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Ramsey’s works have been
displayed at First United
Methodist Church, Corpus
Christi, Texas; Art Center of
Corpus Christi; Beeville Art
Museum, Texas Artists Exhibi-
tion; Texas A & M University-
Islander Art Gallery; Coastal
Bend College, Beeville, Texas;
Visual Arts Club, Georgetown,
Texas; Georgetown Library;
Framers Gallery, Georgetown,
Texas; Texas Hill Country Invi-
tational, Boerne, Texas; Rene
Cantu Fine Art Gallery, San
Antonio, Texas, and Yellow
Rose Gallery, Rockport, Texas.
“It’s a path I’m on, being
led in different directions,”
said Ramsey. “Art has helped
me find that path. There are
times when I don’t realize
what I’m creating. It’s coming
from above. I just paint, and
it’s controlled by the hand of
God.” Ramsey said that some-
times people ask her how she
Corpus Christi Woman to be Guest
Ar tist at Gal lery 195 in Boerne
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Issue 13, Vol 2
Local, award-winning art-
ist, Sylvia Ramsey will be a
Guest Artist at Gallery 195 in
Boerne, Texas, for the month
of July. A ‘Meet the Artist’
event will be held on Satur-
day, July 14, 2018, from 4 pm
to 8 pm, in the gallery located
at 195 S. Main Street, Boerne,
Texas.
“My mom took me to Mrs.
Littleton when I was seven or
eight years old,” said Ramsey.
“She was like an angel from
heaven. She taught the first
oil painting class that I ever
took.”
Ramsey dabbled in art over
the years as she worked as a
financial advisor. “Then, I just
decided that I wanted to be
an artist,” Ramsey said. “It’s
mental therapy.”
She returned to school and
earned an Associate Degree
in Fine Arts in 2009 from Del
Mar College. “I got involved
Carson Pape’s Second Annual Salsa Fest
The second annual Car-
son’s Salsa-Fest is happening
on Saturday, July 14, 2018,
from 5 PM to 8 PM, at Corner-
stone Park on Seth Street in
Flour Bluff. This event, creat-
ed by Carson Pape, will raise
funds for kids with Cancer
and other illnesses. This year
Carson and his family decid-
ed to go with Triumph Over
Kid Cancer, which is a local
charity founded by James Ra-
gan. All money raised will be
matched by MD Anderson.
Once again, we will award a
$50 gift card to the first-prize
salsa.
According to Carson’s dad,
Kyle Pape, “There will be a
highly untrained panel of
Survival Guide for Widows Shows How
to Rebui ld Life and Reclaim Joy
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judges picked by Carson who
will judge the salsa and pick
a winner. Judge’s call is final!”
Rules for the Salsa Fest
#1 All salsas will be ac-
cepted. Homemade, store
bought, or other (?)
#2. Entry fee - Adult entry
$15, kid entry $10 (Entry fee
is only for the salsa, not per
person). $10-$15 gets your
entire family into the salsa
competition. If you don’t
want to enter anything, that’s
fine, too. Last year there was
quite a bit of extra salsa to go
around. There will hopefully
be several items to be bid on
in the silent auction.
#3. We will hold a silent
auction with several items to
be announced. We are look-
ing for any donations.
Note: 100% of the entry
fees and silent auction funds
are going to Triumph Over
Kid Cancer Foundation. Ev-
erything brought in will be
donated. Donatedmoney will
not be used to cover costs.
“Karleen and I are very
in everything. I joined the Art
Center of Corpus Christi, Cor-
pus Christi Art Association,
Boerne Professional Art-
ists, and Rockport Center of
the Arts,” said Ramsey, who
lived in the Hill Country for
about a year and even took
painting lessons from Dalhart
Windberg, a romantic realist,
at the Windberg Art Center
in Georgetown. “He calls me
his problem child. He is my
mentor and inspiration. It
was there that I received the
‘People’s Choice Award for
my boots painting.”
Ramsey paints a variety
of subjects: landscapes, sea-
scapes, animals, and still
life. She has received several
awards for her work, includ-
ing ‘Best of Show’ & Silver
Cup Award, Art Association
of Corpus Christi, Texas; Peo-
ple’s Choice Award, Visual
Arts Club, Georgetown, Tex-
as. Ramsey painted the cover
art for the book, Testimonies
from the Body of Christ by
Terri Shook, copyright 2009
and has been featured in
Texas NOW magazine, ‘The
Simon Michael Gallery: The
Living Legacy’; the Corpus
Christi Caller-Times; and City
Week, Georgetown, Texas.
does it. “I don’t know. I get in
a freedom zone when I paint,”
she said. “Sometimes I look at
a painting I’mworking on and
know something is not right
– by Shirley Thornton
proud of Carson wanting to
hold this event and want to
make it as successful as last
year’s event,” said Kyle Pape.
“Last year we raised $2200 for
St. Jude’s Hospital. We’d like
to make this happen again
this year. Please visit the
TOKC website
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phoverkidcancer.org/
“We will have a silent auc-
tion, lemonade stand, and
dessert table. The date is fast
approaching, and we need
volunteers to help with judg-
ing, salsa entries, and donat-
ing auction items or services,”
said Carson’s mom, Karleen
Pape. “Please help us raise
money to find a cure for kids’
cancer!”
“Henrietta” by Sylvia Ramsey
Cover art by Sylvia Ramsey for the book, Testi-
monies from the Body of Christ by Terri Shook
Like many of the nearly
one million women whose
husbands die each year, Ella
Wall Prichard was unpre-
pared for widowhood. As
she muddled through the
cloud of grief that engulfed
her after her husband Lev’s
death, she learned that there
is no one way to “do” widow-
hood—she could write her
own script. Part memoir, part
survival guide, her new book
Reclaiming
Joy: A Primer
for Widows
(1845 Books, an
imprint of Baylor Universi-
ty Press, $24.95 hardcover,
September 15, 2018) offers
plenty of practical advice and
spiritual encouragement for
women seeking thestrength
to rebuild their lives.
Fear and anxiety con-
sumed Prichard as she con-
fronted the enormity of the
responsibilities left to her,
including becoming CEO of
the family oil business. She
found strength reading Scrip-
ture,especially Paul’s letter to
the Philippians with its mes-
sage of love, encouragement,
and joy. Itprovides a four-part
framework for the book—
Love Overcomes Fear; Unity
Strengthens
Relationships;
Maturity
Brings Wisdom; and Peace
Leads to Joy—with each
chapter focusing on a dif-
ferent trait needed to move
from grief to joy, such as
gratitude,
grace,
insight,
courage,unselfishness,
hu-
mility, and acceptance.
Prichard
acknowledges
that every widow’s situation
is different, and encourages
readers to set their own path.
Yet some aspects of widow-
hood are universal, including
changing family dynamics,
financial concerns, and lone-
liness. Even holidays can
be “sinkholes,” fraught with
dread for widows. Just as she
learned from the experienc-
es of other widows, Prichard
hopes her account will in-
spire and comfort others, let-
ting them know they are not
alone on this journey.
Prichard shares hard-won
wisdom such as:
• Take time to mourn: “If
I had addressed my grief
head-on in the beginning
instead of numbing myself
with busyness, I might have
healed more quickly.”
• Accept invitations: “Many
of the books and blogs I read
advise new widows to avoid
social occasions while they
are still emotionally fragile.
That is a terrible idea for most
of us. Isolation is a breeding
ground for depression. When
we keep saying ‘no,’ people
forget about us andmove on.”
• Take heart in small acts of
courage: “New widows need
courage simply to get out of
bed some mornings. Every
small act of courage em-
powers us. Repeated often
enough, they give us the con-
fidence to build new, mean-
ingful lives for ourselves.”
• Build community: The sis-
terhood of widows has played
a significant role in Prichard’s
journey. “We can fall apart in
front of our widowed friends.
They understand, and they
help pull us out of the sink-
holes.” The support of online
community via social media
and her own blog not only of-
fered moral support, but led
to the writing of Reclaiming
Joy.
• Leave your comfort zone:
Prichard pushed herself far
out of her comfort zone. “Not
every new experience was
one that I wanted to repeat.
Not every new acquaintance
became a friend. In some
ways I was like a teenager. No
one else could tell me what
would work for me. I had to
take risks.”
• Seek professional help:
Whether in financial, legal,
or medical matters, widows
will need help from trusted
professionals. Prichard’s phy-
sician recognized her need
for emotional help and pre-
scribed anti-anxiety meds
that helped her over a rough
patch.
• Find role models: “In my
desperate search for how to
‘do’ widowhood, I looked for
widows I wanted to emu-
late. By examining the lives
of widows whom we admire,
we can identify the attributes
we need to move from grief
to joy.”
“The only way I could think
of to bring good from the
sad circumstances of Lev’s
death was to live my life with
the faith, courage, hope, and
expectation that I professed
to believe,” Prichard writes.
“I found that I could do that
only by living life in commu-
nity, with the love, support,
and prayers of others.”
About the Author
Ella Wall Prichard is the
president of Prichard Oil
Company. She was married to
Lev Prichard for 46 years, unti
his death in 2009.While learn
ing the business and settling
the estate in the midst of th
Great Recession, she poure
out her grief and anxiety on
Twitter and Facebook, whic
were the seeds of her book,
Reclaiming Joy.
Born in New Orleans an
raised in Texarkana, Prichar
attended Baylor University i
Waco, and spent her married
years in Corpus Christi, Texas
She now splits her time be
tween Corpus Christi, Dallas
and her “happy place,” Nan
tucket. A mother and grand
mother, she is a frequent
speaker on the subject of
widowhood and has encour
aged and supported widow
around the country. She i
involved in her community
church, and many other non
profit organizations.
Ella blogs at
prichard.com, where other
resources on widowhood can
be found.
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