Ordinary wonders are those happened-upon-discoveries that make life rich. They’re everywhere, all around us, waiting to be revealed when we’re ready to receive.
I find my first Carthage dentist, now retired, at the corner of Chestnut and Howard. On the day of my first visit, I receive much more than excellent dental care. Across the street I discover a charming wee church of Carthage stone. I wander in and find a place to call home. A gifted dentist, a quaint small church, a new home—they all come as ordinary wonders just when I’m most ready.
Susie’s twinkling blue eyes, infectious smile and colorful turquoise necklace are delights to behold. Her voice is lovely, too. I like remembering her singing in the choir.
Over coffee and cinnamon rolls, we visit about her watercolor paintings and how she travels with her husband, Tom, always finding magic in ordinary wonders wherever they go, whether for a walk around the block or a journey out west to Georgia O’Keeffe country. I tell her I’ve made much of my gouache art in the outback of the Arkansas Ozarks wilderness. So begins our sweet connection. I say “good-bye” knowing I want more. This week much more is finally here!
Susie Bewick debuts “Ordinary Wonders”, a brand new collection of her watercolors, Friday evening, March 3rd, 6-8 pm, at her Opening Reception with libations and hors d’œuvres at Hyde House. Admission is free. Come meet this gifted artist!
Susie’s childhood family was creative. Her mother was a prolific artist: her father, the master of the twelve harness loom: her brother invented his own fireworks.
Life was slow in Susie’s small town. Things caught her eye—a brass padlock from India, a translucent Japanese cup, a perfect milkweed pod with silky parachutes. Some things were so solid. Some things were so fragile and ephemeral. For Susie there was magic in all these ordinary objects.
Susie majored in Art at the University of Missouri, married and raised children for several years while always continuing to find magic in ordinary wonders. As her children got older, she took a job as an elementary art teacher with the Carthage School system.
Now retired, Susie’s been painting in watercolors for many years. With brilliant colors and vibrating light, Susie’s creations joyfully celebrate her discoveries and the things that catch her eye. Her magical watercolor paintings are truly extraordinary wonders!
“Ordinary Wonders” continues on view through March 19th during weekend gallery hours. Information: (417) 358-4404.