March 5, 2014
We had the grand opening of the 5th Annual Unicorn Art Show this past Monday evening. The kids have been giving me art “for the art show” since January, when I first told them about it. Like all their art, it is up to them to decide what to do with each piece. I occasionally will ask if they would please leave a particular piece for the show, but ultimately it’s up to them.
The show is held at a local pizza parlor, the kind that is a neighborhood fixture, that literally everyone knows about. When I first went in to ask about hosting an art show there, I had a list of reasons why this would be good for their business. I got as far as “I’d like to have an art show here” before the manager had his calendar out and was asking for dates. So much for my list of carefully compiled reasons! They have been great. This year I found myself talking with a new manager, but he was fine with it, too. In fact he said he’d seen the panels of art in previous years.
I usually fill three large panels with art, take them up in the afternoon, and cover them. That evening we literally unveil the art before all the kids. They have no idea which pieces I’ve chosen. This year there were three pieces from each child that I wrote about. I still have lots of pieces at home; they’ve been very generous kids. That’s pretty amazing considering they had only a vague idea about what an art show is. I bet they know now!