Table Art

Boys on the Table.
My friends Lois and Adina had a furniture painting business. In the past, they have also collaborated in designing and painting backdrops for the Thin Air Theatre Company, at the Butte Theatre in Cripple Creek, CO. They used to spend hours in an abandoned casino, painting realistic scenes, doors, and walls for stage productions. One time I went to go visit them while they were working, and found myself surrounded by old casino bling, and the props of Dr. Jekyll's laboratory.

Anyhow, for me, their furniture venture was an answer to a couple problems; my unorganized family photograph jungle, and my beloved-but-ugly furniture. This project became a permanent home to several random boxes full of family baby and boy photos. Lois and Adina came over one day, took the pictures plus our old coffee table and music cabinet, and loaded them in their truck.

"Brothers." Both pieces of furniture now contain all things brother. They are full of aspen, leather, brother quotes, and a small history of our sons growing up together. Our years of daily togetherness under one roof are gone. But the furniture will stay.

Some of the Brother Table Quotes:
  • "We few. We happy few. We band of brothers." ~ Wm. Shakespeare
  • "Let brother help brother." ~Plato
  • "Brothers, our love must not be a thing of words and fine talk. It must be a thing of action and sincerity." ~ John. The Bible.
  • "Let brothers agree, no fortress is as strong as their common life."
  • "Sons of one father."
  • "Ye are brothers! Ye are men! And we conquer but to save."
  • "The highlight of my childhood was making my brother laugh so hard that food came out of his nose." ~Garrison Keilor.

Certain art has the capacity to capture our history in lasting form. I don't have cool scrapbooking albums. For good reasons, I probably never will. However, in the living room, everyday, we have the faces of small babies now grown, and sweet great-grandparents now gone. They are smiling at us; quietly reminding us of younger times. I'm grateful to have these pieces of past set down in the middle of the floor where we live. From now on, there will always be brothers on the table at my house.

Thanks, Adina & Lois.


Kelly said...

Your friends need to start a business doing this work. It is beautiful and meaningful and I love it. My parents home there is a wall of photos. It is covered by a sliding glass door -- so it is large. I love it. Though now my mom is deceased and my dad is considering taking it down.

Kleigh said...

You are right! And they did start a business!
Cool sliding glass door idea. If your Dad takes it down you should take it to your house!

Rita said...

These are such creative pieces. I have family photos all over the house. We love to have pictures! Your friends are wonderful! I love the pic of Steve with the boys by the stream. It is sooooooo precious! We have many memories of special trips and special times in the Canadian Rockies. There is a "special rock formation all be it manmade, at Cameron Lake it Waterton Called "Olson Falls"! I love reading your writing.

Barbie said...

Oh, how beautiful. The painting is an absolute treasure as well as the furniture. Grab ALL of them if the house is burning!