The day began very early as I prepared for my dear little Messy Monkeys The first two to arrive are Morgan Elizabeth and Lyndon Allen. This makes my heart smile! Before I know it the rest of my tiny tribe arrives and I gave Marcia the honor of reading Five Little Monkeys Jump into the Bath! She was out of town last week and Jack's beloved Gigi was not going to be out of his sight. I love these sweet young mothers and a very dear Grandfather who bring these young artist into town to create their own Art. They are now officially "makers" ...sacred mark makers with the visions only they have the power to reveal. I am so honored to be able to be part of their lives for a moment in time and I think you can see from the few photos...they seem to be a royal family of Messy monkeys.
I came over to the studio to have a quick lunch with Ken and my crumb crunchers. We laugh, giggle, make more plans for the summer and share the cool breezes coming through the open doors of the central gallery. Richard Duarte came over from Columbus to retrieve the works that have graced our central gallery for about three months. Duarte is a special artist...he paints in church every Sunday as his form of praise. He has started a new series where he is painting stories from his life in and on suitcases. I promised him that I would keep an eye open for these valuable vessels of visions and dreams. he is a gentle soul who has blessed my life with his gentle ways.
Ken took the tiny ones to the Don Gunnerson Rotary Park for a quick dash about their favorite Licking county playground. I began sorting and selecting materials for next week's last Messy Monkey class. I am a bit sadden by how quickly this time has passed. I have been very blessed and i love their gentle sweet spirits.
I went back to the Glass Studio to help Chris Lang and Sylvia with the Bed Felting class and my wonderful Spark adults have come over from their Granville studio. Isaac came with his Grandmother Donna...he is in my morning Messy Monkey class to make his felted beads. As you will soon see he has created some wonderful beads. Lydia is home schooled and came in eagerly to make her first felted beads...she is a pure Natural and Loves every thing about ART! At 3:30 PM I left and went to get a much needed haircut... this heat and humidity ...even if it is occasional is hard on my head. Diane gave me a royal treatment ...gentle washing...then a kind soft conditioning ...and a clean even blunt cut. I felt like I was a Queen when I left.
I returned to The Works to celebrate the YES club's second glass exhibit. These 9 students are blossoming and I felt a sense of pride checking out their individual new works. I bid on a couple but last year I was totally blown out of the water. I am hopeful this year...to get at least one of my selections. Charles had made a very unique glass vase...it will only hold one flower. I left before the final count and came home to a bowl of soup and soon I will fall into bed! I have had a wonderful day but I am exhausted. I continue to pray for Peace. Peace be with you, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart
Sam Harris and Larry Tuber share a moment of celebration........