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It had been quite an exiting week in our household. It started with me been accepted as a member of Outdoor Writers of Canada and that was quickly followed by more great news concerning my wife.
Heidi takes part in the Merritt art exhibition and for that she supplied several art pieces plus a few photographs. On opening day of the exhibition my sister-in-law came to visit us and we went to the exhibition so my wife could show her which items she had submitted. That evening we drove back for the official opening and no sooner had we stepped into the building the manager approached my wife and said, “The picture you submitted for the local heritage section” has won first price.
The newspaper lady and the judges, among them the Mayor of Merritt, where waiting to congratulate my wife and have a picture taken with the lucky winner for the local newspapers. But that is not all. When we visited the galley earlier with my sister-in-law, Opie, a famous Canadian Native sculpturer and painter, purchased Heidi’s “Spirit of Heida”. He said, “This is an amazing piece of art, representing our Native culture.” That's quite a compliment coming from a Native person, considering that my wife in not of Native heritage and culture.
I always knew that Heidi is a great artist. It fascinates me how she can see something beautiful in everything and then reproduced it in a painting, a drawing or capture it with her camera. I know that this must sound presumptuous coming from her husband, but I know that she is one of the best and she works very hard at what she is doing so well. It thrills me to no end that her art finally has gained the recognition it deserves so richly. I couldn’t help but wipe a tear of joy away as I hugged my wife and congratulated her to the award. “Well done Honey, I love you with all my heart and always had faith in your exceptional artistic talents, even when you couldn’t see it at times.”
You can see the winning picture and read my wife’s version of the event on her blog and her large photo gallery can be viewed here and the art galley here.
Heidi is a freelance photographer and a graphic designer and can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Graphic art and photgraphy prints are available at Artemis Graphics and Design
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