To Those Who See – A book of lovely poetry and thoughts…. both soothing and inspirational. GwenFrostic.com
Winds and cold days —
warm sunlight and running sap —-
chilly nights… then cold again…
between these fluctuations the vernal spirit is steadily
transforming the earth from its cold sleep into its era of
expectations and fulfillment……..
Snow is melting — making little rivers run into still pools —– the air is warm — as cedars begin
to show the fresh green of renewed life……
The sun is setting slightly father toward the north..
In the night a sharp wind brings new snow —
the day is dark with clouds — birds fluff their feathers
and face the wind……
…. but the sun is rising a little earlier and going
down a little later — each day…..
Pussy willows are silvery greys — oiser – intense
reds —– the long golden twigs of the willows are
swaying — omens of things to come….
As the sun makes each day a little longer —-
each night a little shorter……..
Excerpted from To Those Who See [wilderness print: cedar in snow]
Here is some background information about Gwen Frostic from Wikipedia:
Life – Gwen Frostic (April 26, 1906 â€“ April 25, 2001) born as Sara Gwendolyn Frostic, was an artist, author, and Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame inductee. Frostic was born in Sandusky, Michigan to Sara and Fred Frostic. When she was 8 months old she suffered from an unknown illness which left her with lifelong symptoms similar to cerebral palsy. Despite physical difficulties Frostic showed an early interest and aptitude for art. In June 1924 she graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in Wyandotte, where she was known for using a band saw to create event posters for her school. She continued her studies at Eastern Michigan University earning her teacher’s certificate and gaining membership in Alpha Sigma Tau sorority. In 1926 she transferred to Western Michigan University and left in 1927 without completing her degree. She continued her artistic endeavors in metal and plastic, while occasionally teaching, but with the war came a lack of metal to work with and she turned to linoleum block carving. Frostic then turned her linoleum block carving into stationery goods and prints which led to her starting her own printing company, Presscraft Papers. In the early 1950s Frostic opened up a shop selling her prints, books, and other items in Frankfort and in 1960 she bought 40 acres of land in Benzonia with the intention of moving her and her shop. On April 26, 1964 her new shop was open for business and she lived there until her death in 2001.
Awards – Frostic was granted several honorary doctorates from Alma College, Eastern Michigan University, Western Michigan University, Michigan State University, and Ferris State University. In 1978 the governor of Michigan declared May 23rd as Gwen Frostic Day in Michigan. In 1986 she was inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame. Western Michigan University named its school of art after her in 2007: the Gwen Frostic School of Art.
As I searched the Internet for “Gwen Frostic”, I was delighted to find that there are teenagers and young adults discovering and appreciating Frostic’s artistry and writing. One young girl posted a YouTube of her excitement of visiting the Gwen Frostic retail store, a college student videotaped her first attempt at hand-signing an interpretation of literature -Frostic’s poem Individuality. It appears that Frostic’s legacy will continue to inspire generations to come.