Monday, March 3, 2014

Doris Mae (Gonner) Dyas - My Beautiful, Talented Mama

August 6, 1927 - February 23, 2014

 



Doris Mae (Gonner) Dyas, 86 of rural Andrew, passed away very gracefully on Sunday evening at 7:30, February 23rd, 2014, at the Mill Valley Care Center. Doris was surrounded lovingly with her entire family at her side.
Visitation will be held from 4 - 7pm on Wednesday at the Hachmann Funeral Home in Bellevue and again Thursday morning from 9:30 - 10:30am at the Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Springbrook. Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, February 27th at 10:30am in the Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Burial will follow in the Springbrook Cemetery.
Doris Mae Gonner was born on August 6th, 1927 in the Bellevue Hospital to Joseph and Florence (Jaynes) Gonner of Springbrook. She had one sister LaVonne (Gonner) Welsch. Doris attended Bayless Business College in Dubuque, following her graduation from Marquette High School in Bellevue.
Doris married John Wilbur Dyas on January 31st, 1951 at the Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Springbrook. The newlyweds drove south on their honeymoon to Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Doris and Jack made their home on a beautiful farm outside of Andrew and raised two children, Sandra and John. Doris and Jack celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary this year.
Doris enjoyed traveling, playing Euchre with their close friends and family, taking care of her grandchildren, her asparagus patch and her gardens. Doris took extra pride in her flower gardens. She loved taking photographs of her family, pets and her flowers. Documenting her life with a camera began during her teens. Doris was a very strong, independent woman who cherished her family. Her culinary skills were above and beyond what was typical. Exploring recipes such as croquettes and homemade donuts in the 1960’s, Doris was an exceptionally wonderful cook and baker who also enjoyed planning family gatherings on holidays. Every detail was in place, from Easter baskets to her creme de menthe cake. She sent her grandchildren boxes of decorated sugar cookies for Valentine’s Day every year. P.S. “Gams” your cinnamon rolls and sugar cookies were the best!
Doris was an active and devoted member of the Catholic Church. She will be remembered for her incredible flair for style in both her dress and decorating. KMAQ was always on her radio. Music was an important part of her life beginning with playing an accordion as a young girl and having a large collection of records including Johnny Cash, Kitty Wells, Glen Miller, Perry Como, Dean Martin and Willie Nelson. She enjoyed playing bingo, watching Wheel of Fortune and on Sunday night we watched 60 Minutes and had pizza on paper plates in the living room. Her grandchildren enjoyed her card playing superstitions. If her cards were not in her favor, Doris would circle the table or the chair or even switch seats. We will miss her special twinkle in her eyes and the way we could get her to laugh so hard, she would cry. She will be deeply missed.
Those left to honor her memory include her husband John W. Dyas, her two children Sandra Louise Dyas of Iowa City and John R. Dyas of rural Andrew; three grandchildren, Jenna (Tony) Nims of Maquoketa, Jamie Elizabeth Hudrlik of Iowa City, Tasha (Slade) Volk of Blackhawk, South Dakota and three great grandchildren; Caroline Louise, Ayden John and Owen Jacob. Doris was preceded in death by her parents, sister LaVonne, brother-in-law Greg Welsch and her infant daughter Mary Jo.
The family would like to extend their thanks to Mill Valley Care Center, Jackson County Hospice, Father Kruse and the Hachmann Funeral Home

I'll Fly Away....




Thursday, February 20, 2014

William Kentridge. Vertical Thinking - The Refusal of Time



William Kendridge.... I love this work and would love to see it in the space. I think you and Tom Waits should collaborate.

One Year Video Conversation Continues!

HOMEGROWN STORIES began in June 2013 between my long time friend and film-maker LeAnn Erickson and myself. The website is now public and we plan to continue the conversation. All videos were made embracing the one shot aesthetic - one that I personally love. 

Each posting was inspired by the one before it - like a conversation. We began this project in June 2013 and we plan to keep the "video" lines open. 


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Sandy Dyas Documents Iowa

Nick Sparks contacted me and asked me to send him some work for his photography blog, A Still World (www.astillworld.com). Happily I did so. Thank you Nick for featuring my work. Thank you friends for allowing me into your lives so we could make a portrait together. "Sandy Dyas Documents Iowa"
Tom Becker and Ace, The Sugar Shack, near Bellevue, Iowa

Friday, January 31, 2014

Jacob Luplow writes about being a student at Cornell College

Jacob Luplow is a new transfer student at Cornell College where I teach. Inspiring, ambitious and a very creative young man,  his essay takes a spot on the Cornell website news: 

“it was like the opening up all around:

butterfly bursting from esophagus       and her lace hands”

Monday, January 27, 2014

Robert Frank au Jeu de Paume -- Go to Place A...


Big inspiration. Robert Frank, his work, his life, his art. All one thing.

Digital Processes - Art Students @ Lawrence U. Blog

I am really enjoying the Digital Processes Blog coming from Lawrence U. students! My visit there was intensely wonderful. When does one get such a chunk of time to create a huge installation of their work in a beautiful space like the Wriston Galleries (see photos posted on FB)??? Meeting the art students at Lawrence U was one of my favorite parts of being there. They were very attentive and none of them fell asleep - or at least I did not notice. I have since been reading their blogging and also watching their experimental videos. Did I mention I love experimental videos???? Thank you Julie Lindemann and Johnie Shimon for making this happen. A very bright spot in my life - a good way to begin 2014.


The work is up for TWO months -- Wriston Galleries, Lawrence U. -- up in Appleton, WI. 

"my eyes are not shut" -- installation of photos and videos

thank you for the photos - SONY and Kate Siakpere