November 01,2019



excerpt from

Ash Fork Madness©️

written by

Nana Cook and Charlotte Madison

copyright 2019 Nana Cook and Charlotte Madison


                    The School Board

“G.B., why do you hate the school board so much?”
“I don’t hate ‘em Charle. I love ‘em. They’re all my friends, neighbors, employees an’ customers. I think the world a’ ever’one of ‘em.” He said gently. “Oh Charle, I love my li’l town an’ I really do thank the world a’ each person here.”
G.B. stared off into space smiling, enjoying his thoughts. Then unexpectedly, a frown appeared on his forehead and he began to grumble,
“What the Hayll does a li’l town this size want with street lights ‘round the school. Ain’t no one there to need ‘em in the dark! D’y’all know how much money it costs me on m’ ad valorem tax bills each year, fer each house an’ vacant lot I own — fer them God damned lamp posts?”
“No,” I replied guardedly.
“When God was a-makin’ people, he made good people an’ bad people, but that wasn’t good enough. He needed somethin’ to annoy ‘em all real bad, so first He made fools — that was fer practice — then last of all, fer a touch of the devil he made — THE SCHOOL BOARDS!”

Posted by Charlotte Madison at 12:26
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February, 2020
January, 2020
For over forty years, painting related totally to the American Southwest. It was people of the dry hot desert, solid mesas, cacti, stone and canyons that made my heart leap.

When I realized I would never see the desert again, I began a search for something to paint. Nana suggested, B.C, vineyards and took me to Penticton where I did one painting. Nana and Gary then began to take me on Mystery tours of the island and always included a vineyard. But they all were so green! So many leaves so many trees - I don't do trees and I rarely use green - dont really like looking at green, but I got started on a duty series not an inspired series.

I guess it was July or early August when we were driving home from a winery visit. I was grousing about painting the Festive Flying Grape series when Gary said "Start another series, you can work on more than one at a time."

For some reason those words triggered the words "I could paint the Island artists!" Nana and Gary agreed and it was the topic of conversation all the way home

For a while I was afraid I wouldn't get volunteers to pose but it is rolling and each one offers something special to inspire me. And it is lovely to feel all I am doing was sparked by Gary and like all I do, supported by Nana.

April Update 2012 Sixteen fine artists, many of national repute, have posed for Artists of Vancouver Island and many are booked or promised. There will be no poses after June 30,2012. When I have painted all twenty-five I will turn my thought to . . . what next?