Artism, wild game and Babs Young

Posted on January 5, 2012


We can pretty much guarantee that this will not be a boring January. Look at the stuff people are getting up to.

On January 12-13 the always-unpredictable Margie Guyot will teach people to paint in oils up at Charlevoix Circle of Arts. (Actually, I’m pretty sure she’s going to teach them to paint in oils wherever they want to, but the class itself will be in Charlevoix. English is an odd language.) Margie, who sends TLV photos of bunnies and bobcats and skyscapes and keeps a blog about painting, has been a music teacher, an auto worker, a chicken and bunny farmer and a saxophonist while making an astonishing number of excellent paintings.  Here, for example, is Big Fish, which, as it turns out, makes a nice segue to our next topic.

Big Fish 40x60 oil on canvas - Margie Guyot

On Saturday, January 14, Martha Wagbo Farm and Education Center (Wagbo for short) is having a Wild Game Potluck and you’re invited.  You do not have to shoot anything. You could bring a nice dish of wild mushrooms or some slivered burdock, if you are so inclined, but you don’t have to bring anything at all. Just show up at the Wagbo farmhouse at 6pm and share in the bounty of northern Michigan foods. Lots of other people will bring dishes. You can do your part by helping to clean up before the movie starts.

Yes, after supper there’s a movie: The Complete Angler, James Prosek’s homage to Izaak Walton.  This event is free and open to the public. For more info, call 231-536-0333.  Wagbo is located three miles south of East Jordan, at M-66 and Kidder Road. (I explained to you how not to get there in The yeast did not die in vain. I hope you took it to heart.)

The very next Saturday, January 21st, there will be a Wassailing Winter Celebration at Wagbo. The feast—another potluck—begins at 6pm.  Maria Wesserle says that “Wassailing is an ancient rural tradition of toasting to the health of an orchard in hopes that a bountiful crop will ensue the following year.”  This particular Wassail begins with a feast (the afore-mentioned potluck) and libations, followed by a short procession to the orchard.  There will be toasts.  There will be torches.  And bring a sled—Wagbo is on hilly ground, and there will be a sledding party after the libations. This event, too, is free and open to the public. Honestly, assuming you took to heart the instructions on how not to get there, I don’t see how you can go wrong.

Finally—I know you’ve been waiting for this part—on January 28 Babs Young will teach a Polymer Clay Workshop at the Jordan River Arts Council. Polymer clay is Babs’s passion, and one day we will have to do an entire post about it. Maybe a whole series. I didn’t know what she was talking about until she sent me off to visit Polymer Clay Daily. It was like discovering a parallel universe floating out in the middle of Lake Michigan. Well, now you, too, can become part of this insanely creative crew. There are only ten spots in the workshop, and it is favorably priced: $40 includes the supply kit. Not to mention Babs herself. And it benefits JRAC. However, before you sign up, you might wish to inspect the tools. I find that wicked little pick worrying . . .