Art Exhibit, Book Signing & Art Journaling class in Kansas!

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I was in Kansas last weekend – what a wonderful trip!  The 14 altered art illustrations from my book – An Altered Existence – are currently on exhibit at the Lincoln Art Center, and I spoke and signed books at an event there last Friday, July 19th.  It was a pleasure to be welcomed by both the gallery and the community, and it was such a thrill to see my work hanging on display in that lovely art space!  I also taught a class at the Lincoln Art Center on Saturday morning, and it was great fun to share art journaling with my 12 students.  A good time was had by all!

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Fun with Friends
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In addition to activities related to the art exhibit, I was there to meet up with some wonderful friends of mine.  Our adventures included a visits to a local wax seal manufacturer, antique shopping, and some yummy meals.  Some of us even went firefly “hunting” in the evenings.  We don’t have fireflies here where I live, and my Lincoln friends were kind enough to take me out in search of the luminescent beauties.  We didn’t find oodles, but I was entranced with those we did see!  I’m so thankful to all my wonderful friends for their kindness, support, and enthusiasm!

Antique Store Finds & Generous Gifts
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I invariably leave Kansas with more than I arrived with (this is my third such trip to Lincoln), and this year was no exception.  I was gifted with a number of wonderful and unique items, like a vintage crochet-trimmed handkerchief, books, vintage photos,  a ceramic pen holder, an Anasazi pottery shard and more.  Such wonderful treats!

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My antique store purchases included a bronzed baby shoe (I split a pair with one of my friends who also collects them), a manger cow with springy horns that truly looked like a “mad cow”, as well as a little purchase for hubby.  I also bought a jar of vintage buttons, and the jar itself was fab and rather unique.  Given the unusual size, shape, and contents of the jar, I wasn’t surprised that I was stopped at security when flying out of Wichita.  It was my first-ever on-the-spot bag search, so I suppose I was due.  Here’s a picture of the mad cow – I think he needs to turn his frown upside down!  :]

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Blessed Journey
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Every trip I’ve made to Lincoln, Kansas has been over-the-top fantastic, and this particular trip will always be extra special to me because of the art exhibit, signing, and class related to my book.  Big thanks to everyone who helped make my exhibit and overall trip so wonderful.  I’m most appreciative.  :]

Warm regards,
Melody

 

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9 Comments

  1. Posted July 25, 2013 at 11:17 am by Beth Nielsen | Permalink

    Awesome and what a great opportunity!
    Glad you are back safe & sound; can’t even imagine how beautiful fireflys must be!
    😀

    • Posted July 25, 2013 at 7:54 pm by Melody | Permalink

      Beth,
      Thanks! Fireflies are truly wonderful. They’re like little white blinking Christmas tree lights – with wings!
      Melody

  2. Posted July 25, 2013 at 11:24 am by Jo Murray | Permalink

    You’re famous! How wonderful. Glad you had a great trip.

    • Posted July 25, 2013 at 7:55 pm by Melody | Permalink

      Jo,
      Ha – not quite, but I’m fine with that. I’m happy just creating and sharing. 🙂
      Melody

  3. Posted July 25, 2013 at 7:52 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Oksana,
    Thank you! I hope you’re having a great week, too. :]
    Melody

  4. Posted July 26, 2013 at 12:44 pm by Debbie | Permalink

    Congrats on your gallery show, Melody! I hope you saw at least a couple Holy Molies among those fireflies. We have the fireflies here in Ohio…they’re wonderful little jewels in the sky.
    xo
    Debbie
    ===^..^===

    • Posted July 27, 2013 at 11:28 pm by Melody | Permalink

      Debbie,
      Thank you! Yes, I saw some HMMers. :]
      Melody

  5. Posted August 20, 2013 at 9:01 am by Amanda | Permalink

    Turn the frown upside down…HILARIOUS!!! Just love the photos and I am so glad you had such a wonderful trip. Well deserved!

    • Posted August 20, 2013 at 7:20 pm by Melody | Permalink

      Amanda,
      Thank you for your kind words. :]
      Melody

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