Please come visit me at the very special event! I will be at the Monastery, a very special place for me, all afternoon. 840 S. Main Street in Mount Angel.
Unique Christmas Gifts A collection of beautiful religious items handmade by the sisters. Prayer shawls, scrubbier, photo cards, rosaries, earrings, necklaces and so much more! New to the Gift Shop Hattie’s Sweet Shop fudge infused with our “Divinely Original” Monastery Mustard and Mt. Angel Honey from Pacific Honeybee of Mount Angel. The Famous Monastery Morning Coffee Cakes Perfect for your Christmas breakfast! Free Raffle Win a jar of our famous Monastery Mustard or one of our famous Coffee Cakes! Free Cookies & Wassail It may be cold and rainy in Mt. Angel but we will have hot wassail and cookies for you when you get here! Special Art Exhibit from Local Artist Susan Black, local artist and writer from Black Star Studio and Gallery in Aurora, will have a special art collection on display and for sale. The series, “Light and the Movements of the Spirit,” will feature 6 to 7 pieces.
Through January 4, Art Elements Gallery in Newberg holds its annual “Artful Giving Holiday Show”. I’m so happy to be one of the featured artists! Go to artelementsgallery.com to view the online catalogue — or come in person to 604 E. 1st Street Tuesday-Saturday 10-5.
Aurora’s favorite, the White Rabbit Bakery on Route 99E, celebrates its 10th anniversary this month. The festivities include an art show of the staff’s paintings, drawings and photographs. So appropriate for a venue that showcases local artists all year long! Congratulations to Emily and Oscar and all the other multi-talented people.
www.whiterabbitbakery.com AND www.pamplinmedia.com/canby-herald-home
When I opened up the chicken coop on Halloween morning, Helen and Jane ran out as usual … but there was Georgia, dead on the floor. No obvious cause, but my sweet, beautiful and lively bird had not laid an egg for close to a year, a sign of hen-old-age and that the end was probably near. Regardless, she certainly seemed to enjoy her “retirement”, and she made me happy every day. Georgia was one of my original flock of three chickens. (Agnes and Pearl are already in chicken heaven.) I’m glad she had a peaceful and natural death. These things do happen.
This day originated as “Armistice Day”, commemorating the armistice, signed on the battlefield at the 11 hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, to suspend the hostilities between Germany and the Allied forces. The formal peace treaty was signed the next year, ending what was then known as the Great War (1914-1918) or what was hoped was “the war to end all wars”. Sadly, we know this not to be true. The Great War is now called World War I because there came World War II; and there came (and still come) so many other wars. Thus the meaning of Armistice Day has broadened, and it has been renamed. No longer observing the cessation of hostiles, it now focuses on the people who have served in our military, people whom we honor on Veterans Day. The flag flying here today is the pastel drawing that I made after 9/11.
Just a reminder that a selection of my artwork (including these pastel paintings) is available at the marvelous Art Elements Gallery in Newberg. 604 E. First Street. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10-5. Hint: Look for an announcement of a major show of my watercolor, charcoal and pencil paintings/drawings coming up in March! (www.artelementsgallery.com)
Here is a photo of my current show of watercolors/text hanging in the main hallway of the Queen of Angels Monastery in Mount Angel, home of the Benedictine Sisters. Called “Wildfire”, the show is about my son’s two seasons of service as a wildland firefighter. The Monastery is located at 840 S. Main Street and is open to the public Monday-Friday 9-4. The work will be on display through the end of the year. All are welcome to visit! (www.benedictine-srs.org)