Showing posts with label visiting artist. Show all posts
Showing posts with label visiting artist. Show all posts

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Visiting Artist II ... My Lodgings

After a 4 hour drive on Monday morning, an hour to regroup, then a presentation to the 5th and 6th graders, followed by preparation for Tuesday's classes and an early dinner with Alice and Brent at the Pita House (yum!), I made my way to the Mann's residence to stay in their guest cottage called... The Cabin - a log cabin that was built in the 1700's, deconstructed and moved to this location in the 1940's. When reconstructed, all the original materials were used and modern conveniences added.

Have the words 'spoiled rotten' been said enough in my last post??

I was greeted by 'Yellow Dog' - not his real name but he so reminded me of Yellow Dog in the old movie Funny Farm with Chevy Chase. What a joyful way to be greeted by a loving, must lick you to death, yellow lab!

The family was off at their kid's baseball games and I had instructions to make myself at home.

I walked along the brick path, under the arbor covered in blooming Yellow Jessamine, past blooming Azaleas and a Dogwood tree to the front porch of the cabin.  The screen door was wide open, inviting me in.  I opened the very thick cabin door to this lovely family room.  Pinch me!!

Around to the left I found this bedroom and a good sized bathroom.

 Yes, the bed's as comfy as it looks :) Feather pillows, down comforter and beautiful quilted coverlets.

There's a kitchen with all the modern appliances... in stainless steel no less! A stocked refrigerator.... oooooh, I thought, Rob is going to be jealous that he missed this treat!! How to sound nonchalant during our call when I'm bubbling with excitement?

Upstairs is one big bedroom with the old fashioned slanted ceilings.  Just delightful!

I grabbed my art bag and made my way back out the front door to sit in the yard and paint this lovely piece of heaven.

I had time enough to get a light wash of the scene down before the Mann's arrived. Jacob, Elizabeth and their three delightful boys greeted me and welcomed me into their home. What gracious hosts.

I was delighted that the cabin portrait came out to my liking. Wednesday, I found a rustic frame at the local Michael's, matted and framed the painting and presented it to the  Mann's as my thank you gift. There were squeals of delight. My heart still sings :)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Visiting Artist

This week, I have the extreme honor of being a visiting artist for grades 5 through 8 at Christ Church Episcopal School in Greenville, SC. This is my first residency at a school. I know I've nothing to compare this experience to..... but,  I can honestly say they have set the bar very high.  Wow! The red carpet is out :)

Alice Ballard,  a ceramic phenom, is the head of the art department at CCES middle school.  We met while she was a visiting artist at Spring Island. I was immediately drawn to her work.... it's richly organic and I knew that our love of the natural world would somehow link us together. 

We talked about our individual methods of journal keeping and she asked if I'd ever considered being a visiting artist at schools.  That thought had been playing around in my mind for quite some time.  You know, I am always amazed at how a twinkling of an idea plays itself out and comes to fruition. You never know who will cross your path and the effect they may have on your future, or you on theirs.

I expressed my interest to Alice.  She shared that the school she teaches at has had many visiting artists come work with the children.  "Who would I contact, I ask?" "That would be me, she said."  After a proposal, approval and months of planning, here I am.

Alice has created an excellent program for the middle school. She and Brent Roberts have tapped the creative juices of their students. I am amazed by the talent these kids are putting forth. In a time when the Arts are being cut from so many budgets, I applaud CCES for their determination to provide their students with a balanced, well rounded and meaningful education.

It's been a whirlwind.  The energy level needed is a new experience for me. After my first full day of classes, she who never naps was out!!

This is the school's garden. I told you I've been spoiled!!

I can't wait to tell you about my lodgings!  Yes, definitely spoiled rotten :)