Thanks again to the folks at the Kentucky Arts Council for jurying me into The Illustrated Word. The exhibit traveled to the 35th annual Kentucky Crafted event at the Lexington Convention center last weekend. It was a real thrill to see artwork about O in public for the first time.
We are making great progress on our “Growth” collaborative painting at the Henderson County Housing Authority. Kidz helped re-purpose old crayons into encaustic paint using linseed oil and heat, including use of a hair dryer that two girlz commandeered for the better part of Wednesday. They also watched with amazement as (after covering it with sprayed text) we brought back our original tree structure by emphasizing it with the dripped encaustic. We are adding words of growth and encouragement to the borders too, using sponging stencil techniques — taught to us by one of the kidz!
Life Stories/Life Lessons, funded by the Kentucky Foundation For Women commenced at Redbanks Pleasant Pointe and with four new members of our autobiography writing group! I was so pleased to discover that two of them completed the current writing project — Family –. Another, after listening to others read their writings, spoke aloud about being bullied at school, as well as her love for her younger brothers. I thought about those themes while presenting Life Stories/Life Lessons to girlz at Central Academy for the first time on Thursday, looking forward to December when the plan is to bring the elderly women and at-risk girls together to share stories on similar themes.
The girlz, however, began with art instead of writing — personalizing the covers of their visual journals. Their first theme: Loves and Hates!
Our boxes are coming along at Henderson County High School’s Cheers program too! On Thursday we sprayed the inside and stenciled the outsides of re-purposed cigar boxes, then sifted through significant “junk” that we will be gluing inside the boxes. We will then spray all a solid color. The plan: to make a Louise Nevelson inspired wall sculpture using objects of significance to us.
The Henderson KY Lions Club generously donated two booths at the festival, held at JJ Audubon State Park, one to display and offer for sale the stained glass mosaics and embellished chairs designed and created by many talented artists who are or have been guests at United Caring Services Day Shelter and/or participants in the Art in the Annex program — and another to paint faces!
Although festival day one was cold and rainy, day two was beautiful and attracted more customers and kids. We sold THREE chairs, and received many kind donations for the free face painting, to benefit the Art in the Annex program at United Caring Services. AND my assistant volunteers, O and H (a middle school student in the Henderson County Schools) had a blast! Thanks to all.
Thanks to Columbia College Chicago for publishing my mixed media artwork in their final issue of South Loop Review!