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Julia Crainer Nov 19. 2015

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Julia Crainer Nov 19. 2015

Postby marcib » Sat Nov 21, 2015 5:13 pm

Julia Ballard Crainer
November 29, 1924 - November 19, 2015

Julia Ballard Crainer, 90, of Jones Creek passed away in her son’s home, Jimmy Crainer on November 19., 2015. She was born November 29, 1924 in Bay City, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to: Brazosport Art League; 400 College Drive; Clute, Texas 77531.

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The above is the perfect photo of Julia , just like I remember her.... Always with a huge smile on her face... and those braids .
I was so blessed to have gotten to know her. Cherryl Meggs and Celeste McCall kept telling me about this " Concan " place ( Concan Porcelain Art Retreat , Concan , TX ) and how I HAD to go and teach there.. so finally , I decided to do it .
There I was , new guy in .... scared to death and intimidated by all of the talented teachers there ... Cherryl, Celeste ,Jane Marcks , Frances Davis.. so many others....
So on class sign up day, I put out my little painted portraits on the table .. and waited for somebody ... anybody .. to be interested in signing up ....
This force of nature walked over to my table , looked at one of my miniature pieces and quietly said: "The eye is a little crooked " .... and I thought:" And WHO are YOU ?!!" ......
Well, I got to know WHO she was . ... An art teacher who taught college level art and willingly shared her vast knowledge with us on the weekends in between the ( then ) 2 week sessions . Watercolor, pen work , drawing... you name it ... she did it beautifully and taught it well ....
But more than that , I was privileged to get to know Julia as a person ... and she was the dearest , warmest , most encouraging person you could find.
I will miss her a lot....
..............................and..... she was right about the eye !
Marci
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Julia taking a class from Cherryl Meggs at Concan in 2014 ( the 50 th anniversary year of the Concan Porcelain Art Retreat )

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Front row far left... Barbarar Arrington ( Julia's dear sister who passed before she did ) .. and Julia ... 2014 Concan
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Re: Julia Crainer Nov 19. 2015

Postby marcib » Mon Nov 23, 2015 5:22 pm

A poem by my friend Julia Crainer who was a beautiful artist and friend. The ultimate teacher. Rest in Peace dear friend.
This poem and other thoughts were given to those who took a watercolor class in 2004.
I will treasure these.

My Thought Today 5-5-81
People ask me "what do you like to paint"?
Once more it causes me to stop and think.
About the places I have painted before
And of the ones I must study some more.
As they stand so tall and wide and subdued
Waiting for the mystery drying to view
I look again and what do I see, but
Another rock or maybe a tree
That's when I remember Being a child once more
Going to a show where popcorn did soar
We'd buy a box, turn a kernel in hand
Wonder and decide is that animal or man?

I've. Thirty three years of. Teaching gone by...
Fond memories of developing new artists ..girls and boys.
One thing, of many that's rewarding to me
Are the artists I've molded whose work you see
The smiles they give and the warmth I get
In helping each one in creating each set
Of pictures so big and those so small
And each ones heart feeling as big as a ball

This cause one to think......oh the amazement of it all
To cause a flat canvas and develop a piece so tall
With warmth to share with each viewer who sees
The works of students and students to be.
The Lord is working with me each day
To help him preserve the beauties to stay
In our world of sorrow of toil of strife
Helping give us happiness through the remainder of our lives
Signed Julia Crainer
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Re: Julia Crainer Nov 19. 2015

Postby Thethistlelady » Tue May 24, 2016 8:07 am

;rose2; so sweet!
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Re: Julia Crainer Nov 19. 2015

Postby Bev Tidd » Tue May 24, 2016 11:35 am

Very touching story and poem to read...thank you, Marci!!!
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