Our Amish friends remade it with Cypress wood. It’s quite a work of art on its own. But wait, there’s more. But just a tease…
This is only a tease, and I’ll explain more later, but I couldn’t NOT share this with you! I’m so excited I do think I actually squealed when I saw it. I don’t believe the church ever had stained glass before, and it’s not our intention to turn it into Sainte-Chapelle, but this is so delicious and perfect that my heart pitter-patters. It makes everything seem real. The Church will be a place of art, beauty, and window to God’s Unimaginable Greatness.
Hows about we make a studio so we can make some art? First step: let’s get some of the Artist’s work all up in here.
Next step: Let’s make it convenient to work. The Artist needs an area to store his tools.
Indeed. What better than a Craftsman tool box. On wheels!
Ok, before I move on, let’s really focus on the joy a simple solution like a giant Craftsman tool unit brings. All the stuff can go in it. All of it! Brushes, pencils, acrylics, oils, papers, tools, tapes, glues and more. There’s even a drawer for incense!
Even the little lady was happy about this solution!
Last step: it’s up to the Artist. He’s made his studio. now he must be left alone to create. So let’s take a walk. It’s early April, and it’s been a brutally cold and lengthy winter. So what does Lake Huron look like?
What else is going on this spring around Grindstone Corners?
But there is new life! Look, a baby cow!
This Momma cow did a deep menacing moo at me to express her feelings about my interest in her baby c… I mean calf.
This cow expressed himself in other ways!
Mike and I agree- this cow pasture is one of the world’s more magical places. There’s just something about it. The cows always have attitude, the landscape is always beautiful, and there’s always something there that makes you just want to stop and step into the world of the pasture. It’s just part of what makes Grindstone so very special!
I also happen to be privy to what is on the Artist’s easel right now, and it is cow-shaped! They are so inspirational!
So besides the furnace ouster last weekend, we also kept ourselves from being “board”…
by cleaning up the sanctuary, but not before trying out the art in the new venue.
Off with the carpet!
Friend Duane was up with more freshly turned bowls and a check for the barn…
The art looks great, with or without the finished gallery. I’m so lucky to have such beautiful art hanging up around my house. I think some people shy away from art because they are unsure of how to react- or how to think or what to say about it. But painting, like music, dance, and other arts, can touch something in you that doesn’t need thoughts or words. This hand of an Indian ascetic, holding the prayer beads, buried in the sand, is such a vision of hope and devotion to me that it just touches me every time I look at it.
I’m sure that’s what these two were discussing…
So that’s the other part of the weekend. Family fun with Eva and Jack her boyfriend, Pat and Duane, and of course, the Don, Paul Fisher.
We got a dumpster! Apparently in the 1960’s the congregation “upgraded” the church with a dropped ceiling, paneling over the old wainscoting, and a tile floor with a baby blue/peach carpet. They painted the pews fleshy-peach, painted the stuccoed walls blue, and boarded up the circular window at the front. It was a common thing to do in the 60’s and I bet they saved on their heating bill!
But blech blech blech!! Oh and they added the lights and ceiling fans, of course!
So we got a dumpster to try to get back to the original box of wood and worship. It’s under there!
How nice that friends made the trek to Grindstone City on a wintry day to help us celebrate the New Year and the Old Church. They brought: festive opening and ribbon cutting accoutrement! Fun, even though opening day lies waaay in the future.
Here’s to the vision!
Next, surveying the premises…
Thanks so much for your support and good wishes! We will need them!
Now… down to business. Let’s get that dropped ceiling down…
This tree has been around awhile. Seen a lot of activity, heard a lot of talk, smelled a lot of scents and absorbed a lot of energy. The Ugly Tree is done. The time of abuse and neglect is over. Our mission is to resurrect the old Methodist Church of Grindstone City, Michigan back into a place of music, art, warmth and faith.