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Closing the Spring Sailing Season

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Well that seemed short... No sooner did the wind and cold of winter depart then the spring sailing season was over!  I made it out on the water for two practices with the NK sailing team.  Watching these kids improve over the years and continue to enjoy the sport is always worth the visit!
This practice in particular was in mid-May as the temperature tried to hold at comfortably mild and the sun peaked in and out of the clouds all afternoon.   The wind started to kick up and made for some spirited practice races.  Just about all of the team was in attendance plus a special guest coach, Mike Marshall of North Sails.  Lyle was the team coach this year, and he, Mike and myself all sailed together on the NK Sailing team back in 2005–2007.  Actually, we aren't the only alumni from that championship era to visit the team, but just a few of the many NK sailing alumni that still reside in the area.  It's always a treat when the new faces of junior sailing can meet the generations of …

Wickford Doors in Spring

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I've been working on a series over the past couple years reflecting on the historic aesthetic of Wickford.  I'm not the first artist to be intrigued by doorways.  Some artists focus on this motif because of its symbolism as a gateway, a threshold that must be crossed before we pass into another world.  Some enjoy the different nuances in architecture and décor.  For myself it was a bit of the latter, plus an effort to capture something that I felt might not stand the test of time.

While traveling I realized how these simple doorways can so eloquently illustrate a local culture.  I've captured doors while traveling to Spain and Mexico, but for some reason I never gave myself time to appreciate the ones I had passed everyday for my entire life.  I've always had a curiosity and interest in local history, the stories of where we all come from, the old objects that have survived... And when I started to wander the streets of Wickford properly, with a camera, taking the tim…