I just found it extremely peaceful at the Rumble House last night. Apart from the focus of painting, there were the hugs and the laughter ringing out. I put aside the celery sticks and, instead, enjoyed a piece of cake. It was celebration time! A night of enjoying the camaraderie and the art with friends made since the inception of the Gorilla House-now-Rumble House. Thank you, Rich, for all of it.
As time goes by, our network of artists and visitors grows and we welcome everyone. Last night was a full house, as well as some familiar faces from the beginning days. Elijah, it was awesome to see you. Frank, Harold, Tamara…I just feel warmer and happier when you’re around. Mike got back from his vacation, rejuvenated and inspired. Louise, shared strength and a huge desire in her heart, to create. Magpies seemed to be surfacing. I’m wondering what that’s about. Mark, Aaron, Daniel…such inspiring people and voracious painters! Christine…painted the skyline and the tower as a celebration of the Flames entering into the playoffs! Bana…Elena…your work blows me away. Dawn, always a story…about mothering, grand-mothering or flowers. Priscilla…a constant and nurturing presence. James…Chinese name pronounced…An-du…for the times that we fumbled over our words, trying to communicate profound ideas. Dave…for your wisdom and observations on faces. Morgan…for your courage. Jess…your laugh. Ringo…your music. Ed…your leather bound guest book. Rich, Matt, Sean, Galen…your generous hearts. And…Zack for the purchase of my piece at auction…thank you. If I have not mentioned you, it’s because I have to get Max out to the field before I teach! Missed tonight…Andy, Jenn and Enriquito for three…Jeff and Johanne for five…Asa for six. And THESE THREE…who wandered in at 11 and asked, “Did we miss the auction?” Such a beautiful time.