You’re invited to my art show

You’re invited to my art show

Art has always been a big part of my life. Guess what? I’m having an art show and you’re invited. Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, 10 am-5 pm. (rain date Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018). At my house. And the Sangria is on me. If you’re interested in attending and you’re in the area (Fairfield, Connecticut) you can email me directly at gail@gailingis.com.

Join me for my art show COLORFUL VISIONS and celebrate color and beauty in our world.

Art, nature, Sangria. Sounds like fun to me. Hope to see you there. xo Gail

Many of my paintings will be available for purchase, including the ones featured in the postcard above. I will be donating half of all sales of my paintings to Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum. A National Historic Landmark since 1971, the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is regarded as one of the earliest and most significant Second Empire Style country houses in the United States. Lockwood-Mathews holds educational programs throughout the year for schools, colleges, and universities along with other educational groups and for the general public. Lockwood-Mathews also hosts various events throughout the year for the public including art shows, flea markets, tea parties, costume balls, private tours as well as offering guided historical tours of the estate.

 

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum

Gail Ingis Claus is an author, artist/painter and interior designer. Her upcoming romance The Unforgettable Miss Baldwin will be released in the fall of 2018. Her current historical romance, Indigo Sky can be purchased on amazon.

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My Wild Walk on the Beach

My Wild Walk on the Beach

Rockaway Beach Morning Shoreline by Maureen E Ritter

I was alone. A sultry day in July, the sun was blazing, the temperature in the nineties. A walk on the beach sounded like a great escape. Sneaking away from my family was no big deal.

Jumping into the soaring waves was refreshing, revitalizing, invigorating. I waited for the next wave, then the next. Giggling at the cool spray that tickled my skin. The heat no longer bothered me after each successive splash of cold water coated my arms and legs. Suddenly, I found myself overcome by a giant wave. Unexpected. Scary. Gasping for air and flailing my arms I couldn’t stop the pull of this force of nature.

Would someone see me and come to my rescue? I hadn’t noticed a lifeguard. Who thinks about that when there’s so much fun to be had. I tried to drag myself out of the frothy water, onto the safety of the beach, but my strength was fading fast. The undertow pulled me farther and farther away from shore.

Rockaway Beach

Desperate. Frightened that I would drown, I fought the waves with all my might, dragging myself back. Finally, I managed to stand and slog my way through the shallows to shore.

I was eight years old.

Since that day, I have told this story hundreds of times. I promised myself I would never take the power of nature for granted ever again. I was pretty tall for my age and was a good swimmer, but it didn’t make a difference. I was at the mercy of the tides. Since then, I never go into the ocean when the waves are bigger than me.

Those lovely old cottages

Jones Beach undertow

My family had a cottage just up the street, in Rockaway Beach, Queens, New York. The experience put a damper on my love of the ocean. The almost-drowning is what I think of whenever I see a gigantic wave today.

I spent many a summer at Jones Beach watching my own kids jump in and out of the waves. I didn’t want to stop their fun or diminish their pleasure, but I was ready at a moment’s notice to leap to the rescue if one of my kids needed me.

Nature is beautiful but it’s also untameable. Wild. Have a safe summer.

Gail Ingis Claus is an author, artist/painter and interior designer. Her upcoming romance The Unforgettable Miss Baldwin will be released in the fall of 2018. Her current historical romance, Indigo Sky can be purchased on amazon.

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Those super duper roller skates (part 2)

Those super duper roller skates (part 2)

Park Circle Roller Rink. The kids today wear shorts or leggings, but back in the 1950s, the gals wore short skirts, similar to the tennis skirts the women wear today.

Remember those skates I told you about? The ones with the hole in the boot? They stayed with me until they got moldy in a move. I had another pair and recently found them in a box in my basement. Unfortunately, they have urethane wheels, which is good for skating on the sidewalk, or pavement  –  not in a roller rink. For that, you need wooden wheels. So I’m going to track down a pair and switch them out. Update on the wood wheels. I found a pair but they have no bearings. See the empty holes in the picture? We had no way to attach these to my skates.

My roller skates

For now, my skates must keep those urethane wheels. If someone could teach me how to control those wheels so I feel like I’m on my old roller skates and not ice skates, I would be thrilled. When I tried them on, I had to hold onto the kitchen counter for dear life. I already had one hip replaced, not looking for another one.

Thank goodness for the toe stops.

Gail Ingis Claus is an author, artist/painter and interior designer. Her upcoming romance The Unforgettable Miss Baldwin will be released in the fall of 2018. Her current historical romance, Indigo Sky can be purchased on amazon.

http://amzn.to/2j0LXLE

Those super duper roller skates (part 2)

My long lost roller skates

I loved roller skating when I was a girl. I had a pair of white leather roller skates with long white laces and wooden wheels. I don’t know what happened to all my Brooklyn buddies that I used to skate with, wouldn’t I love to meet up with them again. One name stands out though, Gloria. I’ll never forget her. Gloria did not love me and showed how much by burning a hole in the leather boot of my skates. I never did find out why. I didn’t retaliate because Mama said I had to always be nice to everyone. So I was nice to her. She didn’t know I knew it was her, my skates were on the bench and I had to get something, so I wasn’t there when it happened, but I have an image in my mind of her holding her cigarette to my boot.

How come she was smoking? I didn’t smoke, I tried, but it gave me a tummy ache. All my friends were smokers, I felt left out. Wasn’t I blessed not to be able to smoke?

And oh my, I sure loved those skates. I danced my heart out to the live organ music. I had lots of talented partners. I especially loved to skate backward until my partner spun me around or he went backward. It was beautiful. The speed made it feel like you were flying.

Those precious skates with the hole in the boot stayed with me until they got moldy in a move. I had another pair and recently found them in a box in my basement. Unfortunately, they have urethane wheels, which is good for skating on the sidewalk, or pavement  –  not in a roller rink. For that, you need wooden wheels. So I’m going to track down a pair and switch them out.

I’ll keep you posted.

Gail Ingis Claus is an author, artist/painter and interior designer. Her upcoming romance The Unforgettable Miss Baldwin will be released in the fall of 2018. Her current historical romance, Indigo Sky can be purchased on amazon.

http://amzn.to/2j0LXLE

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