*EDIT: You may have noticed it now says “Innisfree village Art Studio” in our logo as opposed to “Art Class”- now that we finally have a space, we can call it a studio instead just a time when we meet!
We had goals! We accomplished much but maybe not according to our goals…I feel like this happens every month but it’s really okay- we do what we do, and sometimes it goes off course. No matter what, we strive to have fun creating and learn LOTS in the process. Here’s what we did last month:
1. Move into our new space! YES we have a new space and we are SO excited. It looks fantastic, has lots of storage, a great utility sink, plenty of wall space for hanging etc. etc. Pics to follow
Look back at this recent post as well as some photos below and you’ll see pics from our space- we LOVE it!
2. Try to set up each artist with their own set of supplies. It would be so nice for each person to have their own paint cups, set of brushes, watercolor palette, and perhaps markers and crayons etc. Maybe this will help to take care of our supplies better if each person is caring for their own set of stuff.
We actually haven’t done that yet- I still like the idea of people asking each other for help/to pass supplies and having buckets of things on each table seems to work for us for the time being.
3. Keep working on the group painting! Do we need a theme? Do we want to recruit one of our artists to design a mural that we help with painting?
Here’s what we’ve come up with so far…no theme, but it sure is beautiful! I love all the moments we’ve found by using unconventional painting tools like spools and sticks and qtips.
4. Piece together our two group quilts. This might be impossible for this month but we’ll see!
One group quilt has been pieced and the other is waiting in the wings. It still needs some printing but pieces are almost ready to be assembled.
5. Finish our super secret quilt project!
The above quilt was made by almost every member of the community for our executive director Carolyn who retired last week. The front was made with applique shapes of flowers and leaves that were printed on with fabric paint and textures from around the village (wine corks, mesh bags, apples and celery, etc.) and the back was mostly plain with iron-on quotes about community. Here were the quotes:
“The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others” -Ghandi
We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give -Winston Churchill
And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket
There midnight’s all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet’s wings.
Community is that place where the person you least want to live with always lives. At the end of my second year, I came up with a corollary. When that person moves away, someone else arises immediately to take his or her place.” -Parker J Palmer
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. -Hellen Keller
Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you. – Mother Theresa
We have all known the long loneliness, and we have found that the answer is community.- Dorothy Day
“How to build community…know that no one is silent though many are not heard. Work to change this.” -Karen Kerney
Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” -Henry Ford
Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy, and mutual valuing. -Rollo May
AND LASTLY (and probably the thing I’m most excited about)…here are some pictures from a series of vegetable prints we’re working on. Illustrations are by various art studio members and the stamps were carved by a few great ladies who are kids of staff members here. In my humble opinion, they look BEAUTIFUL!