Friday, February 28, 2014

Losing a Friend

February 28, 2014: My friend Cindy Myers died early this morning after battling cancer for the last year. I am glad her fight is over and I’d like to think that she is sitting in the sunshine someplace with a snifter of brandy and a smoke of some kind in her other hand. One of my favorite places to spend time was in her backyard garden on a warm afternoon talking, solving problems, laughing, gossiping and enjoying the sunshine, the birds, flowers and each other’s company.  She had a face that told you there is a big heart behind it. I will miss so many things about Cindy, her mass of curly red hair and her freckled wrinkly smiling face and her great sense of humor and her wisdom. Her face just crinkled up like a paper bag when she laughed. She had the uncommon, common sense; she really cut through to the heart of the matter, as fast than anyone I knew. She was an extremely talented artist. She is known for her blown glass, but she produced wonderful works of art in ceramics, printmaking, painting, fiber arts, especially weaving.  She taught ceramics and glass blowing at Yavapai College for many years and these last years she worked at Tis gallery on Cortez Street.  I met Cindy when we were starting up Arts Prescott Cooperative Gallery 21 years ago.  She, as much as any of the early members, was responsible for getting us up and running. Cindy, Janet Childress and I spent a lot of time together getting the “Coop” off the ground and in the ensuing years helping keep it up and running. We were like “war buddies”. Cindy was one of the hardest working people I have ever met.

She will be missed by many, especially her husband Michael, her son Bryan, a large family and her many friends.  She never did anything half-heartedly; she was always  “all in”.  And that’s why she was such a great friend, wife and mother.