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Susan Laird

Soroptimists to host LUNAFEST film to benefit local community

Words mean things. As a writer, they fascinate me. Take, for example, the word “patron.” It’s an Old English word, borrowed from the Latin “patronus,” which itself comes from the Latin word “pater,” meaning “father.” In ancient times, men were the ones who held positions of leadership in the community. (Although, I’ve often wondered about […]

March 19, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Tagged ,

Plein air artists capture the great outdoors at the Gallery at 48 Natoma

Spring is here. And while we absolutely need more rain, Mother Nature is moving forward nonetheless. The Sandhill Cranes flew over Folsom Lake last week, the mockingbirds and robins are in full song and the neighborhood raccoons are out seeking mates. There is magic in the air this time of year. And who better to […]

March 12, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Tagged ,

Thank you, Maestro, for bringing your gifts to our community

Scripture teaches that there is a time and a season for everything. For the last decade, we in the tri-county area surrounding Folsom Lake enjoyed seeing the genesis and growth of a remarkable community symphony orchestra. It is composed largely of musician volunteers and is a thriving entity. Established first as the Folsom Lake Symphony […]

February 26, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Tagged ,

California brings out the best in artists, past and present

Perhaps it’s the light here: clean, bright and bold. Perhaps it’s the pioneer spirit: fresh and unafraid. Call it what you will, art created in California has its own flavor. There are three events this month that celebrate California art.  ‘Walk on the Wild Side’ The first is this weekend, Feb. 7 and 8. The […]

February 05, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Tagged ,

‘Romance!’ is in the air at The Folsom Symphony

Valentine’s Day is coming up in just a few weeks. Wondering what to do to celebrate the biggest day in the Month of Love? If you fancy something a little less materialistic for your loved one, and wish to be a little more focused on matters of the heart, The Folsom Symphony may be just […]

January 22, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Tagged ,

Prepared youthful artists can meet opportunity in Young at ART

Success, we are told, is where “preparedness meets opportunity.” Or, as one wit put it, “The harder I work, the luckier I get.” Those in the arts world often work behind the scenes. They work hard. And it is only after much work that the final creation comes forth at an art gallery. If the […]

January 08, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Tagged ,

‘The Art of Life’ is what really matters

The best things in life, they say, are free. That isn’t to say that they are cheap, however. Nothing worth having ever seems to come easily. As we say “good-bye” to 2013, I’ve done some reflecting. What are the things that really matter? For me, this goes beyond my quarterly business planning and goal setting. […]

December 25, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Tagged ,
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