Joyce and I were both excited to return to our creative circle after being away for 2 weeks. Gathered together with us were Lino, Louis, Vange, Anita and Vivian. Our five creative spirits were all, Joyce and I agreed, in a post-holiday/pre-holiday mood—which is to say they were very jolly, indeed.
We began with music. A song, from the early 1970’s called “Dancing in the Moonlight”. And, you’d be right if you guessed no one around our table had ever heard of this song, let alone sung it. We did have fun, though, sharing memories of where we were in the early 1970s. Vange was in PA working as a quality inspector for RCA records. Louis was living in Florida and Anita was teaching.
Then it was on to the present day. Our intention for this week’s creative gathering was to:
Find the light in the darkness and capture that image on paper. As the days grow shorter, where does sparkling light come from? Is it from something, somewhere and/or someone in your life? Could the light be shining down from the moon, stars and setting sun? Could light be shining from within or from someone close to you? Could the light be coming from a place that fills your heart with love and warmth—your home, a garden or the forest? Wherever the light is coming from this is an invitation to express yourself through shapes, colors and images—making creative connections to yourself, people, places and/or things that bring beautiful light into your life.
There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. Edith Wharton
Everyone selected and read aloud a quote about finding the light in the darkness written on a slip of paper. Sharing where we find the light as days shorten, Vivian looked to Lino and spoke about the gladness and light he had given her recently when he stood and walked. Louis shared his love for Florida and how important his home is to him. And, Anita talked about how the moon between two darks seas brings light into her life.
Our artists spent the remaining time together creating. Using colorful cut-out paper shapes on dark mat board, images appeared of smiling faces, being “born again”, and that space of light between two dark seas.
About Cynthia Bydlinski
Cynthia Bydlinski is a volunteer and helps as a creative arts leader. To find out how you can get more involved as a volunteer at the Friendship Centers, please contact Caroline Allen in Volunteer Development at the Friendship Centers in Sarasota. Getting involved as a volunteer is just a phone call away, 941.556.3249.