Studio Ghosts – Drowning in Ideas

by Mary Lamphere

I calleth to my muse.
Fill me with ideas, I beg.
My cup runneth.
I sip.
More, I demand.
My cup filleth.
I chug.
Excellent, I sigh.
My cup sloppeth.
I wade.
Okay, I say.
My cup floodeth.
I splash.
Enough, I cry.
My cup drowneth.
I sink.
Damn you, Muse, I gurgle.
Dam you!

Mary is one of six In Print members to have her work featured at the Allegory Project, an art space and exhibition co-sponsored by the Art Matters Artist Coop and the Rockford Area Arts Council. The Allegory Project plans to have a theme that is explored in various art forms: painting and sculpture, photography, repurposed objects, and the spoken and written word.

Abbie’s piece and the others have been framed at the gallery and are available for viewing from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The show space is on the northwest corner of Madison and Prairie Streets in Rockford.

Studio Ghosts

by Marie Malicki

The studio, a serene oasis, opens me to benevolent spirits. Enlightened by their time and space adventures, whispers that encourage, channel wisdom and stoke my imagination are their profound gifts. Receptive to my ghosts, they enlighten the heart, the mind, the soul, and thus the written word.

Marie is one of six In Print members to have her work featured at the Allegory Project, an art space and exhibition co-sponsored by the Art Matters Artist Coop and the Rockford Area Arts Council. The Allegory Project plans to have a theme that is explored in various art forms: painting and sculpture, photography, repurposed objects, and the spoken and written word.

Abbie’s piece and the others have been framed at the gallery and are available for viewing from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The show space is on the northwest corner of Madison and Prairie Streets in Rockford.

Studio Ghosts – Inspiration

by Bob Francis

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. In that case, I tried to “flatter” comedian George Carlin when I was twelve years old.

We had an assignment in English class: “Do a funny news story”. I think I changed the setting from New York City to Chicago (to keep it “topical”), but basically I borrowed a joke straight from one of his early HBO specials.

“Police in Chicago caught a man who shot his wife, his two kids, his dog, his cat, two neighbors, five joggers and an ice cream man. In his defense, the man said he was just cleaning his gun when it suddenly went off.”

Of course, I got in big trouble for saying this in school. Like I said, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Bob is one of six In Print members to have her work featured at the Allegory Project, an art space and exhibition co-sponsored by the Art Matters Artist Coop and the Rockford Area Arts Council. The Allegory Project plans to have a theme that is explored in various art forms: painting and sculpture, photography, repurposed objects, and the spoken and written word.

Abbie’s piece and the others have been framed at the gallery and are available for viewing from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The show space is on the northwest corner of Madison and Prairie Streets in Rockford.

Matt Forbeck and Ted Iverson Speaking at July Meeting

Matt Forbeck

Matt Forbeck has been working on games in some way, shape or form for the last twenty-five years.  He has worked on collectible card games, roleplaying games, miniatures games, board games, computer game scripts and more.  He also writes comic books, short fiction, screenplays and novels.  His novelization of The Mutant Chronicles film won a Scribe Award in 2008.

IPR - Mission to the Stars Reading

Ted Iverson (with family)

 

Ted Iverson was born and raised in Rockford, Illinois, and sees a bright future for the city.  Rockford has a prominent place in his science-fiction series, Mission to the Stars: The Search for FTL.  The first book of the series was a finalist in the National Best Books awards in 2009.  He is a member of In Print and serves on the board as New Membership chair.

Matt and Ted will be our featured speakers at our next meeting at the Mendelssohn Center in Rockford.  The meeting is Saturday, July 12 at 1:00 pm.  Everyone is invited to attend.

Studio Ghosts

by Shannon Russell

People roam through my imagination, as real as the upstairs neighbors, with their own opinions and desires. They’re loud and needy, insisting that I turn their lives into tales.

I am more real than they are.

How do I know? I have a checkbook. If they want cowboy boots or a black velvet shirt and black jeans, they must ask me for it. Inside their own little worlds, they can have anything, but they are attracted to the material possessions that they can have only through me, the writer.

How many times have I sat back to watch the world through someone else’s eyes? Is it worth counting the books and music I’ve collected for tastes not my own? How often have I found myself with a drink in my hand that I didn’t like? This one drinks bourbon in soda; that one drinks beer.

For years, I hunted for gold velvet curtains to satisfy one of them. Picture those great ceiling to floor curtains like they used to have in theatres. Easy, you’d think? But no, gold is not fashionable. I found taupe and tan and a buttery white. I found gold pillows and upholstery. I found gold damask and heavy satin, charmeuse and Thai silk, but not velvet. Why couldn’t he have wanted a fountain pen? Those are cheaper, and less rare.

As long as my checkbook requires my signature, they have to put up with me. For them to live in stories, they need my imagination and the work of my hands.

But I couldn’t live without them either.

They are my precious children.

We need each other.

Shannon is one of six In Print members to have her work featured at the Allegory Project, an art space and exhibition co-sponsored by the Art Matters Artist Coop and the Rockford Area Arts Council. The Allegory Project plans to have a theme that is explored in various art forms: painting and sculpture, photography, repurposed objects, and the spoken and written word.

Abbie’s piece and the others have been framed at the gallery and are available for viewing from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The show space is on the northwest corner of Madison and Prairie Streets in Rockford.

The Place for Us

by Sandy Colbert

I can see you on the other side of the verdant valley. I know it’s you. As I walk closer I see the hair, the smile and the eyes. The loving, generous eyes. They told me that you died. They didn’t know about the place where there is no space or time. It’s part of song. One line about a place where there is no space or time. It does exist, this place, this precious place. We are there. I feel a joy that I did not know was possible.

Sandy is the president of In Print, resident of Rockford, and writer of what inspires me.

Studio Ghosts – Dream

by Catherine Conroy

For them, for me, for others… I write

I would retrace every hardship

to see

granddaughters

with the world beneath their wings.

Catherine is one of six In Print members to have her work featured at the Allegory Project, an art space and exhibition co-sponsored by the Art Matters Artist Coop and the Rockford Area Arts Council. The Allegory Project plans to have a theme that is explored in various art forms: painting and sculpture, photography, repurposed objects, and the spoken and written word.

Abbie’s piece and the others have been framed at the gallery and are available for viewing from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The show space is on the northwest corner of Madison and Prairie Streets in Rockford.