A few weeks before Christmas Mike and I were talking about our plans for 2018. Almost always our goals are focused on continued learning. Both of us have returned to school, taking classes at Armstrong State University as part of Georgia’s 62+ program. Soon after retirement Mike started in the ceramics department and has taken most of the regular curriculum classes and enjoyed the freedom of independent study courses. I returned to school as an art student in the fall of 2016 taking a drawing class and an introduction to photography course. We will both return to Armstrong this semester with Mike in another ceramics class and I will learn acrylic painting.
During our discussion of 2018 goals, Mike mentioned that he thought it would be nice for us to learn some art history. We considered taking a class together but knew that neither of us wanted to commit to two classes this spring. Our desire to learn art history was manifested in a thoughtful gift from Beth Logan, our friend who is an artist, an art lover, and an art collector. The gift — a Page-A-Day Gallery Calendar with hundreds of impeccably reproduced masterpieces. Every day, there’s a new work to enjoy, from Jan Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring to Vincent van Gogh’s lesser-known Blossoming Almond Brand in a Glass. The calendar offers sumptuous, thought-provoking works spanning continents, cultures, and a variety of media.
The gift has given us the daily opportunity to research a different artist using Google, Wikipedia, and Kahn University. We get to go to school at home right at our breakfast table.