Thursday, December 8, 2011
Holiday Greeting from the kids of Mount Vernon
I'm interrupting this blog's usual focus on writing and stories and chiru to send you this holiday card--actually made by the kids at the Mount Vernon Elementary School with their art teacher, Sarah Fitzgerald (front, in the photo). Each art class watched the video of Snowflake Bentley. Then each student cut out a snowflake.
Much good art, whoever is involved, is a collaborative venture. The chandelier began when Stan Crocker, (left in the photo) lighting designer and artist, imagined an art project in which the artists--the kids who cut the snowflakes--would feel an ownership, and art that could be part of Mount Vernon's annual "Magical Night" celebration.
Once the snowflakes were cut, Sarah and volunteers organized by Susan Hargus (right in the photo) and Stan strung the snowflakes on lines and hung the chandelier. Stan did the lighting and voila, we have this wonderful art. And the kids do feel ownership. The ones I saw at the event were smiling and admiring.
It was on display in a public space for just about the life of a snowflake (4 hours) last Thursday night (December 8). But it was so lovely, that it will last in the heads of those of us who saw it much longer than that. I think Wilson Bentley would have loved it.
Thanks to dedicated teachers, thanks to parents who volunteer with their ideas and their time, thanks to kids, all of whom make our lives richer.
And happy holidays to all!