Like so many parents out there, we’ve always told our girls they are “Artists.” Each creation a work of ‘ish-ful art. If you aren’t familiar with “-ish” art – then I highly (oh-so-highly) recommend that you get yourself a copy of the book Ish, by Peter H. Reynolds. For, while I love so (SO) many children’s books, Ish is one of my very all-time favorites.
So, when one of our local libraries began advertising for its second-annual art show – our girls couldn’t wait to take part. The library invited residents to bring their brightest and their best to display. The pieces stayed up for a week; giving visitors a chance to vote on their favorites. “Proper” judges also came in to select recipients for “Judge’s Choice” awards.
For the Show, children were welcome to submit as much art as they wished. Adults paid $2/per submission – resulting in one of the loveliest and most colorful fundraisers I’ve ever been a part of.
Here were a few of our submissions…
Polar Bear 1: Made with these stencil cards that Wynn uses almost every day (and a much-loved gift for her 5th birthday)
Polar Bear 2: Made with the help of this (brilliant!) book. In fact, everyone in the family loves this book!
Nightingales: We made these at the Philadelphia Art Museum. A thin reed was bent to make the hoop, then we decorated our birds with gems, sequin, markers and lots of feathers.
As I was rushing out the door to submit the girls’ work, I quickly grabbed a photograph off our wall and decided to enter it into the show. Why not?
In the end, “Monk” (a photo I snapped of Steve inside Angkor Wat, during a tour of to Cambodia in 2005) was well received and even managed to win a (highly-coveted) “Judges Choice” award. Very exciting for a point-n-shoot girl like me. <smile>
If you have an opportunity to take part in a local art show, I’d really recommend it. There’s nothing like watching those little faces beam as they take your hand and lead you through a gallery – to a special place where their art, their “proper” art, is on display for all to see. And I have to admit, I was beaming too.