Friday, August 23, 2019

More houses of the Spirit

 I bring you to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Swanannoa Valley.  UUCSV as it is known by those who attend.


 There is now a sweet memorial garden in a quiet place under trees.


 The memorial wall has names of people I've known (all but one of them). It doesn't contain names of those who don't have friends/family to post their names.  I see that as a limitation that our diverse geography has created, families live elsewhere, so don't put a name where their loved ones had lived.





Wednesday, August 21, 2019

A visitor



My neighbor asked me to take some photos of this pretty butterfly (Swallowtail?)  It had landed on her, and didn't seem interested in flying away.  We pondered where she could put her, thinking maybe the butterfly bush nearby, but she (neighbor) went to another friend and asked for recommendations since she was "into flowers." Butterfly was reported to not be interested, so my neighbor took her home and put her on her houseplant. Then she came back to my house and asked me to send her these photos as emails!

Nice encounter, eh?

Monday, August 19, 2019

Art Gallery additions

The Red House Gallery will have its current exhibition up for another couple of weeks.  I enjoyed being docent one Sunday afternoon recently, and snapped a few more photos to share.

 This quilted piece is lovely.


 Mac Read's Girl on the Rocks made me very uncomfortable. Another artist (male) just thought it was a great juxtaposition of textures. I guess I had empathy for the model lying against the rocks/


 It's so hard to photograph art behind glass.



 A huge line drawing won first prize (worth some amount of dollars).  I didn't see it as the best expression of these artists, but I wasn't asked to be the juror.


I liked the following fabric piece, both for topic and the way it was assembled. It didn't get the blue ribbon, though.



Saturday, August 17, 2019

The Valley in the Alley

The alley between the Dripolator building and the Swanannoa Valley History Museum, has some special bricks.

Not just a pet friendly dish of water...





 Ummm, folks, there are some big white blocks in the middle of the valley of bricks...just looks pretty confusing at this point in time...not exactly the ridgeline, yet.


 Looking north from the parking lot towards State Street.


My favorite hairdresser, the Cutting Crew, is located behind the picket fence ramp at the back of the building the Dripolator Coffee House is in.  Joe is the owner of the building, and just had the whole thing repainted as the Drip celebrated its 20th anniversary.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

More succulents


And they are chock full of babies! As soon as they get happy in their new environment, I'll put them in some new pots which I've made (and will show over at my pottery blog.)

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Where lots of people go...

Living in the deep south (or at least the buckle of the Bible Belt) we have a standing acceptance that most people will be going to church on a Sunday morning.


Thomas Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church is a historic African Methodist Episcopal church located on Craigmont Street, Black Mountain, Buncombe County, North Carolina. It was built in 1922 by descendants of freed slaves, and is a one-story, frame building with Gothic Revival design influences. It is sheathed in weatherboard and features a tall, pyramidal-roof bell tower.[2]
This church may have always been called "Thomas Chapel", but a predecessor "Tom's Chapel", named for one of its builders, was built around 1892.[2]:12
It was deemed locally significant as an intact example of a Gothic Revival-influenced church and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.[1][2]

 


The brick church, known as Thomas Chapel AME Zion Church, is on W. College St., about a quarter mile from the original Thomas Chapel.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The Red House show




Though Herb Way's photo is beautiful, the reflected room and my hands and phone make this view interesting in a different way.

I had a chance to stroll among the art at the Red House the other day.  And I made a few new friends.

Today's quote:
What nature delivers to us is never stale. Because what nature creates has eternity in it.
Isaac Bashevis Singer

Monday, August 12, 2019

Tiny but beautiful



It's strange to me that the leaves of these manicured trees are also so tiny, rather than the size one would find on a tree that's allowed to reach natural size.





A bit of cone flower and grass allowed to look natural, as opposed to all the very intricately sculpted bonsais all around.
The dry stream (they say) is built to reflect the Appalachian streambeds, where only when it rains would water flow. Unfortunately they are forgetting that most of our streams flow from springs up on the mountains, almost continually. It's mainly out west that streams depend upon rain before having water in them (at least in my experience.)

A rather large setting of bonsai plants.

Today's Quote:
DO NOT BE DISMAYED BY THE BROKENNESS OF THE WORLD. ALL THINGS BREAK. AND ALL THINGS CAN BE MENDED. NOT WITH TIME, AS THEY SAY, BUT WITH INTENTION. SO GO. LOVE INTENTIONALLY, EXTRAVAGANTLY, UNCONDITIONALLY. THE BROKEN WORLD WAITS IN DARKNESS FOR THE LIGHT THAT IS YOU.
L.R. KNOST