Tuesday, May 20, 2008
My daughter's Art in the Park
Last Saturday, the Dr. Robert E. Elliott Foundation held a community event in the park. The foundation provides service, education and support to people with depression. You can read about it at www.robertelliottfdn.com.
My daughter, Kelly and I, are firm believers that our art is our own form of therapy and when asked to have a table at this event, she, of course, said yes. Not only would the money she donated for the table go to a good cause, but others could talk with her about her art, which she thoroughly enjoys, along with encouraging them to find something creative to do in their own lives.
That being said, she was somewhat nervous about it as not many people knew she painted. She had not shown her art in a venue like this. Showing your work for the first time can be somewhat traumatic. We decided that if she sold one painting....it was a good start and if she sold nothing...it was good experience. She was down there bright and early with me following later to be her "helper."
It was a glorious morning and the pavillion at Spring Park was nice and cool....buzzing with kids, lots of parents, the radio station, the fire department...ponies, the petting zoo, flowers, strawberries for sale and, oh yeah...Yarnell's ice cream..YUM! Kelly's Dad also came down to help out as he didn't want to miss the fun. He's in one of the photos. We saw lots of friends and some relatives too.
Would you believe that girl sold FIVE paintings! She was tickled to death and so were we. And, so you see her, event over, packed up and ready to go. Being a realtor.....her cell phone started ringing. This is how we see her most of the time.
I told her I would post a blog about her.....of course, she pooh-poohed the idea. Hey, what's a mother for? If you'd like to see more of her work....go to http://kellyvanhook.etsy.com and if you'd like to read her blog (which I find very amusing!) go to http://kellyvanhook.blogspot.com.
To wrap it up - the foundation was brought to the attention of more people, Kelly and I had a great art therapy session, and a good time was had by all. What a nice Saturday morning!