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Green is where the Heart Is for January 29th, 2014

“It’s impossible,” said pride.  “It’s risky,” said experience.  “It’s pointless,” said reason.  “Give it a try,” whispered the HEART.  ~unknown

By MO LINQUIST
Contributing Writer

When he was a kid he didn’t pay attention in school.  He was happiest exploring nature, unbridled with energy growing up in the fresh air of Georgia. 
Even though it was primarily for adults, his parents enrolled him at the age of eight at the community YMCA art class taught by Tom Powers, famous for the Powers Festival of Coweta County, Georgia.  They were hoping their young son could learn to focus.  
Powers handed him a large piece of rice paper, green and off white and instructed him to just paint the skyline on the paper. 
Disappointed that he was given such a dirty piece of paper, he drew on it, then threw it away.  When he asked for a fresh sheet of paper, his instructor retrieved the original, expounded on the quality, the depth, the composition and penciled in simple windows.  He saw his drawing come to life.  We know the young boy I am talking about as Mykel Wurks.  Soon he entered a piece in the Coweta County show, competing with artists up to 18 years old and proceeded to win but true to form, he was outside playing football when they called his name, honoring him with the large blue ribbon and $100. 
He took no art classes in high school but made all the class banners free hand.  He attended Auburn University where he took 3 art history classes that he loved.  When his Spanish studies moved him abroad to Madrid, he traveled through Europe hitting all the prestigious galleries from Russia to Paris.
Chris and I met Mykel last year when he wandered into Artful Living Group, a day or two after relocating here from San Francisco. 
After realizing that he was happiest when he was painting, (and when he watched someone engaged in looking at his art) he moved to Wilmington by a friend’s prompting, to join the great art community here.  His process is evolving.  He is steady. He is thankful and in his meditation he creates a lyrical abstraction expressing conscientiousness of pain and gratitude of love.  “We are all travelers,” he says and so, fittingly, his show is called “Sojourner.”  As you examine his colorful pieces (60 in this show) you may be able to hear the jazz, transcendental or old blues music he listens to as he paints. 
The repetitive figures come to life and the binary symbols tell a story.  And then there are hearts. 
A sudden heart attack caused Mykel to recently have open heart surgery and his biggest lesson is to appreciate every day….every new day he has to paint. 
Come meet Mykel.  Get lost in his work and you will find yourself on an interpretational voyage. 
His opening reception Thursday, February 6th from 6:30-8:30 at Artful Living Group, 112 Cape Fear Blvd., Carolina Beach.  Jester’s Café will provide refreshments.  The show will hang for the entire month of February.  His is a story of the HEART.  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products.  Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.   Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology. Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 20 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success.
To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at www.personplace.com FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-458-7822 office or 330-904-3636 cell.