Down the Rabbit Hole She Continues: In Search of an Etching

Looking at these 50 year old sketches got me thinking…

I wonder how Mr. Carlin is doing?

Well…about him…

Mr. Carlin, or, David (as he has told me to address him) is continuing to create.  He is humourous and original and inspiring.  I was blessed to have reconnected with him some years ago.  While he wasn’t the first teacher to inspire me as those would have included Mrs. Penner, Mrs. Souter and Mr. Mackay, he taught me and directed me to think and expand into the world of meaning.  He rooted his students in ideas.  The sketch featured in the banner above was the start to an idea that led to my very first oil painting 4′ x 4′ of Adam, in grade nine.  He was my art teacher in North Bay, Ontario and then my father’s work took us to Great Falls, Montana.  Thank you, David, for everything you’ve done for me.

I wonder how Mr. Winenger is doing?

Well, I learned that my beloved art teacher, always supportive and genuinely creative, died in 2018.  As I poured over this tribute, I cried for Mr. Winenger’s greatness and for the absolute blessing that he treasured and encouraged my art… his belief in me, in part, would direct the rest of my life.

This is how Mr. Winenger’s mind worked.

Dwight Winenger

June 6, 1936 – March 16, 2018

ARGOS – Argos native, residing in Desert Hot Springs, Calif. Dwight Winenger, 81, passed away March 16 in hospice care in California.

He was born June 6, 1936 in Argos to Alfred J. and Mary Hope Winenger. He was a graduate of Argos High School in 1954. He then attended Indiana State Teachers College in Terre Haute for six years with honors. His major was Art and minor was Music.

He played four different instruments including the piano. He wrote and directed an Orchestration of the college class graduation exercises.

During Dwight’s summers between college days, he ran the projector for the Law family at the Argos Cozy Theatre. He also did art work for many people in the community.

In the late 50’s he met and married Eva Lund Hansen from Denmark. She also attended Terre Haute State Teacher’s College. They had two girls, Robin Kim and Kirsten Marie and they eventually moved from the Argos area. They lived in Colorado, Montana and then settled in Desert Hot Springs, Calif. While living in California, he owned a business called the Miniscule University, where he taught art to retired senior citizens.

Dwight had many awards in National Design and Broadcast Music Awards. He had an honor, the Governor’s Commission for the Fine Arts in Indiana 1962-1965. He was Knighted by Robert Holmberg (Knight of Nannebrag-Denmark), 1982; International Man of the Year, International Biographical Centre, 1992; World Intellectual, 1993. He also was in the International Who’s Who in Music. He was in the Biographical listings of Men of Achievement; Community Leaders of America; 5000 Personalities of the World; International Book of Honor; International Leaders of Achievement. He was in the Directory of Distinguished Americans; International Who’s Who of Intellectuals and one of 2000 Outstanding Musicians of the 20th Century, 2000. He had many achievements in his busy life, his family is very proud of him.

Dwight is survived by his wife, Eva; daughter Robin and her daughter Britni; their other grandchildren, Katie, Joseph, and young Eva; Kirsten passed away a few yeas ago with cancer. Dwight is also survived by two sisters remaining in Argos area: Mary (Winenger) Becker and Bonnie (Winenger) Rice.

Dwight’s parents and brother, Jim, are deceased.

Funeral services will be held in California.

Published in The Pilot News on Mar. 20, 2018

Mr. Winenger created this poster calendar on silkscreen in 1973, when I was his student.  He was big into printmaking and taught woodblock, silkscreen and various forms of Intaglio. While in his classes, I created many silkscreens, a single wood block as well as a single intaglio etching.  I don’t have the plate OR a print from the etching, but remember the image.  I still have this calendar in my portfolio.

 

As I headed down the rabbit hole, I shed a few tears…and then my feet got cold, so I got up to find some slippers.

Love Art in Calgary: Wolf Willow Studio

Wendy Lees pulled together another fantastic Love Art in Calgary day on April 20, beginning at Michelena Bamford’s Wolf Willow Studio.  A creative and inspiring artist in her own right, Michelena has directed another company successfully, creating rich, fresh and festive wreaths through Rocky Mountain Wreaths.  Wolf Willow, a fairly recent space, provides a perfect bridge between wreath making and her myriad of other interests; mosaic, artist in residency programs, mother and child groups, meditation circles and classes.

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At introductions, Wendy shared her passion with the group around the notion of art and creativity being a channel of hope for the marginalized populations of the City of Calgary.  The past couple of months have presented her with a whirlwind of opportunity linking her to a greater design and the tour group was blessed to be a part of the expression of that.  It was great to see such a variety of people in attendance on this tour.  It was fun to meet up with a woman who has impacted me in such a positive way over time, Maggie Lindsay, and other like-minded women who have participated in art journaling in a very concrete way over the last few years.

I had just met Jenn on the last tour and was glad to see her again.  She is such a mindful person and we have shared in some wonderfully rich conversations over our lunch martinis.

Michelena shared eloquently, her story of building a business from the very concept to its fruition.  It seems that everything in her story brought her to this wonderful space.  And I’m certain that she wouldn’t mind me posting here, some drawings for the logo that is being created to represent her business.  Warm, accessible; I highly recommend that if my readers have the chance, slip into her space and enter into creation!

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On this tour, we were offered grab bags, coffee and coffee cake, as a way of easing into our tour.  Mayhaps the coffee cake is becoming tradition.  I hope so!

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Michelena offered us a wee poetry magnet package…something that engaged folk in conversation and served as a natural ice breaker.  I’m always big on the connection between words and images.  I put my package away as a peaceful meditation to complete at home.  Visiting Wolf Willow Studios was a relaxing and warm way to begin our day.  The space is magic.

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