I attended an Ex-Voto workshop at the beautiful Hallie Ford Museum in Salem, Oregon. The facilitator was the inimitable Keith Achepohl, who achieves the beauty- and grace-filled age of 80 years this week.
When a professor begins a workshop by saying, “Okay kids, it’s story time,” we were eager to listen in on his life’s story of making art. Our time was focussed around Keith’s 25 year series, making ex-voto pieces on paper, inspired by his collection of these silver laminae objects of body parts, made as a communication of gratitude for a “grace received in response to prayer.”
Kate Wagle of the University of Oregon has written a book to accompany his 40 piece exhibition at the Hallie Ford Museum. She includes history of the ex-voto, plates from the exhibit, and dialogue with Keith as the book was created. It is a sleek, inviting book entitled: Keith Achepohl, If It Please You Lord, available from the museum. With an exhibit and book title such as this, I ran to participate.
I found more than my personal musings of sentimental gratitude of Spirit’s answers to my callings. I found a person rich with life and joy and humor and professionalism and craft and longevity. What a treat!
Today’s prompt is to recognize with wide-eyes and open-heart those gems and jewels who simply swirl sweet strong significant energies into our world.
In the meantime, I continue into a piece around honoring the Beauty Makers. This began with an impress to honor some four-leggeds, and then the sweep of definition around its sacred hoop became Hawk. I do not yet feel closure with this canvas, there is a color adjustment and meditation with this spring hawk, then she will be strengthened unto her purpose in this painted form.
Wishing you a day of beauty & Light!