Oct 2020 - Cocoon, Peggy Fun, New Art, VA, Kostia...VOTE!

Greetings Citizens,
The presidential election is rounding the corner. Sadly, the pandemic is not. Despite what some may want you to believe. Wisconsin, and the rest of the country, is surging with new cases and record hospitalizations. I think the aftermath of the election and the virus will still be reverberating with us a year from now. So keep on cocooning. I like the sound of that. It is better than ‘social isolation’. Stay distanced, but don’t isolate yourself. There is so much social media to keep us connected. And if that makes you crazy, make phone calls or write letters. Keep a safe small pod of friends or family around you. Maybe the world will emerge more beautiful after we have all been sequestered on our own little islands for a while longer. Fill your mind with beautiful things. Think of better ways for the world to be. Help implement them. My friend Peggy Brown just did a Kids Power Podcast. She talks about how she started her career as a toy and game inventor. But her advice is truly not just for kids. She reflects on how most of the time the world moves too fast, but now we have this ‘gooey’ time to think. To invent. To dream. To create. Pretty cool, right? Even if you are going through a rough patch, there are things you can think of to make the world better. Watch Peggy – I promise you’ll feel better. She was also just featured on the CBS Sunday Morning news. KIDS POWER PODCAST / Peggy Brown Website / CBS 58 Interview
It was really a good month for art. Despite the stress of having several commission deadlines, the VA slideshow and a piano student event all due within days of each other! I created painted photo art of a cabin on Lake Buckatabon. I don’t think ‘cabin’ quite describes it, as it is quite an amazing property. Starting with a great photo helped the resulting art gift commission turn out nicely. The second commission was corporate art for a client that wanted a photo of the Milwaukee skyline that included the art museum and the NML building. It is a large mixed media piece combining another painted photograph mounted on an extended painted panel. There were specific requests - that the sky be more blue and the water more green and taupe/ grey tones be added to match the décor. Commissions always have their challenges, but I loved doing these. I also sold a bunch of prints – yippee!
The 7th Veterans in Focus photography group wrapped up a few weeks ago. In September we visited the Sculpture Gardens, MKE Urban Stables, Havenwoods State Forest, and the Domes / 3 Bridges Park. There was a smaller group and no exhibit this year due to Covid-19. We stayed masked for the outdoor locations and again when we met at the War Memorial for a tour and final editing session. You can see a video of our adventures here. VIDEO As always, it was an honor to be part of this amazing group. For you jazz fans, I used a vintage recording of the Mil-Combo for the soundtrack: Ziggy Millonzi (piano), Connie Milano (drums), Don Momblow (guitar). Don was my husband's grandfather!
It was my turn to be honored by my good friend and genius pianist and composer Kostia Efimov. I often tell my piano students that there is more to music than just ‘notes’. But besides hearing me demonstrating it, I wanted them to listen to someone that plays with lots of feeling. I asked Kostia if he had any gigs that my kids could attend, but there was not much going on for him in town. He said I should bring the kids over to his church and he could play something and talk to them. Then he suggested why not bring all my students – since the church seats 200 and the chairs were all spread out. So that’s what we did! With families and a few friends we had less than 20 people – which was fine by me. I was able to record it, so now I share 'Piano Conversations with Kostia’ with you. Kostia PART 1 / Kostia PART 2. He talked about the history of the piano, and fun ways to get ideas for writing music. He played several original compositions and a classical piece. Then my husband Tom joined him on upright bass and they played some Latin jazz, blues, and a Mideastern style improvisation. I love that Kostia shared his ideas on the relationship between art and music and beauty. It was very inspiring. I hope you watch and share! I am very blessed to have a friend like Kostia WEBSITE who is so generous with his time and talent. That hubby of mine is a really good fellow, too!
In these frazzled, jangled and divided times it is easy to forget our blessings. After watching the news you can begin to believe the world is an awful place. It is not. We will get through this. Be kind to each other. And for God's sake, don’t forget to vote.

Love, Anita
Cabin Art & Lakefront Commissions / Me & Kostia / Vote / Love
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