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Ann Richardson & Mary Lou Richardson

We are artists, musicians, writers and designers inspired by a fascinating assortment of objects, ideas, styles, sounds and spaces. We look to nature, instinct, memories, ancestors and enlightened beings to illuminate our path.

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ANN

An early alchemist, I cut my teeth experimenting in my friend Debbie’s kitchen. Her mother, a pioneer work-outside-the-home mom, oft left us unwittingly to our own devices - unsupervised save for her grandmother (who I now suspect suffered dementia) along with her older sister, her baby and her three-legged Afghan Hound.

Making sure the coast was clear we would empty the cupboards of flour, baking powder, soda, yeast and food coloring making colorful concoctions that would fizz, bubble and expand till they overflowed the bounds of their containers.

As we left our creations on a tree stump baking in the sun we would change into our bathing suits, blow up the beach raft and fill the tub to the tippy top. Then we’d ride bareback two-astride our canvas stallion upon the waves of our childhood fantasies.

 

TYNE ANAITE

Born on the first day of the year 2010, this pick of the litter was chosen by her grandfather for the distinctive black spot on her nose.

She honed her wanderlust skills riding next to him on our trips to the coast always obliged to relieve him of a French-fry or two.

Her name Tyne for 'river' and Anaite for 'tempest' reflects her personality - easy going, fluid - full of verve, vigor and enthusiasm.

This all about the cuddle yellow lab gets giddy about retrieving socks and underwear from the clothes dryer. She is as comfortable romping about in water as she is walking a'la tightrope style on the back of a sofa.

MARY LOU

Music features in my fondest early memories - twirling to Strauss waltzes in our basement, performing princess puppet show to musical soundtracks, lip singing to the anthems of plucky heroines from recordings of South Pacific, Annie Get Your Gun and Oklahoma, and playing with a family Christmas present that let us record and cut our own vinyl records.

My encouraging Grandmother, an expert seamstress who always kept me stylishly dressed, opened her wondrous assortment of fabrics, sequins, tassels and trims to my friends and me. We’d whip up costumes for backyard musicals Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland style, gather unsuspecting troops and rally them with upbeat standards like Let the Sun Shine In, This Little Light of Mine, and Keep on the Sunny Side. Though my optimistic nature lives on, my musical partners and I - in our present day ukulele quartet - like to keep things balanced by including plenty of songs in a minor key.

 

Mary Lou Richardson, Artist, Musician, Writer drinking in the Paris sunight.
Tyne Anaite, Spectacular Labrador Retriever
Ann Richardson, Artist, Photographer, Writer

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Mary Lou Richardson, Artist, Musician, Writer drinking in the Paris sunight.
Mary Lou Richardson, Artist, Musician, Writer drinking in the Paris sunight.

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We are artists, musicians, writers and designers inspired by a fascinating assortment of objects, ideas, styles, sounds and spaces. It is our calling to make our spirit-centered lives visible.

In the same way ancient navigators used stars as beacons, we look to nature, memories and instincts and ancestors and enlightened beings to illuminate our path. Adventurers at heart, we open portals to new experiences and new understandings, letting go of attachment to destination or outcome.

We dedicate ourselves to a heartfelt place, reclaiming spirit in the realm of matter. Blending artists’ tools with imagination, wonder, celebration and love continues to deepen our connection to the sacred.

Mary Lou Richardson, Artist, Musician, Writer drinking in the Paris sunight.
Mary Lou Richardson, Artist, Musician, Writer drinking in the Paris sunight.