Last year we dedicated a blog to our loving mothers; the superhuman powers they seem to possess and how it impacted each of us as their children. This year, we’d like to do the same thing for our fathers…
I’ll begin with my father…
My dad… what can I say? Without his decision to move to American from a tiny farm village in Northern Greece (pop 800) in 1967, I wouldn’t be where I am now – doing what I love.
Although he’s soft spoken and gentle in nature, his decisions in life have been strong. He’s an entrepreneur, a risk taker and our “rock”. I’m so lucky to have a father who has always put myself, my sister and mother first. He just recently celebrated his 80th birthday – most people think he’s 60 – yet he is full of life, positive energy and enthusiasm. Thank you dad for coming in every Monday to work in our gallery frame shop, bring me lunch and give me hugs and kisses. Se agapo! (I love you in Greek)
Hi, everyone! This is Kelly, Marketing Manager at ADC.
It’s really hard to know where to begin. When I think about my dad my heart is full. My father never ceases to show me love, whether it is through goofy banter, sincere words of wisdom, or reminding me of the importance in pursuing Christ. He is the ultimate example of what every man should strive to be; reliable and steady, gentle and caring, witty, and smart. He gave me the greatest gift by showing me what a man truly loving a woman looks like. The way he loves my mother taught me what marriage is intended to be.
Apart from being an example and teacher, my dad is just a plain ol’ good time. He is incredibly funny and always knows what to say to make me laugh. At times it is uncanny how similarly our brains our wired. My father once said, “I never knew when my kids grew up they’d become my best friends.”
To be honest, even if he weren’t my dad I’d still want to be his best friend too. Lucky for me, he’s both.
Love you with all my heart, Dad. I’ll always be your BB, Rie Rie, and whatever other goofy nicknames you create in the future.
Send in a short write up about your father and be featured on our Facebook page and blog next week! Just email your story and a photo of you and your dad to us here and stay tuned for a feature on YOUR father!
To all our fathers out there… HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!
I honestly don’t even know where to begin. Last Friday night’s Art Comes Alive 2012 Opening Night Awards Ceremony was, to say the least, spectacular! To recognize these artists for their achievements was beyond rewarding. With over 45 awards given away throughout the evening the room was overflowing with excitement—there was an abundance of smiles, laughter, and pride. The gallery was filled with over 250 guests, all there to celebrate fine art, and the talented people who create it!
“Bravo for the extreme success of the ADC Art Comes Alive evening. A huge amount of work made to look easy by Litsa Spanos and her unparalleled staff of consummate professionals. Kudos and several tips of the hat!” –Bruce Olson
The evening began with artists and guests enjoying the exhibit of the featured 140 pieces of artwork out of the 1200-plus competition entries! Our presenting sponsor, Anne Lisbin with Elegant Fare catered the event—and I must say—they outdid themselves!
Throughout the gallery were several modern & chic gourmet stations, including seared salmon with orange, pink grapefruit & pomegranate seed citrus zest, braised short ribs in a red wine sauce, and an orecchiette pasta bar with pesto & vodka cream tomatoes sauces and toppings ranging from goat cheese to pinenuts. And that doesn’t even include the passed hors d’ oeuvres! Everyone in attendance raved, and continues to sing the praises of, the phenomenal work of Elegant Fare. Not only was everything full of delicious, unique flavors—but the presentation itself was a work of art!
“Thanks so very much for the wonderful event Friday. The art, atmosphere, food… all were a delight!” –Doug Arnholter
At 8 pm the much anticipated awards ceremony began. Like the Oscars of fine art, with each name called a portion of the crowd would burst with energy, followed by a rippling wave of applause. As the winner would make their way through the sea of people to the stage you could see their face transition from utter shock, to appreciation, to honor. It was such a joy to celebrate together the successes of wonderful, well deserving people.
“Your warmth helped make me feel welcome to a fantastic gallery.” –Jack Hillman
“Thank you very much for the opportunity to participate in the Art Comes Alive event. This was a truly first-class evening in all aspects.” –Lars Anderson
Congratulations to our ACA 2012 Award Winners!
Nick Stamas, Figurative Artist of the Year
Ursula Brenner, Abstract Artist of the Year
Lisa Schuster, Floral Artist of the Year
Helmut Keintz, Architectural Artist of the Year
Dick Close, Watercolor Artist of the Year
Frank Satogata, Landscape Artist of the Year
Diane Belfiglio, Still Life Artist of the Year
Nancy Willman, Photographic Print of the Year
*Paula Wiggins, Mixed Media Artist of the Year
Bruce Erikson, 2-Dimensional Artist of the Year
Stacie Seuberling, Pastel Artist of the Year
Kay Worz, Illustrator of the Year
Nadine Saylor, Glass Artist of the Year
Rowland Augur, Sculptor of the Year
Joseph Wilson, Photographer of the Year
Amy Roy, Nature Artist of the Year
Purchase Award Winners:
Adam Collier Noel, Purchase Award from Mike Story
Rahshia Linendoll-Sawyer, Purchase Award from Mike Story
*Ben Johnson, Purchase Award from Anne Lisbin
Ainsley Kellar, Purchase Award from Anne Lisbin
Nigel Chalkley, Purchase Award from Anne Lisbin
*Terri Albanese, Purchase Award from Burke Inc.
J. Douglas, Purchase Award from Cawdrey Commercial Real Estate
Robert Coomer, ADC Purchase Award
John Metz, Purchase Award from Asset Advisory Group
Susan Mahan, Purchase Award from Rich and Lisa Boehne
*Randy Wilcox, Purchase Award from Felecia Williams
Gallery Contracts & Exhibitions:
Lidia Simeonova, Malton Gallery Contract
Rachel Steely, Malton Gallery Contract
*Ben Johnson, Saper Gallery Contract
Lars Anderson, Opera Gallery Contract Award
Steve Hart, Opera Gallery Contract Award
Elizabeth Barber Leventhal, ADC Gallery Contract
Tom Owen, ADC Gallery Contract
Maureen Holub, ADC Gallery Contract
Leslie Dyas, ADC Gallery Contract
Allison Svoboda, Carnegie Gallery Exhibition Award
*Randy Wilcox, Larson Juhl $1000 Framing Gift Certificate
Piet van Togh, People’s Choice/Facebook Favorite
Allan Gorman, Art Expo Fall Chicago Solo Booth
*Paula Wiggins, Art Expo Studio Membership: Paula Wiggins
Emily Allbery, Best of Show Runner Up
Rocky Woods, Best of Show
Cedric Michael Cox, Emerging Artist of the Year, Male
*Terri Albanese, Emerging Artist of the Year, Female
Tom Towhey, Lifetime Achievement Award, Male
Kay Hurley, Lifetime Achievement Award, Female
*winner of not one, but two awards!
“Thanks to all who put their selfless effort into making it a memorable night!” –Dick Close
To celebrate Mother’s Day this week, we asked some of our artists to tell us about their mother and how she supported or influenced their work. But to begin, I would like to say a little something about my mother…
My mom…it’s hard to even find the words to express how I feel. At 4’11” and a complete dynamo, she designed and made our clothes as children, keeps an amazing organic vegetable & flower garden and makes the best stuffed peppers ever! She is my inspiration and always will be. I’m in awe of her courage to leave Greece in 1967 at the young age of 33 (with my dad, sister and myself in tow) to travel to a country…a land of opportunity, where she didn’t even know the language. Her and my father’s dream was a better life for their family. And their dream came true. Thank you mom for all the sacrifices you made along the way and for bringing me here to grow, excel as a business owner and follow my dream of becoming a wife and mother myself. “Se agapo!” (I love you in Greek)
Artist, Karin Sheer writes…
“My first recollection of a painting is of one that my mother did on my bedroom wall when I still just two years old. To spruce up the otherwise plain room, she had painted a scene from a story book of a boy walking along with a fishing pole over his shoulder off of which dangled the fish which he had just caught. Apparently, I was terrified of the fish (which was about an inch in length) and, wailing, refused to sleep in the room until she painted over it! So, I hate to say that my first memory of a painting was an unpleasant one but the good news is that the experience did not negatively impact my future interest in art!! My mother had an old wooded box full of tubes of various colored oil paints and on occasion she would get it out and start a painting. She was self taught and treated it as a hobby. She would labor over each new painting, learning as she went to blend the colors and recreate the image which she copied from one of her magazines …usually a pastoral or ocean scene. The Connecticut countryside , where we lived, was a great inspiration for her and she gravitated toward the beauty of the ocean and peaceful, pastoral scenes. She completed several pieces which she deemed acceptable and they hung in the living room of our house. My mother always encouraged me to draw as a child and featured my work on the refrigerator. My decision to get a degree in Art Education was met with enthusiastic support but, like my mother, I only painted as a hobby until about ten years ago. By that time, my mother had passed away and, unfortunately, she did not get to witness the progress I’ve made over that time. But, whenever I do a painting involving an ocean, a barn or a cow, I know that my mother would approve!”
Artist, Lisa Schuster writes…
“Mothers. We all have one. Some of us are blessed with good ones that teach, love and take good care of us. And some of us are twice blessed with mothers that are happy people themselves and who believe in us so much they inspire us to find our best selves. Such is my great fortune with my beautiful mother.
Songs have been written in their honor, countless poems have been penned. And I am humbled to say that my floral paintings have been painted in the hopes of reflecting her joy as she toils in her exquisite gardens. I cannot see a flower, bouquet or garden without seeing it thru her eyes. With love, pride and gratitude, Happy Mothers Day.”
Artist, Mary Barr Rhodes told us…
This is the conversation I had with Mary & her mother over the phone…
Mary: “My Mother was a great support to me. Not only did she put me through college, but she even modeled for me for my figurative drawing class! Isn’t that great!?’
Mary’s mother, Frances A. Barr: “Whether it was a flower, a truck, or the sky above!”
Mary: “I don’t remember painting a truck…”
…and with that I heard only laughter in the background, two very similar & sweet laughs.
Artist, Rocky Woods writes…
“My mother, Veronica “Vera” Woods, was the kindest, dearest, slow-to-anger person I’ve ever known. She was quite attractive and could have easily been mistaken for Ingrid Bergman.
Most parents put artwork on the fridge. That wasn’t good enough for my mom. She hung my art (for as long as I can remember) on our front window & front door! She had such pride in her son, the artist! What more encouragement did I need? The good Lord took her home when I was only twenty, but she will always remain in my heart, and someday we’ll be reunited.”
Artist, Paula Wiggins writes…
“My mother was something of an enigma. She was the daughter of Irish immigrants who settled in a small industrial town in Connecticut. Her grandfather had built the family home which, when I was small, was large and wondrous. As an adult it had become small with rickety back steps. One of my earliest memories is of a family dinner interrupted by a fire in the backseat of a 1955 Pontiac parked in front of the house. It was from a burning cigarette. Everyone smoked back then.
When World War II erupted my mother, who was a nurse, went with a girlfriend to enlist, with the provision that the two be stationed together. Certainly, the recruiters said. The two young women joined the United States Navy and never saw each other again. My mother went on to attain the rank of Lieutenant Commander and stayed in the Navy for 7 years. She was to meet my father at St. Albans Naval Hospital.
After the war, returning veterans were expected to forget what they’d seen and resume civilian life. My parents settled in suburbia to raise 2 children as was expected. My mother was not one to talk about her past. My sister and I often wondered if the trauma of caring for the wounded of Iwo Jima and Okinawa made her reclusive, silent, and painfully shy. Or was she always like that? I never knew what she thought of my art and my decision to become an artist. While she dutifully attended openings she did so without comment. To her, emotion was to be strictly hidden away. Maybe that’s my mother’s real influence: cloaking the interior workings of the soul in paint, in paper, and in bits of the discarded past.”
Kelly Ryder, ADC’s PR & Social Media Specialist writes…
“My mother is the superwoman of all super hero mothers. She believes in me, supports me, and beams with pride for me no matter how large or small my achievements. The epitome of every epic story’s leading lady—she is beyond beautiful, kind, caring, smart, and strong. She is loved & admired by every person she meets. Her unconditional love, dedication & faith in Christ amazes me daily.
It is my hope to someday become even half the woman my mother is.”
To all mothers—whether you are expecting your first child, enjoying the beautiful chaos of kids at home, or all your children are grown—a very happy Mother’s Day!