Gomer Pyles not only approaches life with gentleness and imagination, he also has a lovely sense of humor. Part of healing is having a sense humor.
There are many intelligent paradoxes in many of Gomer’s titles, which often shed an understanding and insight alongside his wonderful photographs and wood drift sculpture.
Gomer walks his own path. So much so that he walked here from California a long time ago with his now grown-up baby (you may have heard her play music) and his walking stick, which has its own story.
While Gomer never fought in a war and has even falsely been called a hippie — you will have to have him explain why that is false — I felt he had both an extreme contrast to Michael Heufelder, yet remarkable similarity. Gomer’s father was a veteran of World War II, and his purple heart is displayed here tonight in beautiful driftwood hands carved by Gomer.
Both Michael Heufelder and Gomer explore similar media in different ways. Gomer writes with his left hand — an adaptation resulting from a stroke some years ago — and Michael writes as he seems to think, in a systematic, calculated confident manner.
Both men are keen observers of nature and their surroundings.
Most importantly both seek Peace and I am interested in facilitating peace and healing.