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1 4 WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2016 In our area SIDNEY HERALD RENEE JEAN [ SIDNEY HERALD Stacks of Glass of Hardin was one of the many vendors at the Sunrise Festival of the Arts. would get better!" Whipple BY RENI [ JEAN recalls. And then she said SIDNEY HERALD a few fateful words. "I think I could have Artists of the MonDak written a better one my- gathered to share a me-self!" she told the friend. ment under the sun in Her friend pointed out Veterans Memorial Park Whipple still had several Saturday, and it was a me- weeks in a wheelchair, so ment as electric as the sky why not? was blue. Why not indeed. Not only because the art- Whipple wrote her first ists had brought all their in two weeks, "Loving ideas, shaped by hands Adonis," and then followed or words into some formit up with yet another, of reality, but because of "Twisted Engagement." all the exchanges of ideas "Of course, then you give and knowledge from one to it to all your friends and another. It created energy, they tell you it is great," excitement and fun for she said. "They don't want both artists and festival- to hurt your feelings." goers alike, and all under a She tossed it in a drawer fair weather, Big Sky day. and forgot about it. Dennis Walla, Crane, Her friends didn't how- was among the artisans ever. Two or three years at Sunrise Festival of the later they were asking her Arts Saturday. Hehad a about the books she'd writ- great wall of unique walk- ten, and if she had written ing sticks and canes fash- any more? toned with a little imagina- "When I told them what Lion during idle moments I'd done with the books, that attracted the eyes and they were like no, no, no," sparked the imagination. Whipple recalls. "You've One of these canes had got to get them out there. a lithe snake wrapping They are really good." around it to an orb on top. So Whipple sent them to Others more commonly a copy editor, and asked featured dwarfish facesthe copy editor for an hem looking out from the wood, est opinion. as if captured and fixed in "I'd take this and this out place forever, and embellish this," the Wall isn't entirely sure copy editor told her. "Then how these come into being I'd get them out there, for him exactly. They are because they are pretty there in the wood and he good." finds them. So that is exactly what "It just falls into place she did. Now she's got for me," Walla said. "It's thumb drives with all her easy for me. And I like the works on them. She's got handwork. It feels good." chocolates that advertise WaUa has been carv- her books, and candy ing for 40 years or so, and kisses, too. She's having learned the craft from his the time of her life, taking grandfather, Bill Welke, her books on the road and who would hand him a meeting and talking with stick and show him its ins other writers. and outs. "So I'm not Danielle "He was in his 90s," Steele or Nora Roberts," Walla recalls. "I was prob- she said. "But I bet they ably 12 to 15." don't have as much fun as Stacks of Glass part- I do!" ners Judy Nelson and Speaking of romance, Paulette Frazer, Hardin, not two booths down from meanwhile, started their Whipple on Writer's Row, project as a fun thing for was a young couple return- the grandkids during the ing from their honeymoon, summer months. The passing through just in grandkids grew up and time for Sunrise Festival moved on to other things, of the Arts. but Nelson and Frazer Mattie Richardson had were having too much fun a collection of her works to quit. One of their basements has become the Stacks of Glass factory, and they have churned out light- catcher after light-catcher for their shows, which have taken them across the state. " They describe it as a fun | __. _..:- f o OB retirement, fiall of adven- ture and meeting interest- ing people along the way. Artists were not the only II W$5 8 interesting people at the festival, of course, there were also a number of iters in Writer's Row. N.D.: among : : 7, wboy is her beStsel!er solar,: but her latest and greatest:is "Tarnished : Romance/[ a story about a hoo ;e:,r finds love :after , ipple g0t:her start .:. accidentally as:it were. S id atoll,week stint in r' he0t ha her :/entertainment Was?reading" dime romance novelsl five:." ; a dsixaday. :One night a friend brought supper and asked 365 days of the year - 2am from the point of view of : : the horse. She started writ- ...... ing these young readers I i i when she was 13. Her fam- ily had moved from Minne- sota to North Dakota, and they'd begun homeschool- ing, too, she recalls. I She wanted something OR MORE BOTTLES OF LIQUOR to do, and she wanted an Appaloosa, andsoshe i/l i decided to write a tale with | an Appaloosa in it. She sent it off to an uncle who is an English teacher, who ..... told her it was pretty good rights,"lishingand she should publish itcontrolif"I she went wanted because and she with you said. to. serf-pub- you retain retain the !!:II i She met her husband, e a a n Dan Schmitz, because he is a writer, too. He read an article about her and her books, since she talks at a lot of schools about her projects, and wrote her an email saying they had a mutual acquaintance and asking ff she'd be willing to take a look at his work. "His book is twice as big as anything I've written," she says, "So I'm still working on that!" Perhaps the youngest writer in the row was second-grader Timothy Norling, who.wrote his first books because the idea of coloring was too boring and he didn't have anything else to do. Still he never thought of publishing them. That was his grandmother's birth- day gift to him. "So now here I am," he said, the grin evidence that grandma's gift was just right. "There are not a lot of people here buying books, but I'm going to be here until 4," he said. They had just come from an Author's Day in Lew- istown, he added, where people were buying books. The title he had for sale at the Sunrise Festival of the Arts was "Don't let the Peacock Cook Dinner." He's got another coming out soon. "Don't let the 2-year-old drive the car." Seems like sound advice, and from one so young. gn Up & Reci about: the latest book. "It was so awful, the worst ever," she told the ! I:7 - -- i.. _ .".. _ frmnd. ! I / FOx I U S ] Well why had she kept I/J II C t ., ... reading it then?,, ! ....... "'1 _ ... ~ ~ ~,~. ~: ~