Photos by Angela Shoemaker
Wings on a String
Kites have had a variety of uses since their invention in fifth century B.C. China, including weather studies and carrying electricity, but the best use by far is creating parent-child-bonding outdoor recreation. This Rainbow Bird kite, from award-winning kite designer Martin Lester, is 43 inches long with a 54-inch wingspan and sells for $20 at the Louisville Science Center, 727 W. Main St. (561-6100, www.louisvillescience.org), which carries a large assortment of kites priced $7-$20.
A walk around the lake at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest resulted in this buoyant photograph by photographer/graphic designer Michael Morris. Lake Nevin Weeds is an archival digital photograph printed on Silver Rag, 100-percent cotton paper, and comes in three sizes: five by seven inches ($35), eight by 11? ($65) and 13 by 19 ($95). Michael Morris Design Inc. is at 5001 Crown Manor Place, Suite 202 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The online company OutdoorDecor.com (www.outdoordecor.com) stocks many weathervanes in different sizes and materials, including “Eagle Cottage,” made of hand-hammered copper with a verdigris finish. It’s 13? inches high and 17 inches wide and can be expanded to a total height of almost 30 inches when mounted on the roof. It can also be added to a rooftop cupola or used as a moving garden stake, with a total height expansion of 76 inches. The weathervane sells for $109; others run $64-$253.
The Falls of the Ohio Interpretive Center, 201 W. Riverside Drive in Clarksville (812-280-9970, www.fallsoftheohio.org), has “singing rails,” guardrails that make a riverboat sound when the wind hits them just right. Its Falling Waters gift shop continues that idea by stocking many wind-related items, including a handcrafted cloisonne hot-air balloon ornament with dangling basket. The five-inch-tall, 8?-inch-in-diameter knickknack with stand sells for $15.
Former Simplicity Pattern Co. employee Marti Plager is a quilt artist who specializes in wall hangings such as this one, Kite Flying, made of commercial and hand-dyed cottons that were pieced and quilted on a sewing machine. The work is 20 inches high by 12 inches wide and costs $175, with Plager’s price range peaking at $3,000. Contact her at 245-8112 or email@example.com.
Blowing His Line
“This artwork, The Windy Day (Clothesline in Doolin, Ireland), was created on an unusually balmy spring day in Doolin, Ireland,” says artist Martin Rollins. The physical scene allowed him to “simply let the quality of light and the gentle lift and sway of the various articles on the clothesline describe the feel of the wind on that day.” The 12-by-18-inch oil pastel can be found at B. Deemer Gallery, 2650 Frankfort Ave. (896-6687, www.bdeemer.com), and sells for $875, with the price range for all of Rollins’ work at $500-$4,000.