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Reverie Fair Winter Edition 2016


Stone is the stuff of the earth.

Pebbles chatter amongst

themselves as they roll in and

out of the waves, traveling

together from shallows to

shore and back. Great boulder

formations represent

landmarks that show up in

photos and paintings created

centuries apart. And yet, what

is simpler than a stone? Hold a

smooth, round beach rock in

the palm of your hand and

marvel at its neutral beauty.

As we put the finishing

touches on this issue the

temperatures in Chicago are

near zero, but we hope you

will find that The Stone glows with the heat of our creative energies. Reverie Fair

Magazine celebrates the

creative endeavors of women

around the world, and women

are masters of the act of


Our cover model is none other

than Reverie Fair’s Founder,

Creative Director and new

mother, Carly Kemper-Bos. Car

and her husband welcomed

their firstborn just days before

Thanksgiving, then spent the

next month by his side in a

neonatal intensive care unit.

By the time the new family got

home, Carly had grown strong

as stone, protecting her little

one and warming him in the

heat of love like a baking sun.

It is our pleasure to feature two

works by our dear friend and

frequent guest writer, Lisa

Welz, who turned our focus for

The Lens to the past. Frances

Benjamin Johnston left a

historic record of the people

and places around her. The

images we chose are from a

collection of stark landscapes

and strong characters. In 13

years as a journalist, Lisa

conducted scores of

interviews. She is gifted in the

nuances of The Conversation.

We asked her to offer her

thoughts on what may be a

dying art.

Italian artist Sabina Botti collects smooth drops of

marble from the beaches of

Tuscany. It is the stuff from

which great works of art and

architecture are hewn, but Sabi

simply adorns it with color. See

her tiny images of magical

characters in The Brush.

The poems in The Pen are

excerpted from Lynne Handy’s

upcoming book, Spy Car and

Other Poems. The writer says

her poetry is not for everyone.

We say it is just fine for us, and

for The Stone.

Ceramic artist Laura Sharp

spends winter days skiing in

the back country around her

home in Alberta, Canada. It’s

clear that her ceramic works

are inspired by the vast natural

beauty that surrounds her.

Laura’s studio is called White

Owl Ceramics, and you can see

just a few of her pieces in The


We are proud to introduce

Sophia Thompson, the newest

member of the Reverie Fair

family. In her first feature

piece, our Junior Staff Editor

offers thoughts on the literary

concept of resilience. Her love

of dystopian novels made

Sophia the expert on the


Sometimes we look at what an

artist does, and we wonder if

perhaps they should be doing

something else for a living.

Erin Miller makes jewelry in

her spare time. We might

never have found her if she

didn’t work with one of us in

the publishing industry. Erin’s

glittering natural treasures, as

far as we know, have not been

discovered beyond a small Etsy

following. You can see them

now in The Trove.

It’s been interesting putting

this issue together, arranging

each piece so it nestles snugly

into place between the others.

We see potential in every

pebble now. We hope you will

feel the same way after

reading this issue of Reverie

Fair. Thank you for turning the


Laura Slivinski, Senior Editor