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The VFAA is a non-profit furthering art and creativity in our community. We offer a range of art classes for people of all abilities, gallery exhibitions and sales, monthly meetings, community events and the Suzanne Haskew Arts Center, the SHAC at 125 S. Main Street, downtown Milford, Michigan. Our special needs young adults and adults art group, Peacock Art Club (PAC), meets weekly. That is, when there’s not a pandemic going on. We hope and anticipate life to get back to relative normal very soon. Creativity helps reduce stress and anxiety. Take time and do something creative today. It will do your mind and heart good. The VFAA continues to pursue online alternatives to give all of us creative fun during exceptional, stressful times. Please consider a donation and support our efforts.

Vote for your favorite artwork and your favorite poem! CLICK HERE TO VOTE FOR PEOPLE’S CHOICE For Art and for Poetry or send your own email to: SHAC@MILFORDVFAA.ORG Peoples’ Choice has become virtual! Let us know what you like out of these wonderful works! We will tabulate votes for the next few weeks and remind you to vote periodically. © VFAA 1April, 2020

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The following artworks are presented by the artists as the collection of the Village Fine Arts Association (VFAA) Exhibition and Sale, Poetry Art Night.

PAN 2020 PAN is a juried and judged Exhibition and Sale physically on display as of March 18, 2020 at the Suzanne Haskew Arts Center (the SHAC), in Milford, Michigan. PAN entries consist of an artwork and poem inspiring or inspired by the art. The poem can be original or previously published, but must be acknowledged as so. Only original poems are judged. All art entries are juried and judged.

PAN is a vibrant, creative show. It brings out the best in local artists and poets. Unfortunately, at this time, no one will see PAN live at the SHAC. We hope that changes soon! In the meantime… Unusual circumstances and State of Michigan Executive “Stay At Home” Orders allow for creation and sharing in new and exciting ways.

We hope you like and share this catalog! Enjoy the art and their inspired poetry. These are great, Michigan artists. All sizes are WIDTH x LENGTH. Please contact the SHAC for information and sales inquiries. (248) 797-3060

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Follow our Peoples’ Choice and PAN 2020 Virtually Live Reception on Facebook! Award announcements will happen at the Reception.

Please share this with family and friends! We appreciate your support and hope you stay healthy and safe. Click for music of Luti and Bobby Pennock as you browse our PAN 2020 Gallery! © VFAA 1April, 2020

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VFAA PAN 2020 Virtual Exhibition & Catalog VFAA 2020 PAN VIRTUAL AWARDS PRESENTATION Hi – I’m Linda Onderko, President of the VFAA, on whose behalf, along with the Milford Public Library, I welcome you to our 28th Annual Poetry Art Night (PAN) celebration, presented virtually for your stay-where-you-are convenience! Of course, we would much rather have held our usual party where we get up-close and personal - sharing hugs and handshakes, greetings and congratulations – gathering at the abundant table, sipping wine and enjoying live music from Luti and Bobby Pennock. But alas we cannot do that. But neither can we let that stop us from innovating! Being the creative sort, the VFAA has successfully adapted this popular event over the years to make sure the show goes on! A lot can happen over 28 years. Whether we’ve needed to weather the weather, to be powerful in outages, or extract any number of monkey wrenches that get thrown into the mix, we have always looked forward to gathering in love and laughter - even at times celebrating through tears. But this time, it’s virtual! Our tireless volunteers were well underway with PAN, even getting as far as hanging the exhibit at the SHAC when all plans changed! They then went the extra mile this year to make sure that even though we are all experiencing unique challenges, this impressive exhibit, pairing art and poetry (and combining music), will still be available for your appreciation. Thank you to our Executive Director, Sue Gollon – the SHAC Coordinator Lish Brown – Candace Brancik who designed the new awards as well as handling a lot of everything else. Thank me too because I did lots of stuff. There are many more volunteers who were essential to this project and we are grateful to each and every one. Yay everyone! We also love our loyal patrons, sponsors, donors and award sponsors who come through each year, ensuring another successful event. The SHAC depends upon the generosity of donations to keep us going. © VFAA 1April, 2020

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VFAA PAN 2020 Virtual Exhibition & Catalog A very special thank you goes to: PAN PATRONS Harold Haskew Muriel & Bob Herrick Main Street Art Lyle & Denise Tyler Barb & Gary Weisenburg PAN SPONSORS Jerry & Karol Breen Dianne Ervin Dale & Sherry Feigley Andrea & Isaac Perry Gloria Schulte Leslie Watson & Barb Moorhead Many of the above donors also sponsor art and poetry awards. They are named again on the awards lists. Thank you all for your generosity! Thank you to all the artists and poets who provide the substance of this exhibit. The silver lining may be that you can sit quietly in the pajamas of your choice, with your preferred beverage, click on the music and enjoy the show at your coziest convenience. Look and read carefully because there is a test at the end. It’s called People’s Choice and you know what to do. I’ve been asked about the JURYING process. Just so you know, we had almost 100 entries this year! Three jurors independently scored each entry. The scores were added together and averaged. The top scoring 75 pieces were then accepted into this exhibit. It was no easy task to decline the rest but space limitations made that a painful necessity.

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VFAA PAN 2020 Virtual Exhibition & Catalog LET’S GET POETICAL! April is National Poetry Month – an opportune time for reading and writing poetry inspired by “whatever causes the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings”, as Wordsworth noted. Poetry is the chiseled marble of language; it’s a paint-spattered canvas – but the poet uses words instead of paint and the canvas is you! W. B. Yeats observed “Out of the quarrel with others we make rhetoric; out of the quarrel with ourselves we make poetry.” AND THE WINNERS ARE! VILLAGE FINE ARTS ASSOCIATION POETRY AWARDS – PAN 2020 Poetry Judge – Jeffrey Hermann – “I had a great time doing this – it was an honor to read the work of so many creative and talented people. They all deserve recognition for following the urge to write and create. And the artwork was wonderful, too! 1st Place- Milford Public Library Poetry Award - $50 thanks to the Library “Mississippi Backwater” by Dan Ackerman page 17 “A riot of emotion and vibrant scenery. The word repetition starts to feel like waves. Beautiful.” Artwork – “Mississippi Backwater” oil by Sandra Ackerman – 26x20 - $400 1st Place- Joy Humanist Memorial Poetry (lighthearted/humorous) $50 thanks to Harold Haskew “Game of Cat and Mouse” by Candace Brancik page 85 “Love how the speaking brings so much personality to the opponents and how the story unfolds like a fairy tale. Clever. Smart.” Artwork – “Huntress” oil by Candace Brancik – 16x13 - $325 2nd Place – VFAA Poetry Award - $40 thanks to the Village Fine Arts Association “A Season of Reflection” by K. K. Sparks page 145 “Full of melancholy – and bones – that runs deep and feels permanent” Artwork – “A Season of Reflection” photo by K. K. Sparks – 14x17 - $150 © VFAA 1April, 2020

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VFAA PAN 2020 Virtual Exhibition & Catalog 3rd Place – Carl H. Dumas Memorial Poetry Award - $30 thanks to Janice Dumas McCaffery “JJ Acres Daylilies” by Kenneth Evans page 77 “Calm and determined, like its subject – gives a strong voice to a voiceless wonder” Artwork – “JJ Acres Daylilies” digital art by Kenneth Evans – 36x24 – NFS

HONORABLE MENTIONS Cute Bob Armstrong Memorial Poetry Award - $25 thanks to Barbara and Andrea Armstrong “Blue Reflection” by Susan Perrish page 69 “Spare but still surprising. I love how it made a single thought carry so much weight.” Artwork – “Blue Reflection” oil by Susan Perrish – 15x18 - $600 Gr8Art4U Poetry Award - $25 thanks to Barbara Moorhead and Leslie Watson “Backyard Winter Morning” by Brant MacLean page 105 “Catches that brief moment of one thing becoming another and feeling lucky to be a witness to it.” Artwork – “Backyard Winter Morning” oil by Brant MacLean – 24x28 - $700 Madeleine Rivest Poetry Award -$25 thanks to Sue Gollon “Chasing the Moon” by Dan Ackerman page 19 “Wonderful juxtapositions in this poem. Love how it takes great leaps while remaining so personal and intimate.” Artwork – “Chasing the Moon” oil by Sandra Ackerman – 16x22 - $250 Martin & Elizabeth Weisenburg Memorial Poetry Award - $25 thanks to Barb and Gary Weisenburg “First Raven” by Adrienne Grant page 127 “Evokes the thought of a moment by catching something permanent. Love how the dark of the bird swoops across the poem.” Artwork – “The First Raven” Pastel/Ink by Chris Grant – 14x20 – NFS

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VFAA PAN 2020 Virtual Exhibition & Catalog Main Street Art Poetry Award - $25 thanks to Natalia Wohletz at Main Street Art “Regrets” by Geri Ryan-Harden page 59 “I like that a golden painting yielded a poem so full of sadness. And the last stanza adds a touch of bewilderment that feels perfect.” Artwork – “Hills of Gold” mixed media by Geri Ryan-Harden – 14x17 – NFS Milford Dermatology Poetry Award - $25 thanks to Dr. Louis Chiara “Mutual Discovery” by Isaac Perry page 49 “The line breaks are so well crafted and the sparseness reinforces the distance, the tentativeness of the situation.” Artwork – “Reconnecting with Dad” pastel by Linda Lavasseur – 18x20 – NFS

Congratulations to all of our poetry award winners. We thank you for sharing your inner quarrels and outer joys, your clever words and touching observations, reminding us of things we may have forgotten we knew and loved. And remember that even Carl Sandburg admitted that “I’ve written some poetry I don’t understand myself”. A POEM TO INTRODUCE THE ART AWARDS! “Art” by Herman Melville In placid hours well pleased we dream of many a brave unbodied scheme. But form to lend, pulsed life create, what unlike things must meet and mate: A flame to melt – a wind to freeze; Sad patience – joyous energies; Humility – yet pride and scorn; Instinct and study; love and hate; Audacity – reverence. These must mate and fuse with Jacob’s mystic heart, to wrestle with the angel – Art. © VFAA 1April, 2020

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VFAA PAN 2020 Virtual Exhibition & Catalog AND THE WINNERS ARE! VILLAGE FINE ARTS ASSOCIATION ART AWARDS – PAN 2020 Art Judge – Eugene Clark – “Excellent variety of entries and range of media. Superior quality overall with riveting subject matter and great storytelling. Compliments to the wonderful vibrancy, use of color, dramatic light and shadow. Risk-taking apparent in many of the artworks. Congratulations and be safe!” 1st Place- VFAA Suzanne Haskew Award of Excellence - $400 thanks to the VFAA “The Mother Tree” - Gouche by Ken Graning – 24x20 - $750 “Intriguing narrative throughout this work” 2nd Place – VFAA Award of Choice - $200 thanks to the VFAA “Cooking with Magic” – Colored Pencil by Dean Rogers – 26x33 – NFS “Very good use of allegory”

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3rd Place – VFAA Award of Merit - $100 thanks to the VFAA “Death of a Ball Turret Gunner”-Watercolor Collage by Gary Dykstra - 22x28 - $285 “Texture creates visual impact in this work.” page 22

HONORABLE MENTIONS Alice Hennessy Memorial Art Award - $50 thanks to Linda Onderko “Huntress” – Oil by Candace Brancik – 16x13 - $325 “Very fresh style adding life to the work” Becky Fischer Memorial Art Award - $50 thanks to Harold Haskew “Torchbearers of a New Age” – Photo by K.K. Sparks – 16x18 - $150 “Captures attention with strong focus”

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VFAA PAN 2020 Virtual Exhibition & Catalog Brendo Beno Memorial Art Award - $50 thanks to Mary & Tom Underhill “Family Silhouette” – Ink & Watercolor by Nancy Ebert – 11x9 – NFS “Great use of media and graphic style” Carl H. Dumas Memorial Art Award - $50 thanks to Janice Dumas McCaffery “Lake Muskoka” – Pastel by Linda Pelowski – 15x20 - $500 “A touch of melancholy mixed with whimsy”

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Amy Feigley Lee Art Award - $30 thanks to Dale & Sherry Feigley “Swans Marsh Spring 2019” – Digital Art by Ken Evans – 30x24 – NFS page 80 “Great understanding of media shedding a nice perspective on the subject.” Frank & Edith Block Memorial Art Award - $30 thanks to Barb & Gary Weisenburg “Untitled” – Textile by Mary Bajcz – 18x22 - $150 “Exciting approach filled with joy and positivity.”

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Gr8Art4U Fine Art Award - $30 thanks to Leslie Watson & Barb Moorhead “Watertower and Chimneys” – Watercolor by Janice Dumas – 16x20 - $255 page 102 “Great use of structural perspective and color composition.” Main Street Art Fine Art Award - $30 thanks to Main Street Art “Nature’s Tapestry” – Oil by Donna Thompson – 36x24 - $350 “A nice sensitivity to the underlying impact of the subject matter.” Pet Lover Art Award - $30 thanks to Kathy Percy at Milford Feed “Modest Molly” – Photo by Deborah Dorsch – 18x14 - $150 “Very dramatic in lighting effect and values.”

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Suzanne Haskew Memorial Art Award - $30 thanks to Muriel & Bob Herrick “Frost” – Oil by Sandra Ackerman – 26x20 - $400 page 14 “Powerful work with interesting elements of placement add impact to the composition” © VFAA 1April, 2020

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VFAA PAN 2020 Virtual Exhibition & Catalog Congratulations and thank you to everyone with a special nod to those who won awards for both their art and their poetry – Candace Brancik, Ken Evans and K. K. Sparks did that! And Sandra Ackerman and her son Daniel Ackerman are a winning combo with three awards between them! Wow! Don’t forget to vote for People’s Choice – one for Art, one for Poetry. We don’t know when we will be back in regular business, but in the meantime, stay safe, stay home, stay sane, stay creative! Share your creations on social media while social distancing. And please remember that the VFAA/ SHAC still needs your support. Artist David Hockney gets the last word: “What an artist is trying to do for people is bring them closer to something, because of course, art is about sharing. You wouldn’t be an artist unless you wanted to share an experience, a thought. I am constantly preoccupied with how to remove distance so that we can all come closer together, so that we can all begin to sense we are the same, we are one.” Thank you… from the VFAA/SHAC

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Wherever the Road Takes Us Dan Stuart Photography 28 x 20 $175

Gypsies of the Road By Dan Stuart We’re moving on in the morning, We’ve seen enough of this place. We’ve met some folks, We’ve learned the ropes. We need to find us some space. We’ve climbed the mountains above us, We’ve hiked the deserts below. We’ve seen both seas Hugged giant trees, We’ve learned there’s always more to know. Desert roads run straight and they’re boring Mountain roads curve round and around. But we don’t care, We take the dare. The highway never lets us down. One day we’ll come to our senses, We’ll act our age and stop this stuff. But ‘til that time, Life is sublime. Don’t think we’ll ever have enough. © VFAA 1April, 2020

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Frost Sandra Ackerman Oil 26 x 20 $400

Frost By Dan Ackerman when all things are brief and endless and you’re eye to eye with distance when frost in the trees is a million little lenses when rivers divide all walls and concertina fences when the big wave and big lense break together as they’ve been ever since when all that shackles is a chain of events when all things are short and unending when all rain is wave descending when the final act stops pretending when the fist-shaped-earth cracks its knuckles, dancing when the answer to all is always the same and is always unconvincing when trees poke through the fencing when river’s ascending

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Mississippi Backwater Sandra Ackerman Oil 26 x 20 $400

Mississippi Backwater By Dan Ackerman then all that old sadness will sleep then all that was real will be make believe and all that is false will be freed and all that is stone will be seed and all that is left behind when the heron flees is a nest of leaves then the cages will be hung with wreaths then the tangled grass will weave then the rainbow bends at the knee then the page turns the scene then the song is a time machine then the ripple points away from the sea then the islands unseen turn green then all i change will change me

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Chasing the Moon Sandra Ackerman Oil 16 x 22 $250

Chasing the Moon By Dan Ackerman

When the sky opens up wide enough to sail through when darkness buzzes the plateau like sage does in the afternoon when evening twins the predawn and you can’t distinguish the two when you jog to catch up and leave light behind you when you arrive late and leave soon when you’re walking back and forth and back across your shadow when you stand in a doorway to dodge silent movie snow when it’s so still that stillness seeds and grows and crashes down and pulls you in the undertow when you track the wind from fence pole to fence pole when you turn the music low

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Will O’ the Wisp Georgie Jagner Watercolor 28 x 22 $500

Will O’ the Wisp By Tom Pawlick What small white light Hides at night Deep in the dark green, Then flicks “I’m here! You need not fear,” To those of little faith, And wisps away?

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Death of a Ball Turret Gunner Gary Dykstra Watercolor/Collage 22 x 28 $285

The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner By Randall Jarrell From my mother’s sleep I fell into the State, And I hunched in its belly till my wet fur froze. Six miles from earth, loosed from its dream of life, I woke to black flak and the nightmare fighters. When I died they washed me out of the turret with a hose.

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The Walking Man Ken Graning Gouache 38 x 28 $2500

Walking Man By Ken Graning The walking man he walks the walk a solitary man he thinks deep thoughts he thinks of life he thinks of love what lies below and skies above this winding road he walks upon will take him where he’s never gone its twists and turns this mischievous elf may take him where he finds himself

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The Mother Tree Ken Graning Gouache 24 x 20 $750

The Mother Tree By Ken Graning The mother tree safe haven for our feathered friends in great variety They gather here from year to year in safety and security for they know this tree is safe you see with gnarly branches to some degree til tabby cat just happens by to grow some wings so he can fly

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Child in Awe Donna Thompson Oil 26 x 32 $500

The Incredible Find By Donna Thompson Walking through the woods one day, the sun was shining bright. Right at the edge I came upon, a most incredible sight. The biggest flower I ever saw, I couldn’t believe my eyes. I had to go investigate, Its beauty and its size. Its petal soft and seeds of brown. So perfect and, what grace. I stared and smiled so gleefully. Just couldn’t leave this place. Looking up I said hello, it smiled back at me. I thought that I should pick that flower, for mom and dad to see. It swayed and danced against the sky as if to say, you know, The birds the bees the squirrels will feed, upon my seeds… And so, I’ll talk about my incredible find, I left that flower there It’s standing tall against the sky for everyone to share.

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Child in the Garden Donna Thompson Oil 28 x 34 $500

Child in the Garden By Donna Thompson Oh child of innocence what is it that you see, A flower growing strong and bright, among the leaves and trees. It started as a tiny seed, growing perfect, so complete. Like this child that I gaze upon, here at this garden seat. Your treasured eyes, see beauty in the petals and its hue. The same is in your hair and skin, the beauty is in you. Let nature’s love embrace you and keep you always safe, Protected in this garden, so peaceful in this place. You are like the poppy, among the rocks and weeds. Guiltless of all conflict, man’s created through his greed. My hope for you is always stay captive at the site, Of flowers in the garden and always see the light.

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Nature’s Tapestry Donna Thompson Oil 36 x 24 $350

Tapestry By John Tatar Upon this meadow I ponder, the beauty that I see, As I crouch down beside the earth in perfect harmony. Vibrant are the colors that fill this very land, Who is this artist, I do not understand. How he could give such meaning to every living thing, And make such precious music for every song that’d sing. Reds, greens, and yellow in a wondrous hew, Glisten like diamonds in the morning dew. The scent of every flower to entertain my nose, The coolness of the grass to titillate my toes. The touch of every living thing dance before my eyes, The comfort of the sun so bright in the big blue skies. Who holds the brush, so tenderly, for all of us to see, Who knows what strokes are needed for perfect harmony. Give us the chance to experience life at our first hand, Thank God for our chance to live upon this land.

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When Love is Returned Carol A. Dean Acrylic 29 x 24 $150

When Love is Returned By Carol A. Dean I have learned a few things, Along this road. I feel good when the sun is on my face, And my feet are in warm waters. Love can be tragically lost, Or happily found. When Love Is returned, Life is at its finest. I like to kick up a campfire, And watch the reflections on your smiling face. Life has never been grander, Than when I spend it with you!

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A Heavenly Place Gwendolyn Roth Digital Art 16 x 20 $199

A Heavenly Place By Gwendolyn Roth A golden carpet meanders along, encouraged by a kindly breeze. It urges me towards a friendly light, smiling through the trees. Silken needles drift slowly down, silencing my steps. The feathered hush bestills my heart, and amplifies my breaths. A halcyon hollow bathed in beams beckons me to stay. Sylvan giants whisper lullabies until all gravity lifts away. Sinewy limbs entreat the sun, inviting perpetual grace. I close my eyes and in repose, I dream of a heavenly place.

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Friends Bob Wesley Acrylic 20 x 16 $180

I Am Different By Lesha Scales We may have the same eyes But I use mine different We may have the same heart But I use mine differently I’m different cause I do things differently I’m different because I wear things differently I may stand out differently in many ways But I love it and I love being different

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Lake Muskoka Linda Pelowski Pastel 15 x 20 $500

Infinity By Jaclyn Rink Time is forever here, endless in this space For as long as I can make, my restless mind Rest. Seeking cessation Lain in the arms of their branches The curves of these trails The land that whispers memories Of dreamy, childhood tales. My foot is rooted in the soil Intertwined with the trees Bound to this place, Calling me from far away Flooding my daily reverie. Finding interlude With sounds that soothe my senses Smells that fill my famine And skies that live atop a water line. A lull in life, an intermission in mine Paired with a vessel, set sail for adventure Awaiting in the bay Š VFAA 1April, 2020

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Lazy Days of Summer Linda Pelowski Pastel 14 x 17 $400

Lazy Days of Summer By A. A. Brown We ride winds lift us Pegasus wings free from earthly bounds to glide limitless. But the moments we love the most are grass between our toes, winds tickle goosebumps onto hot skin, ice cube therapy cooling inside-out, their clinks, seed pod rustles, sometimes a soft whinny crash the quiet. And then the moment strikes! we run we hop grass lush on feet, the best of lazy times in frisky prancing fun horsing around.

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Snow Clearing Linda Pelowski Pastel 16 x 20 $350

A Gentle Wanderer By Jaclyn Rink Quiet are the toes that step foot on this diamond blanket. Sand’s cousin from the north, gentle, yet protective of the springtime that sleeps underneath. A home to trees’ lost memories of fallen foliage from wardrobes of the period prior. Now clothed in the dense air of a winter’s unveiling. Accessorized in a pale light that teases the slumbering season to come alive, forsaking the beauty of this wintertime. Don’t rush these months. For the earth falls quiet. The world is still. And my traveling foot feels light on these soft plains. © VFAA 1April, 2020

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Catch of the Day Kelly Mellish Pastel 18 x 24 NFS

Catch of the Day By Heather Ann Belkadi As I watch the sun glisten in her hair I try to imprint this moment on my mind Remember her this gentle, this happy, this fair The last days of innocence in my daughter’s time. Barefoot on the dock, sleep still in her eyes I can’t think of tomorrow on a morning like this I don’t think of graduations, marriage or goodbyes I will enjoy each moment, each butterfly kiss She reels with a giggle, a tug and a pull, And with a squeal, she’s landed her biggest fish yet I beam at my angel, my pride burning full And hide my eyes that are suddenly wet She’s too young to know that these moments aren’t endless That Summer’s not the only thing fading away For me, it’s priceless this unfettered togetherness For her, it’s simply the catch of the day.

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Reconnecting With Dad Linda Levasseuer Pastel 16 x 20 NFS

Mutual Discovery By Isaac Perry his life without the lantern’s light bouncing off his eyes she might recognize the heart within broken but bright almost close enough she attempts at times to hold with all beckoning signs whether waving hands or wandering minds withering shadows retreating tides they face each other before distant blinds

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Nap Time Paul Tibedeau Oil 35 x 44 $1200

Nap Time By Richard K. Morris Bright sun and the steady hum of insects casts a lullaby a sound of summer that soothes. In the cool shade beneath this roof a drowsy state descends upon us friends. Midway along this alfalfa-scented day hours to go before more sweet hay until then, here we stand: drooping lips, misty eyes swishing tails shooing flies. Sunlight and shadow silence and sound Time passes and stands still all at once Contrasts combine in a somnolent blend. It breathes sleep upon us cradles us in this golden hour. Š VFAA 1April, 2020

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Soggy Field Paul Tibedeau Pastel 18 x 20 $285

Genogram By Jaclyn Rink Rolling greens stay dancing A celebration, At the end of the day. For half of us were taken Excavated, And we were the ones to stay. Generations of plaid Have plowed these luscious lands. Tractors, tobacco Tills and rough hands. Robbing us of a long life Taken in our prime. With only our roots And the elements Left behind. But oh, how these seedlings will grow. Remnants of rebirth From the soil of my kin. Just to be cut down So we can all begin again. Š VFAA 1April, 2020

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Siblings on the Savanna Paul Tibedeau Oil 18 x 20 $285

Siblings on the Savanna By Richard K. Morris Siblings on the savanna see them grow; cute cuddly playful beautiful dangerous deadly. Monarch of the jungle. King of beasts. The lion will be all of these and in none of these be good or bad. So what? So, what of you and I of the human kind? Š VFAA 1April, 2020

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Mouse! Geri Ryan-Harden Mixed Media 12 x 15 $75

The Cabinet By Geri Ryan-Harden She locked him in her deepest cabinet and would not let him out though I could hear him thumping when I came downstairs. Sparkling sweet sugar had lured him from his hiding place perhaps not spying a trap pasted with peanut butter, he took a chance and was unexpectedly eye to eye with my mother, (never a good position to be in) as she reached for some sweetener to stir in her tar black coffee. But really, a bicycle lock, for all the world his kryptonite, pushed between door handles and a note too: DON’T OPEN But of course, I had to. Not one but two pinched faces froze inches from mine whiskers twitching ever so slightly “DON’T OPEN THE CABINET” bellowed from above. I named them Sugar and Spice. © VFAA 1April, 2020

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Hills of Gold Geri Ryan-Harden Mixed Media 14 x 17 NFS

Regrets By Geri Ryan-Harden How many days did I forget to look outside my window? Were there birds flying raindrops falling grass greening? Did a child ask me to play to hold his hand or take a walk? Well, did I? I used to hike in the hills skin dry and brown from late summer sun kick away small loose rocks and hear the scatter. When did the earth began to spin so fast I had to hold on tight my eyes squeezed shut?

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Untitled Mary Bajcz Textile 18 x 22 $150

A Riot of Colors By Jennifer Ginther It begins as an unconscious idea, a statement yarn Promising endless threads and far-reaching possibilities Of nature enhanced, enlightened by the complex plan. How can it be done, expanding a single thought into tangible reality To capture something bright, beautiful, and alive without By creating the celebration of the mesmerizing life spark within. Behold the wonderment, vivid impressionism, a vivid memory Your own or known life story or one not yet foretold, Found in a vibrant representation of Spring renewed A floral kaleidoscope discovered in a riot of colors.

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The Visitor By L. S. Falardeau Water-Based Oil 26 x 38 NFS

The Visitor By L. S. Falardeau The stage is now set each seat in its place All are most welcome to this sacred space A circle of life with stones to the past I come as a visitor with memories that last In soft reflection I sit now to wait my soul guardian to open the gate The embers now burning release into fire preparing a signal of my deep desire A spark flies upward into dark light carrying my message o into flight In soft reflection I sit now to wait my soul guardian to open the gate Please come sit beside me, we can share of our past New words unspoken, more healing at last. The glow ever brighter - a feeling within Anticipation rises to see my dear friend In soft reflection I sit now to wait My Visitor is here - my guardian has opened the gate. Š VFAA 1April, 2020

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Train A Com’n By L. S. Falardeau Water-Based Oil 26 x 38 $350

Train A Com’n By L. S. Falardeau I can feel that train a com’n In the stillness of the night I can feel that train a roll’n Below the soft moonlight I hear that whistle blowing Like a saxophone to my ear I can hear that whistle blowing Oh so sweet and oh so clear I can see that light a shin’n Com’n round that gentle bend I can see that light a shin’n Ever larger from where I stand I know that train is com’n Down that narrow track I can hear that train a com’n There is no going back The train now gently slowing Coming to carry us on To our next destination Somewhere far beyond. © VFAA 1April, 2020

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Engram 9: fire and water Marissa Cook Artist Book 4x4x2 NFS

Engram 9: fire and water By Marissa Cook I act like I am two people a shining silent reflection, arm on the shoulder of a red tongue one crashing endlessly at walls of their own construction and one drinking ice from a glass of water calmly watching ashy words splinter into smoke as they hit the open air. Must we swirl around the other never mixing dying dwindling at a lukewarm glance? Or have I turned to vapor every consequent clash and never noticed as I floated the sole solution after all the only path had ever been up I was burning. Š VFAA 1April, 2020

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Blue Reflection Susan Perrish Oil 15 x 18 $600

Blue Reflection By Susan Perrish When I look at my hands I remember them holding yours.

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The Nugget Chaser Susan Perrish Graphite 16 x 20 $400

The Nugget Chaser By Susan Perrish Morning comes with golden sunshine The optimist shouts today is the day! No clouds spoil hopes of gold reflecting Chisel in hand …. Push worries away His back is sore, his knees complain He has no money to his name But hope of gold is all that matters Today the claim – today the claim!

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Day at the Beach Olivia Pas Mixed Media 12 x 8 $60

Beach Treasures By Lori Pas The pebbles hold the key to my early memories Simple pleasures on the beach, near the shore The waves lapping to the rhythm of evermore The sun flashing on my skin, toes buried in warm sand Mom urging me, “Come on in, I will teach you how to swim!” My dad, building sand castles And gathering driftwood for nightly bonfires Making s’mores by moonlight With sound of seagulls as our choir The pebbles hold the key to my most carefree desires

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Cooking With Magic Dean Rogers Colored Pencil 26 x 33 NFS

Recipe Card #7 By Jaclyn Rink Mythical messiness Of the finest flavor With the sweetness of a pixie For a lovely siren to savor. A dash of magic (1tsp) Some eye of newt (2Tbsp) A dusting of crystal (1 pinch) Heated till bubbling brute (20 mins). A floating fog of whimsical spells Kept ciphered in her cookbook For no mortal to tell. A nymph’s favorite recipe, A potion made for mischief Cleverly disguised In glittering innocence. Prolonging the forest’s playfulness The food for every woodland elf But, shhh… the master chef Shall keep a bottle for herself. © VFAA 1April, 2020

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JJ Acres Daylilies Kenneth Evans Digital 36 x 24 NFS

JJ Acres Daylilies By Kenneth Evans Here is my beauty for all to see. I didn’t do it for you. I did it for me. It’s about propagation, Done sans cogitation, Just as the Universe meant it to be.

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Lost Flowers of Summer Kenneth Evans Digital 28 x 22 NFS

Lost Flowers of Summer By Kenneth Evans Uprooted, uptorn, depressed and forlorn, Wandering the garden, looking for pardon, Confused, not amused. Aren’t we all. Searching for what, forsooth we know not. Contradictory guidance, lacking compliance, Lost, yes and tossed. Aren’t we all. Listening to the news and all of those views, Conflicting emotions, no magic potions, Discord, not concord. Tired of it all.

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Swans Marsh Spring 2019 Kenneth Evans Digital 30 x 24 NFS

Swan Ethics By Kenneth Evans This is a scene of domestic tranquility, Away from the bounds of raucous civility. That’s just on the surface, and what should disturb us: They’re unwanted immigrants, Definitely contaminants, Replacing the natives, Disturbing conservatives, Threatening the weak, And those who are meek, Uprooting the weeds, And other misdeeds. But then they are beautiful, Noble, aesthetical, Enhancing the landscape, Improving my mindscape. That the natives are suffering is definitely true. And that begs the question of what should we do. This question it seems to me is quite moot. It depends on whether you’re Trumpeter or Mute. © VFAA 1April, 2020

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Modest Molly Debbie Dorsch Photography 18 x 14 $150

Purr-fect Sunday By Lori Pas Sunday Ain’t goin’ nowhere Just hangin’ round in fur, no underwear It’s Sunday My folks have all gone to church Left me here in a lurch— No food, no treats anywhere So I’ll just lounge nude in my favorite chair Scratch, stretch, and lick a little bit Gotta keep this kit kat fit!

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Huntress Candace Brancik Oil 16 x 13 $325

Game of Cat and Mouse By Candace Brancik “Come out and play!” said the cat. “I know your game” said the mouse. “I’m simply bored and want to play.” Eyes wide and black. “I’ve seen your kind of play!” Scurrying about the house. “Just trying to be neighborly.” Frenzied wisp of a tail. “Your neighborly is more akin to badger-ly!” Hastening ‘cross the hall. “Semantics!” cried the cat, teeth chattering. “Ha, ha!” Nervous squeaks from behind the wall. “Tell me, what clever hiding place have you ferreted?” Feeling puffed-up. “You’ll never find me!” Clamor, clamor, pitter, patter. “The kitchen pantry might be one!” Ears peaked, zeroing in. “Ah, ahh…” Full pace across the floor… faster, faster. Shadows racing ‘round tables and chairs… pandemonium… Then silence as the clock ticked seconds away… Said the mouse, “I know your game!” Said the cat, “Come out and play!”

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Belle Flore Candace Brancik Oil on Canvas 17 x 21 $575

Belle Flore By Candace Brancik Beauty of nature Primaveral débutante ‘til autumn returns

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Rose Tattoo Candace Brancik Oil on Canvas 13 x 16 $325

Sub Rosa By Susan Gollon What secrets hide beneath the rose Tattooed upon her chest A longing for love? Or lost in love? Maybe there are secrets that wish to be revealed To release the pain of holding them in Or a sadness adrift in ambivalence Doubts crushing hope Or hope crushing doubts A gentle joy, maybe? Softly staring eyes reveal no clue Because maybe it’s just a rose Hiding nothing

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The Basilica of Guanajuato Janice Key Encaustic Collagraph 14 x 14 $100

The Basilica By Debb Lutze We came from near and we came from far We sailed across the oceans and the seas We brought our skills, our tools and our families We were the architects, the masons and glass cutters We were the carpenters, the laborers and more We worked here year after year We worked both day and night We worked in all kinds of weather We worked side by side We lived while others died We set the last stone in its place We assembled the altar and hung the stained glass We erected the marble columns into their permanent place We knelt as the great doors were finally opened We prayed and thanked God for this very day We saw the angels come and go We saw the devils flee We saw the miracles of many you see We are all gone by now for many years have passed We built this great basilica for centuries to last Š VFAA 1April, 2020

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Leaves are Falling Janice Key Encaustic Collagraph 15 x 15 $150

Kryptics By Debb Lutze For never does coincidence play as the purpose has yet to say As we walk unto the dawn a clouded mist will masquerade the change At the end of day, when all is spent sayth the clock, that which remains has no plane Yet abundance in fashioned forms now created and contained beyond the myriad of time Thus soars the undying soul with the mind’s eye wide open it evolves A vessel to inhabit, determined to live, to heal, to love and be loved, forgiving and remembering over time which hath no end

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Stirrings Tamera Menard Ovall Oil 11 x 14 $250

Stirrings By Jan D. Lamb The grey scenery turns to green, as sun throws out its light. Warm air appears floating on a breeze, removing all this blight. Life begins to stir, making its presence known. Creatures come out to bask, warmth permeating their bones. The sounds, the sights, the smell all point toward the Spring. Anticipation grows, to see just what the day will bring.

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Coming Warmth Tamera Menard Ovall Oil 20 x 20 $375

Coming Warmth By Jan D. Lamb The early winds of Spring are cold, and chill you to the bone. But none will be as chilling as ice that turns your feet to stone. Now as the sun pours out of a blue sky, leaving warmth in its beautiful wake. Trees are budding and songbirds sing, bringing joy for all to take. To suer such a winter, yet keep faith for Spring inside, makes one feel there must be hope as the Seasons begin to collide. The ache inside from the long cold, melts with the coming Spring. All is well within my soul, as new life begins to take wing.

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Martha-Mary Chapel Janice Dumas Watercolor 25 x 21 $390

Chapel By Lori Pas Going to the chapel, second time around No white dress this time, perhaps a gold-toned gown No veil required, there’s no blush to hide I’m not a novice, I’m now a seasoned bride It’s our wedding chapel from fifty years ago, where we voiced our vows, Kissed our seal, and promised ne’er to part-The same chapel, embraced now by blossoms from “The Garden of the Leavened Heart” Martha-Mary Chapel Greenfield Village, Dearborn, Mi. Wedding Date of Gerry & Lori Pas: August 29th, 1970

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Mackinac Street Janice Dumas Watercolor 29 x 23 $630

Streets of Mackinac By Janice Dumas Streets of Mackinac Horses pass clip clop clip clop No cars allowed

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Water Tower and Chimneys Janice Dumas Watercolor 16 x 20 $255

Water Tower and Chimneys By Janice Dumas Water tower and chimneys Seen through my back window Standing blue and red.

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Backyard Winter Morning Brant MacLean Oil 24 x 28 $700

Backyard Winter Morning By Brant MacLean Above, the jet travelers over the Midwest see only sunny skies. Below, a gray blanket has settled in for an indefinite stay. An early heavy snow has caught the maples and sycamores still half-dressed. The bits of red and yellow look out-of-place atop the snow. Today I wake to find the blanket lifted, the driveway has become blinding and the backyard glows.

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Noel Night II Brant MacLean Oil 16 x 20 $700

World of the Night By Unknown This house of countless stars This is my vaulted endless sky I walk through the city’s streets cloaked in the growing night. This is my nocturnal kingdom, from sunset to coming dawn. Here my senses are electric, here my reality seems to bend. Come and visit Lady Nox! For here, we have no walls. Just a moon companion, for Artemis is our guide.

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Kensington Swans Brant MacLean Oil 26 x 20 $700

Excerpt from Earth My Likeness By Walt Whitman Earth, my likeness, Though you look so impassive, ample and spheric there, I now suspect that is not all; I now suspect there is something fierce in you eligible to burst forth‌

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Ribbon Dance: My Prayer Lori Pas Acrylic 18 x 24 $350

Ribbon Dance By Lori Pas I’m so mesmerized by pink, I can’t begin to think! The color pink unfurls my red Removing worries, doubts, and dread Its soft wave of sound wrapping itself ‘round Like a dance of ribbon with rhythm and pace Formed of satin, air, and grace Choreography based on divine design Captivating my senses, lowering my defenses Aerodynamically compelling Pink! Synchronizing and patterning my prayer Dancing everything into mid-air Transforming dark clouds to blushing flare Pink: It’s not raw, it’s rare!

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Gilded Sara Hadley Oil 12 x 15 $300

Gilded By Richard K. Morris The eyes perceive all that glitters. She is well endowed and with poise and purpose and wit as well as an appetite for laurels and things beyond childish dreams. The woman left behind the girl and carved for herself a great big chunk of the world. Now mantled and mired in all she desired looking back at her greatest possession held by a girl with nothing to lose and nothing to show but herself left behind in a far away age. The eyes perceive all that glitters now is a cage. Š VFAA 1April, 2020

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The Performer Sara Hadley Oil 14 x 17 $350

Performer By Richard K. Morris The street is the stage. Showtime: the day. A flowing, ongoing, sensational, improvisational, meandering, pot-luck display, a movable feast for the senses spontaneously commences and unfolds in one grand matinee. It’s a life, it’s a living; receiving and giving spare change, sometimes dollars, for wonder and laughter and song. By degrees shifts along the meandering throng past the shops and cafes of the town. The street is the stage the run time all day for the juggler, the mime, and the clown clad in costumers clothes catch a moment’s repose. The curtain never goes up. The curtain never comes down. © VFAA 1April, 2020

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Five Pines Linda Robinson Watercolor 16 x 13 NFS

Slow Seeing By Linda Robinson So close to denouement Inches and weather away from driving the garbage to the curb on Sunday nights in the dark when the bag choreographers and the recycle bin clutch of elder organ recitals sleep. A ssshh behind me, high above. I turn. Be quiet. See. The wind in the moonlit pines writes my epilogue.

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Sunset Sail Whitehall Linda Robinson Watercolor 11 x 9 $120

Sunset Sail By Linda Robinson Take me with you, pretty boat. Let me share the far horizon melding colors while the light fades. Apparent wind mingling my hair with the striped cloth above. Feel smell sound taste of water below. Pretty boat, taking me with you. Sails bright with hope and bottoming sun. Ah, I see the wayward billow come closer. The far horizon is her past. Pretty boat is going home. And so shall I.

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Montegue Memories Robert Perrish Oil 24 x 18 $1500

Montegue Memories By Robert Perrish We grew up in the city, and spent our summers in this small town. It’s always busy busy busy, till vacation time came around. Escape to the woods, the water, and the sand. Fishing with friends, night time campfires just around the bend, Exploring new places and meeting new faces And making new memories again and again.

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Farm Fresh Robert Perrish Oil 12 x 16 $675

Farm Fresh By Robert Perrish Growing up on a farm, like the family before you, gives you a strong sense of pride. Making it through hard times and good times, in and out with the tide. You know that sooner or later we all need a doctor, a lawyer, a teacher and priest. But every day the world needs a farmer, for a meal or a feast. So be grateful and humble and say a prayer when you can. For the sunshine and rain, and a farmer’s love of the land.

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Clear Lake Robert Perrish Oil 30 x 24 $2200

Clear Lake By Robert Perrish My baptismal to the natural world was at Clear Lake. Every time to return there was a born again birthday cake. Sandy bottoms, crystal clear water, fishing and beer. Float boats, ski ropes, hot dogs and cheers. Fireflies fill the skies at night, and songs of stars ring true. I don’t want to go home just yet, I want to become the blue!

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The First Raven Chris Grant Pastel & Ink 14 x 20 NFS

First Raven By Adrienne Grant the first time i saw a raven was in the shadows in the dusk very close a frozen instant then a concussion of sound and movement a rupture of air and I still keep the feather he threw on my shoulder

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Rest A. A. Brown Encaustic 9x7 $54

Rest By A. A. Brown To slow down time is no small feat, but a cuppa now will do.

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The Tree Painter Dan Persinger Oil 21 x 18 $300

The Tree Painter By Dan Persinger I paint with my heart as the tip of my brush I try not to hurry or be in a rush The trees appear from in my mind As the trunks twist and turn and often entwine The leaves always follow my lead They have been on a journey since they came from the seed I will paint the trees that I have always loved It gives me the peace that I need to exist and if they bring a smile, it was worth the risk I have done my job

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On the Way Down Dan Persinger Oil 12 x 14 $200

On the Way Down By Dan Persinger The trees stand at attention as the golden orb slowly goes down It disappears as if it was swallowed by the ground Before it goes What a beautiful sight It’s almost like it is saying goodnight

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Ode to Tom Thompson Dan Persinger Oil 15 x 13 $300

Ode to Tom Thompson By Dan Persinger Tom Thompson 1877-1917 Group of 7 Pine trees erect and tall some have already taken the fall As majestic as they stand they are no match for the destruction of man Your skies are ablaze with color gone wild There are shades of a heavenly prism that stretches for miles You are the master of the Canadian canvas Your paintings will endure for years to come What a shame you had to leave so young

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Reflected Glory Linda Onderko Mixed Collage 14 x 18 $125

Grand Finale By Linda Onderko Set sail for sunset Clouds of color fly and float Rhyming reflections

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Translations Linda Onderko Mixed Collage 16 x 20 $150

Lost in Translation By Linda Onderko All is familiar Yet totally different A strange dream indeed

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Night Light Linda Onderko Mixed Collage 11 x 14 $95

Lunar Power By Linda Onderko Moonlit birches stand lighting the path toward home keeping company

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Family Silhouette Nancy Ebert Ink & Watercolor on Vellum 11 x 9 NFS

Family Silhouette By Nancy Ebert I directed the grandkids to stand in a row Head-to-head and toe-to-toe. There are mysteries inside each body and head, Objects, patterns, blended colors that spread. Bricks and squiggles, and lines with direction A carousel horse and spherical section, Happiness abounding, joy going viral, Big butterfly and a parabolic spiral. Equations and paisley, T-Rex poised to bite A brain and an eye, Frog and Toad with a kite. A plethora of frogs, favorites of mine A moon and a rocket, a sun with its shine.

I LOVE MY FAMILY goes over my head Surrounding a heart that I colored in red. The insides of a watch, a USA map An alien and singing frog with his cap. The words to a game that we all love to play When Mr. Frog croaks “Midnight” everyone runs away. Graffiti LOVE and more drawn with glee: It’s a family silhouette of the grandkids and me. © VFAA 1April, 2020

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A Season of Reflection K. K. Sparks Photography 14 x 17 $150

A Season of Reflection By K. K. Sparks A quiet night among the stones, no footfalls here, just leaves and bones Rota Fortunae spinning ‘round claiming remnants to the ground Deciphered this repeating game? All riddles, lessons, secrets plain? Flew and sailed and walked the world but when my banner I unfurled, Ashen gray on either side, Faded words, once full of pride

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Torchbearers of a New Age K. K. Sparks Photography 16 x 18 $150

Torchbearers of a New Age By K. K. Sparks We pronounce ourselves Prometheus, the torchbearers of a new age, stealing fire from the gods But does the mirror show only his brother Epimetheus, the after-thinker, who gave no gift to man? Who has time to argue? The world will spin as it will. The young must be free to strut and fret their hour upon this stage before they are heard no more In the end, Wisdom will always wait in the hour of long shadows, smiling to herself throughout the ages

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Emerald Bliss Rich Onica Oil 26 x 44 $2900

Emerald Bliss By Rich Onica I looked upon the Emerald Bliss And heard the wind sing its song Gazing in wonderment with tears in my eyes Not knowing if I belonged

But a whisper and a hand calmed me And the sea blew me a kiss It was then my heart was filled with joy In view of the Emerald Bliss

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Perfect Fall Day Rich Onica Oil 26 x 32 $1900

A Perfect Fall Day By Rich Onica The colors bounce off the old dirt road In the kaleidoscope of the sun The brisk air holds a freshness Cheerful trees sway as one

A buck bounds away as he chases her Plump squirrels run,climb and play The farm dog barks in the distance On this most perfect of fall days

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Warm Yellows of Fall Rich Onica Oil 15 x 18 $525

Warm Yellows of Fall By Rich Onica The warmth of the sun on my face The rustle of leaves at my feet The magic of the forest sings to my soul With the warm yellows of fall.

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Last Light Dale Alcocer Oil 12 x 9 $150

Blue Winter By Robert Francis Winter uses all the blues there are. One shade of blue for water, one for ice, Another blue for shadows over snow. The clear or cloudy sky uses blue twiceBoth different blues. And hills row after row Are colored blue according to how far. You know the blue jay’s double-blur device Shows best when there are no green leaves to show. And Sirius is a winterbluegreen star.

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Change of Seasons Dale Alcocer Oil 8 x 10 $130

A Season Called Fall By B. J. Ayers The beautiful trees in a season called fall, With bright colors, of orange and red, A chill in the air, as trees stand tall, Shedding their leaves, for the winter’s dread The squirrels below, scurry to and fro, Gathering the nuts, for the winter to store, The birds in migration, as they look below, The season is changing, just as before, The changing of seasons, a sight to see, With all the beauty, a wonderful view, To nourish this earth, for you and me, To cherish the earth, to make it new. (previously published) Š VFAA 1April, 2020

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Pink Peonies Dale Alcocer Oil 10 x 10 $130

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Flowers in a Vase By Matthew Holloway A bunch of flowers Sat in a vase Colourful and lonely A mind looks at them Wondering What is it they have to say Are they a thank you Or a gift of love Are they an apology Or given in remorse Perhaps they are for nothing Given to bring a smile The mind looks on Wondering for a while The flowers sit in their vase Unmoved by thought Or the reason given to them A little water at their base To keep them fresh for a while They are the end of the day Just flowers in a vase (previously published) Š VFAA 1April, 2020

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Life in Water Madhavi Kovuru Acrylic 7X5 $85

Saltwater Waltz By Hannah Perry His petite nose smushed against the thick glass, doe-eyes peering in with a captivated curiosity. A myriad of fish glided through the water, a painter’s pallet come to life. Two clownfish circled each other, a saltwater waltz. His hands, creating sticky fingerprints from the lollipop earlier, longed to break through and swim with them. Shirt pulling from the tugs of his brother failed at getting him to budge, too enamored by the world that was so separate from his own, but still one and the same. Š VFAA 1April, 2020

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Rainbow Sue Wright Photography 18 x 15 $57.99

If I Could Catch a Rainbow By Pamela Joyce Randolph If I could catch a rainbow, I would catch one just for you, and share with you the beauty, of the light so pure and true. If I could build a mountain, that you could call your own, I would build for you a mountain top, where you could be alone. If I could take away your troubles, and toss them in the sea, I would take all troubles from you, and place them all on me. But I cannot catch a rainbow, or build mountains in the air, but know that I will always be, A friend who’s always there.

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The Beech Chris Grant Pastel 12 x 14 NFS

The Beech Tree By Duncan Wylie This beauty that stands before me Unchallenged by the light of day Or the four winds that surround her For she has stood her own for so long Oered her strength and shelter For so long, Become part, yet set within the Ever changing fields of time This beauty that stands before me She has grown through the ages Held secrets never to be told and Yet her wisdom seems to seep through Every heartfelt hue, Roots set deep and spreading Branches that stretch out like hands A comforting sight for onlookers Who smile as they Understand

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