By Lynne Scheible
Seeing new regions and being a tourist are interesting and exciting activities. People, places and things that perhaps we have taken for granted in our own communities gain importance in someone else’s community. As a tourist, I have taken pictures of bridges, doorways, churches, castles, flowers, floors, street signs, statues, birds, toys, friends, random people, architecture, waterways, trees—you get the “picture!” And the stories, the history, the culture—I become immersed.
I’m thinking about what I would photograph in my own town. Bridges, doorways, churches, castles (we have one in our area), flowers, floors, street signs, statues, birds, toys, friends, random people, architecture, waterways, trees!
My hope for you this summer is that you grab your camera and some family and friends and take a “tour” of your own town. See it with new eyes—those of a traveler. Become immersed; research the history, the culture, the stories.
Make sure you get rested! Being a tourist can be tiring work. But it can also be very rewarding. And once you are back from your “vacation,” look what else Artworks has to offer.
Summer happenings at Artworks abound. The Bonnie Art of Bonnie Olendorf opens in August in the Painted Turtle Gallery at Artworks. Many of you know Bonnie and her work as an artist. Works in oils, acrylics, pastels, watercolors and batiks can be seen through Saturday, September 16th.
Michigan Watercolor Traveling Award Exhibit is up through the end of July. Tessa put a scavenger hunt together, so bring the kids in for something fun.
Summer Evening of Harmony will be held August 2. Netty and Jamie have put together another amazing night of talent, including the Canadian Lakes Men’s Chorus, the Great Lakes Men’s Chorus and nationally ranked juggler, Will Oltman. Tickets are $15 and are available at the Painted Turtle Gift Shop and Gallery. Doors open at 6:30 for light refreshments & social time and the program begins promptly at 7 p.m.
Summer camps are happening; check the Artworks website for more information. And by the way, we received a request for adult summer camps for 2018 and we will be working on that!
Adult classes in July include the Summer Wine & Canvas Series at Two Hats Ranch and the Basket Weaving class is the Magazine Basket.
It’s summertime and one of the best times of the year to enjoy Big Rapids and its surroundings.
Don’t forget Stage M’s production of “South Pacific” next weekend, Thursday – Sunday, July 27-30, at Big Rapids High School auditorium. Yet another wonderful summer tradition here in Big Rapids.