Sunday, December 30, 2007

It was merry, it was very

Our Christmas holidays officially started on December 21, our anniversary, which we celebrated in style as tourists in our own downtown Rocheport. After a romantic dinner at Abigails, my hubby surprised me with a rose decked night in the Onyx Room (the two-way fireplace warmed the bedroom AND the bath, need I say more?) at the Amber House. It was a charmed kick-off to the holidays which included hosting my parents as well as a Christmas Eve visit with my cousin and his wife (recently moved to St. Louis from Maryland) and my uncle (who was up to visit them from Florida). I've never lived closer than a 5 hour drive to any family member since I left high school so having family two hours down the road is a real treat.

Another treat is having someone present you with art they created just for you. Wayne made this gorgeous boxed piece for me for Christmas (though the shot, due to the reflections, does not do it justice.) His work is completely stunning and what he comes up with never ceases to amaze me.
Here, too, is the debut of another artist's work: Karen Miedrich Luo! Whodda thunkit?! I gasped when I unwrapped this gift, amazed at how far Karen's recent dabbling with paper collage has progressed. This piece is built around on hearing Pergolesi, a Friday concerto , a favorite poem of mine written by Margo Berdeshevsky. The text of the poem appears on the back of the panels, handwritten in layered text. Guess a little dabblin'll do ya. Well done, amiga!


Karen Miedrich-Luo said...

You are too kind, Allison. Lest anyone accuse me of plagerism (is that the proper word for borrowing artistic ideas?) I adapted a triptych I saw in a magazine and made it Allison's. All art is imitation, I suppose, and I feel a bit like my own daughters, holding up some glued bits and pieces to say, "see what I made?" Like all good friends and mothers, Allison is proud of my work and that makes me feel better about it.

jenni said...

Happy anniversary! That boxed piece by Wayne is beautiful.

And Karen, your work is lovely! I gasped, too. Really - wow.