We went with Barbara & Nina to Roberto's for drinks and music Thursday evening. It happened to be 'Open Mic' night. :)
August 2011 Archives
I wanted to show Anna how amazing the hiking trails are here. But I was a little gung-ho... It took us 2 hours to HIKE to the START of the ROUTE 8 TRAIL. Oops. She was a good trooper --- & didnt complain on the 9am to 6pm hike. hA. By the end --- we were giddy-tired and everything was funny. :) But then we celebrated w/Eis & drinks.
________________ Wednesday: Anna & I went w/Barbara to the Hildesheim Markt Platz. We bought tomatoes from a cute old man, kohlorabies cuz they are our moms' favorite, passion fruit from a guy that kept giving us samples, saw the noon-hour Glockenspiel, stopped by a used book store, a small gallery, and ate olives that Anna claims are 'the best things she has ever eaten. Ever." :) When we got back to Bodenburg -- we 'fruhstucked' [breakfasted] with Barbara. Then I headed off to work at the KV, while Anna mingled & met me there later. Fun morning. Fun day.
On Wednesday morning Anna & I went for a run w/Barbara -- and she showed us the local Bad Salzdetfurth newspaper. Hans & I were on the cover -- & he was in three other articles as well.
When we got back -- [with fresh-picked plums in hand] -- there was a note from Hans and a copy of the paper under a rock by my door. :)
***Tuesday*** In my home town -- we have an exchange program with a small town in Germany -- called Lahr. You go there a month / live with a family -- then they come to MN & stay with you. Luisa was Anna's partner. In 2007, when I travelled in Europe a bit -- I met up & stayed w/Luisa & her family. But Anna had not seen them in six years!
So we took the train to Goettingen -- and met up w/Luisa, her mom [Susanne], & her boyfriend [Tobi]. Hans suggested we meet by the Gande Lisa. Its a fountain in the center of the town. I guess its a tradition for guys who study there -- to climb the fountain and give her a kiss -- when they graduate from Universitat. :)
Anyways -- It was great. Luisa now lives in Heidelberg & studies Exercise Science - with a focus on the health benefits of exercise for cancer patients.** Tobi studies English - which helped lots. & Susanne brought our family treats and thoughtful gifts. It was a really fun day.
Hans & I picked Anna up from the Hanover Airport at 2pm on Monday. :) After a brief tour of Bodenburg -- she napped -- then we had a wonderful dinner/drinks with Hans & Ria. MOm had sent a package the week before w/a letter, treats, & pictures from home of our garden, house, the babies...etc. --- So we went through photos, talked in English/German, and it was a really surreal, fun night. [Anna is here!]
>>>>>>Here's my next painting. Its actually the view that 'der Soltmann' has - over the Lamme River in Bad Salzdetfurth. And below is a photo of Hans' newest book. Its a history of the river and the towns it flows through.
Elections are in September here -- so towns are preparing. Many came and helped out. I was in charge of the coffee / tortes / & art-seeking visitors. Hans gave a tour of the Castle Park nearby - and there was food, games, & a presentation.
**************Barbara is my running / yoga / organic friend that lives next door. I've written lots about her - cuz she's wonderful.
On Friday evening -- after the Soltmann festival -- I went to B's house and we drank organic red wine, listened to Paul Simon & Amy Winehouse music, all while making homemade face cream. We used Ringelblumen [Marigolds] from B's garden, shea butter, oil, rose & other scents -- heated, strained, & mixed the ingredients. Then made matching labels. ;) Barbara & Nina are truly a great mother / daughter pair -- immer viel spass und wirklich wunderbar.*** Vielen Dank, Barbara -- fur alle!!
P.s. We ran 17km together this morning. It rained on our way home - but was all-around good nonetheless.**
............... & here is my first completion. It's a street-view in Bodenburg --- the village where I am living.
I used black stripes & then a red earth-tone as my imprematura. [Susanne Ritter taught me the stripes technique. It adds a greater depth to the piece.**] Then -- just tried to keep things simple & put the focus on the German house in the foreground.
_______________________ Lastnight was the Saltman's Celebration. The Mayor & Hans spoke, a marching band & men's choir sang, then they unveiled the sign that will now stand in the town center -- which Hans made. It has the history of the area & sculpture. I scanned all of the pictures for the sign -- edited some images -- & my english translation is one of the paragraphs.***
I helped out at a meeting Hans had yesterday. All were Burgermeisters [mayors] from the surrounding area - and a representative from Hannover & Berlin. I made the coffee and set-up for the mtg. Ria made all of the food - and packed me a basket as well. :)
Afterwards - I painted. Lewy & Henry knocked on the window about 2pm - & painted for 2 hours as well. We then ate a little mid-afternoon snack & biked/walked [happily] home.
I went with Hans to Alfeld. There, we met with the Director of the Sparkasse Banks, gallery directors, three newpaper reporters, and the Program Chair for the Musiktage Festivities. The KV will be a host for one of the concerts.
Musiktage is a month-long concert series in Lower Saxony. Every day, from Spetember 3rd bis October 2nd -- there are concerts, sometimes multiple concerts each day, throughout this area. It sounds amazing. All sorts of music -- in the most beautiful buildings and parks in this area. Here is a photo of those incharge. We met at a local shoe factory in Alfeld, hance the shoe molds.
Also, here is a link to the festival: http://www.musiktage.de/nmt/konzerte/in_der_naehe/index.html
After a few hours of painting, I went with Barbara & her daughter, Nina, to see - a glass gallery - a castle - & Barbara's work place. It was great. Then laundry...
Naechste -- At 6pm I helped set up the tent at the KV, for Sundays' gathering. And learned how to tie two new knots...
Schliesslich---- The evening ended with live music, good food, and the company of Barbara & Nina at Roberto's Cafe. A great, great day.***
******************** Today -- when I left the studio [& still later when I left the KV] - Hans was outside pounding away on a stone. I asked him what it was for. He responded that it is a gift, for a family restaurant in Venice, Italy. [Did I mention, yet, that we are going to Venice my last week here?!** For the Biennalle?!*** Another post altogether...] Anyways, its a local-type restaurant which doesn't have a good sign - so he promised one on his next visit. CooL.
And this last photo is from my evening walk with Barbara. A shot of Bad Salzdetfurth - from a good, uphill trek.
P.S. Tomorrow-live music. Friday-town festival. Saturday-open studio tour. Sunday-KV work. Monday-ANnA!! Sooo fun.**
Usually 2 or 3 times a week, Mr. Meier comes to visit while I'm painting. A few weeks ago -- he was biking by & stopped out of curiosity. Now -- he comes to see my progress. Today, he brought me a gift. He was an engineer, so its a very detailed drawing of his family coat-of-arms. He wrapped it up so nicely & labelled it & everything -- Id hate to undo all of that. But it is thoughtful, generous, & I love it.
Also -- last week I mentioned that my sister was a history teacher. So today -- he came with history books, magazines, clippings -- and hand-made charts. I got an hour and a half lesson about the history of German Royalty. Complete with visual guides, charts, sketches, & all. :)
***************** There were three locations on the Garden & Parks Tour. The top one -- is an old, vacant castle. I guess it is up for sale - so Hans joked that it could be my new studio.** The left picture - is an old church with a giant garten in back.
At one point, we sat in an old church - to hear the history. An older man asked if the seat next to me was free. Then he said something pretty fast, so I asked him to say it again a little slower. He asked where I came from. I said MN. He goes, "Ahhh Hwy 14 down by Winona." 50 years ago -- Curt was in Minnesota for nine months, studying farming in Winona & St. Paul. :)
Hans & his son, Jens, are public sculptors. They do large-scale, stone fountains and works -- that involve the entire surrounding community. Together, with the people of the town & a part of the town's history -- they make art. CooL.
So next Fritag abend -- in Bad Salzdetfurth --- The town will celebrate "Der Soltmann" and his 25th Birthday. Bad Salzdetfurth was built around its salt deposits underground. And today -- it has many spas and saltwater baths. So yes. We have started putting together scans & texts for an exhibit in the town hall, and a sign that will be posted at the site. So thats what my days have consisted of this week. (& the Hildesheim Markt this morning, of course.***)
Below -- is information from the town website. A little history & whatnot... :)
BAD SALZDETFURTH: 25 YEAR 'SOLTMANN' - Sculpture Celebrates Bday
The sculpture was built from sandstone and steel in a six-week campaign in 1986. It represents a mine squire who breaks down salt in his machine underground .
The Soltmann is a joint effort of the sculptor Hans-Werner Kalkmann, Almstadt Otto and Klaus Müller-pitcher and was developed as part of a contact-art campaign in 1986. The sculpture was done locally and contains many elements of mining and urban history. Thus, the legs end in stylized waves, a reference to the brine, which was the basis of the place. Even the salt on his left hook in the best traditions of Salzpfänner. The metal parts were made by apprentices in the Kali + Salz AG.
Initially, the very controversial sculpture is now firmly anchored in the cityscape. After the former mine director Horst Hotze (who died in April 2011) the object has received the popular name "Hotze" or "Hotze2".
Ceremony -- History of sculpture -- Appreciation of the mine director Horst Hotze -- Musical program with the marching band of the mountain man club "Good luck" -- Skiffle Board
I dropped my painting stuff off at Hans' studio -- then walked back home to leave him a note. I was about halfway through my cup of coffee --- so I brought the mug along. [Here's a picture of the trail -- that connects my 'home' with 'work.']
A woman was walking her two dogs. She said something about coffee -- but I was totally day dreaming -- & didnt catch the first part. So I said something like, 'Yeah -- I only have a little ways to go -- so I brought it along..'
Her German reply: 'No, what I said was -- I think its beautiful you are walking w/coffee in hand.' I thanked her -- then smiled the rest of the way. ************************
PS. Tuesday night Yoga was wonderful as ever. Oh, & here was today's horoscope. Seems too beautifully-fitting to leave out of this post: LIBRA. Maybe you don't know what to expect, but that hasn't stopped you before. Go forward. You are a beloved child of the universe and will be cared for as such.
FRITAG: I spent most of Friday painting. :) I'm painting some scenes & buildings from around town --- I'll post them soon. Left is Han's studio. I paint here, daily. He has work space, a gallery, office, and apartment all here. His son is an architect, so they designed it together. It is marvelous.
Later, I met Hans & Ria, so together we went to a gallery opening in a town nearby, then out to eat in Alfeld. Alfeld is where Hans had studied, so we looked around a bit. As for the art -- it was 'frei art' --- Very loose, free, no forms, really -- very abstract.
Here's a link to the artists' site: http://www.kuehnkunst.de/
SAMSTAG: Barbara & I went for a morning run in the rain, then stopped to pick apples at the end. I ended up reading / Rosetta-Stone-ing until 3pm, when I worked at the Kunstverein. At the KV, I found a flower, baked goods, and an invite to join Inge's family for dinner. Inge is the sweetest little lady. She volunteers at the KV and is a big arts supporter. [Side-note: She is originally from Denmark - but came to Germany when she married her childhood pen-pal. Adorable.**] We went to a Greek restaurant and her family was great.
SONNTAG: Run, again with Barbara in the hills of Bad Salzdetfurth - we picked blackberries and plums afterward. :) I worked for 7 hours in the KV. Ria made a basket of veggies/bread - & I paged through art books - & spoke German all day. I was even complimented on it.** After, I had a great meal and red wine with Hans & Ria.
The people here are wonderful. Truly.
On THursday evening I walked to Roberto's Cafe in Bad Salzdetfurth.
Every Donnerstag -- at 8pm -- they have live music. :) :) I sipped coffee, brought my sketch book, and smiled cuz it reminded me of home & the Three Crows.*******
(once there -- click on the link to the left of the photo to hear some music.)