My dear sister, Noreen, whom we would affectionately call, Bunny, loved to visit the swans at Al Larson’s Prairie Center For The Arts for many years. It brought her much joy in the midst of all the suffering that she endured throughout her whole life! From an abusive marriage to constant serious health issues, (one being having to endure over 20 years of kidney dialysis treatments due to receiving the wrong medication from Walgreens), seeing the swans gave her a sense of peace and happiness. She would sit near the swans and take many beautiful photos of them with her iPhone as they gathered together with their cygnets in the spring or gracefully swam in the pond located at Prairie Center For The Arts. They allowed her to get very close to them.
Back in the spring of 2018 after our dear, sweet Mom had died on Easter Sunday of 2018, my sisters and I decided to go on adventures together to enjoy time together and to form wonderful memories since we realized even more now just how quickly life goes by and how unexpectedly a life can end! So it was with our dear sister, Bunny. She was in and out of the hospital many times, especially since December of 2018. The photo that you see as my featured image is the photo that I took on our special day together in June of 2018 at Prairie Center For The Arts. I printed it out and brought it to her in a frame during one of her stays in the hospital as a way of encouraging her.
In November of 2020 my dear sister was admitted to the hospital with an infection. One thing led to another with many complications arising, especially after having to endure multiple operations, and our dear sister died in the hospital with all of us gathered around her on January 25th 2021. It was heart-breaking and heart-wrenching that the hospital did not allow us to go and visit her when she could respond to us, but now they were allowing us to see her when she was no longer responsive!
One thing that my dear sister encouraged me to do was to try and do something with my photography. It would be a great way to honor her request and her memory if I would be accepted to present my photography — as well as my acrylic art — in an art show or an exhibit at her favorite place — Prairie Center For The Arts — so I am going to submit my information to them and see what happens.
So far, my very first art exhibit will be at North School Park in Arlington Heights, IL on August 28th 2022!! I am very excited and so thankful that I was accepted to take part in this art show!! It’s a beautiful park not far from where I live where my friend and I get together to catch up on what has been happening in our lives and to also take pictures of the beautiful flowers and butterflies that are there!! Details regarding the art fair at North School Park coming later this summer!
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God Bless You
Mary K Dalke – Reflecting His Glory Fine Arts – Photography And Acrylic Art; Fluid And Modern Abstract
Reflecting the beauty of God’s creation through natural & creative photography styles and acrylic artwork; fluid, modern abstract, & artwork using a catalyst wedge&other art tools to create sheer, dreamy, vibrant, layers of color.
“And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18)
“…whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:41)