We kind of stumbled on this park by accident. We wanted to stay close to Lake Erie but were'nt familiar with the area so we took a chance on this park-not knowing what to expect. The online description showed a lodge,marina,golf course,campground,and nature reserve. We thought we would be checking into a concrete campground-but oh what a surprise. We have encountered so many birds and and deer-this place is amazing. Just walking listening to the frogs in the marsh areas and the birds all over-it's stunning. We were only going to stay a day or two-now we are staying a week. Love this place-great hiking trails and nice level paved bike paths. You can head for the woods or the beach of Lake Erie. I don't think I would come here in the summer when we've heard it's quite crowded-but this time of year is perfect ! Going for our second hike today-enjoy my wanderings from last night and this morning.
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Saturday, April 11, 2015
It seems like months ago that we were in Berea,Kentucky enjoying the sunshine and wandering through this sweet little college town. It's only been weeks, but since we left, we have mostly been holed up in Ruby due to serious lightening and thunderstorms throughout Kentucky and Ohio. But before we ran into the weather problems we spent a wonderful day in Berea,Kentucky.
One of Jonathan's mixed media works-Oven Park,Kentucky,You can find more by clicking here
Gallery 1-2-3, the flagship program for the Arts Accelerator Program, an initiative of the Berea Tourism Commission, opened its doors on Friday, October 3rd, after three months of active preparation and several years of development. “It’s been a lot of hard work getting to this point,” said Printmaker and 2014 Berea Alumnus Grace Wintermeyer, “We’re all exhausted, but really glad to be finally opening.” The Gallery is located at 123 North Broadway in the Artist’s Village of Old Town Berea.
The Project is an extension of a burgeoning effort to increase Berea’s standing as a center for the Arts in Central Kentucky. “It’s a smart program for a number of reasons,” said Belle Jackson, the Executive Director of the Berea Tourism Commission. “It is consistent with the emphasis on art and support of small retailers we try to cultivate in Berea.”
Jackson said she has been trying to actively recruit young artists to the area since heading up the Tourism Commission, but had only recently considered Berea College as a recruiting option. “We suddenly realized that just half a mile from the Artists Village in Old Town, there were all these young Artists graduating from Berea and we weren’t reaching out to them. We did not have any reason not to, it just wasn’t happening.” In the spring of 2014, it did finally happen.
Through contacts at the school such as Ray Gonzalez in the Ceramics Department, Jackson and the Tourism Commission began soliciting applicants. “We narrowed it down to ten really strong applications,” said Jackson. Of those ten, five were selected: Grace Wintermeyer a printmaker, Silvia Calderon and Samantha Lyons, ceramicists, Tricia Taylor a Sculptor, and painter Jonathan Clark.
“This is a great opportunity to transition between the undergraduate and graduate level,” said Calderon. “It will help us build a body of work, explore and experiment with some freedom. It is also good to see other artists working, we definitely feed off of each other.”
Beyond creative development, the Accelerator program and its gallery offers some of the harder, practical skills involved in an artist’s career. “The plan,” said Wintermeyer, “Is that when we are done with the program and are ready to start working in our own space in Berea, we will know how to set up a gallery, and have some idea of what our price points and production costs should be.”
Along with a chance to develop and work in their own gallery, the five artists are being offered classes with Danny Isaacs at the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED) which will provide the business skills needed to engage in personal artistic enterprises.
Beyond a venue for personal artistic development, Jackson hopes that the Gallery and the program at large will be an economic boon for the community. Having a vibrant and productive support system for young artists, she believes, will be a draw for tourists, encourage young professionals to stay in Berea and be an attraction for investment companies and employers looking to settle in the area. She believes it also sustains a vital connection between the College and Greater Berea community.
The program has not been without its detractors. Both the investment return after startup costs and the economic benefit of developing an infrastructure for artists were called into question. Jackson and the artists know that they are under close scrutiny. “Their success is our success,” she said “There is not a lot of room for failure here. But,” she adds, “Whatever happens, they will come out of this with the experience of designing a studio, producing work, and learning how to sell it.”
“The most challenging thing”, said printmaker Wintermeyer, “was getting it open, starting from zero, we didn’t even have running water. But the only place you can go from zero is up.”
Wouldn't it be great if every community had such foresight ? After talking with Jonathan and James for a bit we wandered around the campus and town. You can find arts and crafts near the Visitor's Center and if you wander over to the campus you will find more student work. But please, make sure you stop at Gallery 1-2-3, Emerging Artists and talk to the artists.
Happy Trails and Safe Travels to my friends and fellow artists.....
Monday, March 30, 2015
The Civil War Trail, Kentucky
When we lift Symmes Chapel two weeks ago we stopped off at Dupont Recreation Area on the advice of Bob and Tracy who we met at the chapel. If you enjoy hiking (not killer strenuous but a good workout) stop and do the hike to the falls. The water is beautiful even with the starkness of the bare trees.
From there we were headed to Davidson River State Park where Jim had planned on doing some fishing. The park was nothing like I imagined-more of a fish camp which is okay for fisherman I suppose. And the funny thing was (not so funny for Jim) he was getting his equipment ready for fishing so he could get an early start when he discovered he had left his waders in storage in Florida ! And since we were basically in the middle of nowhere he had no place to go to buy a replacement pair. Of course I had to gently remind him that my obsessiveness with list making didn't look so terrible now did it ? It pretty much rained the entire 4 days at Davidson for us and really poor Internet reception , even with the booster so we caught up on reading. I've gone through about 12 of Michel Connelly's books and I feel like a partner already to his Harry Bosch character!
Our spot at Bear CreekFrom Davidson we made a quick stop in Asheville at the Bear Creek RV park. We caught up on emails and laundry !
It was sad to say goodbye but I know we will see them in Ottawa during our travels.
Our view downriver from our "premium" riverfront site
The water was extremely low, normally that bank on the right is covered
The lodge restaurant at Cumberland-was doing a booming business on Sunday and smelled so good !
If you Google Cumberland Mountain State Park you will see the difference in water levels, this is usually a gorgeous river shot but alas the water was too low.
And now here we are in Berea Kentucky planning our walking tour of the Artisan area tomorrow. I'm so looking forward to it. From there we will head back into the wilderness of the Daniel Boone National Forest.
Happy Trails my friends and wanderers and Safe Travels.