Poet Ginny Binkley has faced the darkness we all experience from time to time and found her lighted place in the end.
Her book "Works of Pain" explores her deepest emotions and the way she fought her way back from adversity, pain, accompanying depression and found her answer.
"When someone says 'I love you,' it's hard to believe. God picked me up and carried me. Things happened in odd ways enabling me to live and so I did. I believe going through all I have has made a stronger and more loving woman of me," said Binkley in her book. "No one can imagine the pain we through. I became stronger. Now sometimes, thoughts come to me and trigger that loneliness. I just want you to know that we take what life gives us. Then make the best of it. Still, when someone does say 'I love you,' it's hard to believe."
Ginny's children also shared a note: "My mother, my strength! I cannot express my love and appreciation. The words that closest describe my feelings are 'you are my only shelter.' Mom — I love you!"
Binkley shares 2 poems
The following are two poems from Ginny Binkley's book, '"Works of Pain."
Once Upon A Time
Once upon a time, there was a young girl,
excited with a dream vivid in a pure mind,
and her heart waited.
Once upon a time, there was a young
woman, happy and content in her world,
And as she held each child to her breast,
Her heart sang.
Once upon a time, there was a woman middle
in years, devastated with pain and sadness
as her dream ended, and her heart cried.
Today, as the excitement, joy and pain has
molded together, God's touch reveals a
heart that is again young, happy and
alive with another dream.
Your Love Was Always
I often think about the past and the choices that I've made and I realize your love was there by the ultimate price you paid.
Through all the heartaches, tears and pain you kept your hand on me, and I know without your gentle love, today I'd never be.
You picked me up, how many times? When I was at my end. I wouldn't be here today without your love, because you were my perfect friend.
I even chose a way to go when my pain was too much to bear, but you picked me up and carried me and gave me your loving care.
No, God, I don't understand how you came to be, but you'll always be locked inside my heart because I threw away the key.
Jefferson City Art Club, Capital Arts and Mid-Missouri art news
Our hearts and condolences go out to artist Harriet Camp as her husband Bill Camp passed away. He was a loving husband, father and great supporter of the arts in the Jefferson City area. We wish Harriet continuing improvement with her health as will. Thank you Harriet for your many contributions you have made to the Jefferson City Art Club and other local art groups over the years.
Are you an artist or interested in art? Join the Jefferson City Art Club during their meetings held the third Monday each month from September through May. The next meeting is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at the community room at 409 Ellis Blvd. David French, professional artist and photographer, will speak about the "approach to the Split Second Environment of Photography." For more information, visit www.jeffersoncityartclub-missouri.com.
Artist Dianna Fowler is the Jefferson City Art Club Featured Artist through Jan. 7. There is a collection of her work available at www.jeffersoncityartclub-missouri.com. There is also an exhibit of Fowler's work at the Department of Motor Vehicles, 1617 Southridge Drive, open from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday.
The Columbia Art League's Headquarters and Gallery, 207 9th St. in Columbia, is open daily until 6 pm. Stop and see the collection of art. For more information, call 573-443-8838.
"The Portraits" exhibit, featuring people, pets and silhouettes, is on display Jan. 4-Feb. 5 at Capital Arts, 1203 Missouri Blvd. A reception will be 1-4 p.m. Jan. 13. Capital Arts also invites the community to stop by the "Give the Gift of Art" exhibit open through today. For more information, call 573-635-8355.
The Village Art Studio, 1502 E. High St., Suites 40 and 60, will resume its monthly children's art workshops where children ages 6 and older can create unique pieces of art. Sessions are $35 and are held from 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 1-4 p.m. Jan. 5 and Feb. 2. For more information, call 573-230-1414.
Rick Jey, aka Jefferson City Art Club member Jerry Ricker, hosts videos on CenturyLink and Mediacom. In his two documentary series he presents regional, national and international artisans relating to all aspects of the arts. In "Spotlight On The Arts," Rick shares a 30-minute, in-depth interview with an artist. In "Mid-Missouri Art News" Rick highlights two guests in 15-minute interviews. These documentaries are taped at JCTV on the Lincoln University campus. Check with your provider for dates and times, or watch all episodes on YouTube.
Two of my favorite painters have instructional videos on beginning to paint with watercolors. The first from Gary Cadwallader, teaches with traditional watercolor. The second video with Larry Carver instructs viewers in acrylic, a form of watercolor paint, and takes them to the next level for watercolor painting. Acrylic paint is primarily a water based paint, meaning that one way to use it is very similar to traditional watercolor in that this paint will break down in water.
Carver walks you through two of his most requested paintings: "Luna Landing" and "Tribute to Frazetta."
Professional artist Jimmy Mustion does club promotions and publicity for Jefferson City Art Club and Capital Arts.