This was the year I felt the magic most deeply, and now I know where it comes from - it comes from sharing the passion for creativity. I was fortunate to spend oodles of time after hours in the upstairs commons room of Dorm 225. This is where people gathered to continue what they had learned and to share and sit side by side, drawing in each others' journals, laughing, admiring, encouraging. I was so happy to hang out with my friends Michelle and Janne, and to get to know many of their friends, like Elizabeth, Tyler, Tammy, Shelly, Kate, Regina... and the list goes on!
I got to meet Sunny Carvalho, and I tell you - I have become a big fan, and not just because of her art. Her energy and warmth speak to what a wonderful human being she is. Plus, we both have awesome sweater coats (and Sunny made hers herself!).
The creative force is powerful. When I saw Junker Jane classmate Tina sewing with friends upstairs, I couldn't tear myself away from the room - I wanted to work, too!
|Annie Hooten and Tina Lynch making Junker Jane journal bags.|
Let's walk around the room and see who else is here...
|Elizabeth drawing in my little journal from Janne.|
|Elizabeth and Janne consulting.|
|Tyler Larsen, Shelly Massey, Michelle Allen, Janne Robberstad|
|Michelle and Randi Lynch|
|Tammy displaying her wip from Lynne Perella's class - gorgeous!|
|Me and Tammy Magee|
|Tammy, Ludgera, and Kate Daniel|
|The wonderfully creative Lynch family: Jennifer, Randi, and Tina|
|Jennifer's super adorable Junker Jane style monsters|
|Soul sisters Angi Sullins and Miss Mindy|
|Madeline and the cool wig she made in Lana Guerra's class|
|Sheri, Michelle, and Janne|
|Madeline and me (photo by Sunny Carvalho)|
|Kate took this group shot via remote control. This is our scared look.|
So many wonderful people you meet in class, as well. This is Irene. We met in LK Ludwig's class and had a great conversation. It's so great to feel so connected, however briefly.
During Show and Tell I saw this amazing piece that Irene did in her class with Lynne Perella. All the pieces from this class were beautiful, but what made Irene's extra special was that she began not with a magazine photo or a photocopy of some masterpiece, but with a photo of her grandfather. Her project was all about family, and now she has created this family heirloom for future generations to cherish. I find the colors and patterns absolutely stunning.
|Artwork by Irene Rafael|
|Artwork by Debbie Simpson|
|Christine, Sheri, Keely|
A big thank you to everyone I was fortunate to cross paths with - my roommates Jo, Marianne, Adrienne... Janet Wilson and her mom who let me eat with them in the dining room many times, my dear friend Marilyn - oh no! If I try to name everyone I know I will forget someone super important! Please know that I am happy to have met all of you!
A week has gone by and I am still feeling the Artfest afterglow. My life has been deeply enriched. May this feeling last long and may my gratitude grow.