Our 5th rock is from artist Antony Galbraith, of DoAn Art. The rock is from Burlington,Vermont, where I received my BA in Writing and Literature from Burlington College in 2007.
Although he didn’t specify that the rock came from Lake Champlain, I suspect that it did, which is very important to me. Burlington and the lake played a very special role in my childhood, as we were always going there during the summers when we were staying at our cabin in Salisbury. I have fond memories of the Ferry and looking for “Champ” as a kid. Later on, Charles and I had a few fun summer vacations there. And it was all of those cherished memories that led me to enroll at Burlington College, where I made many wonderful friends and saw a grown-up side of the city. The city is a jewel and holds much magic for me.
Antony—I always called him Tony, so that’s how I’ll refer to him for the rest of this post—had a big job ahead of him when I met him. I had just enrolled as a student at Burlington College so I could finish my bachelor’s degree—not in journalism, but in Writing and Literature (which is what I should have done all those years ago, but, you know, when my Dad was paying for it I had to do what he said, which turned out to be not a bad thing in the end). I had two mentors during my tenure there, but Tony was the one who had to put the final sign-off on my thesis: a collection of 21 stories based on the major arcane in the Tarot. It was a long road, with heavy revision. He, quite plainly, kicked my ass, and I am better for it.
But we also became friends and are friends to this day. We have a lot in common. And Tony is a fine artist and is very connected to creativity and what it means to have such creativity and connect with the world around you.
In fact, he did a piece of work in his Planets Series, which had a showing at a Gallery in New York, called Uranus. I loved it so much I bought it. It was my first “real” piece of art, and it proudly hangs over my bed to this day and continues to provide me with inspiration. Having a rock from him at our wedding is special, indeed.
If you would like to see some of Tony’s other work—much of it mythical—please visit http://www.doanart.com/Home.html