“On the Mantle by the Sea” Poem by Barbara Hunter | Music by Charles Goodhue
Midi Synthesizer Programmed by Charles Goodhue
BARBARA HUNTER (1943-2018) was Lura Goodhue Pierce’s school and lifetime friend who wrote the poetry selected for the “Sea, Air, and Water Songs.” Barbara Hunter was born and grew up in Bartlesville, OK, an oil town. She was a textile artist, photographer, and writer. Explorations in Guatemala in 1975 led her out of an English teaching classroom to a career in textile arts.
Beginning with her first exhibit in 1978 of her poems (or wordings, as she called them) led to her 1999 publishing of Artings and Wordings . It is one-of-a-kind artist book including an assemblage of one hundred and sixty of her poems and demonstrating how textile or paper and collaborations of the two including fiber sculptures can enhance the artistic message. This book includes ideas and photographic images collected on Barbara’s daily walks in, out, and near city, forest, sea and plain.
In her final years, Barbara had a fourth-floor studio overlooking a lake in Arlington, MA where she lived with her husband Larry Milner. She returned often to a cottage on the Maine coast and a sandy beach preserve on the Massachusetts Coast where she found inspiration for her writing and living of a full life. Others see the beauties of nature through her eyes and words. Her lifelong philosophy of inclusivity and seeing beauty in all gentle things has been and is her gift to others. Barbara Hunter died from a painful pulmonary auto-immune disease in March 2018 that she had been dealing with for several years.
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