Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Kaitlyn Williams - My Very Talented Niece

I am very happy and proud to highlight my niece Kaitlyn Williams! Kaitlyn has inherited the artistry gene in our family. A high school senior this year she has been drawing since she was old enough to hold a pencil, pen or crayon. Our grandfather, George Rueff was an artist. Our Aunt, Bonnie Elbert is an artist and our cousin, Ann Rothan is an artist and illustrator as well.

What draws you to a piece of art?

KW: A majority of it is the subject matter and the color scheme. I’m more fond of pieces that feature people (women specifically) and that have a color pallet that adds a dramatic and rhythmic element to it. I like to see the movement of the marks the artist has made.

What kind of mediums do you use? What is your favorite medium?

KW: For the most part, I use dry media. This includes graphite, colored pencils, sharpies, charcoal, pens, crayons.. etc. It just depends on what I have on me. For the pieces I spend the most time on and tend to have the most fun creating are the ones that I do in acrylic paint. It’s one of my favorites to use and it’s inexpensive as well as uncomplicated in its techniques. I also enjoy watercolor as a challenge every once in a while. As any artist knows, watercolor is unforgiving and is very difficult to try and master.

Watercolors, charcoal, acrylics or oils?
KW: Each has their ups and downs and each piece calls for a different medium depending on how detailed I want to get or what mood I want to put into it. My go-to out of these would have to be acrylics since I’m the most experienced with it and it’s not as messy as charcoal, my second choice. The only thing I don’t like about charcoal is that my hands are almost completely black afterwards and there are countless marks on my face. Watercolor is third because while it looks beautiful, it is incredibly difficult to use and can get frustrating. And for oils, I have never used oil paint! The supplies are rather expensive and we definitely don’t have the funding to use them in school. 

Above our samples of Kaitlyn's work. The far left is a texture study with graphite on paper; middle upper is our family lake house using graphite on paper; the lower middle is a self-portrait using PhotoShop; the upper right is mixed dry media on paper; the lower right is chalk pastel on paper. Copyright 2013-1014 Kaitlyn Williams Art.

What artists do you like? My favorite artist is Claude Monet and I love the Water Lilies series. Do you like Monet? 


KW: I do! Monet and other impressionists are a huge source of inspiration for me. I love their usage of color and how even though the pieces don’t get extremely detailed and are very stylized, they are still gorgeous works of art. At the time, this style of painting wasn’t popular. People were so used to the hyper-realistic portraits and still lives that most today think of when they think of the Renaissance. Monet and the impressionists rebelled against this traditional style of painting and focused on painting what a scene looked like in that moment. The reason they have so many paintings of the same subject matter is that each time, something was different. It could have been a different season, a different time of day, or a different perspective. A good example of this is Monet’s paintings of Haystacks. He painted the same haystacks, but at different moments in time to show how nothing is really permanent. You can paint an orange, but that orange will change as soon as you start even.

As far as artists that I like, I’m drawn to Van Gogh and Monet as well as more modern artists like Chuck Close, Alex Pardee, and Shelby Cragg (who does a lot of illustrations and is currently illustrating a comic that will be available for purchase soon, but is an ongoing webcomic at the moment. It’s called Apothecia). The modern style of comics and illustration is something I’m really enjoying, but I am having a hard time drawing it myself. But that doesn’t mean I’m not going to stop trying! Like everything I’ve learned about art, I am going to just keep rolling no matter how long it takes. So far it’s taken me 17 years to be able to draw a realistic human figure.

What do you plan to study in college? Art? What kind of degree do you want?

KW: I plan to go to college for art education - which is to be an art teacher. I plan to teach a higher level high school art class like what i’m in now (AP studio art). However that could change between now and next year or four years from now. I’m also entertaining becoming an elementary teacher from 3rd-5th grade. I just wouldn’t want to teach math because that is my weakest point!

I know you have been visiting colleges recently, what is your first choice?

My top choice for college is UNC Asheville because it has a program where I can major in Art while getting my teaching licensure so that I have more options when I come out of college. I could go into teaching right away, or if something comes up I could go work for some company designing their logos and merchandise, it just depends on what's going on at the time. 

Since UNC-Asheville is your first choice, what colleges round out the top 3?

KW: My number two is Appalachian State, and number three is Western Carolina. If you can’t tell, I am very interested in begin in the mountains! UNC-A has a terrific art program and a small campus that would be great for me personally being an introvert. Appalachian’s art building is just like the kind of art rooms that i’m used to so that was nice to see. And finally, Western Carolina has an interesting campus and history as well as a pretty cool art department.

What do you see your future being? Will you make a living with your art? Art teacher? 

KW: If all goes according to my life-plan, yes, I will be an art teacher. My future is definitely going to include art. After all, I haven’t put a pencil down since I could hold it and it has become such an enormous part of my life that I can’t imagine doing anything else. Ever. And if it was a world in which I could just paint all day, sell it, and make enough to live, I would drop everything and do it in a heart beat!!! Unfortunately, paintings are not demanded enough to where I could just do that and be fine. Lucky for me there are other careers in art that pay decently and will still allow me to do my own artwork on the side.


Tell me about your Minecraft Women Project? 
KW: Minecraft is a popular video game in which you are a person surviving in the wild. You punch trees, go hunting and fishing, and build yourself a cabin and a farm and try to survive despite all the zombies, skeletons, giant spiders, and creepers that roam the land. Or you can choose creative mode and just build whatever your mind can think of! I’ve seen some pretty amazing things people have done with mine craft.

Anyways, my Minecraft Women project is a project i’m doing with photoshop to create a woman from each biome in Minecraft if people were to have lived there in real life and adapted to the conditions. So far, I have done “Snow Plains” - kind of self explanatory - and “Mega Taiga” - which is a forest similar to the redwood forests out west. There’s so many more I have to do, but between school, work, and everything else, it’s hard to fit in the time.

You have web-comic series what is it about? The website is, www.propertiesoftheuniverse.com, right? and you work with your friend Austin Garner on this project right? Tell me a little about Austin.


KW: Properties of the Universe is a concept I have been working on since my freshman year in high school. Just recently (the summer of 2014) I have turned it into an actual webcomic that is currently on a little break so that I can focus on school. The comic is about the last humans that have to survive on an alien planet where their ancestors left them. After a major intergalactic war, the great and mighty human race was reduced to dust with the only survivors being genetically-engineered humans made from ancient DNA samples. This group of kids has to discover their culture and try to rebuild their society from scratch. The major conflict is that they run into another group of aliens that have a firm belief that any species that was brought to extinction like the humans were should not exist at all. They want to make sure that the humans don’t make a comeback.

Austin Garner is my very good friend who helped me flesh out the main conflict of this comic. Before that, I just had a lineup of characters and a place that they lived. So, he really helped me make this a reality. Austin is currently attending The Art Institute in Durham for Video Game art and development. He is interested in coming up with the plots in video games and developing the characters.
   
You are member of your high school's chapter of National Arts Honors Society.

KW: I am! I’m running for the president this year, but we’ll see how that goes :)

You had your first personal showing last year at a local coffee house? How did that go? 

KW: It went better than I expected. I had eight paintings up for show and one of them sold for $80! It was even more exciting that it was someone i didn’t know and who wasn’t a member of my family (that doesn’t mean i don’t greatly appreciate all they do for me and my art). The most that came out of that art show was getting some exposure. At least now my name is out there somewhere in Greensboro and someone is at home with a painting that I put a lot of effort into. 

You have participated in art shows, what awards did you win? I believe you have also organized some shows as well right?


KW: All of high school I have participated in the school’s art shows. These are fundraisers for the art department and a way for parents to see what all their child has been doing. My freshman year I won an award for art 1, sophomore year I won for art 2, and junior year I won for art 3. One of those years I believe I won best in show, but my memory isn’t the best! 
Being a member of National Art Honors Society, I also help run and organize these art shows. This means I put artwork on their displays, hang up “do not touch the art signs”, walk around and answer questions, and help clean up everything afterwards.

I know you have been working a local restaurant in your hometown to save money for college and what you call Addicit-love of the arts. What else have you been doing to help with those two goals?

KW: Mostly, I have just been working some crazy number of hours. Along with this I’ve been working mostly independently in my art class in putting a portfolio together and spending almost all of my time home painting, drawing, or doing something art related. As far as funding goes, I have commissions open constantly and all of my work is for sale at prices that can be discussed.

I have asked you to do a project for me about your cousin Kenny and I am still trying to pick out pictures, maybe you should come help me with that!

KW: Sounds great! It’s just hard to find time to do much of anything that isn’t for school or work these days.


Here is another example of Kaitlyn's art work. She took a photo of a picture of my parents, Bill & Nina Williams and then did this wonderful charcoal portrait from that picture. In the picture to the right, are my parents with Kaitlyn and her portrait. In the middle is her portrait and on the right is a picture of my parents with the portrait. Copyright 2013-1014 Kaitlyn Williams Art.
 
If anyone wants to see your art they can go to https://www.facebook.com/KaitlynWilliamsArt and like your page. Do you have a website that features your work too? 


KW: I do not have a personal website because it costs extra money to do those kinds of things, but I do have a blog on www.Tumblr.com dedicated to my artwork. You can visit my blog at, www.katthewonderbat-art.tumblr.com


Thank you for helping me on Ancestry.com with your Mom's side of the family! It has helped a great deal. One last question, since this is a genealogy blog...
 
What do you think of genealogy now that you have helped me? Will you be our family's the next historian? 

KW: Yes, I'm very interested. After exploring your blog and ancestry.com I can confirm I will try my best to be the next family historian! I'm planning on trying to uncover my mother's side of the family since I know less about my maternal ancestors and even my living family members on my mother's side.  

Kaitlyn, thank you for letting me interview for my genealogy blog. I love you and wish you nothing but happiness and success in your art work & life. You have been great answering all of my questions and allowing me to share some of your art work as well.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Funeral Card Friday - Myrtle Behrle Rueff

This is the Mass Card for my grandmother, Myrtle Behrle Rueff. The front side of the card has the obituary notice and a quote from Revaltions 21:4. The back has The Psalm 23. The card is meant to a book marker. It has a white ribbon at the top and along with coral colored rose on both sides.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Happy 78th Anniversary George & Myrtle Rueff

Tomorrow, September 26, 2014 will mark my grandparents, George Kenneth and Myrtle Behrle Rueff's 78th wedding anniversary. They were wed in Louisville, Kentucky. 

They had three children, Nina, Kenny and Bonnie. There are 12 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great grandchildren. Two of the 2nd great-grandchildren are due later this year and early in 2015. 

Sadly, tomorrow also marks the 37th anniversary of Myrtle's death. I don't know if George realized that his beloved wife died on their anniversary at the time but I am sure that over the years that September 26th was a day of bittersweet memories.

They left a legacy of love and laughter for all of us!



From Left to Right: Mary Myrtle Behrle Rueff, George Kenneth Rueff (my grandparents), Ada Schultz and Norman Rueff (brother of George Kenneth Rueff). Photo Collection of Dawn Kogutkiewicz. Copyright 2014.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Funeral Card Friday

This is the Mass card for my great grandfather, Dr. Raymond Alexander Behrle. He was known to his grandchildren as "Popa Ray". He was born on 27 October 1880 in Louisville, Kentucky to John Behrle and Mary Jane Hermann. He had an older sister, Bertha Genevieve "Bertie" (1879-1962) and a younger sister, Etta Elizabeth (1883-1950). He graduated for the University of Louisville Dental School. His only child, Mary Myrtle is my grandmother. Collection of Mass Cards in the personal photograph collection of George K. Rueff, Sr.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Those Places...Paris, France

In another life I was a travel agent. I took advantage of the many "deals" that were offered to agents from airlines, cruise companies and hotels. In 1988, I took what was known as "familiarization trips" to Paris, France. 

This trip happened in July of 1988 just after my 26th birthday. I was there for a week to familiarize myself with the city of Paris so that I could then make recommendations to clients who wanted to visit. To me it was the trip of a lifetime! 

We stayed at the Omni Hotel and because someone had to cancel their trip at the last minute our names were put into a hat to see who would get the king room with a view of the Eiffel Tower, and the winner was...(drum roll please), me! I went to sleep every night that week with the best view!

We spent our mornings visiting various hotels that ranged from a Best Western to The George V. The hotels ranged from beautiful to outrageous luxury and everything in between. In 1988, staying at a Best Western in Paris was like staying in a luxury hotel here in the United States.

Our afternoons were spent visiting the sights of Paris. One afternoon we went to Louvre. Obviously this was not nearly enough time to appreciate the spectacular works of art that are there. However, I did get to see a few paintings just not the ones I really wanted to see, Claude Monet's Water Lilies series.

On another afternoon we went to Palace of Versailles which made my head spin with it's beautiful gardens and fountains, the Queen's Chamber's and the Hall of Mirrors. The front entrance with it's gold gates and a history that spans centuries.

On yet another afternoon we went to the Cathedral of Notre Dame. A church steeped in both French and Catholic history. With beautiful music coming from the organ, breathtaking stained glass windows, paintings and sculptures I could only stand in awe. It was peaceful so I took a few moments to sit in one the pews and said a few prayers for my family.

At night we were pretty much on our own. We hit the Latin Quarter for some great food including an American BBQ restaurant, who knew! We went to several jazz clubs which were great. We even went to the Moulin Rouge and had a fantastic time. However, I think the best night was our last night there. There was a small group of us who had been out at a jazz club and decided to go Montmatre Cemetery to watch the sunrise over the city. It was a glorious view that morning.

I hope to one day go back to Paris.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

My Mormon Pioneers - Charles Coulson Rich (1809-1883) Part 1

Meet my Mormon Pioneer, Charles Coulson Rich. He was truly a pioneer and frontiersman.

Charles is the son of Joseph Rich (1786-1866) and Nancy O'Neil (1782-1847). I will be telling Charles's story over a period of a few weeks due to the amount of information I have gathered on his life and family.

He was born in Big Bone, Kentucky on August 21, 1809. Within two years of his birth the family would move to Switzerland County, Indiana. Here the family resides until 1829 when Joseph moves the family west to Illinois. 

The Rich family arrives in Tazwell County, Illinois on October 7, 1829. Charles is ready to start his own life. He has been trained as copper, able to make and/or repair barrels and casks. However, Joseph and Nancy are reluctant to let him go out on his own. He spends the winter of 1829-1830 teaching reading, writing and arithmetic.

By the spring of 1830, Joseph and the family have settled at Farm Creek, Illinois. They were not far from Fort George Rogers Clark (now present day Peoria, Illinois). The Rich family had only a handful of friends at this time. These were the families of Morris Phelps and Sanford Porter, Sr. They were very influential men in Charles's life.

In 1831, it would be Morris Phelps who tells Charles about the Book of Mormon and the Prophet. Charles yearns to learn more about this new religion. 

In 1832, two Mormon missionaries appeared in the community in which Charles and his family lived. After learning more information from these missionaries, Charles, his parents and his sister Minerva were all baptized on April 1, 1832 into the Church of Jesus Christ and the Latter Day Saints. His sisters, Artemesia, Jane and Nancy would all be baptized into the Church not long after this.

On May 7, 1832 Charles and two Mormon Elders, Zebedee Coltrin and Solomon Wixom set out for Kirtland, Ohio. Along the way they stopped in other Mormon communities and on May 16, 1832 in Fountain County, Indiana that Elders Coltrin and Wixom ordained Charles as an Elder of the Church of Jesus Christ and the Latter Day Saints.

Not only is Charles a new convert but he also a new preacher and new elder. On their trip east to Kirtland, Charles would preach his first sermon. As the men continued on their journey they would stop at other communities of the Mormon Church preaching and visiting. They finally reached Kirtland in June 1832.

Charles would be in Kirtland, Ohio for roughly six weeks. During this time Charles would attend various church meetings. Not long after his arrival in Kirtland Charles received a recommendation of good standing. This recommendation was comprised of other members of the Church mainly Elders, Priests, Teachers and Deacons who would judge him on his morals and Christian accomplishments. He was found worthy of the testamonial's he received and was granted a certificate stating that was a regularly ordained Elder of the Church which recommended him as a man of God and friend to makind for all people. This must have been quite an honor to have been so graciously accepted! Especially since he had only been baptized two months prior and ordained an Elder a month earlier.

Charles and Solomon Wixom would leave Kirtland in August 1, 1832 and would stop in Cleveland and Steubenville, Ohio and what is now Wheeling, West Virginia. From Wheeling they would travel by steamboat to Cincinnati, Ohio. After one day in Cincinnati, Charles would then take another steamboat to Sun Rise, Indiana where he stayed for two months. While there he visited with family and friends, as Sun Rise was not far from where he grew up.

Charles would arrive home in Illinois on  October 23, 1832. During the remainder of 1832 and for next several years, Charles stayed in Illinois working the family farm, planting and harvesting crops as well as putting his training as a cooper were put to good use building barrels, tubs, casks and buckets. He also had his religious duties to attend to as well. 

During this time, Charles's sisters would all marry. His sister Artemesia had married Jesse Atwater Wixom in April of 1831. Artemesia and Jesse would raise their family in LaSalle County, Illinois; sister Minerva would marry Asa Colton Earl in January of 1834 but died shortly after the birth of her daughter, Nancy Minerva Earl in 1840. In November 1837, his sister Jane Ann married Hervey Green; sister Nancy would marry in February of 1837 to John President Porter and both of these sisters and their families, and their parents would follow their brother to Utah. 

In 1836, it was clear that those of the Mormon Faith and those who were not could coexist peacefully. A proposal was made by the Missouri state legislature in which Caldwell County was created in northwest Missouri. However, with thousands of converts flocking to Caldwell County they soon out grew their county boundaries.

In July and September of 1838 Charles and his father, Joseph bought land in Caldwell County, Missouri. According to land records they were co-owners of the property. Together they built a home for the family and one for Charles and his bride, Sarah DeArmon Pea. Charles was a leader in the Mormon community in Caldwell. 


On election day, in August 1838 a brawl broke out in Gallaitan between members of the Church and members of the community. The local community militia began patrolling the area as did the Church militia. The tensions between the two groups continued to escalate on into October of 1838. Then on the night of October 24, 1838, was the Battle of Crooked River. John Lockhart, a Missouri sentry shot Patrick O'Bannion, a scout for the Mormons. He would later die from the wound.Charles was on of the leaders who would lead the charge on the militia camp. These last few days of October saw the tensions rise even higher resulting in Missouri Governor Lilburn Boggs to order the Missouri militia to war with the Church of Jesus Christ and the Latter Day Saints and to issue an Extermination Order on October 27, 1838. The extermination order reads in part,

"...open and avowed defiance of the laws, and of having made war upon the people of this State ... the Mormons must be treated as enemies, and must be exterminated or driven from the State if necessary for the public peace—their outrages are beyond all description."


By November of 1838, Charles fled from Missouri to avoid being arrested for his involvement at the Battle of Crooked River. He left his wife Sarah behind. Eventually with the help of her father, John Pea she left Missouri. She was not in good health and made the trip to the Mississippi confined to wagon. When Charles learned that Sarah had finally arrived on the shore of the Mississippi he crossed the river by canoe to see her. The next day he took Sarah back across the river to Illinois.

My next blog in this series will be about Charles and his first wife Sarah DeArmon Pea.

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Rich, Charles Coulson log home Creator Mays, Kenneth R. Contributor Mays, Kenneth R. Copyright Status/Owner Licensed from Kenneth R. Mays December 12, 2002 Description This log house is located in Mirabile, Caldwell County, Missouri about 4-5 miles south of the site of Far West. The structure was first owned by Charles C. Rich, who presided over a branch of the Church in that area during the northern Missouri period of Church history. Following the expulsion of the Saints from Missouri in 1838-1839, the property was acquired by James Wallace and was owned by the Wallace family until about 1900. The home was subsequently covered over with wooden siding and mistakenly thought to be a newer, frame home. In 1995 the original log structure was discovered inside the newer siding. Efforts are now underway to preserve the structure. Elder Rich was called to the Quorum of the Twelve in 1849 and served in that capacity unitl his death in 1883. Date Original 2003-05 Publisher Digital Brigham Young University. Harold B. Lee Library Date Digital 2003-05 Edition Electronic reproduction; Genre Photographs Collection Religious Education LDS Church History and Doctrine Owning Institution Brigham Young University Subject Rich, Charles C. (Charles Coulson), 1809-1883 Rich, Charles C. (Charles Coulson), 1809-1883--Homes and haunts Mormon Church--Apostles Subject Complete Rich, Charles C. (Charles Coulson), 1809-1883; Rich, Charles C. (Charles Coulson), 1809-1883--Homes and haunts; Mormon Church--Apostles; Apostles (Mormon Church); Council of the Twelve (Mormon Church); Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (Mormon Church) Geography Mirabile (Mo.) Caldwell County (Mo.) Geography Complete Mirabile (Mo.); Marquams Store (Mo.); Caldwell County (Mo.); Caldwell Co., Mo. Course REL C 341 Hierarchy LDS ChurchHistory Geography United States Missouri (http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/cdm/ref/collection/RelEd/id/5362)

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Happy Grandparent's Day 2014


Happy Grandparent's Day!

In this collage are my maternal grandparents, George & Myrtle Behrle Rueff (top left), my paternal grandparents, William Elmer & Peggy Rich Williams (top right), my paternal great grandparents, William Points & Sarah Elizabeth Lucas Williams (below William & Peggy), Easton's maternal grandma, Sharon Bowman, Easton & Cassie Kitts (middle row, far left) my parents, Bill & Nina Williams with their great grandson, Easton (middle row, 2nd from the left), Tommy & I with our grandson, Sweet Easton, (middle row, 3rd from the left) my daughter in law Cassie with Easton and maternal grandfather Edmon Young( middle row, far right). My maternal great grandparents, William Joseph & Anna Marie Kirn Rueff (bottom left), my 2nd great maternal grandparents, William Joseph & Carrie Kuhn Rueff (bottom middle) and my parents, Bill & Nina Williams with their grandchildren: Standing L-R: William Williams, III, my son, David Kitts, Bryan Hyatt, TJ Hyatt, Kaitlyn Williams. Seated L-R: Walker Parson, my Dad, JJ Hyat, my Mom holding Easton, and Gracie Parsons. All pictures are in my personal photograph collection. Please do not repost without permission.