#WATWB: An Artistic Mission

For this month’s We are the World Blogfest, I’m sharing a link to a post I published in August of 2016. I’ll give you a few minutes to read HERE and come back to the present. UPDATE: Arts Camp is going stronger than ever and there have been a few changes of note since 2016. In 2018, approximately 430 kids signed up for Arts Camp and this year there were about 535. The program keeps growing! It continues to be aRead more

SoCS: Enthusiastic Kindness

Kindness is epic it’s fuel for a smile Affection is magic and longer than a mile Care seems ethical In right application Warmth remains critical in human admiration Compassion weaves the fabric of a sympathetic heart Giving sings poetic A philanthropist’s part Generosity reigns apolitical and takes no sides Benevolence shuns technical when a free spirit abides Kindness is gigantic within the human soul and spreads itself enthusiastic through rocks, don’t you know Postscript: During this past week at myRead more

#WATWB: Musical Art

By the time that this post is read, the pianos will be gone from New York City until next June. However, in keeping with the theme of We are the World Blogfest, which is to spread light over the dark of the world, this initiative was too good not to share. From http://www.metro.us: There are many signs that summer’s practically upon New York City, but one of the most colorful — and creative — is the annual roll out ofRead more

Chad’s Imagination

Artist Chad Brady has a huge imagination with winged murals in downtown Appleton. According to the city’s Public Art Map, there are 11 murals (along with painted traffic control boxes, sculpture and sidewalk poetry) in the downtown College Avenue area, discreetly waiting to be found. I came across a newer mural on Saturday as I hurried to the Farmer’s Market. The year before, the walls on this side street were completely bare. This year…butterflies! So many pretty butterflies! Chad has completedRead more

Rare Artistic Opportunity

Weekly Photo Challenge: For this week’s challenge, show us something that stands out from the everyday. It’s a rare opportunity when parents are able to send their children to a week-long arts camp without shelling out even one penny. Yet, they were afforded that possibility this week through Mission Church, a Christian community in Appleton, WI. Since 2013, children in the area are able to come to the church during one week in August to dance, work with wood and clay,Read more

Gratitude: My Red Bike at the Haskell Street Barn

Originally posted on D.Katie Powell Art:
*alert: vampire child face, oops* I had a good childhood, raised by a single mom with an alcoholic dad who skipped, and three much older brothers who loved me dearly. I am GRATEFUL because I wasn’t around JD (what they called my dad), because he caused a lot of grief to my brothers, really, a bit nutty. I had three amazing older brothers.  Who needed a dad? We lived in one of the…

Directly From the Heart

The presents have been unwrapped. The non-stop Christmas music has stopped. Mom has gone to Christmas mass and out for dinner. The brother and his significant other have come and gone. The amount of pasta and cookies eaten this past week has exceeded expectations. I’ve determined that I love Kentucky bourbon barrel beer. And both Gibbs and Ziva have been immortalized. This was an unexpected gift. From a young woman who cunningly asked me for photos of Gibbs and ZivaRead more

Dark Water

I signed up for Writing 201: Poetry. Yes, Margaret Rose, I know I’m mad. If you have been reading here at Mary J Melange, you know I occasionally poke an amateur finger at poetry. Much like writing itself, I have not studied this art in detail. I fly by the seat of my fleece-lined long underwear and shoddy black beret. Starting today, I am engaged in two weeks of poetry lessons and writing thanks to Ben and Denise at Word Press. What’s inRead more

What is Art?

If you are an artist, an art lover, enamored with cows, don’t care about art or cry over Van Gogh, you may want to check out artist Louise Fletcher’s most recent blog post, “What is Art?” After living in the U.S. for many years, Louise is now living in the Yorkshire Dales. It has inspired this talented artist to draw the surrounding landscape and the most wonderful, emotive cows. Take a few minutes to visit her blog or Facebook page. YouRead more

Be the One

The poet’s job is to put into words those feelings we all have that are so deep, so important, and yet so difficult to name, to tell the truth in such a beautiful way, that people cannot live without it.  Jane Kenyon I envy the poet, the one I cannot live without. I want to formulate expressive words such as his. I want to spit out the laborious roots of life as she does. I desire the eloquent words that easilyRead more

Greenhorn Lessons

In between the never-ending movement of boxes and belongings, Natasha and I are still practicing our lines for the bachelorette party’s comedy murder mystery. We are pretty much “off book” as she calls it, acting out our scenes without robotic reading from a piece of paper. (Truth be told, I was the robot on the first night.) It’s been a trip, it’s been fun, and it’s been a learning process – this first-time, thespian experience. Natasha tells me I amRead more

A Quilt of Many Colors

As I continue to filter through an apartment filled with belongings, I realize I have many personal pieces from my dad. This quilt is one of those pieces, a work of art. Dad was not only a home chef, a decorative painter, a rosemaler, and a tailor…he also pieced together this quilt of many colors with a sewing machine and his two talented hands. For other’s interpretation of art, click here.Read more