Art, by Belinda Chlouber, inspired by Carla Chlouber’s poem “The Lady of the Lake”
The lady of the lake
I know a beautiful lady
Who lives by the lake.
And yet she’s cruel,
And her thirst for victims,
She’ll never slake.
Garments of glorious colors,
Incandescent reds and blues,
And shimmering greens she wears.
Yet not a sign of evil or wrongdoing
Her wondrous figure bears.
Living a carefree life of beauty, this
Beauteous lady would never have
Cause to cry,
This magnificent, beautiful,
Shimmering Madame Dragonfly!
By Carla Sweet Chlouber
I’ve been getting ready for my exhibition “Belinda Chlouber Words and Paint: A Collaboration with Family Writings” at the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art’s Postal Plaza Gallery. It will be up June 16th through August 31st, 2014 with the reception and artists talk on June 19th. This is my first museum exhibition and it has been a great learning experience for me. I love that the work will be shown first here as much of my mother, Carla Chlouber’s, poetry and writing is about “place”. She very much was from Oklahoma, for her it became a place she explored the history of and worked as a historian for. She wrote “Images of America, The Oklahoma Cowboy Band” for Arcadia Publishing, wrote for the Chronicles of Oklahoma and worked with the Washington Irving Trail Museum for many years to preserve local history. She used to tell me stories about how her and her brother played barefoot and swam in the ponds on the farm as children, my parents eventually built a house on the farm and established The Washington Irving Trail Museum. My Grandfather Sweets poetry, for me is extremely interesting—it is so much from a different era. Much of it was written in 1935, during the Oklahoma Dust Bowl and the beginnings of World War II. He worked at Oklahoma State University, as did my mother. So, for me this is the perfect “place” for this body of work to be first shown.
The work will then travel to The Willard Arts Centers Carr Gallery in Idaho Falls beginning November 20th, 2014 to January 11, 2015. Idaho Falls was named by Business Week as one of the 2010 List of “Best Places to Raise Kids”, Forbes.com listed it as “2010 Best Small Place for Business & Careers”, Money.CNN.com listed Idaho Falls as “Top 100 Cities in 2010”. I am looking forward to visiting Idaho Falls, I’m very honored to have an exhibition there!
This is part of an excerpt from a Dear Abby column that was taped to the inside of one of my mother’s journals. I edited it down and took out extraneous information.
Dear Abby: Please tell “Tempted in Tennessee NOT to destroy her diary of 50 years. Women’s lives are reported far too often through the eyes of the men around them. Their writings and papers are either considered inconsequential or, if they are saved, they are archived with those of their spouse. Please don’t destroy records of lives — let them become part of history. — Sue Rowland, Slidell, La
She very much wanted to share her poetry and short stories during her lifetime, I know she would be honored to share her work now. I completely agree with Dear Abby on this, we as women can learn from the past lives of other women to help make our own lives richer and more rewarding. And hopefully men can better understand life from a woman’s perspective.