While paddling life’s rivers and lakes, avoid drifting along with the current. Rewards come to those who push on against the prevailing winds, and portage to parts less traveled. Resist the urge to follow in the wake of leaders who would guide us to places foreign to our spirit of fairness, empathy, and acceptance. Be caretakers of the wilderness, respect others as you respect yourself, and continue to follow your path.
On September 25, 2018, I had the privilege of hosting Mrs. Robin Rutherford’s Grade 5 class at the Station Gallery in St. Marys. The students viewed the works in my one man show, and we discussed various pieces of sculpture taking into account the six elements of art. (Thanks go out to Jennifer Thorpe from the St. Marys Independent newspaper for her class photo below) I unveiled this new freestanding sculpture, that you see pictured to the left, and asked if they could each put on their “thinking caps” and come up with a title for it. Later in the week, I visited their classroom and gave them the opportunity to select a piece of glass, foil it, and place their name or an image on it with my engraver. I collected their title ideas at that time as well. A week later, I visited their classroom again, and presented the winner with a signed print of the piece for coming up with the title, Follow Your Path. Congratulations to Owen Dittmer for this wonderful title. (He is pictured below) I think Owen was really “tuned in” to the message I want my work to portray. Thanks to Mrs. Rutherford and all the students in the class. I really enjoyed working with such a great group of kids.