Maida and I recently entered the ArtScape juried art show here in New Ulm. Each of us entered 3 works. I had one accepted in the adult category. Maida had 2 accepted in the 13-18 category. I won 2nd place and $75. Maida won 1st in the youth category and...$100! So cool. Her winning piece is a Japanese Sumi-e ink landscape. When we read about it on the front page of the New Ulm Journal we called Maida's great grandmother, Iku. Iku is an accomplished Sumi-e painter and has been giving Maida painting lessons.
Our family has creators carrying on traditions that go back generations. Maida's contributions remain wrapped up like a flower bud, full of potential and mystery.