Thursday, October 11, 2018

The Art of Summering Mini-Gallery: Goodbye to Summer

After traveling to Central New York and admiring the beautifully painted autumn landscapes, I returned to a humid Long Island and asked, "Is it really time to say goodbye to summer?" The truth of the matter is as Oscar Wilde said, "And all at once, summer collapsed into fall." With that being said, I wish to send summer off in style now that "The Art of Summering" Gallery of Artistic Expressions has officially been unveiled on the following social media platforms: Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, and Instagram. 

In the introduction to the gallery, I wrote: "While the official end of the summer season drew to a close, my mind still drifts back to the pristine beach where a gentle breeze brings relief from the persistent heat. I hear the roar of the foaming waves singing their summer song, and savor those cherished memories."

To preserve the memories of summer and allow voice to rise, I would like to take you on a mini-gallery walk of The Art of Summering to see the many shades of summer from Poetry Friday poets' perspectives. There are 10 stops on the global tour so without further delay, let's begin. I have selected one digital artistic expression for each stop. 

First Stop - A Virtual Journey 
Travel Photos
"Traveling - it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller." - Ibn Battuta
Second Stop - Sunrises and Sunsets Around the Globe
"There are sunrises and sunsets every single day, and they're absolutely free. 
Don't miss so many of them." 
-Jo Walton Winter
Third Stop - Animals of Summer
"Again and again, the cicada's untiring cry pierced the sultry summer air like a needle at work on thick cotton cloth." - Yukio Mishmima, Runaway Horses: The Sea of Fertility, 2
Fourth Stop - Summer Art
"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time."
-Thomas Merton
Fifth Stop - Children's Corner
sweet summer life
lives in the spirit
of the child
©CV, 2018
Sixth Stop - Digital Art
Seventh Stop - Summer Florals
"Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature." - Gerard De Nerval
Eighth Stop - Music
"Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons. 
You will find it is to the soul what a water bath is to the body."
The above quote by Oliver Wendall Holmes was offered by Tabatha Yeatts. 

Click HERE to enjoy the "The Art of Summering" playlist of 29 songs that I gathered on YouTube.
Ninth Stop - Summer's Alluring Call
Tenth Stop - Time to Say Goodbye to Summer
"Summer passes and one remembers one's exuberance." - Yoko Ono

I've traveled different paths each season, 
held onto treasured moments, lingering
in their memories, for they have been
nourishment for my soul. 
©CV, 2017 
Moving On to Yet Another Season
The Art of Summering video, created by Carol Varsalona, can be accessed here.
Contributors to The Art of Summering Gallery
@HolisticSailorCuffe, LaurenceHoward, SpiriNesdoly, VioletWong, Janet
@Teach4spclneedsDay, SuziHughes, JustineNestor, JanetWyman, Christie
Alba, CherylDi Stefano, CarlHughes, StephanNorden, SharonYeatts, Tabatha
Alaska TracyFinley, ToddHutmacher, KimberlyPollard, DavidYun, Jackie
Ajmani, KumudFlowers, Lisa L.Jago, CarolQuinn, ChrisZabala, Maria
Akke, TerjeFlynn, CatherineKelley, SteveSalas, Laura Purdie
Alyssa H.Foley, KevinKogan, MichelleShepard, Kiesha
Atkins, JeannineForrest Esenwine, MattKristensen, KentSilverman, Buffy
Apel, KatGross, TeresaLake, LillianSimon, Margaret
Baie, LindaGuidoccio, JoanneLatham, IreneSmith, Donna
Barnes, Michelle H.Hancock, PattyMacCulloch, JoneSteinglass, Elizabeth
Behnke, RamonaHarsham, BrendaMacken, JoAnn EarlyTamez, Eugenia
Bigi, JessicaHartnett, DevinMayr, DianeThomas, Kathleen
Boynton, SandraHersey, RuthMcGriff, KayTilton, Valerie
Bradbury, ShawnHerzog, John & RebeccaMeller, FaigeTimparano, Laura Hill
Burtsfield, DaniHodgson, KevinMitchell, LindaVardell, Sylvia
Cator, LeiaHogan, JenniferMoran, PamVarsalona, Carol
Chow, JanetHogan, MollyMr. TerborgWeston, Mark E. Ph.D
Coombs, KatieHoward, Mary, Dr.Murphy, SallyWirtz, Rita
Leonie Bennett's Students
Callie E.
Leticia Citizen's Students
Neeve-#WymansWonders' Kinder
Olivia Van Ledtje (@thelivbits)

May the fond memories of summertime, fill your soul, and increase your vitality to find the 
abundance of autumn! May you continue to notice, observe the living world around you, wonder, and savor each life living moment. -Carol

This week's Poetry Friday Roundup is at the blog site of my friend, poet Laura Purdie Salas. Laura is excited about J. Patrick Lewis' newest anthology, the poetry of US, that holds four of her poems. Today, she shares a gorgeous image poem that she created for the new anthology.

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