Saturday, December 31, 2011



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.

Chanticleer Catering

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

Daughter, Gail

Juliana's Renewed Burning Bowl That I Created For Her Many Years Ago


Gwen On The Left

Joan Petrus on the Right

More Partygoers

Happy New Year to everyone and may your journey in 2012 be an artful one!

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  1. I love Gwen's colorful and full of life! sounds like you had a great time!

  2. ALL, ALL Lovelies...ALL! delightful to my senses, happy in art and LIFE. and the table setting !!!...thank you for a most WONDERFUL and sharing post! xo

  3. beautiful art and bewautiful post, Happy New year to you my friend! I have enjoyed following along on your adventures, best wishes from Canada!

  4. Both are accomplished artists - really like their respective work! Retirement? Pish-posh!
    Definitely excitement!

    A very happy New Year to you Cheryl!


  5. How fun! So many lovely artists around! Oh and another translation of Chanticleer is a chorus or orchestra of voices, so maybe that is a bit more appetizing. hehe

  6. Lovely post Cheryl.

    Wishing you too a very Happy (and creative of course!) New Year xx

  7. Beautiful art work, beautiful people and looks like a beautiful party.
    Happy New Year Cheryl !

  8. What a wonderful evening! Thank you for the photos - almost felt like I participated! I just love Gwen's image of the girl in the swing!! Makes me want to reconsider what I'm doing with my painting and maybe start to be a bit more fun and whimsical instead of so "serious" which I seem to do. Hope you have a wonderful new year - I know it will continue to be a creative one!

  9. Looks like a wonderful evening. Happy New Year to you!

  10. Happy New Year Cheryl! As always, i enjoy seeing artworks from your blog. All the best for you in 2012!

  11. The carpaintings are great I really love those...; Have a pieceful and happy new year cheryl, with lots of love.
    Hugs baukjexxxx

  12. A beautiful post and thanks so much for sharing this wonderful and artful occasion with us. You have a beautiful family; :)

    Healthy and Happy New Year! xxoo

  13. So nice to see you. Great pics....


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