Art in the Neighborhood

After my morning exercise, I often stop by one of our local coffee shops in Fredericksburg’s historic district. I enjoy my coffee, read and/or write, and plan my day. I am amazed at how many ideas come to me by way of this daily ritual. After my coffee break, I often take a photo walk and even though I confine my walk to a few blocks, round and round, I most always find some picture . . . waiting for me . . . as a gift.

On the first Friday of each month, Fredericksburg hosts an art walk. The town is vibrant on these evenings. For June’s First Friday, Dave and I stopped by 25 30 Espresso, the little community coffee house, just passed the train tracks in the Darbytown neighborhood. We were excited to check out their advertised pairing of coffee and art by Pete Morelewicz.

We were not disappointed. The pairing of smooth cheesecake topped with rich dark chocolate and Pete’s inventive prints made for the perfect date night. I purchased a few of Pete’s original letterpress cards, featuring local landmarks, designed to mimic postage stamps. With the kindness that comes from a generous heart, Pete offered one of his prints for a giveaway. I took a chance, dropping my ticket in the jar.

Happy news! I won the framed print!  Holding the print, Afternoon Fred, in my hands, I was most impressed by Pete’s ability to make a scene so familiar seem new and fresh – as though I was seeing the view from the Chatham Bridge for the first time. Inspired by Pete’s way of seeing, I took my morning walk, opening my eyes wide.

One way to open your eyes is to ask yourself, “What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again?” –Rachel Carson

Many thanks to Maureen and her team at 2530 Espresso and to Pete for bringing coffee, friends, and art to my world – all in good measure.