Things you don’t usually see in the woods & a quote

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Sometimes I just need to get out of the office and clear my head. A short 20 or 30 minute walk during my lunch break is usually a perfect way to relax.

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It looks like someone was doing some target practice here?

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I have not been able to figure our how this bus ended up in the middle of the woods?
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Today’s Quote

“Morality, like art, means drawing a line someplace.”
– Oscar Wilde
About Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde, the clever, colorful Anglo-Irish writer, is best known for the play The Importance of Being Earnest and the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. He was born in Dublin in 1854 but left when his lady love became engaged to Bram Stoker. He was a leading member of the aesthetic movement and embraced its doctrine, “Art for art’s sake.” Though married with two children, Wilde was known to have affairs with younger men and was jailed in 1895 for “gross indecency.” He died in November 1900.

Birds of a feather flock together

About six years ago I took a feather making class. This past week I invited a friend to my shop and we decided to take the feathers to the next level.These lovely feathers are about 2 1/2 feet long and are made of copper and aluminum.
The one on the yellow wall is mine and the one on the blue wall is Brad Isley’s.
These lovely Feathers are only $300 each.
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Today’s Quote

“Inspiration usually comes during work, rather than before it.”
– Madeleine L’Engle
About Madeleine L’Engle
American author Madeleine L’Engle is best known for her young adult novels (including the Newberry Medal winner A Wrinkle in Time), which weave science and fantasy into sprightly adventure tales. She was born in New York in 1918. After her marriage to actor Hugh Franklin, they opened a general store and raised three children in a New England town. She has written more than 40 books. She spent her last years in New York as the librarian and writer-in-residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. She died in September 2007.

Wow !What an Opening!

Our Sky’s The Limit art show opened at Columbia Winery on the 5th of January with our kickoff party on the 8th. The place was packed!
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People were tasting wine and having wonderful conversations!
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Artists were onsite and were giving tours, and art was sold!
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The show is open until March 30,2016,we move out on March 31st!
Between now and then if anyone wants a private tour with a complementary wine tasting just give me a shout!
art@cynthiafreese.com cell 425 533 5973
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Special Thanks to my great group of artists, Margaret Van Duine, Scott Kranz and his wife Jill, Craig Wellbrock,Judy Salas,Ricco DiStefano,Carol Ross,Ken Vensel,Greg Barto & Debbie Drllevich from The Green River Community College Welders. Extra special thanks to all our wonderful guests who made the trek out on cold winter night to support the arts!

Today’s Quote
“A man can do only what he can do. But if he does that each day he can sleep at night and do it again the next day.”
– Albert Schweitzer
About Albert Schweitzer
Albert Schweitzer, the German medical missionary, won the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize for his humanitarian work at a hospital in French Equatorial Africa, where he treated and operated on thousands of people, including hundreds of people afflicted with leprosy. He was also an organist, famous for his interpretation of J.S. Bach’s music. Late in life, he worked with Albert Einstein and Bertrand Russell against nuclear proliferation. He was born in 1875 in Kaysersberg and died in 1965.

Just 48 hours to go!

Yesterday was the wall hanging day at Columbia Winery.Six artists assisted me in getting the walls hung. The Sky’s the Limit is an amazing magical show!
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We have hand painted feathers by Judy Salas and giant metal feathers by a Green River Community College welding student we have paintings and sculptors! Nine artists all in once place at the same time! Join the artists on Friday for conversations wine and music. IMG_20160105_133805
We have filled the gallery with wonderful works. All art is for sale so let me know if you see something that you have to have as I will have red dots in my pocket to make things sold. I am happy to make arrangements to deliver work to your home or business!

I hope those of you who are local can come out and see the show! Our meet the artist reception is this Friday January 8th from 4-7 and the show will run until March 30th! If you cant make it the 8th or if you want a 2nd look I am also happy to meet you at the winery for a private wine tasting and art tour just give me a shout!

Today’s Quote

“Become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid.”
– Lady Bird Johnson
About Lady Bird Johnson
Claudia Alta “Lady Bird” Johnson, the wife of President Lyndon Johnson, is known for her concern for the environment. She was born in Texas in 1912. Johnson asked her to marry him seven weeks after they met. She supported his career by keeping his congressional office running after his heart attack, stumping for Democratic candidates, and visiting 33 countries as his emissary. She founded the Wildflower Research Center and worked to pass the Highway Beautification Act. She lived in Texas until her death in July 2007.

The Sky’s the Limit!

January 8th 2016 from 4-7 PM is our first quarter art show at Columbia Winery in Woodinville Washington! Show support to the arts by coming out to check out the show. Have some wine, listen to some music, talk to the artist about their work and have some more wine!

The three pieces I will be showing are below. I promise these works look much better in person!

Remnants of War
Made from old WWII missile containers
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Portals to the Sky

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Mister Earl Grey
Made from spoons and forks

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Today’s Quote
“Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. The third is to be kind.”
– Henry James
About Henry James
American expatriate author Henry James is known for such psychologically astute, stylistically dense fiction as The Portrait of a Lady and The Turn of the Screw. He was born in 1843 in New York City, son of Henry James Sr., a noted intellectual, and brother to philosopher William James. After traveling through Europe as a young man, he settled in England. His writing often dealt with innocent, brash Americans in conflict with sophisticated Europeans. He died in 1916.

8 Artists at Columbia Winery & a Quote

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Join us for the meet the artist reception this Friday January 8th 2016, from 4-7 PM at Columbia Winery!
Feathers By,Cynthia Freese
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“Action is the antidote to despair.”
– Joan Baez
About Joan Baez
American singer Joan Baez, known for her clear soprano and her belief in music as a tool for change, is widely considered the godmother of modern folk-rock. She was born in New York in 1941. She is an ardent activist, working for civil rights, nonviolence, and worker’s rights. She received the ACLU’s Earl Warren Award for her commitment to international human rights and, at the 2007 Grammy’s, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Her music includes the chart-topping version of “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” and the album Diamonds and Rust. She has one son.

Some flowers & a quote

This is a light I started a few years ago and was not sure if I liked it or not this week I decided to finish things I had abandoned so I can have room to start new things.

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Lights are made out of WWII howitzer missile container cases. 2015 sale price only $850 normal price from $1400

Today’s Quote
“Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control. These three alone lead to sovereign power.”
– Alfred Tennyson
About Alfred Tennyson
Alfred Tennyson, one of the most admired English poets of his time, was best known for his romantic poem, “The Lady of Shalott,” and for “In Memoriam A.H.H.,” a requiem for a close friend. He was born in Lincolnshire in 1809. When he was 17, he joined forces with two of his brothers to publish a book of poetry. His first solo work followed three years later. He became the first English writer raised to the peerage when Queen Victoria, an ardent admirer, made him a baron. He died in 1892.

Fire starter & a quote

In cleaning up my work shop I decided to finish a few things that have been lying around for awhile.
Apparently I forgot to put my apron on. Shame on me! I have asked my helpful assistant to turn the power off if I try that again as I don’t want to ever go back to the ER for a burn! 20151220_114459
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Today’s quote

“One day in retrospect the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.”
– Sigmund Freud
About Sigmund Freud
Sigmund Freud, the Austrian psychiatrist famous as the father of psychoanalysis, used the techniques of free association and dream analysis to develop what has been called the talking cure, or talk therapy. He was born in 1856 in Moravia. Many concepts he developed have become part of the culture: the Oedipus complex, defense mechanisms, and the unconscious mind. He fled the Nazi regime in Austria in 1938, settling in London, where he died of cancer just one year later.

Quest for blue skies & a quote

I am super happy to have sold a few of my horse paintings this week. On more than one occasion on a trip through the desert I have been lucky to come across a band of wild horses. When in Vantage I always take time to visit the 200-foot line of life-size charging horses, the creation of David Govedare, is titled “Grandfather Cuts Loose the Ponies”. The iron ponies can be seen on the hillside above the Columbia River just off I-90 in eastern WA

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Today’s Quote

“You will not find poetry anywhere unless you bring some of it with you.”
– Joseph Joubert
About Joseph Joubert
French essayist Joseph Joubert became famous after his death when his friend, the renowned author Chateaubriand, gathered a selection of essays into the book Collected Thoughts of Mr. Joubert. Joubert was born in 1754 in Périgord. He attended and then taught at a religious college in Toulouse but left in 1778 for Paris, where he became friends with a number of great thinkers of the time. He wrote copiously on such subjects as ethics, politics, theology, and literature. He died in 1824.

Conquering the Winter Blah’s & a Quote

For me one way to tackle the winter blahs involves a short 2 hour drive East from our home in Issaquah Washington. The drive over the pass is well worth the opportunities to bask under the blue skies, to see the oranges of the desert surrounded by the snow capped mountains and of course the giant wind mills of Wild Horse Renewable Energy Center are breath taking. The center is located near Ellensburg, Washington and is home to over 200 plant species. Some say April and May are the best times to visit because you can see the brilliant wildflower displays but I love this place no matter what time of year!
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Take a snack and your camera!

Today’s Quote

“Pain is a part of being alive, and we need to learn that. Pain does not last forever, nor is it necessarily unbeatable, and we need to be taught that.”

– Harold Kushner
About Harold Kushner
American rabbi Harold Kushner has written several inspirational tomes, including the international best seller, When Bad Things Happen to Good People, selected by the Book of the Month Club as one of the ten most influential books of recent years. He was born in Brooklyn but moved to the Boston area, where he is Rabbi Laureate of a local congregation. He writes about the importance of personal acceptance and what it means to be human.