Archive for the ‘Water Color’ Category

My recent retirement from my UC day-time admin job of nearly 8 years has been such a blessing. While I’ve never really left the knitting community, I am now diving back into it and the wonderful community that is part of me.

Some of you may not know that before my Skein Lane retail chapter, I was an employee of the YMCA for about 18 months and went onto become a Board Member after I accepted a position in the software industry……most importantly I was an active user of the YMCA programs….in particular exercise. I stepped away from this wonderful resource about 10 years ago for a variety of reasons…..mostly my schedule and illnesses in my family.

One of my first missions upon retirement was to get back into a regular exercise program. I walked into the Albany YMCA….immediately reconnected with Gail, the Director, and Mary, Exercise and Program Instructor. I was back home! I’ve been enjoying Mary’s creative exercise classes since mid-January. Not only do I feel better but I have lost some weight…yeah! There is another most wonderful benefit….reconnecting not only with Y folks but knitters who are in the Y community.

I quickly learned about the (free) Brown Bag Speakers Forum, presented on the 2nd Monday of every month sponsored by the “Y” and Albany Library.. This month’s speaker was Lawrence Rinder, Director of BAMPFA (UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive). His presentation was so informative about the history of BAMPFA leading up to its new location.

2-barbaraLast month’s Brown Bag speaker was Barbara Hazard.….a former Skein Lane customer who spoke about her art work and time spent in Russia. Not only is Barbara an artist with paints but she is obsessed “self-described” with needlepoint. I recall how many lovely pieces she brought to Skein Lane to have finished into pillows. I do wish I had taken photos back then….maybe I did but that was before I had an iPhone camera with all its storage capabilities. But wait….Barbara has posted some of her needlepoint work on her site.  I am delighted that we are in the midst of planning when we can catch up over coffee before her next upcoming trip to Russia mid-May.



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PatBesides being connected to Pat through her son and my niece’s marriage 23 years ago,  Pat has also become a friend. I’ve forgotten exactly how long ago, but  at least 15 years, Pat and her husband Don moved from Fremont, CA to Arnold, CA shortly after they retired from their work careers. Pat then took up watercolor painting. I fell in love with one of her first works, the Aspens – it hangs in the knitting studio of my home.

Here’s what is really exciting! Pat  is the featured artist  in this month’s “The Calaveras Chronicle” – her art is featured throughout the newspaper. And her art  is on display at Ebbetts Pass Visitors Center – one of the art pieces has been selected as the logo Ebbetts Pass website. Pat Rohovit - May 13 cover

I couldn’t be happier for Pat. I invite you to look at some of her watercolors featured in the newspaper. You will find them on page 9, two after page 15 and on page 26. I also invite you to see the Aspens. This watercolor never fails to warm my heart!

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