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"I tried once to open too many doors at a time, it was unproductive and confusing.
I just learned the last lesson, Dad. I'm supposed to open just one at a time, and only when I reach them along the path, this 'hike' we are taking. That's when the key fits, and opens the lock perfectly, every time. Thank you, Dad. I love you, and miss you. I am blessed with an amazing husband now, he holds my hand as we walk along paths too. We are climbing a little steeper now, with more effort, and thinner air. But I'm not worried. I am looking up. I am living in the moment, being now. Because when we get to the next door, along our path, I know, Dad, . . . that key is going to fit, perfectly!"

excerpt from Pony, 6/6/2013 post
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Lee County Alliance for the Arts Dog Days of Summer Member Exhibit Opening Reception and downtown Fort Myers Art Walk

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Mr. Ken scored another first in his dive into the art world. As a new member of the Lee County Alliance for the Arts, Mr. Ken was excited to participate in the Dog Days of Summer Member Exhibit.

Yesterday's opening reception swirled with summer/dog themed art to include: photography, sculpture, quilting, mixed media art, and great conversations, wine and snacks.

Ken and I enjoyed meeting several of the other artists. Lisa is a talented artist who uses painting and other mediums to make her works literally jump out from the canvas! She is as energetic and charming as her painting! We enjoyed meeting her husband, Stephen, as well. Lots of smiles!

We were joined by Bob and Odette, Ken's brother and sister in law. The four of us picked out our favorite pieces, besides Ken's sculpture of course. Odette and I both chose Lisa's bright sunset sailboat painting, with the sailboat jumping from the canvas, as our favorite. Bob chose a dusky evening boat bow moving through Florida reeds that was not for sale. Ken found a black and white enhanced vintage photo that reminded him of his childhood home in Chicago with a stone garden wall fronted by a dog watching over a toddler in shorts with suspenders.

What a fantastic time to see, after all of Mr. K's hard work and dedication to his new talent, the beginnings of the honor he deserves! Mr. Ken let his work stand for itself to be seen. At other times, he was showered with questions, photo ops, and compliments as he was recognized as the sculptor, with his tell-tale Megalodon shark tooth necklace and shark tooth fossil studded cowboy hat! I was happy to see him enjoy this balance.

Everyone marveled meeting my favorite version of Ken's Mega Mouth series to date: 'Jersey'! I nicknamed this shark 'Jersey' because he is 'Jersey tough'! There were lots of ooo's and ahh's in seeing this tough looking shark tooth fossil sculpture~

We finished the reception with a walk around downtown Fort Myers. The first Friday of the month sports an Art Walk downtown with streets blocked off to showcase local musicians and artists. The galleries were open, with streaming customers, karaoke, live music, open shops, and pouring wine from within the galleries.

Mr. Ken and I were taken in as the blond petite directer of 'Arts For Act Gallery' (owned and operated for abuse counseling and treatment services) entertained the crowds with her sultry voice singing vintage blues. Beautiful!

She was the backdrop to an artist I stood next while he painted by streetlight cosmic outer space scenes, one with a brilliantly colorful rain forest frog comically resting on a planet of his own size! Outstanding! Mr. Ken has been invited to display in the Arts for Act gallery soon.

Being a 'teetotaller' (annoyingly due to medication) I indulged my olfactory senses, to lead our steps to the door of a New Age Mystic stone and incense shop, 'So Mote It Be'. We were delighted to meet Patty and learn about these little charcoal biscuits that can be lit and topped with pantry herbs and spices to infuse the air. Patty was burning allspice and dried lavender. Amazing!

What a wonderful evening to satisfy all the artistic senses~

We look forward to Ken's show this October with the Alliance, 'Fall for the Arts', where he will be able to display his collection and offer historical background into his medium, fossils, by an educational presentation. Mr. K is also scheduled to participate in the Cape Coral Festival of the Arts, Cape Coral, FL.

Cheers to Ken and wishes that your weekend is just as delightful as our began!

Lee County Alliance for the Arts:

Lisa Freidus, Artist: Acrylic, Mixed Media, Monotype, Watercolor

Arts for ACT Gallery, Fort Myers,FL

Patty of 'So Mote It Be'
2267 First St #15, Fort Myers, FL 33901, In the Historic Arcade

Cape Coral Festival of the Arts

had to add our own Isabelle pup for her own Dog Day's of Summer contribution~

"By the Sea" - Sweeney Todd : The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) - Helena Bonham Carter


lisa freidus(sophisticatedesign-at-aol-dot-com) says:

It was a pleasure meeting you Kenneth and your lovely wife. Thank you for sharing my website. Hope to see you both at my exhibit in the members gallery at the alliance for the arts during the month of November! Lisa Freidus

22nd Aug 2015, 20:19

Thank you, Lisa! The pleasure was ours! It was so nice to be welcomed into the members gallery by an established and talented artist like yourself! We saw your work later that evening, during the Fort Myers Art Walk, at the Arts for ACT Gallery. Your painting was a beautiful bright jewel in that gallery that showcased your unique talent! Looking forward to seeing you and Stephen soon! Enjoy the rest of summer~ ruth

23rd Aug 2015, 01:21

Anonymous says:

Fogive me Ruth, I have been in a daze creating art for the arts for ACT gala and didn't realize it was "your' blog not your husbands. At first reading I just saw the website you shared , but later read your glowing comments on my art and myself, I am so flattered! I printed it out and will keep it for my personal box of memories. It helps on those days when one feels the well of creativity has dried out - at least for the moment lol! Hope to see you soon also~ Lisa

23rd Aug 2015, 22:36

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