LITTLE LUCI PURCHASES A PONY
This year’s grand artCamp finale, the artCamper Exhibition and Reception, finds our interns present, come-early-to-help and looking presentable like art professionals. For two weeks of full-on classroom days, they wore paint and clay and various tapes and glues and all manner of sundry artsy adornments affixed to their persons and their clothes. At the Reception they’re all cleaned up and shining brightly with their sparkling spirits and their best Hollywood smiles.
Like artCamp 2017, the artCamper Exhibition and Reception is a terrific success as teachers and interns pitch in to celebrate our artCampers and their artistic creations. Interns Maddie Capps,
The variety and uniqueness of the exhibit is over-the-top delightful. There are clay mugs and multi-media mermaids, light sabers and original board games, bugs made from glass and bags woven with duct tape, stitched pillow pals and watercolor paintings, dioramas and decorated dream catchers, and much, much more.
Owen and Emily Rose greet artCampers and their guests arriving through our vibrant, green door. Sydney and Amy Lane work the room helping artCampers lead their families and friends to see their works beautifully displayed in the main gallery. In the chandeliered gallery, Maddie, Sydney and Kaylee offer a lovely array of cookies and lemonade donated by artCamper families and the Greenwood-Mathé Fund for artCentral Art and Artists.
Hyde House is filled with excitement and appreciation for the artCampers and their creations. What pleasure for me to receive beaucoup hugs as I visit with the artCampers and their guests. Many are wearing artCentral green tee shirts. Several are dressed up for a party.
I tell little Luci how much I like her ensemble. She’s wearing soft suede leather boots paired with a charming purse shoulder-strapped across her lovely pastel floral frock, styled with a fitted waist and wrap skirt. Luci says, “My dress is a birthday present. My birthday was in February.” “Mine, too,” I respond.
I learn from Luci’s mother that Luci loves horses and she wants to buy one of my paintings. Apparently on her very first day of artCamp Luci discovered my pony painting in the Boardroom Boutique. Her love-at-first-sight attraction sent her home to announce again and again over two weeks, “I want to use my all saved vacation money to buy Alice Lynn’s pony.”
Little Luci is unwavering in her desire and intention. I’m moved by her zeal and her words when she tells me, “I want to build an art collection to fill my room. I want to start with your pony painting to hang over my bed.”
Our negotiations begin. I ask, “How much vacation money do you have saved?” Opening her purse, Luci reaches in to retrieve and show me a large, crumpled cluster of bills which I accept. Our deal is complete.
Luci observes, “This is the first piece of art I’ve bought on my own.” As she watches, on the back of the canvas above the calligraphied provenance, I add a personal inscription for my youngest patron.
Clutching the beginning of her personal art collection, Luci picks up her own exhibited artCamper art and leaves her first Reception with her dreams come true and a Hollywood smile as bright as those of the interns.
Surrounded by the artCampers I love so dearly and relishing the acquisition of such a passionate new patron, I wear my own Hollywood smile that beams as brightly as all the others.