Of course I was apprehensive signing up for an art retreat with mother sick. I have signed up before and cancelled, enjoyed or had sick anxiety. So why would I take a chance? Because of the possibility of joy... I decided to attend the Gilded Life Art of Spring Event in June, 2011. Large group. 35 people. Shiver. By the time it started, that number swelled to 55. Gulp.
|Lesa Dailey's Bird sample for our class.|
|Charlotte Perez pieces on display for vendor night.|
During the Art of Spring, I saw many women, all with stories, often sad, scars (I am drawn to scars, I seek scars), and I saw them living anyway.
|Delicious Lulu Kellogg|
|The ever-shining Charlotte Perez|
|Shea Fragoso with Madam Charlotte|
|Heather Ales and I|
Mainly, I realize my own story is rich, the landscape of my life, but, like LuLu, Heather, Jackie and Charlotte, it need not be an obstacle, just the vehicle to here. And if my pain is acknowledged, if I am validated, valued and loved, I can have great joy, not just alone but in the company of others.
|Shea's blingy bracelet we learned in class. And yes, that is one big effin' diamond Lady Shea...|