Demonstrating Silk Painting at an event
June 16, 2013
This past Friday I participated in the local chapter of the Orange County Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association‘s Visionary Women’s Luncheon. Each year they honor caregivers of those touched by Alzheimer’s and related forms of dementia. I was one of the artisan vendors in the Artists’ Gift Faire that was one of the features of the luncheon. This was my second year in a row participating, and I was pleased to be asked to join them again to support this organization and all the great work they do. The luncheon also features presentations, awards and a keynote speaker. This year it was to be Rita Moreno, last year it was Shirley Jones. Stars of some of my favorite musicals!
When I can, I take my ‘traveling’ silk painting equipment when I know I’ll have the space to demonstrate how the scarves are painted, alongside displaying and selling them. Its a great attention-getter in the mix of other vendors of artwork, jewelry, and other artisan/hand-made goods. And its fun to talk to people while I’m demonstrating, get their questions, and show them my process.
Detail of one of the 2 scarves I worked on that day.
This woman, in the photo below, came up to my display, and asked, “Will you help me pick out the best scarf for what I’m wearing?” After ascertaining that she likes longer scarves, I selected the four I thought would look good on her, with her lavender dress and white jacket. This is the one she decided she couldn’t live without.
As I mentioned, there’s a keynote speaker at this Luncheon, usually a star who supports the organization. Rarely do they venture out into the crowds–they usually enter and leave by a private entrance. So I don’t expect to see them, even from a distance. Well, as I was painting along, I saw suddenly someone watching me. I looked up, and it was Rita Moreno. I like to be in America! I whipped off the latex glove I that wear when I dye, and reached to shake her hand, to thank her for stopping by. She smiled, looked at all my scarves and said, “You’re very talented!”. So sweet! So what did I reply? “Thank you so much, thats so nice of you to say, and so are you!” Made my day. Songs from West Side Story ran through my head for the rest of the day. OK by me in America!
Rita and me. Ay ay ay!