THE GIFTS OF ARTISTS
artCentral artists are the best! I love them. I love the gifts they bring.
Recently, as artists come to retrieve their art at the conclusion of the annual Membership Exhibition, Michael and Kristine Steddum bring their willingness to help with checkout, their snappy, nimble intellects and Michael’s propensity to spin the end of every conversation with a generous infusion of wry humor. Kristine greets arriving artists and focuses on the business of checkout. Michael
Throughout the afternoon every arriving artist brings a smile or two or three and a piece or two of artful news and artful chatter.
Diane Heisner, having worked two weeks as an artCamp intern, brings a hand decorated thank you note in appreciation for her experience.
Tom Jones brings his listening ears and offers some sensible advice for my dating life.
David Matthews appears, looking his usual dapper and extending a lovely, fluted glass jar, topped with a label from his former Kansas City gallery and filled with his red wine, pepper garnished pickled eggs created with the bounty from his flock and infused with his culinary skills as a chef.
Andrew Batcheller brings a peach. “The last and best of the season,” he says. “You better sit down before you eat it. You’re going to have juice all over you.”
Bringing their gifts of joyful presence, artists collect their art and receive miniature 4”x4” canvases with a request to “create wonderful creations” for donation to artCentral’s December Holiday Boutique. The finished art will be available for purchase by Boutique shoppers with proceeds going to artCentral’s “For the Love of Art and Artists” fund.
Exhibition pick up complete, I water the porch ferns and fill the birdbaths, then walk east up Thirteenth Street as far as the giant redbud tree stretching over the road, casting leafy heart-shaped shadows on the pavement. Turning, heading back to Hyde House, my heart is filled with the beautiful, tinkling laughter of children playing
With evening underway, back at my sweet cottage, I water my gardens then add a pickled egg to my dinner salad lending just the right tart touch, followed with Andrew’s peach for dessert which I enjoy seated as suggested. The juice generously drips. The flavor is sweetly delicious. Tart and sweet like artCentral artists—gifts of pure pleasure. Gifts I dearly love.