A fatal hit-and-run in front of Savannah Webb’s glass shop proves to be no accident . . .
A highlight of Savannah’s new glass bead workshop is a technique called flame-working, which requires the careful wielding of acetylene torches. Understandably, safety is a top priority. But as Savannah is ensuring her students’ safety inside, a hit-and-run driver strikes down a pedestrian outside her shop.
The victim is Nicole Borawski, the bartender/manager at the Queen’s Head Pub, owned by Savannah’s boyfriend Edward. It quickly becomes clear that this was no random act of vehicular manslaughter. Now the glass shop owner is all fired up to get a bead on the driver—before someone else meets a dead end.
~ Guest Post With Cheryl ~
Art Inspires Art – Filling the Well
Writing for me is exhilarating and at the same time exhausting. I tend to push very hard for several weeks near a deadline for turning a book into to my publisher. That means as many as sixteen-hours a day living and breathing in story world. I call this phase book jail. When I have finally pressed the SEND key, I’m a quivering mass of nervous energy and completely empty of words. At this point, I have trouble writing a sticky note.
At last, I’ve found an easy and effective solution. I walk into the nearest museum. I wander with no set plan or no set schedule. I avoid the wonderful docents. I just let the art wash over me and it begins to recharge my creative batteries. For the writer, this is cross training at its most pleasant.
I’m lucky enough to live in downtown St. Petersburg, FL. There are four museums within the space of a dozen blocks. In the seventh block of Central Avenue is the Chihuly Collection with a stunning, permanent collection of world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly’s unique artwork in a magnificent setting designed.
When I’m in the mood for Chihuly, I want to stay longest the gallery with the stunning installation titled “Ruby Red Icicle Chandelier,” whose red hot swirls dangle from the ceiling. I also adore the multicolored chandelier known as “Milli Fiore.” After I’ve walked through the museum, I spend some time in the gift shop where items for sale are not the typical selection of cups, t-shirts and postcards.
On nearby Beach Drive is the Museum of Fine Arts with a large permanent collection of French Impressionist paintings. They also host the Hot Gatherings/Cool Conversations/Wine and lecture series that feature a touring glass artist.
Around the corner is the St. Petersburg Museum of History with a permanent interactive exhibition of the chronology of St. Petersburg’s history filled with priceless artifacts, documents and photographs. The Benoist Pavilion houses a replica of the world’s first commercial airliner which made the first scheduled commercial flight from St. Petersburg to Tampa on Jan. 1, 1914.
Finally, at the south-end of the downtown area is the world-famous Dali Museum with touring exhibits as well as the largest collection of Dali art outside of Spain. Salvador Dalí’s art is often as shocking as it is brilliant. There are changing and special exhibits throughout the year, including children’s activities, film, music series, lectures and more. I enjoy the Spanish themed Gala Cafe and wander the waterside Avant Garden.
I am a member of all of these museums so that I don’t have to hesitate for a moment when I feel the need to recharge. This technique for ‘filling the well’ rejuvenates my creativity and in little more than an afternoon, I’m ready for the next writing challenge.
Cheryl Hollon now writes full-time after she left an engineering career of designing and building military flight simulators in amazing countries such as England, Wales, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, and India. Fulfilling the dream of a lifetime, she combines her love of writing with a passion for creating glass art. In the small glass studio behind her house in St. Petersburg, Florida, Cheryl and her husband design, create, and produce fused glass, stained glass, and painted glass artworks. Visit her online at http://cherylhollon.com, on Facebook or on Twitter @CherylHollon.
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