Saturday, April 7, 2012

Ode to Artfest: Part 2

i am still searching for the words to describe my artftest experience.

do you remember....
what it was like when you were sixteen and you met your favorite rock star, or even just being the 1 in a million people in the audience.  remember how exciting that was.  well that's how i felt meeting some of my artists aka idols.  laugh.  yes, it was crazy sitting beside Carla Sonheim, and having lunch and chatting with Orly Avinerie and her daughter, and shopping at the local akamai with mindy lacefield and dina wakely.  and having some very special ladies visit our Madrona home.... a line up of stars i tell ya, misty mawn, katie kendrick, stephanie lee, juliette crane, danielle daniels.  taking pics with Teesha moore and Tracy.  yes. well, it was beyond.  beyond.  beyond my wildest dreams. 










do you rememer.....
what it was like when you were let out on the last day of school before summer vacation.  and the thrill of a whole summer ahead of you playing it up and enjoying your free time with friends.  that's how i felt at artfest.  my last day of work was sublime.  the day we left for our trip and we entered the grounds of Fort Worden, in Port Townsend, my whole body shook with excitement.  visiting seattle, and taking the ferry over to bainsbridge island, and making the 2 hour trek to PT was simply divine.  so much beauty to experience.  glad that my husband and kids got to experience it with me.








do you remember...
having good 'ol fun with friends and sleep overs, and doing crazy things, and laughing, and feeling joy and commaraderie and connection, and a feeling of belonging.  belonging. meeting my long-time on line friends was crazy. CRAZY.  i tell you.  we stayed in madrona with 15 very creative and talented woman.  it was like getting together with instant girlfriends, the wine and spirits were soaring, and many many friendships were made and shared, and strengthened.  it was magical i tell ya.














do you remember...
what it was like to feel in absolute awe when you were young and just learned something new.  something so new and exciting that it rocked your world.  well that's what happended to me.  classes that inspired me to tears.  work that was created and shared, given and taken.  priceless.  PRICELESS.












do you remember...
what it was like when someone told you 'great job', 'well done', and how proud you felt.  well, i was humbled by the kind words of encouragement i received.  from people i had no idea my work meant so much to.  it was humbling and exciting, and opened new worlds of ideas and possiblities.  the encoragement to push forward, and DO IT.  words like 'you're ready',   'you're there',   i will never forget those words.  Carrie, i will always always remember those words.  you have no idea what that meant to me.






do you remember...
how you cried like a baby when you finished your favorite book, or lost your fisrt pet, or fell off your bike all bruised and scraped.  well, by the end of artfest i was an emotional mess.   it was such a roller coaster of feelings.  of being seen.  of being heard.  and embraced.  it was hard to say goodbye to that.  and to say goodbye to friendships that were strengthened and bound by something etheral and unexplainable..  it was hard.  and like a baby i wept saying goodbye.  to friends.  and this beautiful, life changing thing called artfest.







11 comments:

Jenny Lee Wentworth said...

LOVE seeing all the pictures...magical! Glad we got to meet my friend!
Much Love,
Jenny

Keli McKinley Hansen said...

It was a magical artfest. You were a big part of that for me!
Till we meet again!

Big Hugs
Keli

carlanda brown williamson said...

you nailed it sister. what a fabulous post. i cherish our time together and know there will be many more. much love to you. carlanda

jodi said...

Oh Frannie! Beautiful!! Perfect! LOvely! I still struggle to put the experience into words. Many of my feelings mirror yours. LOVED all the pictures. You really have some good ones! Thank you for sharing. I miss you. I miss your sweet spirit. I miss your spunky mouth! %¥&@! I miss your grounding presence. xoxo

Petie said...

Love seeing your photos and reading your blog!! Meeting you was one of the magical highlights of Artfest. Looking at your photos this morning brought back so many memories. Thanks for the fun, the sharing and the many laughs. Can't wait to see you again. Love you girl!! xoxo

lk moonwood said...

Such a beautiful expression of your experience. You've really touched at the core of Artfest

Briana, MA said...

Dear Francesca,
What an amazing time. I am so happy for you to have had the chance to experience it. Thanks for posting all of the great photos!
Hugs,
Briana G.

Carrie Clayden said...

you write like you paint, full of emotion and beauty. It was magical in many ways Francesca, and I eagerly await seeing where this all leads....I know our paths will cross again.

Cynthia Leary Stroo said...

I loved this post. It captured the magic and the loveliness that it must have been. xoxo

kt40s said...

i am so glad i read this post today. I am off to work and i will carry what you wrote today and it will make my heart smile as i work. you hit it all on the nail this artfest was pure magic.
kt

artlover said...

I wasn't there; but enjoyed looking at the photos.
Thanks for sharing your experience;-)