Held Sunday, October 18th, 2014 with the stunning backdrop of Anji Grainger's paintings, Mary spoke of standing in your truth and finding Stillness and the places where you can breathe. We were blessed with encore performances, an aria sung by Anna Martin and 'Breathe', sung by Julia Logue, both now seniors at Lake Oswego High School. Then guest speaker Miriam Vareldzis took us on a scent journey through her labyrinth, what a sweet education! Sponsor Barb Mathey brought her Jeunesse and MonaVie products and gorgeous goody bags, Lion and Rose handmade soaps, Yummy food, bubbly, Wild-tinis, and loads of Raffle items made for another fabulous gathering of Wild Women!
Guest Speaker Miriam Vareldzis holds a unique position in the world of scent: simultaneously west coast Indie Perfumer and east coast Fragrance Industry Insider. She has worked inside the worlds largest fragrance houses and is also the founder and creator of 40notes Perfume. Here she weaves together her gifted sense of smell, experiences from a career in the fragrance industry in New York City, training in architecture, design and music, and influences from her many international travel destinations. Her specialty is guiding west coast companies in the use of 100% natural essential oils, absolutes, isolates, and hydrosols in the creation of their fragrances. Miriam holds close a treasured quote by the poet Rumi for inspiration:” Let the beauty we love be what we do ”
Guest Artist Angela Grainger is an award winning watercolorist and instructor whose works and special commissions can be found across the United States. She derives inspiration from the magic and wonders of nature. Anji is drawn to see and focus on what others may not notice and to capture, thus preserve, fleeting moments of beauty. She paints with the movement of nature and visualizes the growing twists and turns of a twig or a leaf, capturing the stillness of an early morning walk in a field, along a river or in a forest. There is a focus on detail whether it’s simply the blending or bleeding of two colors like one would see on a ripening peach or the finite lines and edges of a raindrop. Her hope is that the viewer will be drawn into her work with a new vision, wondering what lies within, and perhaps the next time they walk in the outdoors, they will take the time to look closely at the jewels of nature around them.