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I was just looking at the weekly Reggie Ezell email which has been spotlighting the works of Rosie Kelly, master calligrapher, paste paper artist and friend. Rosie passed away a couple of years ago and her presence is still felt with all that have taken classes with her either in South Bend or at the annual art retreat at Lake Louise. If you have not taken any of Rosie’s classes, you have missed being taught by someone who was a true artist, displayed her work at the annual Chicago Calligraphy Collective and sold many of her handmade books. Rosie was humble and gracious with her teaching and we were so fortunate for her to come to South Bend to be our instructor several times. For several years, many of us rode the train from South Bend to downtown Chicago and either took the bus or an Uber (with Tina Cronkite, jammed into the car so we could all go together) to see all the wonderful work displayed on their walls, met several of the artists as well as ooohed and aaaahed at the beautiful calligraphy and artistry. I rode the train with Laura and Lauren, Barbara Rogan, Pat, and my dear friend Maureen Trubac. I remember the year that I was asking the conductor to wait for Angie to run from the parking lot to the train because she was a few minutes late due to the snowstorm that popped up that day in South Bend.
As I prepare my home to be sold in Elkhart after 48 years and move to Florida, I will miss the people in my three online Zoom groups, but I am thankful to have been a part of this loving and caring group that I have been involved in since the early nineties. As a newbie, I came to meetings with Diana Stamper with the look of wonder in my eyes as Anne Binder, Sharon Esmont, etc. demoed for us all the wonderful work they did. I asked Anne once if we were supposed to settle on one hand and only do that one. I am so glad that she told me no! I have learned many hands since then including about three or four a day when in the Reggie class in 2000, two weeks after my mom passed away. I was grateful to be sitting next to Linda Kanamueller who brought me a sympathy card the next month and I was so thankful for her compassion. This group has brought me many new friends and fellow artists that we can glean from. I asked Anna Schlemma many years ago if I could come over to her home for her to help me with some calligraphy process and that started our friendship and many “Art Playdays”.
Maureen joined us next and then Pat and Renee. I am also blessed by being in the company of these ladies as we sharer our work a couple of times a year.
I am not grateful for COVID, UGH!, but I am glad that someone thought of a way that we could still stay connected through Zoom. Thank you Renee for getting us started on Zoom and hope we can continue that process with classes since many of our members are now far and wide. We are now (almost) really good at it! I now belong to the “Bone Study Group”, “MCG” and “Pendragons”. I met several of the Kalamazoo area
calligraphers through the Reggie class and by driving to Kalamazoo for workshops. Lucia Leonardelli and Linda Kanamueller run workshops like a well-tuned piano.
Everything is run smoothly and they are the friendliest group, next to MCG of course. I am so happy to be on Zoom with them once or twice a month to learn something new or just to hear what others have been doing.
Over the years, I have housed many instructors including Valerie Weilmunster and Julie Wildman, who has become a dear friend and mentor. Angela Michielutti and I have been to Julie’s studio to work and share, and she has come to my home in Elkhart when she was teaching a workshop here in the South Bend area. I met Julie in Chicago at one of the CCC’s opening receptions and we invited her to come to teach us. Traci Van Prooyen, MCG member, has also stayed with my husband and I when we hardly knew each other, even though her husband warned her that I could be an ax murderer! HA!
Traci moved to Pekin, Illinois several years ago, but we have stayed in touch and she is now a member of the MCG again. She’s been instrumental in starting us on Padlet to post our work and upcoming workshops. Another friend I met through calligraphy was Cindy Bowles who had emailed me asking where she could stay for the duration of the workshop and I invited her to stay with me. She was a sweet lady and I am glad that I invited her to stay. I can’t tell you how many strangers I have invited to stay with me and so thankful for those times together.
So, as I move on to another state, I want to say thank you to all who have touched my life in calligraphy and beyond. Thank you for inviting me to Lake Louise to walk among the lake and fall leaves and for the time spent with Pat West as my roommate. It was always a magical week. See you on Zoom with new classes until you can meet again in person.
Well, I am off to help my husband with cleaning out the garage and think I will sign up for another Zoom workshop or two with Barbara Close and Pat Blair. Wait….all my supplies are packed up! Hello…John Neal???
Love you all,
PS – On 10/5/22, since we had a very minimum of lookers, and the interest rates have risen, we may have to return in the spring to relist our home and hope a loving family will decide to buy it. So, I am not gone yet!