November 06,2019

excerpt from

Ash Fork Madness©️

written by

Nana Cook and Charlotte Madison

copyright 2019 Nana Cook and Charlotte Madison


                        Moving Day

Six days before opening night the Madness crew arrived at the old building and began to remove the flats, stagecoach, screen and Connie’s prodigious prickly pear cactus patch. The crew began loading everything onto the trucks — soon to be en route to the waiting stage.

I still had two weeks to enjoy the old building before G.B. began to renovate it, and I felt a flood of sadness knowing it would be lost shortly after the show’s final night. We had shared so much, the old building and I. And my sweet Park Avenue Pigeons, they would soon be shut out of their home forever and driven away by the construction to come.

My wistful thoughts were shattered by the harsh sound of G.B. arriving and shouting orders to his carpenter, Wayne, who trailed behind. G.B. was also giving orders to my crew, which stopped their progress when he began to describe the details of his new project.
“ . . . An’ I’ll have three apartments an’ two offices downstairs, an’ three apartments an’ two offices upstairs.” Then he interrupted himself to say, “Wayne, y’all be real careful when y’all’re movin’ Charle’s pictures, paints and thangs. Don’t know what y’all’ll do with it but she’s real particular ‘bout that ol’ Century Plant.”

As Wayne passed by me he leaned over and softly said, “I tried Charle, but I just couldn’t stall him any longer.”

G.B.’s long held dream to convert the old wooden structure into a new rental gold mine was about to be realized. 

And like most of G.B.’s tenants — I had been evicted!



Posted by Charlotte Madison at 12:52
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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?