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Paradise Valley's professional artist dreams perfect dreams By LaVeta Randall Elizabeth Cramer, profes- artist and winner of art awards, dreams designs before she her work. It seems ." dreams to a reality in Paradise a swath of natural art "The night after the order ;given to me, I dream about quilt, and I see the and color," Mrs. Cramer said. "The me the color of room and the size for the and that is all I know. designs always come out I've never had returned." and her family, of California and came to Okla- about 1S years ago. moved to Paradise December S, 1972. began her first quilt two years ago and 100 or more since. The versatile artist receives from all over the States as well as One comforter second in the nation in of this year. It second in a Art Show. Another is on exhibit at the Design Center, Okla- City. The quilts or sell for $200 each. The basic design is made of four inch squares of colored satin, velour or and printed cottons. squares are filled with put together to numerous designs -ments of uare blocks. also dreams the for her woven as well as her A large hand loom This comforter won second prize in the nation Sept. 1977. It also placed second in the Colorado Art Show. Gold satin, brown velvet with plum colored printed cotton squares make a beautiful spread for the most elegant homes. stands in one portion of the new home. Her weaving has also won national acclaim. "Camelot," a wall hang- ing tapestry won first place in the nation. It is now on exhibit also in Colorado. Dreams and creations of various art forms are a way of life in Paradise Valley. Howard Cramer, mechan- ical engineer and builder, designed and built their 3000 square foot home. Eliza- beth's comforters grace each bed, and one such quilt, designed as a window, is used as a wall decoration. The Cramer's son, Dave, has his own separate studio where he does commercial stained window designs. He has designed and made the windows for the new Church of Christ in Yale. His work is also used in the Cramer home as a part of the decor in furnishings as well as some windows. More recently, Dave has designed and almost com- pleted all the work for a neighbor, Robert Adair's home, which adjoins the t00 acres owned by the Cramers. In addition, Mr, Cramer was the architect and builder for the luxurious Adair home on a hill overlooking Paradise Valley. The family's artistic en- deavors enhance the entire house. However, the Cra- mers have four other grown children not living at home. Steve is a forester in the Peace Corp, and Joe, like his father, is a builder. Pat is a sculptor with a double master's degree in Art and English, and Addie Lee is an alt Disney Productions Housing produced by American Telecommunications CorDorahon The Mickey Mouse Phone. Know a lovable little character who'd like this lovable little character? Bright and colorful, Mickey is avail- able with rotary dial or Touch-Tone" service. From the Design Line* Collection. You buy the phone housing.The working parts remain ours.., so if there's ever a problem, we'll fix it. To meet Mickey, call your Southwestern Bell business office or visit your near- est PhoneCenter Store. Southwestern Bell "Trademark of AT&T Co. With some models, certain hearing aids may require an adapting device available at cost from the telephone company. This advertising is a lawful operating expense of Southwestern Bell. The Perkins Journal Thursday, December 15. 1977-17 irfine stewardess. But the Cramers are not the only ones who have brought their dreams to Paradise Valley. Friends and friends of friends, all with degrees, live in the square mile which includes the Cramer and Adair estates. Most of the new residents are creative artists in some field. "We all choose to do our own thing," Mrs. Cramer said. "And Paradise Valley's atmosphere is an inspir- ation." Their eastern windows and patio looks out across a six acre lake. Eventually the patio will be extended to the edge of the lake in the form of a dock for use in swimming, fishing, and boating. At present, however, the family stays busy with its commercial art forms. Mrs. Cramer has a large work shop, which like other parts of the house, is not completed. Here new quilts come to life as orders are placed and designs are dreamed by the artist who has a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Washington. Other nei'ghbors whose dreams come true in Paradise Valley are Steve Kaufman who will build a home in the near future. He is a Doctor of Psychology. He is writing a novel on "Dream Analysis" and living in the Cramer's guest house until his home is finished. Kaufman's father is a well known psychiatrist in Zurich, Switzerland. The father also has a doctorate in Indian Philosophy. Their original home is Boston. Tom Emerson, sculptor and artist, is building a large geodesic library. In addition he is a stone mason by trade. Mrs. Cramer commented that despite the degrees, these people enjoy using their hands and actually seeing their dreams materal- ize through their own efforts. There are other architects, an engineer and industria analysist living here. Then is also a teacher of moden dance at Denver who make Paradise Valley her home Kathy Hadley has been wit the San Francisco Ballet an with Modern .Dance corn panies in Las Vegas as wei , as teacher of modern dance. Robert Adair, a 54 year old retired Bishop from the Eastern Orthodox Catholic Church, is also a research chemist and has a degree in Education. Another neighbor is an accountant for City Service Oil Company. But each resident has more than intellectual interests which I Elizabeth Cramer, artist, sees her work in a dream before she attempts to make it a reality. Here in Paradise Valley, she weaves on a large loom and works on her prize winning quilts or comforters in another part of the luxurious home--An- other work of art in itself. "Camelot" won first in the Nation for Tapestry Weave. Elizabeth's work is now on exhibit in Colorado. brought them to this Valley art," Mrs. Cramer said. various other creative of Dreams. "We are attempting to efforts." "We are interested in expand our minds through Truly, Paradise Valley is peace and quiet as well as growing our own food and a place where dreams come true. CATTLE CUBE SALE ENDS DEC. 17th Range 12-0- $116.00 Range 20-0- $135.00 Range 30-0 - $173.00 (ALL NATURAL PROTEIN) 41% Cotton Seed Cake. $181.00 (All Natural Protein) Are You a Member of This Cooperative? Cimarron Valley Co.op is now 230 members Strong and Growing! CIMARRON VALLEY CO.OP, INC. .547-2700 Perkins, OklahOma 3 / / .y