, ceramics and film
Even before Blooming Backyards, this Friday you can be entertained at an art show by local talent Miles Votek. Miles earned his BFA at the Chicago Art Institute, after growing up in good old Glen Ellen, attending Dunbar and all the rest.
Miles returned last fall to become the “Artist in Residence” at the Sonoma Community Center, teaching ceramics and creating his own art. Miles’ residency ends soon and his final act will be an art show featuring the pieces that he completed this fall and winter at SCC. We look forward to seeing this local gentleman’s fine artwork and meeting him in person. The last time Miles and I crossed paths, he was a wee tyke. No doubt, he’ll not remember that, though I do. He still has the same sparkly eyes, a gift from his papa, I believe.
Miles, now 29, has been practicing art since he graduated from the Art Institute in 2007. Following that, he left Chicago, returning to Glen Ellen, where he worked in mold-making with a neighbor artist, renowned world-wide, Douglas Fenn Wilson. You can see Wilson’s influence in Miles work today. Of the 7 (maybe 8, he offers) sculptures that will be shown at the art show, several were used as sets in a short animation that he produced while in residence at SCC. He will also be showing that animated film at his art opening. See you at Miles’s art show, 5 to 7 p.m. at the Sonoma Community Center, 276 E. Napa St., just off the Plaza this Friday, June 6.
Remembering Tim Murphy
This Memorial Day brought news of Glen Ellen friends and neighbors. First was an email from Dennis Garrett. Neither Sweetie nor I had seen or heard of Dennis in years.
Decades, it seemed, though that wasn’t the case. His sad news: Timo had died. Yes, Timothy Norwood Murphy died on May 10, 2014, in Panama. A true Irish wake was held to honor Tim, the theme for that: Tim is dead; let’s drink his beer. That’s something that Tim would truly have appreciated. As Tim’s many Panamanian friends (both native and USA ex-pats) gathered on the sunny Isle of Isla Colon, Bocas Del Toro, they sang and danced to Tim’s theme song, “So Fine.” Through tears of sadness, they shared stories and jokes well into the night and beyond.