The Goode Garden

Edgewood, Historic Site, Nature, Photography, Spring

This is a photo essay of a garden and a house that has been capturing my eyes since I moved to Edgewood.  I finally get to know the owners and have a chance to be there and see it, up close and personal.  It’s the Goode’s Garden.

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The House

Located in the old downtown Edgewood, Texas, this house is known as “Bennett Joseph Carter” Home, built in 1912, adapting Queen Anne-style.  In 2010, it received the Official Historical Medallion from the State of Texas.  It is still in great living condition, owned, lived, and loved by the Goode family.

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Follow the Orange Brick Road

There is an open space between the main house and the garage. Almost all year round, that open space is  filled with burst of vibrant colors from flowers and there’s a glimpse of brown rocks.  I’ve been watching and admiring it for years.

SGoodes 3 |IBurke-1Being there in person, the warm brick walkways will guide one’s vision and way throughout the garden, to the flower beds in front and around the house.  Just follow the orange brick road.

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The backyard is airy and spacious, yet still a lot of things to enjoy.  A swing.  Yellow irises, by the vegetable garden.  Heirloom rose bush grows against the back fence.  Pea blossoms. An outhouse.  The azalea by the house.

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The sound of birds singing and fighting fill the air.  The red-breasted robins catching their dinner.  The deafening sound of the train passing by.

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The side porch provides the premier seats to enjoy the water-feature garden.  Hibiscus. Roses. Dianthus. Viola. Pansies. Azalea. African daisy.  Irises and many more.  Bees and butterflies. The sound of water fountain.

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Finally, there it is.  The part of the garden that I have been wanting to see.

 All photographs © 2015 Ine Burke | inegaleri.com

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Second week of Spring – Native Tree Blossoms

Countryscape, Edgewood, Nature, Photography, Spring

Not as punchy as red bud blossoms, but these white – with slight pink shade- blossoms from the native trees are not less attractive.

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Sassafras tree with its lime-yellow blossoms looks so light and airy.

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Young leaves on the tree and weeds catching light in an early windy evening.

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Second Week of Spring – Red Bud Blossoms

Countryscape, Edgewood, Nature, Photography, Spring

Native red bud blossoms appearing from among limbs and branches in surrounding woods.  They get bolder and bolder each day.  The yellowish sprouting tree leaves and big blue sky only add contrast to the pink-magenta blossoms. ~ Edgewood, Texas

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A 7 a.m. view from the front porch

Countryscape, Edgewood, Nature, Photography, Skyscape, Winter

A January , 7 a.m., morning view from the front porch.  These subjects with the same point of view have been photographed over and over in different lights, time, and season. Just can’t get enough of them.

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135th Anniversary of Cheatham Memorial UMC’s Artwork

Edgewood, Festivals, Heritage Park, Memorial, My Graphic Work, MySpread

The Cheatham Memorial United Methodist Church in Edgewood, Tx., where I am a member, celebrated its 135th anniversary this year.  The theme “A Legacy of Faith” was chosen for this celebration. The past members and pastors were invited to rejoice with current members and we call it a Homecoming Celebration. I am honored to be one of the planning team members and help with the artwork / press release / publications. History background and the United Methodist Church’s logo (the flame and cross) were the concept used to do the artwork.  The works begun in February 2014. First, the anniversary logo was created and it depicts the front view of the church entryway to the sanctuary, with an open door. The cross and flame double-functions as the “T” in Cheatham. The Texas Historical Marker’s icon that the church received in 1982, was also included. The logo was used for any church communications regarding the event.

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The more colorful design was to be used as teaser, advertisements, invitations, reminders, etc., as the church built the momentum towards the big day in October 2014 (six months planning period). For this, the colorful play of the flame was applied. The initial design suggested that each flame would represent the ministries of the church.

135 A Flames Design

The church, which was born in 1879, has rich historical background. The congregations have been worshiping in 5 buildings in its 135 years course. The first two buildings served both Methodist church and Edgewood school. The church and school separated in 1897. The latter three church buildings were then incorporated into the design to commemorate this incredible heritage. The initial hand sketches are shown below. The top-left is the Church in the Wildwood (1897-1923) – the insert on top-right is the second version that was eventually being used in the artworks; the top-middle is the first church brick building (1923-1953); and the current church brick building (1953-now) is depicted in the middle. The bottom sketch is one of my draft sketches for logo idea.

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These three-church sketches and the flame-and-cross icon were combined in the following works which were dispersed in the forms of postcards, bulletin, also electronic copies. During the discussions with the planning team, the idea “the church is the people” was suggested. I kept that in mind and the opportunity to express that came through the cover of A Legacy of Faith, an illustrated history book which was published to commemorate the anniversary. See it at A Legacy of Faith.

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Facebook cover page.

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Outdoor banners, 2×5 feet.

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Indoor banner, 3×8 feet.

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Bulletin covers and name tag for the two main events maintained the visual identity.

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A simpler black and white design, with orange flame, was applied for souvenirs such as cotton tote bag, decals. The color was inverted for the chosen black t-shirts.

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135 E T-Shirt Design

135 E T-Shirt Photo

© 2014 Ine Burke for Cheatham Memorial United Methodist Church, Edgewood, Texas.

38th Annual Edgewood Heritage Festival’s Artwork

Edgewood, Festivals, Heritage Park, My Graphic Work, MySpread, Travel, Upper East Texas

Once again, I had the honor to do the branding for the 38th Annual Edgewood Heritage Festival, in Edgewood, Tx.  From Facebook cover page, rack card, window flyer, print and electronic advertisement for several publications, to t-shirt and poster. The Blacksmith Shop was chosen as the annual collectible ornament so it is used in the artworks.

 

To see last year’s visual identity, go to: https://inegaleri.com/2013/08/23/37th-edgewood-heritage-festival-van-zandt-county-texas/