Writers Group Celebrates Autumn With Haiku

The Studios630 Writers Group took a leaf-raking break to capture the beauty of the natural world in fall haiku. Each month, in addition to reading and critiquing each others’ work, our writers have an optional “homework” assignment. In October/November, the homework was a haiku challenge. Writing haiku gave us an opportunity to focus on the present moment, play with words, and unleash our creativity within a set structure. (Traditional Japanese haiku is a three-line poem with 5 syllables in the first line, 7 syllables in the second line, and 5 in the third line. Contemporary haiku does not necessarily adhere to these guidelines.) Here are a few sample haiku from our session. Our next meeting will be January 10; we are focusing on personal essay. If you’re a wordsmith, please join us. Stay abreast of our events on the Studios630 Facebook page. Thanks to ArtLife Gallery and Studio for hosting us! Late fall zinnias Colorfully riotous In dark morning gloom -Dawn Bertuca Bright red Maple leaf Caught dancing on the breezes Pirouette landing -Deb Dynako Fall color stains me The hue of God’s living room The place he abides -Bruce Schuurmann Leaves that linger low Soon to fall below, and next Fertile ground, awash -Kristin Aasmundstad Walsh We would love to hear from you. Add your own haiku in the comments! Photos by Dawn...
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Something beautiful’s happening here: Art revitalizes a community

That particular stretch of east St. Charles Road was blighted: Vacant building after vacant building, broken sidewalks, boarded-up windows. No one really went there. There was nothing to see, after all. But one day, the “For Sale” sign on one of the buildings disappeared. Cars parked in the parking lot again, and people went inside the building. The racket of construction—and sometimes laughter—could be heard. Soon, colorful banners appeared outside, proclaiming “Be A Part of ART!” Paintings graced the formerly barren windows. A large metal sculpture—or was it a bike rack?—could be seen by passengers on the commuter train as it rumbled by. Little by little, foot traffic returned to the block as people ventured there to see the new sculpture garden. Families visited on the weekend to experience art classes together, and then walked into town for a bite to eat. When artists held their gallery openings in the newly remodeled space, their guests found spots for dinner and drinks just down the street. Artists who leased space in the new studios located nearby resources for art supplies, takeout food, and caffeine. And, they told their friends, who took a look around and decided to open their new businesses near the art center. Soon, the block was busy and beautiful, not blighted. The residents took note and brought their business back to the downtown, creating opportunities for more business owners. And the downtown grew. Sound like a fairy tale? It doesn’t have to be. Studios630 believes in the power of art to revitalize a community. We’re ready to start. Are you with us? Share your vision in the comments. If you’d like to volunteer, click here. Can you donate? Click...
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