October in the UU Gallery: Recent Works by Sally Everhardus and Cheryl Stidwell Parker

The community is invited to view recent works featuring artists Cheryl Stidwell Parker and Sally Everhardus at the UU Gallery in north Ephraim during the month of October. A reception will be held Sunday, October 12th from noon to 2 pm. The reception will feature the guitar music of Stephen Lavell as well as the opportunity to talk to the artists about their work.

The two artists are friends and artistic colleagues who meet regularly to share and comment on each other’s works in progress. To keep their drawing skills intact, they formed an occasional co-op during which participants both model and draw in their medium of choice. They have painted plein air together and independently and share deep rooted artistic curiosities.

Everhardus originally came to the County as Director of the Peninsula Art School in Fish Creek. An avid artist since pre-kindergarten, she originally wanted to illustrate children’s books or be an architect. She received her BFA from the University of Michigan in Design, minoring in Art and Architectural History.

Many of the eclectic mix of pieces in this exhibit reflect her background in graphics, love of pattern and working in series to explore ideas to their fullest. Although serious about her work, many pieces include flashes of humor and comments on the absurd.

Stidwell Parker studied art education at the University of Northern Iowa and received an MA in in Art and Design with an emphasis on museum education research from Iowa State University. She moved to Door County as Executive Director of the former Fairfield Museum and eventually settled in Bailey’s Harbor with her husband, Stephen Lavell. Together they established Chez Cheryl Art Space, home to the annual Door Prize for Portraiture.

Stidwell Parker’s series of paintings document the pursuit of improvisation that merges collage, mark-making, expression, and metaphor in a painterly format. Finding inspiration in simple daily scenarios, she seeks stimulation from a variety of other artists including Paul Klee, Alice Neel, David Hockney, April Gornik, Larry Rivers, Pierre Bonnard and Robert Rauschenberg.

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Poems from the Dickinson Poetry Series Published

SWEET KAHLUA AND SOUR LIME, the latest edition of the annual UUFDC chapbook featuring some of the poems read in the 2013 – 2014 Dickinson Poetry Series will be released in October. The title suggests that poetry helps us see, understand and accept the contrasts of life: sweet and sour, dark and light, old and young, happy and sad. These contrasts add substantial richness to our lives.

The book includes 26 poems by 14 poets, including 2 youth poets. Additionally, the book highlights several presentations which mixed artistic mediums or experimented with forms: poems set to music and performed by a singer and a pianist; poetry which inspired pencil sketches displayed at the reading; two poets reading, each illuminating the work of the other; and poems written collaboratively. The poems reflect on the local scene, travel, language, social issues, nature, and human interactions —subjects with a long history in poetry.

SWEET KAHLUA AND SOUR LIME will be officially released at a publication party following the readings at the October Dickinson Poetry evening on Wednesday, October 8. The public is invited to join in the celebration which will include refreshments, music, impromptu readings of poems by their authors, and the opportunity for poets to autograph their pages in the books which have been purchased. The cost of the book is $10.00; it will be available at poetry and UUFDC events.

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Movies That Matter Presents Bidder 70

In December 2008, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) auctioned off hundreds of thousands of pristine acres surrounding Utah’s treasured national parks for oil and gas exploitation. Environmental groups protested politely, but one University of Utah student stepped across that proverbial “line in the sand”.

Tim DeChristopher entered the BLM auction, was offered bidder’s paddle #70 and by the time he put his hand down, had won 22,000 acres of glorious red-rock for 1.8 million dollars with no intention to pay or drill.

In February 2009, the new Obama administration’s Secretary of Interior, Salazar, agreed on the significance of the auctioned parcels and invalidated the entire auction because of the land’s “proximity to landscapes of national significance”. Nevertheless, on April Fool’s Day, Tim was indicted on two federal felonies with penalties of up to ten years in prison and fines of $750,000.

BIDDER 70 follows Tim as he maneuvers legal purgatory, over two years and nine trial postponements. With the threat of prison looming, DeChristopher steps up his activism and matures into a charismatic, ingenious, and non-violent climate justice leader.

In February 2011, hundreds of supporters paraded through the streets of Salt Lake City as Tim’s trial began. After five days, DeChristopher was found guilty on both counts. Tim was sentenced to two years in federal prison. After serving time in a variety of federal prisons, Tim is currently finishing up his parole while attending Harvard Divinity School to become a UU minister, which was paid for by UU’s from all over the country wanting to support him, and especially those from SLC.

BIDDER 70 is Tim DeChristopher’s story. It’s the story of young people fed up with corporate control of their government, it’s the story of the power of individual choices and their consequences. It’s the story of a principled young man and the bravery of his commitment to a livable world. Join us on Tuesday, October 21 at 4:30 pm for this inspiring story.

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