FLAR’s Spring/Summer Edition Blooms... with cover artist ana rendich
This marks the sixth season of print for Fredericksburg Literary and Art Review, and as with past issues we’re featuring a dynamic list of regional artists and writers in this edition. It’s never an easy task to choose our cover artists, but one thing that they all have in common is an ability to move us with color, concept, and imagery that compels us to look deeper and learn more. Ana Rendich (above) is a painter whose work impacts us in that way, and much of her
and authors that are different from the mainstream, to painters - to study the one’s who have left us centuries ago. Everything related to the liberal arts should be given generously. Professors should be saying, ‘I have this book, who wants it? You don't have homework; who wants to come with me to the National Gallery.’ I see this connection as vital. The poet Mary Oliver explains it beautifully when she says we should ‘…becomes best friends with the ones who have enriched our world so much.’” Rendich believes visual intelligence requires patience, and everyone can learn this. She compares studying paintings to studying poetry; there are parallels. The paintings, the books, the philosophy and essays are an artist’s best resources. “When you are young your artistic soul hasn’t developed yet. It develops through contact with these people who have come before.” Her favorite artists remain the old masters, like Caravaggio, Giotto, Cézanne, van Der Wyden. “Their works present profound imaginings of human life...in the past as now. Their thoughts and feelings are not directly of today’s life, but they ask the same questions about humanity and being alive.” In addition Rendich’s work, this edition of FLAR includes contributions from writers and artists across the United States and around the globe. Several prominent local creatives are featured this time, including renowned potter Dan Finnegan, ukulele craftsman and musician
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By A.E. Bayne philosophy stems from a sense of reverence for master artists of the past and an equally sincere gratitude for the opportunities she has had, especially those that stem from her move to the United States. Originally from Argentina, Rendich says the pastel colors in her paintings represent hope. She explains, “I lost so many things, I lost a language, but I am on my knees thanking this country for what it has given me. I am so grateful. I haven’t met an immigrant who is not deeply grateful.” Rendich worries that young artists developing their skills today do not have the same exposure to techniques and knowledge of past masters. She notices a current trend in academia that is moving away from a well-rounded liberal arts background that enriches the fine artist’s well of inspirational knowledge. She says, “A long time ago, we were obsessed about teaching artists to find resources from deep areas to help their soul growth. That means working hard, being open to everything, to music that is different than yours, to cultures
Larry Hinkle, political cartoonist Clay Jones, and Pamdora owner and artist Pamela McLeod. Regional artists include Richmond-based painter Cheryl Clayton, mixed media artist Maiven McKnight of Alexandria, and author and photographer Paul Fuqua of Arlington. This issue will also spotlight Art First Gallery of Fredericksburg and Virginia Lake Authors of Lake of the Woods. There will be a special section curated by Nepali writer Govinda Giri Prerana that features Nepali writers living in Northern Virginia. Read more about Ana Rendich in the upcoming edition of FLAR, available free online at www.fredericksburgwriters.com and on Facebook @FredLitArtReview. Special thanks to Virginia Grogan for her work on the literary panel for this edition.
A.E. Bayne is a veteran educator, writer, and artist. She publishes Fredericksburg Literary and Art Review and is a partner in the Fredericksburg Independent Book Festival.
Lisa, 51, grew up in the city of Fredericksburg. She is the youngest of three siblings. She had her first child when she was in the tenth grade and got married soon after. Although she left high school at a young age, she still pursued a GED. "I kind of grew up with my oldest son," she said. "One minute I was in a 10th grade math class, the next minute I was going to Roses getting maternity clothes and getting married. One minute I was getting up going to school, and the next I was trying to be a wife and didn't even know how to make fried chicken." The marriage did not last long and she returned home by the time she was 16. Her mother was highly involved in raising the child and she started working as soon as she could convince someone to hire her. She started out as a hostess and worked her way up to waiting tables. "I got to see different people and learn different things. It was kind of a dream job for me, but my life just changed."
She did get married a second time. That one lasted 16 years and brought about a second child. That relationship ended, another began, but after 10 more years it crumbled as well and so did other things. "When that ended in 2005 my whole life fell apart. I just started drinking and drinking and drinking. I lost everything." From May 2007 to March of 2013 Lisa was homeless, living primarily in a tent in the woods with her Chicaweenie (Chihuahua-dachshund mix). "Its not anything you wake up planning on happening in your life, but when you are left with nothing you either have to give up or survive. “People should not buy into the stereotypes about homelessness”, she said. "While alcohol may be a part of the issue, it goes a whole lot deeper. I had to understand there were a whole lot of other issues," she said. "Homeless people, that's not who they are, it's what they are going through. We have dreams, we have plans, and we want that." Since Lisa has been back in housing she has been able to address some underlying mental health issues. She is working on some complex medical issues. And she feels better knowing that each day she is able to accomplish something. "I didn't want to deal with life," she said of the time she was homeless. During that time, her children would not even allow her to see her grandchildren. Now that she is housed and stable, she has been able to rekindle relationships with family. She gets to go places with them, babysit and be involved in their lives. "I'm always afraid of falling," she said. "But I know Lisa is strong because of what I have been through." Submitted by Micah Ecumenical Ministries, a Christ-Centered Community supporting people experiencing chronic homelessness and identifying pathways to sustainable housing. Contact 540479-4116; www.dolovewalk.net; facebook
Identify this mystery house and you could win a gift certificate from a downtown merchant. Here’s how: Email firstname.lastname@example.org, Subject: mystery house, Identify house address, Your name, address, email. The poem below is a hint of the location of the mystery house. Good Luck!
Last Month’s House: “1618 Franklin St: The Carl Silver House” The Winner of a gift certificate from Roxbury Farm & Garden Center is Emma Dolby
You are such a strange little rock house, sitting up on the hill, no one seems to know who you are. It is time you spoke out on this glorious 4th, as you have been quiet for a hundred and fifty years, and more. All your life you have been sheltering the families, of the Fredericksburg Battlefield Park staff. From your windows and doors, came the sounds of generations of children, reading a poem, sitting in your yard, memorized well, called,"Bivouac of The Dead," by Theodore O'Hara. An infant boy, born and left our earth within your walls, little Arthur, lies on the hill in the ground above you still. So many brave and honorable men and women have been laid to rest, in the tiers beside your walls, while you watched over the creation of a place on the hill, to honor our brave fallen dead.
“Drawn Together” Opening Reception First Friday July 6 Artists: Johnny P. Johnson, Jane Snead, Ruth Ann Loving, Beverley Coates, Robyn Ryan, Nancy Brittle. Norma Starkweather & Cathy Herndon Daily 10 to 6.
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