I am thankful! At artCentral, I’m privileged with the presence of three lovely, willowy beauties—supple, statuesque, always reaching toward the light, growing ever more poised and competent by the day! Katie Watson, Emma Pound and Maddie Capps--artCentral’s 2015 Interns.
With grace they’ve come—by way of their individual artistic expressions and a beautifully fashioned letter of introduction accompanied by a well-crafted curriculum vitae.
As you know, artCentral is a place of whirling activity with Special Events and Gallery Tours, Exhibitions and Openings, Guests and Groups coming in and presentations being taken out, Workshops and Classes, The Great Wall unfurling and artCamp about to be happening--plus all the behind-the-scenes workings that keep our many up-in-the-air plates spinning smoothly. There’s so much to keep in motion, sometimes I’ve felt stretched to beyond my beyond.
Little by little, a longed for shift’s happening. I’m starting to find cherished interludes for personal maintenance and rejuvenation, those times that quickly fell away with my arrival six months ago and the escalating of artCentral’s activities.
Now I’m again enjoying the moments that keep me balanced and energized. I appear faithfully (though often a bit late) for yoga with Holly at the Y and I swim my laps at least once a week. At dinnertime, I frequently allow myself a thimble of Pino Grigio sipped while a sweet breeze cools artCentral’s porch and me in the swing. On a weekend evening I walk east on Thirteenth Street to see the goats and count the new quarter horse colts of artCentral’s neighbors.
My sense of being super stretched in a gazillion directions is diminishing. artCentral’s phenomenal interns, Katie, Emma and Maddie, are making all the difference!
They greet our Guests graciously and do housekeeping tasks cheerfully. Together they did major prep for our Annual Membership Picnic. They’re learning the art of Hyde House mise en place and how to install an Exhibition, from wall patching to label and artwork mounting. Thanks to this awesome trio, we’re in great shape for artCamp’s opening. (Katie and Emma are former artCampers!) Supplies are organized and inventoried, work tables are covered and the Pottery House is thoroughly cleaned and sparkling.
Soon Katie will leave for the University of Central Missouri for a double major in Illustration and Graphic Design. Emma, a dancer and Senior Class officer at CHS, will intern this year before pursuing a degree in Interior Design. Maddie, an aspiring photographer and active member of 4H, is a junior at CHS. In spring of 2016, Katie and Maddie will be the first “Emerging Artists” featured in artCentral’s new Annual Emerging Artists Exhibition.
I have much for which to be thankful, especially artCentral’s 2015 Interns. Such lovely gifts!