Rule #12 Be Willing To Look Stupid

  “I can Fly! And I don’t even need a cape!”   Uncle Si, Duck Dynasty

Duck Dynasty

This is how I’ve felt the last two days.  I’m pinching myself, since friends closest  know my last year was worst, saddest ever.  Euphoric, I love getting up in the morning and I can barely sleep at night.  My life is returning to it’s fullness.  No, I don’t need a cape today!  Just a way to harness my ideas and plans for the future.

And then, on top of everything else I hear from friends with kind words for me out the Ying-Yang.  Marjie McGraw, Angela Relder and dear, dear Jeanette Thomason…..our laughs are enjoyed always…..I’ll tell you more about these ladies later. (And if you see Jeanette, ask her about the candy dish I gave her!)

Today, I must tell you about a few I work with daily.

My euphoria begins always when I think of Phyllis Hoffman-DePiano, founder of Hoffman Media, LLC.  http://Hoffmanmedia.com.   Today happens to be her birthday. Brilliant beyond, loyal, kind.  It was Phyllis who went to then-unknown Paula Deen and crafted a magazine in her name.  I was and still am lucky enough to be involved.   When I transitioned in Conway, the first person I talked to was Phyllis.  I have been working with her since.  We met by accident during a Nashville, Tn. record company luncheon many moons ago. Bill Traylor told us together we would be trouble.  Loved it then, love it now!

Both of Phyllis’ sons, already really accomplished in their own right, are now involved with Hoffman Media.  http://hoffmanmedia.com This spring I had the privilege of meeting Eric and Brian.  Smart, creative, I wanted to then, would stalk them still, if I actually worked in the home office.  I loved meeting them, and love every. single. thing. we accomplish.

Meet Phyllis, sons Brian and Eric Hoffman

PHD and Brian and Eric best one

Meanwhile, in Denver, Colorado, are Mark Story and Scott Stewart.  I’ve known Mark Story and Scott Stewart longer than I can remember.  Scott and I have been personal friends forever, he is really like my brother! At least that’s what Inger Andress,   http://kai-zensolutions.com tells me!  But she is right, this is how I feel about Scott.

Mark Story is a long time business associate, he built MPR’s first website when he was ONLY doing tours to Australia.  Now Queenslander World-Wide Tours is just that, World-Wide.  And they don’t miss a beat, they ‘get it’…..so much that Arthur Frommer, Travel Guru, named Queenslander World-Wide Tours the best at small group travel.  No small thing. http://Queenslandertours.com.

Mark Story and Scott Stewart — Friends Since College Days!Mark and Scott

Lucky me, I work with them on all media related matters.   They do it right…..all the time.  I get to bask in their success!  Visit http://queenslandertours.com or find Mark’s personal travel page http://markstoryworldadventures.com — Mark has a great post on COFFEE, my fav!

The ribbon cutting below, marks the day I began working with the Conway Art  Museum & School.  Georg Andersen, internationally awarded interior designer created the space. Everything about Conway Art is perfect.  Perfect. Perfect.

Conway Art ribbon-cutting - Nov. 2013

Georg wouldn’t have it any other way, his designs for my house made me weep, they were so beautiful. So imagine this Gallery, infused by wonderful design and the Art.  OH the ART.  It will take your breath away.

Conway Art, LLC  http://conwayartgallery.com, in Conway, Arkansas is within walking distance to one of our three Starbucks. Heaven.

Then, there is Nina.  Nina Ruth Baker, R.N. and Artist.  Conway Art Gallery is her dream.  As a young woman, told she was going blind, she picked up a paint brush and the rest is history…..As I met with different people in town I find their love and reverence for her kind heart similar to what was felt when The Dick Clark came on set of Prime Time Country.  A hush, a genuine reverence for the person.  This will embarrass her, I’m sure — but I want to say – publically, in this forum — just how loved she is by all.  I am already learning so much from Nina.

Nina Baker

Nina Baker

Nina’s Award-Winning piece, Provence Dandelions

Provence Dandelions

Euphoria is not long-lived, I know.  What is long lived are relationships. Good days, bad days and just so-so days.  When I received ‘checks’ before automatic deposit, I would write Thank You under my signature. Every person believing in us is a building brick to our joy.  We must never — I never — want to lose sight of those who’ve been with me through thick and thin.  They continue to make a difference in my life.

Today, is the first time I’ve recognized people who believe in my abilities enough to pay me to work with them on their dreams.  I am willing to look stupid, saying it.  I hope you risk looking stupid too.

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Authentic Grace in Action: Katrina Dolislager

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We love authentic people, don’t we? Or do we, Really? As a public relations professional, and a member of the media I’m just as guilty as the next in propelling and perpetuating an image I want the public to see.  Recently, it’s become harder to watch FAKE. Sometimes I just want to scream “don’t you know I see through this?”

I adore, love and embrace the opportunity to be with people who are REAL.  I want to be in their aura.  I want their authenticity to ‘rub off on me’.  They are the truth-tellers.

Katrina Andersen Dolislager has aura.  I doubt she’s ever met a stranger.  I first met Katrina through a piece of her art, one of the Bird Series.  Meeting her at a dinner party, our host had to literally pry us out of our seats, out the door long after everyone else had gone.  We were too busy chatting to notice that it was ‘time to go.”  And I never do that!

Katrina headshot

I admit I am a little prejudiced towards Katrina because I know her family. Her Mother, Annabelle is one of, if not the most beautiful hostesses in Conway, Arkansas.  Annabelle, and her husband Georg’s Mill Creek Ranch is featured in 2013 Fall issue of Cottage Journal .  

Having been to parties in her home, it’s easy to see where Katrina gets her ease of entertaining.  It’s in her DNA, as is her art.  Katrina is an artist of life, an artist whose work defies easy classification.

Her style is commonly associated with the “outsider art” movement, a term broadly applied to include self-taught or Naïve art makers who have never received formal training. Her works are created by layering oil pastels on Masonite or linen canvases until the desired texture and color is achieved.

Katrina has a Bachelor of Arts in History from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois and an inherited understanding of color stories and texturizing from her Father, Georg, who is an internationally renowned designer.

Katrina’s works have been featured in Cooking with Paula Deen magazine and  Arkansas Life; and shown in the Arkansas Arts Gallery, the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion, Faulkner County Museum, Classic Touch in Conway, Arkansas and in the Festival of Light Exhibition at Little Rock’s Fellowship Bible Church.

RaeLynn Callaway writes in a recent issue of 501 Life magazine  “Katrina uses an array of fascinating pieces of her childhood and presents them as art. I am intrigued by every tiny detail.”

RaeLynn sums it up for me, and if you’ve seen any piece from Katrina’s Bird series, you understand.

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Flair, personality, love, devotion, and authenticity.  THIS is Katrina Andersen Dolislager.

This Friday night, art lovers are in for a rare treat.  Katrina will be appearing with her work showing and perhaps even answering a question or two at the grand opening of a new gallery in Conway, Arkansas.  If you are in the area, do not miss this opportunity to meet Katrina and see what authentic is.  Take the time to see authentic in action!

Information on the gallery can be found  http://www.conwayartgallery.com/

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