by Jim Applegate

“Grandpa, why do you like to tell stories?”
“Do you enjoy my stories?”
“Yes, I like the scary ones and the funny ones best.”
“Don’t you like my stories about Ebby?”
“I liked the one where she climbed the pear tree to catch the chipmunk.”
“What about the one when the fox chased her onto the balcony?”
“That was too scary for me. He almost ate her.”
“Which story did you like best?”
“My favorite is the one where the little girl, like me, wishes for ice cream, and she gets her grandfather covered with it.”
“Oh, I remember that one. The little had to dig him out.”
“Storytelling is fun, isn’t it?”
“Watching your reactions makes it all worthwhile.”

Jim is one of eight In Print members to have her work featured at the Allegory Project, an art space and exhibition co-sponsored by the Art Matters Artist Coop and the Rockford Area Arts Council. The Allegory Project plans to have a theme that is explored in various art forms: painting and sculpture, photography, repurposed objects, and the spoken and written word. The current theme answers the question, “What makes a story worth telling?”

Jim’s piece and the others have been framed at the gallery and are available for viewing from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday through the end of May. The show space is on the northwest corner of Madison and Prairie Streets in Rockford