Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Remembering our Fallen Heroes...it should be an every day occurence...
Today on my way to my studio I witnessed a very public yet intimate expression of appreciation. There was a parade of serving officers, their sheriffs and the family members all in line to remember and honor our fallen officers. Even the newest canine member of the team walked proudly with his master around the square to return to the Grill Deli for a free lunch given by the staff of the Grill. The central gallery was full of appreciative officers and their families...breaking bread and sharing their smallest family members with the grand parents. This is something we as a community should take the time to honor the men and women who serve daily to keep us safe and sound as we live our lives in peace.
I worked with my youngest artists tonight to remember and honor our final NASA team exploring in Space. We used stencils, metallic gold paint, stars and crayons to create small works to honor the discovery of outer Space with our brave men and women in Space exploration. The children were curious and listened to why there is a need to explore the outer limits of our atmosphere. I asked the students what we should explore next week and one said "social studies". So we are going to demonstrate how communities work together and where we live and work. I have a couple ideas but there is time to explore several experiences.
Tomorrow I will be visiting the Newark High School Art exhibit ...their teacher is a great artist and incredible teacher. I always look forward to checking into the works of our future artists. On Friday morning I will attend the Hugh O'Brien HOBY leadership conference held annually at Denison University. This may be my fourth or fifth experience and for a couple of hours the world of young students thinking about their educations in an Art career. I am tired but I feel as if I am in the right place during the right time. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart