Katya Grineva Piano Concert June 29th at 6:30 p.m.
Fairhope Unitarian Fellowship
Current Art Exhibit
May 5 – June 30, 2018
Blind Vision by Pinky Bass
DARK FEET AND DARK WINGS:
On Being a Blind Photographer
To go in the dark with a light is to know the light.
To know the dark, go dark. Go without sight,
and find that the dark, too, blooms and sings,
and is traveled by dark feet and dark wings.
When I moved into Aunt Nell’s house in Fairhope at age fifty-five my visual world began to shift. She had been blind from age 11 and I was experiencing visual as well as artistic shifts. Cataracts, glaucoma, a corneal infection, visual migraines all made me question myself as a photographer. As I worked on the installation FEAR: Can I Be a Blind Photographer? I began making images that seemed to reflect those
altered perspectives on what it meant to “go without sight.” In Blind Vision I’ve included a number of alternative photographic processes such as solar-graphic and
lumen printing, calk and acrylic lifts, pigment lifts using hand sanitizer as well as digital and traditional darkroom work. Eco-dyeing, braille, layered transparencies and scraps of memorabilia became the syntax for my “blind vision.” Although my intention was not to mimic visual anomalies per se, the images reflect both the reality of
altered vision and the world in which someone like Aunt Nell tried to make sense of her environment. Since we actually see with our brains, other senses expand that world and become powerful tools for the seeing impaired. Clearly I focused on the kinetic agility of one’s hands. Many of the photographs and prints have been made and shared for me to use by Carolyn DeMeritt, Doug Baulos, Kay Tuttle, Rachel Wright and my grandmother -- my deepest thanks for their generosity
Christopher Sims (From the UU Fellowship in Rockford, IL)
Speaker at the Fairhope Unitarian Fellowship
Christopher is an artist who writes poetry and songs and also performs spoken word poetry.
Black Man’s Prayer (Before Entering Areas with White People)
Christopher D. Sims·Monday, June 19, 2017
Dear God, dear Universe:
Please protect me, give me guidance
as I enter these spaces with white folk
who might be scared, nervous, uncomfortable,
or even feel as if everything belongs to them.
And that includes the streets that I walk on,
the neighborhoods I stroll into, the health facilities
that I work out in, the churches I step into, and
the airports I get myself to.
Dearest God, dear Universe:
May they understand I’m just a man
who was placed here living without worry
or fear; that year after year I’m becoming
more confident, brave, and at peace with myself.
May they understand God, dear Universe
that their street, their neighborhood, their health
facility is mines, too. That they create the fear
when they think, act, or say what they do.
Oh dear God, dear Universe
I don’t want no problems with them
or the police they may call when they see me
walking through their pristine blocks listening
to hip-hop in my earphones. I’m just trying to
exercise, breathe, and make it back home. Make
it back home. Make it back home.
© Christopher D. Sims
June 19, 2017
FUF hosts celebration of a 36-year relationship in same-sex marriage ceremony
On Monday, November 14, Don Sawyer presided at the marriage of two lovely women who were finally able to publicly celebrate their 36-year relationship in a moving ceremony at the Fairhope Unitarian Fellowship. As Don said at the ceremony, "Hopefully, we are at the point where marriage is not defined by the limited views and religious sanctions of the past, but by the love and commitment of partners entering into such a relationship." Linda and Rita had been unable to marry in their home church and reached out the FUF. It is a real joy to be able to support and help provide legal sanction to loving couples regardless of sexual orientation.