Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Summer Memories part two

As promised here are a few more of my favorite Summer memories.......

I am not sure if I have mentioned before what a talented artist my husband is.  When we were dating he would draw all the time and then for some reason--maybe life's busyness--he put his drawing aside.  This Summer he was asked to participate in a local art show called "Art all Night".  It was held in Pittsburgh at the former Iron City Beer Brewery.  With some encouragement I convinced him to give it a try.  He decided to draw one of our favorite pictures of his Grandfather as a young man.  Here is the original photo...

And here is the picture Alex drew...

I am so proud of the way it turned out.  He decided to give it to his Mom for mother's day.  Needless to say she was thrilled.  We had a great time at the art show.  I must admit that it was a little more culture than I am used to and some of the art pieces were---well let's just say they were interesting and leave it at that.   These next few pictures are of  pieces that I just loved.



Some other fun pictures from the evening....



This next memory has become a tradition in our family.  Every year, in late August, the church in Alex's childhood neighborhood holds a Summer festival.  There are games, rides, a petting zoo, yummy food, and the best part--a GIANT flea market that lasts the whole week of the festival.  When our son was a little boy, he could hardly wait until it was festival time.  Now that he is all grown up Alex and I  go to the festival together---it is like a date :)


If you look closely behind that giant root beer float that I am enjoying, you can see the "beautiful" red and silver necklaces that Alex won me.  I know you will all be very jealous :) There is nothing like festival jewelry.(hehehe)   This year we met Alex's brother Stephen and his wife Kim.  Kim is due to have their first baby any day now and they were hoping that the walk around the fair would encourage their little blessing to come out and greet the world----we are still waiting. (today is the official due date)

This last Summer memory is one that we just made last night.  Pittsburgh has had the new baseball park for several years now but Alex had never been inside to see a game.  My mom was offered tickets to last night's game and invited Alex and I to come along.  The game itself was terrible--our Pirates lost---but the park was beautiful, the weather perfect, and we had a great time enjoying each other's company and taking lots of pictures....







With today's chilly weather, it is a definitely a reminder that we only have a few more weeks to make Summer memories.  I hope you all were able to make special  Summer memories of your own.

5 comments:

Scrap for Joy said...

The drawing that Alex did is very cool...really captured the likeness from the photo. Church festivals are a lot of fun...it's been many, many years since I've been to one. Looks like you've been having lots of fun!
Please don't say that the summer is going away soon..I'm not ready to let go yet.

Chantel said...

I've been flipping though PGH blogs and I loved your summer memories! I actually got my start as a "selling artist" several years back at Art All Night. That first painting, done by the dark of night in the basement--got three offers and a gallery phone number! My sons (9,10, & 11) put in pieces this year and even sold one! Do encourage your husband--the picture he did was amazing!

Joanne Smisko said...

What talented people I have in my family. My daughter MiMi is published in scrapbooking magazines and my son-in-law is an artist and I got to spend a whole evening with both of you at the ball game. We did have fun and the hot dog was great.
Mom

Country Dreaming said...

Alex is very talented. The drawing is delightful!
The festival and the game look like fun too. I am so jealous of the sweatshirt. I am so ready for cooler weather.
It is still hot here and at school.
Our building has air problems.

Melinda

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

What talent your husband has and good for you for encouraging him to use his talent to create the perfect gift!

It does look like you had a great summer full of great times and memories!

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