Having just returned from an opening reception of my work in West Virginia, I am reflecting on what makes a place feel like home. I grew up in Beckley, a town in the mountains where I learned to have a deep regard for nature. However, I spent over 24 years returning to Lewisburg to visit my mother's adoptive home. I have such fond memories of my visits there.
I realized on this trip that Lewisburg feels like home to me as much as Beckley does. Beckley is home because I still have so many friends that I care about there. Lewisburg feels like home because I love the memories that are evoked walking the streets of the beautiful little town, remembering shared activities with my family.
Here are some pics of my experience visiting my adoptive home along with a video of my work in the Washington Street Gallery in Lewisburg.
Do you have an adoptive home? What do you think makes us feel as if a place is home? Let me know. Just click comments below.
I delivered 19 paintings for an exhibit of over 25 pieces of my work.
A sign at one of my favorite restaurants, the Stardust Cafe.
Betcha didn't know that there is a Carnegie Hall in West Virginia! There is, and it's in Lewisburg.
This is an example of a display case at the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame. Bill Withers is from WV.
In fact my father knew his mother. So, I always felt a connection to him.
I love visiting cemeteries. This was the oldest grave marker that I could find.
It's in the Old Stone Church Cemetery.
You can find all kinds of historic markers in Lewisburg. Sometimes you miss them if you don't look down.