My dear friend Becci used to live in Kathmandu and is now head of an Early Years international school in Geneva. Of course, as soon as news reached us of the terrible earthquake of 25th April 2015 and the aftershocks that followed, Becci wanted to involve her school community in the relief effort. In the space of a couple of weeks, she managed to orchestrate a vibrant Nepali-style Ban Bhoj or pot-luck picnic and festival with childrens’ art work for sale, henna hand painting, face painting, a book and toy sale, tombola, raffle, bubble blowing, traditional music and beautiful Nepal dancing. I contributed this painting I made for the occasion: A Monal bird, the national bird of Nepal, flying over Everest and the words “Love and Solidarity from Switzerland to Nepal” written in Nepali. I had a Nepal festival-goer check it and it is correctly translated! What a relief!) It raised a nice little sum in a silent auction at the festival. All the proceeds will go straight to First Steps Himalaya, a grass-roots educational charity working with rural communities, which have been some of the worst affected by the disaster.
What a month March has been! I have been so busy at school with my “We LOVE Art” group making the set for “Aladdin” and props for the “Around the World” gymnastics, cheerleading and martial arts show, co-organising an international students theatre festival, staging mini-Shakespeare plays and drama club shows, weaving CDs for the Sierra Leone primary school fundraiser… plus the vernissage of my group exhibition at the Villamagna art gallery, which then just sort of hummed along in the background all month, thankfully taken care of by Mireille Desgeorges, dynamic powerhouse of a president and the rest of the Villamagna association. Mireille and I invited Django’s CE2 class along to see the exhibition and subsequently create their own works of art in class, inspired by sketches they had made of their favourite artworks. I loved to watch their gazes focus intently as they entered each new room. They were so engaged and respectful. Such a worthwhile excursion, now to be regularly repeated, since the gallery will now be opening specifically for school groups on Fridays!
Oh, and I’m delighted to say that these two lovely ladies have found a new home;-)
I’ve so enjoyed spending time in Sylvie Cellerino’s cosy pottery barn in Presinge over the past few months. Here are a few of my creations – at least the ones I remembered to photograph before wrapping them up for friends and family!
Thank you to the magnificent Mr Daniel Shaw and to all who came along to listen and support a great cause*!