Friday, August 19, 2016

She Needs A Team

Sometimes you hit the road knowing that half your team is behind you and the rest of the team is yet to be found.

The text read, "There is a traveling art gallery in the parking lot. You should come and see."
I was tired but, I went. Meet Nora, an artist from California, traveling the west coast stopping in small towns to do collaborative art and display a variety of art and jewelry. 



   She smiled as I approached her trailer. She knew I looked hopeful to see sometime interesting. Our conversation was simple and heartfelt. I looked at the beautiful pieces on her walls. Her huge dog, Handsome, approached with a tired, hot greeting. 


   Squares of art paper, already in process, colorful pens, pastels, watercolors. waited for my marks. In essence, Nora wanted me to leave my mark on her traveling show. I illustrated a page with the words of her favorite poem, drawing a flame and little tracks of lines and squares connecting the lines of words.  We talked with a few others about life and whether we were cynical or hopeful. I could not believe that she could be cynical and travel alone for two months meeting strangers everyday. I thought she was very  brave. 




    The setting sun reminded me that it was growing late. She asked one last question. Why do I do art? I answered that I was tired of being scared. Art fills the scary holes between past and future. 



My grandchildren boarded her trailer before I arrived. I was grateful they could meet an artist with grit. They joined her team for a few moments and left their mark on a page or two. She left me with a great story and a sense that art is not only a team sport but a healing service for those we meet.


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10 comments:

  1. Awwww friend, what a fun experience! I love Nora's gallery, it's beautiful!

    I'm behind you today at Kate's

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  2. Wow, what a gift to have shared that experience! "Art fills the scary holes between past and future." Just beautiful. Thank you for your inspiration today. FMF#34

    Peace.

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    1. Patricia, I'm glad to meet you. Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. Why do art? "Because I'm tired of being afraid."

    What shining, courageous words! And what a blessing to all who read them. Thank you for this.

    #2 at FMF this week.

    http://blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.blogspot.com/2016/08/your-dying-spouse-196-team-of-one-fmf.html

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    1. Thanks Andrew, I appreciate your comment.

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  4. "art is not only a team sport, but a healing service for those we meet." I love this post. I, too, have experienced the healing of art, and art and community. :)

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    1. I really like your blog. thanks for visiting.

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  5. Loving this! Especially that art fills the scary parts between past and future and that it is a healing service. Oh, yes! I need to turn those words into action in my life.

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  6. That sounds like such an interesting experience- I love the idea of art being a team sport and a healing service.

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