Sunday, May 28, 2006

Another Successful Year

Summer has finally arrived here in Alaska. People are getting outside to enjoy all that this wonderful state has to offer. With the warmer days we get busy in the gardens, catching the season salmon, hiking the ridgeline, riding the waves with jet ski, or in my family's case, a Mokai.

I'm sure that in all that time spent in the great outdoors, we will find a few minutes in the midnight sun to play in the beads. I know that some of us take vacation outside of Alaska and it's always exciting to see what goodies (beads of course) will make it back in our carry on luggage.

We had our last meeting for the season in the month of May. The topic of discussion and show & tell was "some of our favorite things." It was a great gathering where we shared our favorite finished or unfinished things. Things that we made or were made for us. The variety was breathtaking.

Reflecting back over the year, we've done some great things. From a group that started out with three, we've grown to over twenty in the past two years. We have quite a talented group of beaders to say the least. I'm pleased at each meeting to see the work members have done. With all the different talents, styles, and artistic vision there is so much that each of us can learn from each other. I look forward to see what our next Underground year has in store.

I hope each and every one of you will have a safe summer filled many opportunties to make memories with your family and friends. Take some chances with your beading and learn new things. For some of us, that means beading outside the box. I'll share a great quote that I received on an email recently: create as if there were no critics. Too much time is spent worrying about what other's around us think. That's what is great about art, there is no right or wrong way to create.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
Mark Twain

Have a great summer & we'll see you in September (the 19th @ 7pm).



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