Indiana University Israelpalooza 2008

Dann and Hannah
Originally uploaded by lbolter

I know, I know. It's been a while again since my last post. With these shows spaced just one month apart there hasn't been much time for posting.

This is from the last show at IU's Israelpalooza. It was a great time and a PERFECT day, especially since all it seems to do in Bloomington is rain! The weather gods were certainly smiling down on Israel's celebration that day.

Besides the fun event, I spent the weekend with Hannah and Dann who are newly engaged! I'm going to be a mother-in-law! Dann had just proposed a few days before and I thoroughly enjoyed watching Hannah show off her beautiful ring to all of her friends who stopped by.

Next up... KaleidoFest in St. Louis next weekend May 3 to the 8th! Look for me at the JCC Artist's Bazaar.

A Letter to Dad

Dear Dad,

Is Uncle Irwin with you? I hope so, for so many reasons. I hope the two of you can come to terms with the things that happened when you were both young and on through the years. I hope you can both make peace with the things that were said and done and the things that weren't.

I hope you can hug him for me and tell him how sorry I am we didn't talk in the last couple of weeks. I hope that he can explain to you that we are all made in the image of God no matter who or what we are and that we should be be exactly who God intended us to be.

I hope he can tell you how much we all miss you and think about you. I hope he tells you about Hannah and Rachel and how amazing they are and how much you'd love them and be proud of them.

I hope you're all there together with God and that one day I'll understand God and what our lives mean.

I hope Uncle Irwin knows that I loved him and that I would've come to help if I didn't think he'd really rather I not come.

I hope you know how much I love you and always will.

I hope someday I can hug you both myself and tell you so.

Limor's Pomegranate on Green

Limor's Pomegranate on Green
Originally uploaded by lbolter

Better late than never, Limor's birthday gift is done today–just in time for our morning coffee date. I know that she'll like it because she's so enthusiastic about everything, and it's wonderful to be able to make her happy.

I'm looking forward to hearing about her trip to Arizona and her success at the Scottsdale event. And, we have several other upcoming events to plan for:

Kol Nashim, St. Louis, March 7-9
Israel at 60 Street Fair, St. Louis JCC, May 3-9
Greater Chicago Jewish Festival, June 15

I can't wait to show her the pendants I've been working on. I better start grinding the coffee beans!

A good reason for a post

As usual it's been quite some time since I've made a blog post. But I thought this news was definitely worth sharing. The Boulder Jewish Festival held in Boulder, CO asked me to design the t-shirt for the 2008 event. I just heard back and they loved the design I submitted. It'll be unveiled at a big Boulder JCC event this coming weekend.

I was listening to Claudine Hellmuth on a smARTist Telesummit preview. She spoke about her successful blogging experience and how consistent blogging is important it is to an artist's career. I think for quite a few artists this is a challenging, but worthwhile task. I've got to get past the fear of sounding stupid and start getting involved to find a place in the artist blogging community.

I guess I've taken the first step. (For the probably 25th time.) :-)

On the easel...

Not this one. It's finished I suppose. I continue to remain hard at work, trying to get as much done as possible before the end of next week. This painting was done over the weekend and is titled "Book of Life."

On the easel right now is another... It's progressing slowly right now but I hope to have it done by the end of the day tomorrow. I filled up my sketchbook with quite a few ideas while gallery sitting for Rachel on Saturday, and I'm anxious to move on to the some of the other concepts. A quiet gallery surrounded by all kinds of interesting art makes for a lot of inspiration. Check out the Epsten Gallery "Urban Suburban" exhibit at Village Shalom!