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“Verity,” by Pam Noles

My friend Pam Noles made this work of art for me.  It’s much more beautiful than in this photo.  I was waiting to hang it before posting a picture, but we’ve decided that will require a major rearrangment of Stuff On The Walls, so here it is. 

It was inspired by Queen City Jazz, and here’s a story:  I met Pam in Lakeland, Florida.  We both lived there.  She was on the Lakeland Cop Beat for the Tampa Tribune.  She had just been to Clarion, and wanted to meet other Clarionites and form a writer’s group. 

She showed up at my house one Saturday afternoon.  Soon we moved into the front yard, which was on Lake Morton, the main downtown lake/park in Lakeland.  Everyone has to drive around Lake Morton to get around.  It’s small, but it has Swans.  You can’t beat swans for peevishness and beauty. 

As we sat there, car after car slowed so that people could wave and say hi to Pam–she knew everybody in town because she’d interviewed them or contacted them about stories.  We had great fun, and I gave her the manuscript of Queen City Jazz, then a Work In Progress. 

This hanging is called “Verity” after the main character in QCJ.  Pam sent me the Details of Cloth Provenance with the hanging.  The red and green batik is hand woven and dyed by a woman’s collective in Ghana, the Bees are from “Vintage Mom Cloth from the ’70’s and “snippets from my dining room curtains, which were perfect Bee Yellow color.”  Other greens and yellows are from the Garment Disstrict in downtown LA.  And the Red Button in the center is Vintage Mom Stash. 

Wow. 

We’re hanging it so that it’s one of the first things you see when you come in the front door. 

Wow.  Thanks, Pam!

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