Last September Paul Kolling and his oldest son Collin Piccolo were in a terrible car accident on Lawndale Road. Paul said that the first responders thought he was dead while they pulled a less injured Collin out of the truck. But he wasn't, and after being extricated with the Jaws of Life, Paul ended up in the hospital for nine weeks with all kinds of broken bones and other injuries. I'm happy to report that he is very much on the mend, walking with the help of a cane, and even starting to carry a few lightweight boxes and things around the house. He's looking forward to the day when he can get back to pruning fruit trees for his business, Nana Mae's Organics. Paul has been home since the week before Thanksgiving, and the whole family went out on New Year's Eve to celebrate wife Kendra's birthday. Kendra wrote on their Facebook page, “Paul is up and out and on the mend...Our family is incredibly grateful and full of hope for the New Year! Thank you all for the well wishes, love and support.”
Susan Gorin is a new grandmother and loving it. Tatum Everett Taylor was born Aug. 28, 2015, to daughter Courtney and son-in-law Tommy Taylor. They visited over the holidays and enjoyed exploring Sonoma Valley, although Susan said Tatum's sniffles at Christmas “left four of us heading to the cold medications. My cough is still with me. Brings back memories of raising young germrats as a young mother.” Nevertheless, congratulations are in order!
Last fall, Sallie and Chuck Wood spent some time in Glacier National Park in Montana, where they said the scenery and wildlife were fabulous. Sallie posed for this picture with a cut-out of a mountain goat, but they actually did see some real mountain goats, just not so close up!
Shona Burns and Karl Mutch saw some amazing animals close up when they were at the Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park in in Shibu Onsen, Japan. Shona said, “The monkeys come down from the hills to enjoy the natural hot pools, and normally it's snowing, but they've had some unusual warm temperatures, so no snow.” Shona and Karl were in Japan in December, and besides visiting the Snow Monkey Park they also spent five days in Tokyo and five days in Kyoto. “Loved it, can't wait to go back,” said Shona.
Thirty or 40 years ago, local artist Fred Parker worked as curator of photography at the Pasadena Museum of Modern Art, and then at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, before deciding to devote full time to his personal artwork. With that background, it's not surprising that the history of photography would influence him. Now the Cleveland Museum of Art in Ohio is exhibiting one of Fred's artworks created in 1983 during the first years of his new career as a full time artist. It is a depiction of the Egyptian Sphinx by the English photographer Francis Frith originally made in 1858. Fred's version is a hand-drawn and painted copy of that famous photograph, and is one of a series he made in the early 80s, all very large and precisely done in various media including pencil, pastel, and even oil paint. The Cleveland Museum of Art's exhibition is entitled Pyramids & Sphinxes, and runs Feb. 6 through May 24. For more about Fred and his artwork, go to www.parkerfineart.com.
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