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Dec 2020 - Blog, Hang On, Studio Sale, Decor, Leila, Piano Concert, Petra, Christmas & Sandy

Seasons Greetings Dear Readers,
 
I’ve been reflecting on my art blog at the end of this extremely long year. Originally called Art Flash by Anita, I started it in 2010 and I’ve been writing monthly ever since. Thank you for following my weird life and antics. I plan to keep looking for new things to write about. Despite being housebound (or maybe because I am housebound?), 2020 has not left me with a shortage of things to say. Just ask my husband. It’s been a year of immense change, challenges and loss for many. At times, it's been mentally and emotionally exhausting for me. But hopefully we have learned some things and people will actively find ways to make the world a better place through improved heath care, social justice, political reform, economic stability and a cleaner environment. I fear there is still a long road ahead of us - and a cold dark winter. Please do not let up on social distancing and mask wearing. Though the vaccine is on the way, it will take time. Stay strong and keep hanging on. 2020 was brutal, but it is likely only a preview of a much worse pandemic down the road. Hopefully we will be better prepared.
 
Since I am not exhibiting anywhere this season I am hosting an open ended Studio Sale. Call for a masked appointment if you are interested. You may be rewarded with a cocktail. There is artwork in a variety of sizes, prices and media as well as non-holiday cards and earrings. For 2020 I went sort-of minimal on the decorations, but not really. It’s the first time I didn’t put up a tree. Instead I set up an old white-washed wooden ladder with lights and wire and hung ornaments on it. It saved me from moving the piano and having a crowded entrance to the house. I might continue that tradition. Another display uses an antique frame with ornaments arranged like a tree. There is a large glass brandy snifter filled with ornaments in the kitchen. And right next to the infamous leg lamp (it would not be Christmas without that lamp!) I added a mini tree with crystals off the old chandelier from the house I grew up in.
 
I had two short visits with piano families – what a joy to see them. The siblings from Taiwan came by to play in our basement and see some magic. There were only two in person lessons with them before the lock-down. Leila, who has been my student for 6 years, is going off to focus on vocal lessons. I know she will do great and have fun with it. And I know I will miss her a lot! As a holiday treat I asked my students to record a song. I’m very proud of them. You can see our 2020 Piano Christmas Concert on YouTube. It includes a dance party, cats, and some bonus tracks. I even recorded something. LINK
 
The few times I have ventured out this year were to meet with other shut-ins. This month I met Petra, daughter of German immigrants. She met my German mom and her German girlfriend at a yard sale and struck up a German conversation and friendship. They pulled me into the fold and the four of us met at Petra’s home for a ‘Ladies of Lock-down Lunch’ with kaffee, kuchen & glühwein (warmed sweet red wine). It is the most German place I have ever seen! Ach du Leiber! Beer stiens, eckbank (corner bench) with a stammtish (reserved for regulars) sign, a light fixture worthy of a Schloss, and collectibles of all kinds. Her favorite movie is “Heidi“ (of course) and she even has a grouping of portraits that resemble Heidi’s grandfather! Petra is also a fellow thrift shopper, so we have a lot in common. And what a hostess. We left totally stuffed, tipsy, and happy.

For Christmas Eve, my mom, brother and his wife joined us for dinner for our family favorite - Hungarian Goulash. Burgermeisters not eating a German meal - scandalous! The holiday was quiet and relaxing with no stress - and minimal shopping. I must say I enjoyed that aspect a great deal. Tom and I didn't even exchange gifts ~ we'll go for a fancy dinner date when things are safe again. I made enough food to share leftovers and bring another meal to Tom’s parents. It was a blessing to visit with my mother-in-law Sandy. She is in advanced stages of Alzheimer's with behavioral disturbances and Dad is caring for her at home. Her balance is challenged, but she still loves music and jabbers away. Dad’s loving care for her is one of the most beautiful things I have ever witnessed. I hope you had a chance to share love and joy this Christmas. We are blessed that our challenges are small compared to many people. My heart goes out to all who have experienced loss and hardship this year.
 
Can't wait to kick 2020 to the curb ~ Cheers to a Happier New Year!
With Love, Anita

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Anita Burgermeister, eclectic independent artist in Milwaukee ~ creator of fine art, photography, faux finishes, murals, websites & more. Sharing musings or news about creative people & events in art, music, magic, dance, dining, film, writing, city life & more. Hope you enjoy and read often!
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