Posted by: bschutzgruber | December 30, 2020

RIP 2020 – What a Year It’s Been!

2020 began with high notes as I took an eight-week class at the Ann Arbor Art Center focusing on abstract landscapes which opened a world of creative possibilities for me, and a trip to Iceland – what a beautiful and amazing country!

And then the world shutdown due to Covid-19.

2020 continued with a roller coaster of emotions:
–mourning the death of friends
–celebrating those who recovered
–disappointment as travel, events, exhibits, conferences, and performances were cancelled
–worry and prayers for the continued strength and good health for family and friends who work in the medical professions, as first responders and essential workers
–anger seeing the brutality of systemic racism that still rears its ugly head yet again and again 

2020 has also given me hope. Monthly guild meetings, conferences, performances and exhibits moved into the world of Zoom and digital postings as people across the country and around the world connected and had conversations about changes that are long over due.

I processed and vented all the ups and downs through felting, weaving, making masks for donation, creating items for local, state, and international guild exhibits, cleaning the work studio, writing up project notes, creating a space for Zoom performances, finally processed a Romney fleece I’d been given 3 years ago (definitely a learning experience that spanned several months), and even creeped out the neighbors with my Halloween porch decor.

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I am happy to see the back of 2020.
It has been a WILD ride!

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