The String Game painting
Grace Beerhorst performs the various versions of Cats in the Cradle that she knows to a very appreciative audience. This trick is called "cup and saucer".
Ralston Bowles and Chris Wilson get better aqauinted. Chris who is orginally from New Zealand brough his very charming old friend Jeff who was to fly back to Christ Church NZ this weekend.
Eddie Tadlock gets evidence of my studios hillbilly wiring job. As assistant general manager at DeVos Place, he knows a well managed venue when he sees one.
One of the loops of string availble for guests to try their hand at a few string games of their own. All photo credit goes to Eric Tank
Last Tuesday evening we had an event in my studio to celebrate the purchase if the String Game painting by David G. Ledbetter who is a local attorney. Mr ledbetter will be hanging the painting in his office and not only enjoying it for its own sake but he will be able to use the piece as a spring board into talking about what is at the very heart of his law practice, relationships.
The painting depicts two young women with their four hands interwoven with a loop of string. String games which we tend to call "cats in the cradle", are common to most all cultures around the world. The game is ancient and has often been thought of as symbolic of peace. It would be difficult to imagine being angry with someone and playing cats and the cradle together at the same time.
The truth of the matter is that we are only as healthy as the relationships that in circle our daily lives. We are all interwoven with our family members, people in the work place, our neighbors and the girl who checks us out at the grocery store. Taking time to cultivate these relationships, particularly the key ones, becomes a very important. It is in making more potent relationships that leads to deep and lasting benefits on many different levels.
Mr Ledbetter's specializes in estate planning. He creates documents that protect a persons family and assets when they are not physically or mentally able to do so for them selves. We never want to think about this possible juncture in our future but if we don't, we put those we love most at a frightening disadvantage. I am glad that we have come to know David Ledbetter and that he has now created legal documents that insure the best future for our children and extended our family. I am also glad to have a painting hanging in his office where people are coming and going on a daily basis making some of the most important decisions of their lives. Placing a painting in a good "home" like this is what any artist hopes for.