Down the Red River

by Alden Cole on February 4, 2014 · 1 comment

DownRedRiverWPoil on canvas,  34″ x 22″ • 1984 • in the collection of Nancy Wyseman

How’s this for a tale of interesting synchronicity? or is it serendipity? or just plain coincidence? Last Saturday, Nancy Wyseman, who owns Down the Red River, today’s featured painting, called to talk, and let me know how much she has been enjoying my daily ecards and postings. The next day Frank Burkhauser informed me that he had passed my name on to friends of his – Mike Dubisch and Carolyn Watson-Dubisch – who live in Phoenix AZ, have an internet talk radio show, and were looking for an emergency fill-in to be interviewed during their Monday afternoon show, called Art of the Red River. Coincidence?

ColeFarm#2WPOf course I agreed, and last Monday afternoon around 1:30 I was interviewed in a round-table discussion that included a friend of Mike and Carolyn’s by name of Wade Zaharis, who happens to live in Lyman, Maine, less than 20 miles away from where I grew up, another interesting coincidence. The kicker was this however: when Wade saw the painting (above) on Facebook which Carolyn had picked up from my website to announce the upcoming interview, Wade immediately recognized the place portrayed as a place he frequents, Andy’s Agway in Dayton Maine, which belongs to my cousin Andy Cole. How many degrees of separation is that? A friend in New Jersey has friends in Arizona who have a friend in Maine who knows my first cousin… Life is awesome.

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Mary Baldyga February 19, 2014 at 10:58 pm

I find this coincidence to be such a thrill! I am so loyal to my roots and love to find folks from Maine. Lyman is close. The painting of Andy’s Agway steals my heart. I spent so many happy hours at that farm as a child, thanks o the generosity of the Cole family. Also, I like the horses in the foreground.


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