A strange mix true, but I'll blame it on the weather. At least the weather of a month ago, when Springfield was handily buried beneath snow. The city was still digging out by the time the Chinese New Year's came about, and so the show I was doing for the Springfield Art Association was held over till last night - to join with Mardi Gras.
The Springfield Art Association was hosting a family night on both nights so they combined all of their hands on projects - masks, and paper lanterns, beads and other fun. And it was fun.
While I was waiting for my scheduled time I was able to wander about and look at their exhibit, Pastiche: Art Made from Disparate Sources.
This is well worth seeing, and pondering. I was grateful for the brief overview from the artists so that I could better appreciate the stories they were trying to impart in their mediums.
I also had a few moments to appreciate the Edward Place's lower floor, which is filled with elegant Victorian furniture and portraits. The watchful gaze of many of the first residents look upon the visitors.
Then back into the light and the life.
Most of my audience were toddlers so we started off with the French tale of "The Squirrel and the Fox," and "The Yellow Thunder Dragon."
As I was telling some older children came in, and I went ahead with the Chinese tale of "The Magic Brocade," which seemed appropriate to the Art Association. This is a wonderful tale of a older woman who falls in love with a painting, and sets out to weave the scene. It also shows how her sons deal with her passion; the elder two only wish her to focus her talents on profitable efforts, while her younger son will do whatever needs to be done for her to see the work of art to completion.
He is also the only one who will seek the brocade when the spirits "borrow" it."
What was very rewarding was the little ones thanking me, and when one of their fathers came over and thanked me. His 3 year old son and 7 year old daughter were enthralled.
It as a lovely evening.
I am a Springfield, IL based storyteller with a fascination for how folklore travels, and for history.