I took a whirlwind trip back to Oklahoma last week to help my parents celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary. My poor mom wasn’t feeling well and didn’t go to the friends and family dinner that my father had planned for the event and it was sad to see my dad sitting alone at the head of the table without my mother. We had a wonderful dinner at the Cherokee Yacht Club at Grand Lake, but it would have been way more fun if mom had been feeling well enough to come.
The weather was wonderful while I was there…not hot and muggy and there were no tornadoes rolling through.
There were lots of deer and baby deer roaming around while I was there. This one wasn’t camera shy.
My dad told us about an all white baby deer that lives nearby that was rejected by his mother because he was born looking different from the other deer. The deer lives among cows because accepted him as one of their own. He is SO cute. My brother was kind enough to stop and let me take a picture of him.
He let me get a little closer, I think he knows he is really cute and not a reject.
This above photo is done by Chip Thomas, my favorite speaker this year at the Yuma Symposium. He called his presentation “Life with the Navajo Through Images, Words and Wheat Paste” and when I saw his images on the first night during the introductions of the presenters, I knew that I had to go see him speak. I certainly wasn’t disappointed when I heard him speak and listened to his story and saw his photos that he used to make his art.
The other artist that I truly enjoyed was Kat Cole, a metalsmith art that uses liquid enamel with steel in her work, who called her presentation “From Industry to Art: the Possibilities of Liquid Enameling.” Her enthusiasm for working with steel made me even more excited about the class that I am taking this summer in Idyllwild taught by April Wood.
Last year, my first year to go to the Yuma Symposium, I did not honor the custom of trading pins with the other attendees. This year I did.
Here is a picture of my pins:
I traded my pins for these:
Starting at top left are the artists (going clockwise): unknown trader (triangle), Ann Rosier (turquoise flower), Connie Hall (organic brass with pearl), Deb Jemmott (swirl with flush-set stone), Donna Struthers (cute house), Jeanie Pratt-the queen of wire mesh bugs (copper mesh pin)…please check out her website, Jamie (cool hexagon), Diane Wiemer -the queen of piercing (awesome scorpian), Wendy Franklin (the arrow), Patty (the dancing person), Karen (stamped metal clay “Yuma” pin).