Saturday, December 31, 2011
TAKING FLIGHT TO THE WORLD OF ART
Bruce's Paintings of Old Auto's Lost To The World Of Rust
What is retirement? To some, it is time for relaxation and travel. For others, and I’m speaking about my friend Bruce Hauser, it is time for exploring the world of art. Of course travel will be a part of that journey. After all, what better place is there to gain inspiration than old worlds such as Italy and France?
Dr. Bruce Hauser and Sister (on the right)
Last night at Bruce’s retirement party, I gained a new respect for this doctor who spent decades giving his time and experience to our community. I realized after talking to his family and friends and seeing the art that generously covered the walls of he and his wife, Gwen’s, home, that this certainly will not be a boring retirement. I really should not have been surprised since Bruce had taken a stained glass class from me many years ago, before I started sculpting, and I did see an artistic side of him at that time.
Much to my surprise, I also found out that Gwen is quite an artist as well. Bruce enjoys painting decrepit autos that have been abandoned from days of yore while Gwen prefers painting, in direct contrast to Bruce, spirited women who appear to be in motion and having a good time right on the canvas in front of you. Being gracious students, the Hauser’s teacher, Carol Marlowe Nelms, was given credit for nurturing these two artists into producing spectacular work.
Gwen Hauser (Left) and Carol Marlowe Nelms (Right)
One of the many highlights of the evening was the food. Of course the food would impress me since I love to cook. I don’t think I could have produced the tasty morsels that the Chanticleer Catering service provided. The word Chanticleer translates to le coq or rooster. I’m not sure why they named their establishment that but it certainly is a name I will remember for my next large gathering.
I think it is important for those who are about to embark on the journey to retirement, that there are many avenues to explore and a new world certainly awaits you. As for me, well, I don’t think an artist ever really retires. Our lives are dedicated to the world of art and we have no choice but to produce.
Daughter, Juliana and Husband
Juliana's Renewed Burning Bowl That I Created For Her Many Years Ago
Gwen On The Left
Joan Petrus on the Right
Happy New Year to everyone and may your journey in 2012 be an artful one!