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Telluride Plein Air ~ From Lake to Parade to Class

This journal spread covers a lot of territory in our Colorado Summer. First we attempt a second 4-wheel drive up Tomboy – – and WOW – – even Roland eventually opts to turn around after facing giant lopsided granite rocks in the road. I’m rather relieve…

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Dragons and Art for Chinese New Year 2012 in Jacksonville

Chinese New Year's Parade, Jacksonville 2012

Last year I spoke with Tami Lohman, art teacher to the elementary students at St Mary’s School, about a show of her student’s work at the GoodBean. When it came down to the final preparations, she had to step aside as her kids got the gig to create dragons for this year’s parade, and Betsy Moore, who teaches the kids in grades 8-12, got the space for her St Mary’s High School art students instead. Naturally I was thrilled to see beautiful hearts galore from Betsy’s students come in to hang on the walls, and was really looking forward to seeing the dragons created and performed by Tami’s younger kids.

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Sunny skies and smiling faces 4th of July in Bandon, Oregon

Sunny skies and smiling faces 4th of July in Bandon, Oregon

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4th of July in Bandon, Oregon

2011 Year of the Rabbit Celebration in Jacksonville Features Show of Traditional Chinese Art by Dah-chung Chow

Traditional Chinese Art by Calvin Chow

“Joy, Peace & Content,” Show of Traditional Chinese Art by Dah-chung Chow at Elan Guest Suites and Gallery in Jacksonville, in conjunction with 2011’s Year of the Rabbit Chinese New Year Celebration (Feb 12) in Jacksonville, Oregon. 11:30AM-2PM Daily

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Jacksonville Celebrates the Year of the Tiger

Impressions of Jacksonville’s 2010 Chinese New Year celebration: This was the best one we’ve seen since moving here in 2000, and very well attended. The parade had more entries than ever, and more authenticity than in the past. I loaded up my camera with images…and felt a definite shiver when our humble little dragon made his pass through town, chasing away evil spirits to the powerful, ancient sound of a large Chinese drum. Surely the “God of the Year” was pleased.

After enjoying the parade, the question was what to do? There were so many activities scheduled to follow the parade it was difficult to choose from those that overlapped each other. I went first to the calligraphy demonstration at the Jacksonville Public Library, where a very sweet and pretty Chinese lady showed me how to write “China” and then invited me to visit her home province on the East

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