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37. OUR CAMPING SAGA TO OREGON AND BACK, PART 1

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COMRADES IN ART
Around 1972, seven or so of us local Ojai painters got together to regularly chat, organize art shows and market our paintings, critique each other's work, and form a network of like-minded souls---everyone a free-spirit.

It started as a group just to see what other Ojai artists were doing and, if we felt like it, to analyze and critique the work.  We would meet in Richard's studio for an occasional evening.  Most of us were showing our work at the 'Art Sunday' weekly outdoor art show at the bank parking lot on Ojai Avenue.


THE ADVENTURE TO OREGON
One of the painting group was Sue Gerding.  I had met Sue before, in a totally different context, while I was teaching...and driving the school bus...at Happy Valley School.  
I went out one day to climb into the bus and when I opened the door, I found a note lying on the driver's seat.  The note simply said that the writer and I had friends in common...my high school buddy's parents...and they had ment…