“Art is to the community what the dream is to the individual.”
– Thomas Mann
It’s shaping up to be a summer of art. The past months have been a flurry of activity in my studio in moments carved out between baby naps, adventures out, musings of a toddler, and all of the moments that make up daily life. Painting, doodling, vinyl record mandalas, and lots (and lots) of wood burning.
There are creative seasons of life that mirror the actual seasons. Active times, dormant times, and the transition times. I’ve been enjoying this active creative season of my life. The warm summer breeze gives me an added lift and moves my art making along.
On Friday night, my family and I attended the artist’s reception for the Arts Fest community art exhibit at Endicott College. One of my large paintings, ‘Birds of a Feather,’ was included in the show. It was a beautiful evening with speakers, music, and a wonderful turnout. I was struck by the amount of community support for the arts here in Beverly, MA. My toddler enjoyed running around to the food stations and snatching pieces of cheese and bread, and I enjoyed soaking up the creative energy!
On Saturday my husband and I woke up bright and early and loaded up the car with all of my latest wood burned creations for my booth at Arts Fest on Cabot Street in Beverly.
Arts Fest was an all day event that featured 150+ artists and artisans, music, food, and artsy kid’s activities. It was my first time participating and I was blown away by how amazingly organized it was. The Beverly Arts District (BAD) staff and volunteers are incredible and the Arts Fest drew tons of visitors. My husband and I got to meet so many people as they wandered into my booth, struck up conversations, and supported local artists. Many of my wood burned creatures and vases found new homes! I was thrilled to be booth neighbors with my friend artist and art therapist Amy and her son Ian as well as The Artful Life.
Art, art therapists, and community! Now that’s my perfect day. And a perfect season.