Wingmaker Arts Collaborative~Karon Luddy

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” Joseph Chilton Pearce

Some people we remember the moment we meet because that moment is so pivotal. I met Karon Luddy fifteen years ago when we both attended a poetry reading by Cathy Smith Bowers. The reading was held at a Barnes and Noble in Charlotte, but all three of us have a Lancaster, SC connection- Cathy and Karon are both Lancaster natives and I’m a current resident. There was a handful of people that night, none of us knew each other yet after the reading, several of us formed a poetry critique group, Karon and I among them, that met regularly for several years. Such is the stuff of friendships that  are meant to be. Karon and I cross paths often and I was excited to see her at Wingmaker Arts Collaborative in May.

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Karon Luddy

The wall of Karon’s studio is papered with pages from her literary work in progress.

Karon's wall of words

Karon’s wall of words

Karon~ I was working as an Apple Computer Executive when my daughter told me, “You’ve always lived your life as an artist. So why don’t you do it?” I listened. I did The Artist’s Way and that gave me the permission to be an artist.

I’ve been at Wingmaker since the beginning. It’s a creative home. The creative energy comes and stays, it’s accumulative. It’s all positive here, no negatives. There’s a lot of freedom, no ‘have to’s’.

It’s important work we’re doing here, it makes it easier for the art to be birthed. It’s a sacred space and it’s important we give ourselves permission to have this. It’s soulwork. My husband sees me happier, content and lighter!

I come here and it’s Wow! Wow! Wow! Then it’s fear, fear, fear. 🙂

A cross Karon made years ago that's central on her table

A cross Karon made years ago that’s central on her table

My mom recently passed away and I was blessed to have some time with her before. I brought her up here and we had a tea, just the two of us in this beautiful space with all the art. She always lived her life around nature and beauty and I think I get that  from her.

My visual art is usually collage. And I’m currently working on my second novel. It’s wonderful to  have the tables in the classroom space so I can spread out my pages, rearrange them. I have my monthly writing group with just women. In addition to teaching The Artist’s Way, I teach two classes in the American Studies Department at the University of NC-Charlotte – Growing Up Southern and The American South: The Land Where the Blues Began, which is based on Alan Lomax’s award-winning book, The Land Where the Blues Began. Both are writing intensive classes.

I love teaching. It’s my way of paying back. My 6th grade teacher, Perry Gardner lit my spark. I believe my purpose in being here on this Earth is to inspire people to live their unique, creative, beautiful self.

Kim’s note~ Karon was recently awarded First Place in Kakalak 2013 for one of her beautiful collages.

Visit Karon and meet Karlene, the darling protagonist of her first novel, Spelldown.

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5 Responses to Wingmaker Arts Collaborative~Karon Luddy

  1. Karon Luddy says:

    Kim, thanks so much for sharing the story about Wingmaker Arts Collaborative. And for interviewing all of us. You’ve also told a great truth: When we support and collaborate with others —our lives are often enriched.

    • Thank you. Karon it’s been such a treat to share your place and introduce you beautiful women! Have a picture of Spelldown to post as well. And what’s this about your next novel coming out?! Info and I’ll add to your post!!
      ~Kim

  2. Claire says:

    … ‘inspire people to live their unique, creative, beautiful self’… OMGosh, I can hear Karon saying those words! That is exactly what she does for others! I’m happy to say that I’ve not been the same since meeting her (at least five/six years ago?) at a Black Mountain writer’s retreat. She was an instructor (with Cathy Smith Bowers) and Karon just gave and gave of herself, encouraged all of us, and more importantly – gave us permission – to be ourselves!
    Kim – thank you for this continuing journey, sharing Wingmaker, and the wing makers who inhabit the place, and for allowing me to ‘feel’ Karon’s spirit enveloping me once again.
    I can actually see Karon and Rebecca – both smiling their beautiful smiles – and feel that special energy that surrounds those women. I always envision them standing within a waterfall of energy – energy that’s just twinkling around them – a very quiet, calm, uplifting, and safe energy, and I’m grateful to them for being so generous of themselves as artists.
    Just like you, Kim. Thank you!
    xoxo

    • And when she says it those blue eyes just light up don’t they! Thanks for the encouragement Claire. I hope the series inspires others to take a trip to Wingmaker and take some classes or at least check out the artists’ work. Amazing what has come out of the Black Mountain Writers’ Retreat … including our friendship!
      ~Kim

    • Claire Darling,
      I so miss seeing your beautiful face and hearing your laughter. Thanks for your sweet comments. We sure had ourselves a fabulous time in Black Mountain. Such great memories. Thanks for your lovely comments.

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