In 1988, Close was left a quadriplegic as the result of a blood clot in his spine and had to work with a paint brush between his teeth. Close managed to be successful at this, as well, although it certainly had to be frustrating. He used the technique called pointillism, which uses dots that blend together. Close had a deeply rooted need to create, which was proven after his medical problems.
I have to admit that I haven’t seen my friend Kem Wiggins much lately as I went back to work after the summer. She is back to teaching classes at the Art League and recently did a mural at the Salvation Army. You’d think with us being “twins” we’d see each other more? She is a silly. I love sillies. Let’s have another drink of tea.
Let’s see what the Danville Art League is up to. Pre-registration is required for all classes.
— Our fall children’s classes have started. I have a couple of spaces left in my after-school classes. Monday night is for the 5-8-year-old children, and Wednesday is for the 9 and up age group. Please call the Danville Art League at 442-9264 if you have a child who would be interested.
— There will be something completely novel on Oct. 13 and 26 called “Creating Ceramic Finger Labyrinths.” Students will learn about the history of labyrinths in history and design their own finger labyrinths using a pattern and clay. A second class is scheduled for students to return and glaze their personal finger labyrinths.
Here is an explanation for anyone not knowing what a labyrinth is: “A labyrinth is the spirit of the most generative form of subtle energy. When its coil is unwound, the stored energy is released. They have been long associated with ancient pilgrimage routes and rituals of self-discovery.”