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Down Memory Lane…with a Purpose

By Jim McKeever

One of the guilty pleasures of having a retail business in this beautiful city is meeting the wonderfully diverse people that walk through the doors of Camino Silvestre. And sometimes, we get the chance to take off on adventures with these intrepid travelers. Our journey with the architect, artist, and now author, Tony Shine, is one we want to share.

Book Signing
Images in Time–Book I: Panorama of My Mind
With Tony Shine
Sat, Mar 26, 5–8pm
Camino Silvestre
Correo 43

We first met Tony and Ruth Shine as a result of a benefit concert in our Correo store about three years ago and were intrigued by them both. We were invited to see Tony’s sculptures of city maps, chess pieces, and computer circuit boards and have represented his work in our stores ever since.

But last summer, while visiting Tony and Ruth in their summer home in Vermont, we discovered Tony had yet another project in the works: his “magnum opus,” as he calls it. Images in Time is a compendium of his life’s work and experiences, filled with drawings, musings, and sketches. We decided that afternoon at their kitchen table to work together to release it to the public to inspire others to create and record their own life chronicles.

According to Tony, “many an elder has reflected on his or her past life and considers the idea of putting some of these thoughts and memories into a written document. Much of this thinking conjures up a narrative with photographs interspersed when they are available. Many authors are proud of these labors of love, and they should not be belittled. However, there might just be another route to leaving a legacy to loved ones, as well as friends and curious onlookers.

“The alternative is really very simple. It is based on the familiar phenomenon of daydreaming. Everyone does it, but here is a suggestion. Grab something to write with and something to write on, and start jotting down the names of those who cross the mind and, if possible, add any item of interest of the place and time. These are lists or the beginnings of lists, which can grow on further reflection. And with the words it is inevitable that images come to mind, images that are visual recordings of memoires pertaining to names and words.”

Tony juxtaposes beautiful images of his own galaxies, wheels of fortune, personal pyramids of life experiences and achievements, and his life testaments with colorful descriptions of his life. Playful sketches of his times and experiences in Mexico and Canada are interspersed with architectural drawings from various parts of his life. Tony seeks to show us his Panorama of My Mind, the first chapter in his mémoire of 85 years of a life well lived. We hope you have the chance to come by and talk to Tony about creating your own Images in Time, whether it is just to represent your own passage through time or to leave a legacy for your friends and family to enjoy and then to possibly create their own.


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