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Lynn has two bronzes in the American Academy of Equine Art’s…

37th Annual Fall Exhibit, September 15 – October 29, in Aiken, South Carolina. Showing will be AEOS and TORRAN:

…and Lynn-san’s Swainson’s Hawk photo is in the Peregrine Fund’s Raptors at Risk 2017 photo exhibition, in the Raptors Plus category…

 

 

...AEOS is available in Resin, cast to order, from LynnAFraley.com

and LYNN-SAN is teaching a workshop:

Wire to Whinny

Friday-Sunday, September 8-10 (with Open Studio on Sept. 11)

In this three-day workshop students learn the basics of equine anatomy, how to best utilize references, form an armature, and then apply clay to create a sculpture….

 

Peter was off the grid, performing for and at The Atlanta School…

…in ATLANTA, IDAHO, just below the Sawtooth Mountains, at the

Post Atlanta School: Artworks By Students And Instructors

event, 8:00-11:00 in the evening, around the little mountain town:

Over 25 artists take over Atlanta, Idaho on Friday, July 28. Atlanta School students and instructors, informed by the town’s unique character, transform rustic mining structures and dramatic mountains into a backdrop for this one-night, group exhibition. Post Atlanta School brings together artists working a variety of mediums, such as printmaking, painting, metalworking, ceramics, writing, sound art and more…

Guests are invited to join us all in Atlanta for the evening. Overnight camping options can be found here. Driving directions can be found here.

Artists include: CJ McCarrick, Ian Wright, Peter John Still, Grant Huglin, Shelley Jund, Kelly Cox, Eric Mullis, Kris Hargis, Jon Sadler, Elizabeth Mcsurdy, Brooke Burton, Khara Oxier, Ruby Stigers, Melissa Frazier, Kate Masterson, Shannon Twenter, Kirsten Furlong, William Lewis, CL Young, Margaret Ratliff, Steven Gossett, Aryssa Hutchins, Rachel Reichert, Karl LeClair, Amy O’Brien,  Eric Bower.

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...and he has a show playing with his sound design: The Hound of the Baskervilles, at Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Friday July 14 to Wednesday August 23, at 7:30pm.

Rebeca is singing with Mahavia Flamenco…

…at Story  Story  Night, Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 7:00 pm and 10:00 pm,  at Visual Arts Collective, Garden City. 


$12 tickets available online  or at the door. Show starts at 8 pm. Doors open at 7 pm. LIVE MUSIC ~ FULL BAR…

…and at The Williamson Winery,  Wednesday, September 13th ~ 6:30 to 8:30.

 

 

...and Rebeca-san is teaching ‘Cante’ (Flamenco singing) group classes on Tuesdays, 6:15… private classes by arrangement… accompanied by Mahavia guitarist, Derren Crosby Davidavich…  …contact Rebeca-san on (208) 713-0235, or at RRLeatherwing@outlook.com …

..and Rebeca-san’s latest CD: ‘VOGT’  by PALANKEEN…vogtCDnOPENCOVER

…the digital download is available here,  and the  CD’s are available on the same link.  You can buy them here in Boise at Doyle’s on Broadway,  and at the Record Exchange.

A change of optic:

Aikido is a gem of many facets – sometimes it seems that every one of O’Sensei’s students remembered a different teacher, and of course, many, many different styles have been preserved and developed – but here is one facet that clicked into focus for me recently:

what if O’Sensei spent his time away from Iwama and Tokyo coherently pursuing what he felt to be his “mission in life”?…

what if he spent his time away from Iwama and Tokyo creating and nurturing a network of dojos run by Omoto-Kyo, ex-Omoto-Kyo and Ko-Shinto believers ( hand-picked deshi,  some of them raised, almost, as members of his family) – – – and ex-Kamikaze pilots, too (!) – often with his own name on the sign –  in places – and close to shrines…

read more:

…peace pole!!!…

…late in 1942…

“….On August 7, after consultations with the appropriate judges, [Judge Takano] released [Onasiburo, Sumiko and Isao] on bail, and they appeared in the outside world for the first time in six years and eight months….

“My cousin Yasuaki Deguchi…writes in ‘Founder of a New Religion’….’To the followers who came to see him, he would say with emphasis, “There will be no divine help in this war,” “This war is a war between devils, so do not get involved”….’

“….even now he did not hold back from his outspoken remarks. ‘On the day I left prison, Japan’s defeat in the war began,’ he said.

“On August 7, 1942, the day Onisaburo was released, American forces landed on Guadalcanal, and the first naval battle of the Solomon Islands began….

“He would say, ‘They did all this to Omoto and don’t even come to apologize. So Japan will be attacked by the foreign enemy and will be beaten.’….’God dislikes killing. Omoto will not cooperate in the war.’

“….Telling soldiers leaving for service overseas, ‘Fire your guns into the air,’ he would give them advice according to their respective destinations….To troops leaving for the front, Onisaburo issued special amulets on which were written the words, ‘Victory to the Enemy’….

– – – – from The Great Onisaburo Deguchi,  Kyotaro Deguchi,  tr. Charles Rowe, publ. Aiki News, pp. 285-9

Omoto-kyo version, Tokyo version, Iwama version…

August15CROPCOLORIZETIGHTER– – – by Kimbal Anderson Sensei

…I think we had O’Sensei’s  Omoto-kyo version and his Tokyo version and his Iwama version and we don’t understand that:  but his Omoto-kyo version was actually about penetrating the universe.  And people in Tokyo,  recovering from being utterly bombed  out by American B-29’s… well,  it’s tricky to get them interested, because they’re trying to eat. And the guys in Iwama are out in the country, going “I’m so glad we’re out here!” and most of them are high school kids…  But Omoto-kyo folks would have been ready to start setting the whole world aright, and to start raising people up…   They would have remembered what Deguchi said: “everything happens first to Omoto-kyo, then to Japan, and finally to the whole world…”   And they would have understood the aikido that O’Sensei was showing them to be a part of this…

calligraphy by Onisaburo Deguchi: “August 15th DAY” – being the date of Japan’s surrender, the character for “DAY” being drawn in the archaic style that also means “GOD”,  and,  with a variant center:  “SU” – that is: AME-NO-MINAKA-NUSHI – that is: a new beginning.SUcrop

 

…1942-1948 – Ubuya…

“It may be that, at the time, we [this young people’s class in Iwama] were the only existing Aikido class in Japan – perhaps even in the world.”
– – – Kazuaki Tanahashi,   Aikiweb interview

“In 1946 when I was admitted into Aikido, the site of the Iwama Dojo with an area of more than 20,000 tsubo was just a forest of Japanese oak trees, dotted with the Aiki Shrine,  Dojo,  and a farm. The location of the Dojo almost eluded detection. The local neighbors had not the foggiest idea of what was going on inside the Dojo and would not dare approach it.”
– – – Morihiro Saito Shihan,  Traditional Aikido,  vol.5,  p.20

“For seven years, Ueshiba O’Sensei hid away in the mountains, and said not a word: he was silent. But by his silence he was teaching, making something very great, by saying nothing.”
– – – André Nocquet Shihan, Maître Morihei Ueshiba: présence et message  p.97

 

…polishing stone…

…the spirit of O’Sensei…

 – – – Kanshu Sunadomari Shihan:

There are many kinds of aikido and that is alright.  As I already said,  techniques evolve and that is perfectly natural. What is essential is your heart,  the state of your spirit.

As time passes, you will doubtless come to practise differently. It is not right simply to pass on what you studied: you, yourself, will take part in the creative process. Techniques will arise of themselves if you think to unite yourself with aite,  instead of thinking of knocking them down. That is an important point.

If you do not enter the world of the spirit,  then you will continue to work on forms which have no meaning, and you will finish by returning to the world of competition and strength. You must train keeping in your heart the spirit of Ueshiba Morihei.  Dojos where the spirit of O’Sensei is preserved and those where it is absent are very different. You feel it instantly.

– – – from French language interview on the Budo no Nayami website