Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Christmas in May

At last week's artist-in-residence staff meeting we were given the gift of a wonderful bead donation. Boxes of loose beads along with beaded necklaces, earrings and bracelets. I brought my trusty side kick-"rolling case" I call it - & filled it with bags of beads. I spent the better part of the weekend sorting through everything (it's the easiest route to getting a backache...).
The cats desperately wanted to "help" by inspecting each and every bead but I firmly declined their kind offer of help.
No one told me but Nurses Week was May 6-12 so I set aside all of the necklaces, bracelets and earrings to use in 3 give-a-ways in the next few weeks-to thank the nursing staff (and say "good bye"). Everything else will be carted in for patients to use. It will, in effect, be Christmas in May & I am hoping everyone will considerate and share. In an effort to reach as many patients as possible (as the program draws to a possible close) I have been working in groups these past few weeks and things can get raucous when you have that many people creating in a small space.
P.S. I have never met the man that makes these generous donations but if ever I do get the chance I would thank him for making other people's lives better. I have a tiny materials budget that I arduously stretch with the use of coupons but these donations help to make the jewlery making aspect of this program what it is . And when patients ask where these beads come from and I tell them about this mysterious donor, patients are always touched that this anonymous person donates to their arts program. They seem to take it very, very personally.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

6 weeks and counting...

My contract as artist-in-residence runs out in a few weeks. 6 weeks to be exact. As the hospital is in transition funding is not likely. I have allowed the powers that be to handle it-up until now. This week a small, yellow sign appeared in the display case along with the usual art work samples. The official countdown. I did it to begin my own process of saying good bye . I also sent some emails to nudge the issue along a bit. Time will tell. 6,5,4,3,2,1...

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Happy Mothers Day!

Sending sincere good wishes your way, on this day, for a very lovely Mothers Day!