Summer Events in Bishop Hill

My absolute favorite thing about Bishop Hill is that most of the time it is so peaceful and quiet. A place where artist of all kinds live and work. Then about every other weekend we have events where people come from all over the world to Bishop Hill. All of the community gets involved in some way to volunteer. I wanted to share a few of thse events with you.

Bishop Hill Honor Flight Benefit Auction -June 9th

Starting the fun is our Honor Flight Benefit. A wonderful day full of Patriotic music delicous BBQ ribs and a Live Auction that raises money to Honor Flight of the Quad Cities. In the Bishop Hill State Park from 3-6pm.

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Midsommar Music Festival-June 22, 2019

This is a traditional Swedish summer solstice celebration with music, dancing and decorating a Maypole at 4pm.  The music in the park starts at 11am and a Barn Dance starts at 7pm at the Colony School.

My contribution to our Midsommar Festival  is making these lovely fresh flower hair wreaths for the maidens. Come and enjoy the fun!

In July during the hot summer days we have two wonderful events the Bishop Hill Country Antique Market on the 13th and the Antique Car Show on the 28th.

 

Bishop Hill Plein Air Festival-August 17th and 18th

This is of course one of my favorites. The Bishop Hill Arts Council invites all artist to come to Bishop Hill and paint with me outside. It is hot but we have plenty of shade. You can come to paint or watch the artists at work.  There will be hands-on arts and craft projects for kids at the The Bishop Hill Creative Commons and live music for everyone.  I will try to put a link to a printable artist registration form here or contact Katrina at Garden Thyme (309)373-5314.2017 Plein Air painting

2019 Bishop Hill Plein Air Registration

Hummingbird Festival- August 18

At the same time as our Plein Air event The Bishop Hill Creative Commons will be hosting a Hummingbird Festival Sunday the 18th. There will be hummingbird banding, Brian “Fox” Ellis will share hummingbird tales and John James Audubon will share portraits of hummingbirds.

Bishop Hill Chautauqua-August 24, 2019

Join us for a historical reenactment brought to life through story and song.

 

I would love to invite everyone to enjoy these wonderful summertime events.

Most of the event are in our beautiful Bishop Hill Historic State Park just across the street from Garden Thyme.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring is in the Air


I am waiting patiently to get into my garden. Starting seeds inside in a sunny south facing window.

I am so happy to see all the beautiful birds returning to Bishop Hill. After a long winter it is the first sign that spring will return and Mother Nature is working as she should.

20150719_154746The Thrush loves to eat the slugs in our garden

 

Ok for my challenge, much of today’s plastic is not reusable it is flimsy. I remember in the 1990’s when they changed the plastic. It broke while we were carrying the flats from one greenhouse to another. The flats were so thin they would give us horrible paper cuts, ouch. We started to horde our old flats like gold. And cleaned them each year with a mild bleach to kill fungus and bacteria. (Now I don’t use bleach for anything) So back to my challenge, I have been saving any container that will hold soil. Big, small, with drainage holes, without holes to plant into. I am starting my seeds into them and then transplanting them into compostable paper cups. So far so good. I want to invite others to Garden Thyme on April 13th to learn about starting seeds. I would also like to have a seed swap that day as well. I have become a garden teacher through a program called Green Thumb. It is practicing permaculture gardening, it is full of information and hands-on workshops that I feel very comfortable teaching. (I have been teaching workshops for many years as a Master Gardener) but the Green Thumb program is more structured, hands-on, and fun. This spring I am very excited about learning and teaching permaculture gardening in Bishop Hill

April 13th, 2019

Garden Thyme

Seed Starting Workshop and Seed Swap

Bring any seeds you would like to Swap(labeled please)   I will be giving a short seed starting informative talk followed by a Swap. Come join the fun!  Everyone will leave with a tomatoe seed planted in a composible pot.  Begins at 1pm.  Call Katrina (309)373-5314 if you any questions.

And now I have a mini greenhouse to start some of my seedlings

A NEW Purpose for Garden Thyme

Garden Thyme is preparing for change and a NEW focus.  I want to sell items that improve lives and helps Mother Earth as well.  

  • Essential Oils
  • Botanicals
  • Herbal teas
  • Dried herbs
  • Dried Vegetables and fruits
  • Spice Rubs
  • Stevia
  • Seeds
  • Cuttings
  • Plants
  • Farm fresh vegetables
  • Cut Flowers

I want as much earth friendly products as possible. Garden Thyme will provide more handmade useful items and artwork made of recycled matierals.

I have spent much of the winter studing the Principles of Permaculture, not only is it a gardening technique but a way of life. My husband and I moved to Bishop Hill to make a change in our life. We love our new place in this world and want to share all that is great about Bishop Hill.facebook_1552954699239

 

Change

I have been repeatedly been spoken to by the Universe and it keeps saying the word “Change”.

Change is coming. I can feel it. Seasons are changing. Life is changing.

The world is changing. I think we have been forced to open our eyes. Wake up and deal with our biggest and toughest problems.

This time of year is hard for me. The loss of my only sibling and my best friend came while the leaves were falling. Those events changed me.

Now I am facing a change in my location. Moving is change. Hopes and dreams are being realized. As well as work, the hard work of letting go of many things decluttering, to change our life.

The world is changing. Over the past 15 years hate has crept back into our society. Greed and Power have turned our civilization into a divided nation.

We have enjoyed the peace and forgotten our history. We remember the nice history bits, not the not so nice truths. Like Wounded Knee, where our ancestors tried to destroy a group of people, probably because of money and hate in thier hearts, with guns.

Guns have Changed as well. What my dad used to feed our family when he had no work, is now just a toy. Replaced by machines that once were only aloud by the military. I remember seeing a photograph of an automatic weapon used by a Vietnam veteran. He came to our class. The young boys would want to play with these guns. So they had to sign up for basic training, become men and bravely protect our country.

My artwork is changing. My artwork is me. I look at the world around me and choose what inspires me.

The season, life, the world, my art and I are in a transition. Some changes we can not control. Others we can control. I can not control the seasons, but I can control most things in my life. I am struggling with our ability to change the world. I want a world of love not hate.

Fear of change. I think at this point I am more afraid of not changing. It is going to be very hard and it is going to be scary, yet I don’t think we have a choice. Everything must change, evolve.

Today I use black in my painting, not to make it darker, but to enhance and make the colors brighter.

So my artwork will change with me. I want to plant the seeds of change.

Although beware of an artist who decides to make a change.

Intuition

Sometimes you just need to stop thinking and make art.I was cleaning my studio and found some old gouache paints, and spontaneously started painting.I decided to not care what anyone thought about my art.I don’t show my emotions much, but this week I needed to get them outside my body.Playing with negitive space, I wish I could get lost in it.Usually I try to make my paintings pretty, this one is not.I am thinking very much about the earth and hoping we can repair the damage.The water…I need more intense color. The earth needs intensive care.I am in a mood today, not sure thier is a word to define it. Change is coming and I can feel it. It feels like the calm before a storm.Im not the best artist, but I need to make art. Time disappears when I paint.Roots… grounding to the earth. Attaching us to earth. Strength. The roots remind me of the synapses in the brain. Interesting.Plants and humans have always been part of my art, reoccurring theme. Some people are animal people, not me I am a plant person.”I just let the ideas wash over me”-Colette O’BrianBreatheLife, when I think of life I automatically think of my boys first, then my heart.When painting with your intuition you have to feel when to leave things be. Let go of control. This is not my strong point.Midnight sky with silver jewels.Trees remind me to beathe. They give us air to breath, as well as being breathtakingly beautiful.I am painting this for me, to keep me breathing.I am aging, my eyes are starting to get blurry and my fingers hurt sometimes. My artwork will probably change, but I will work until I can not breath.Will anyone like my work of art? This question I believe is in the heart of every artist. It is like a high and a low. I question if this is the cause of many artist emotional problems. It plagues me. I think it is from a deep feeling, that I care too much. Care too much about everything.Bending in the wind, trees become stronger.Standing strait is a sign of strength, I think of military. What an illusion. Bending, being flexible to the change around you, is so much stronger.Plant trees…I hear so many people make the excuse, “it takes to long to get any shade”. Stop! We should plant trees for our children. We need to clean up this mess of a world for our children. Stop thinking about ourselves and care about our children. Now and for the future.I can’t watch the news. I care too much. It physically hurt me to see the world news.Painting negitive space again how ironic. There must be dark with light. So we notice everything. My paintings usually do not have dark. I paint for my soul. I want to throw away the dark. I think I read somewhere that Renoir and I think Cezanne did just that.Balance…I am working on balancing the painting. Balancing life is hard.Next I paint the sun. Light is the opposite of dark. We need light to live. We need dark to rest.Plants use the sunlight for energy.I love plants. They heal me. They make my heart beat.My signature is in my heart. Literally. My original print, only I can make it. I care too much.Trust your intuition.

Garden Thyme in Bishop Hill

Bishop Hill, IL
“Peace on Earth ” 16″×20″ acrylic painting on gallery wrapped canvas. Painted by artist Katrina Morrison.

 

Garden Thyme is a gallery/studio that is located in the most beautiful historic place in Illinois named Bishop Hill.  As an artist I have been drawn to this peaceful village founded by Swedish Immigrants. (I don’t believe I am a Swedish, but I would love to be)  I feel like this is where I am supposed to be.  It is so inspiring, peaceful and calm on most days. Then on other days the village is filled with people during traditional events planned by volunteers, many of them descendants of the original Swedish immigrants.

So I am a tranplant.  I  opened Garden Thyme in August 1, 2015 to show my artwork and to give my son and I a place to make art together.  My son Alex has autism, and although I  spent 4 years in college and many more working on my art. He was a better artist at 5 years old.  He is now 18 and graduated from high school. Since the state of Illinois has no services for him I am making our little studio/gallery his place to work and meet people.

Soon we will live and work in Bishop Hill and I  can’t wait for the future.

 

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