More than Maine

IMG_3060bAnn Davie has mounted a show of her water colors in the library corridor. The show will be on the wall through May 2019.

Ann has viewed her study of water color painting as a weekly mini-vacation, as she would leave behind the cares of chaplaincy in Washington and drive across the river and down the GW Parkway to take classes at The Art League School in Alexandria, VA, She studied primarily with Susan Herron. In 2010 she began adding to coursework, workshops with Susan Abbott, taking groups to paint in Paris and the Bahamas and Vermont. (As it happens, none of those trips are represented here.)

However, the most dominant influence in the landscapes has been her summer days at Isle au Haut, ME where, for 50 years, she has found renewal and joy in the moods and images of the seas and skies, rocks and birds.

A number of the pictures here are from photos Ann took at the Island. Others are based on copies of bird photos in books, and in one case a copy of a favorite and famous Bonnard window painting (inspired by needing a window in her Collington bathroom! )

The single outside picture done at Collington shows the regatta on our lake in 2017.

Sometimes a “successful” picture is the result of many hours of work; occasionally a quick sketch assumes a personality of its own. Never having had a show, or even entered one before, Ann says she very much appreciates the encouragement to do so now!

Spring Must be Around the Corner: Bluebirds!

Contributed by Dorothy Yuan

Resident Board Member Candidate Forum

Contributed by Julia Freeman

Linda Ewald, Marian Fuchs, Marianne Mann, Elizabeth Gill, Ed Robbins

The Nominating Committee presented four residents for consideration as future members of the Collington Board of Directors at a late afternoon forum: Linda Ewald, Marian Fuchs, Elizabeth Gill, and Ed Robbins. Each spoke briefly about how they saw their potential service.

The final choice for a new resident board member is made by the Board itself. The Collington Board of Directors has three residents who serve on the board, each for a 3 year term renewable once. This year Ken Burton’s term is expiring. Sara Case and Peter Fielding are the other current resident board members.

The Residents Association is charged with identifying residents for selection. At least two residents must be put forward. An election will be held on March 18 during which residents may endorse any or all of the nominees. Those candidates receiving at 50% or more votes will be forwarded for selection.

Members of the Nominating Committee are Marianne Mann, Chair; John Barker, Rita Gardiner, Joyce Garrison, and Don Zelman.

Mardi Gras Fun

contributed by Julia Freeman

Mardi Gras was celebrated with food and music – and the auditorium was full.  Thanks to the CollingKats for the live music that had folks dancing! Thanks also to Dining Services for the delicious food.

Celebrating the Flower Committee and the Camera Club

contributed by Julia Freeman

Collington residents, including members of the Flower and Camera Corner committees, filled the auditorium for presentations highlighting the committees’ work.

Pat Duggan, chair of the 40-50 member Flower Committee, spoke for the committee in remembering Bill Preston. Bill passed away recently but was known by all and had contributed so much to the Flower Committee at all levels. Not only did he grow flowers for the committee but he also had been active in collecting flowers from funeral homes.

Joe Howard and Peggy Latimer had prepared a fun PowerPoint presentation on the work of the Flower Committee, but the computer gods kept the presentation brief. Fortunately, cookies were offered to assuage the disappointment. Two pictures from the presentation show Pat Pritz receiving a call to pick up flowers and “clippers and strippers” preparing the flowers.

Bud Gardiner’s presentation on behalf of the Camera Corner went smoothly. Attendees were awed by pictures submitted by the committee members: Bud Gardiner, Joyce Garrison, Bill Colby, Anita Myers, John Hindinger, Peggy Latimer, Bill Kate, and Mike McCulley. A very few of the pictures are shown below.