Nov 25, 2018

Christmas Celebration and Tradition!

Come Celebrate!

When: December 8, 2018  1-6 pm

Where: 3317 Blackfoot Valley Ranch Rd., Lincoln MT

Come join us in our celebration of the Christmas spirit through food, drink, wonderful art treasures, children’s creations & gifts of the season. 
This event takes place at Annie Allen & Tracy Clark’s “Onward Ranch” located on 3317 Blackfoot Valley Ranch Road in Lincoln, Montana. from 1 to 6 pm with the lighting of luminaries at dusk. 
We will have a warm bonfire and a chili feed. Beverages will be served along with Christmas cookies! 
Artists include: Lisa Gibson, Sally Bogaert, Judy Johnson, Mary Jean Martin, Tammy Jordan & Annie Allen. Artwork  & students creations will be shown in the teacherage! Door prizes will be happening along with gifts of the spirit for all attending. 
Come & join us for this yearly event! 

Nov 19, 2018

Settling of Season

As the season of winter approaches I am once again reminded 
of the term cocoon. Wrapping one's heart, soul & thoughts 
in an expanse of soft cloth, warm embers with a crusty crunch of 
white snow to top it off. 
Almost feels delicious to the tip of the tongue...
The memory of spring, summer & fall 
lay gentle on the mind. 
Yes, Bears have a wonderful idea...
time for resting the spirit and facing new challenges in the spring.
I, my friends, plan on cocooning up in the sky loft 
watching the snow blow by
painting at the drafting table and releasing those lovely images
that reside in my mind...
Warm winter blessings 
to all. 

Nov 5, 2018

A Crystal Ball

Images by Annie Allen
I am searching for that crystal ball ...holding keys to all my sacred spaces and thoughts. I am slowly filtering those thoughts that appear in my dreams, sifting through the fibers of memories lying hidden within. 

Dear Crystal Ball, 
               Help me to define my space, define my receptacle that welcomes those who are in need for Annie's Verve, my old space with new potential. 
                     One would it as purpose or passion, perhaps. 
                                 It is the next step of a complicated journey towards an art-driven life. A life of listening to the whispers that arrive on the wind, the whispers that arrive from the sacred box that holds my bones, minerals & treasures from childhood. 
                                            As the mist dissipates I am aware of stairs... stairs to my heart. 
                                                    I thank those stairs, those stars that brought "Ordinarily Sacred" by Lynda Sexton into my life. Due to this marvelous book the filters are lifting one by one. Cocooning... hibernation has begun. 
Definition of receptacle...
Holder of Dreams...
                                                                                                     Container of all that is Sacred,