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turtles, art and friendship

toddler EJK with turtleSince he was a little boy, my husband has been fascinated by turtles.

IK & AK with turtle (2)

Sitting on a brick inside the turtle pool is one of several Missouri three-toed box turtles we have rescued from the highway over the years. We always release them to a nearby creek.

He passed this love of reptiles and amphibians on to our children.

APK & artist Karen Bell 5.97

When Son #1 was 7, he met artist Karen Bell at an art fair. Karen is a sculptor and former art educator who creates sculptures of bats, turtles, frogs, toads, lizards, armadillos and insects in their habitats in glorious detail. She was kind and spoke to Son #1 at length. Son #1 was fascinated by her and her work and was determined to buy a sculpture.

APK with Karen Bell lizard he bought 5.97

After a year of saving his money, he did.

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So did we.

APK with Maryville art

Son #1 is an artsy guy, a gift he inherited from his grandfather. Karen was inspirational too. See the turtle on the wall in the background?

metalwork turtle by APK

Note the influence.

Fast forward 15+ years.

Son #1 is now a young man, studying art in college. We visit with Karen every time she is in town.

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For my husband’s 50th birthday, I commissioned Karen to create a Missouri three-toed box turtle, like the ones his family had when he was a boy. He is a stunner.

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And Karen gave me this piece after I admired it and told her how our beloved dog, Carl, who died last year, used to eat cicadas on his summer walks.

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As a small thank you, I made this keychain for Karen.

You can read about Karen in Sunshine Artist. She talks about her work and her evolution as an artist–and she even tells the story of meeting Son #1.

It is remarkable how seemingly small moments can have a huge impact on one’s life. Our family’s meeting Karen was a small moment that led to a marvelous friendship.

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  1. Dana Silver on said:

    Love this ! It put a smile on my face this Monday morning !

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