We are sisters and kindred spirits with an earth-loving ethos, exploring the patterns of trees and flowers, the spirit of animals, the nature of the elements and the pleasures of color. We enjoy pushing the envelope toward the wild and free and creating spirited art pieces from our favorite materials and processes.
Together we published Water on Stone: Women’s Ways to Global Change, a globally subscribed newsletter celebrating women’s special contributions to their communities. Along with our Water on Stone website, we have designed websites and promotional materials for organizations as wide-ranging as anti-bullying, ballet theatre, time banking, human dignity campaigns, palliative and end-of-life care as well as for fellow musicians and visual artists.
We make our home and studio in Historic Grandin Village, an eclectic urban center in Roanoke, Virginia, a city with gorgeous natural scenery and a thriving arts community.
A photographer since childhood, Ann received a BA in Fine Arts from Hollins University with honors in 2007, specializing in photography and film. Entranced by the profound sense of connection she finds wherever she is present - at home, with animals, in gardens and in neighborhoods - her spirit filled work has been shown in several exhibits statewide.
As a long-time nature lover, Mary Lou received a Master’s in Forestry from Colorado State University and has worked as a naturalist and teacher. Her delight in wild places and observations of their universal patterns and rhythms illuminates her photography, block printing, fabric arts and writing.
Tyne Anaite - Gaelic for river tempest - is our muse and our delight. She is a yellow lab who was born on the first day of the year 2010. She loves water holes, playing fetch, belly rubs and food. With her omnipresent smile she is a constant reminder to stay awake to the present...
Water on Stone Productions is based in Roanoke, Virginia, a community in the Blue Ridge Mountains, where the ever-changing beauty of mountains, woods and streams is our constant inspiration and where our backyard gardens and ponds have welcomed people, pets, birds, fish, and spirits past and present.
At home and on our travels, we celebrate the wonder of all our connections by practicing the art of bricolage - tinkering with and creating things from a fascinating assortment of objects, ideas, styles, sounds and spaces.
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.
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.
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.
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