Ellen has been searching and searching for the right person to serve as the subject for the police officer in the mural. And she finally found him. For her, Edwin Raymond, pictured here in Crown Heights, truly understands what it means to take on a public service job: to HELP the public. More to come on Edwin as Ellen begins his piece!
Alcoa volunteers came out on Thursday to help clean up around the mill to get ready for the open studios over the weekend. Thank you to Julie, Timmy, Ben, Jason, and Dan!
Last month, McKinley School fifth graders came up for their annual field trip. At the end of an action-packed day the kids presented AMP with their musical instrument fountain, thanks to a grant from Jeff Ackerman and the Fairfield Foundation for Education. The unsung hero is Eddie Velez, pictured below, who contributed the plumbing work necessary to turn these donated instruments into a recycling fountain for AMP's future garden area. Thank you, Eddie, from all of us at AMP!
"When I last mentioned working on Melissa, I thought we would be posting a progress shot in a few days. As is the nature of the job on AMP, especially lately, other things intervened. Now I’m back with a chance to work, correcting the biggest, most troublesome areas.
One of the hardest things for me to do is go from desk work to painting, definitely flipping from one side of the brain to the other. It always takes me a few days to get back into the rhythm of painting. To be satisfied with the end result, I need to have certain predetermined things right, visual clues that add up to my concept of the person or place I am painting. At the same time, I have to allow my subconscious, intuitive side to play a significant role if good paint is going to happen. Most of my favorite parts of paintings are areas I could not possibly do again. Sometimes I don’t even know how I did them."
Our wonderful volunteers are hard at work on our membership mailing. Watch your mailboxes for the latest AMP news!
At the mill yesterday, local fourth-graders created six-inch tiles as a tribute to someone they admire. Lots of energy and excitement despite the unusually cold temperatures in our unheated space!
Back in February, we showed the work-in-progress mini canvases that fifth-graders in Connecticut were painting to create their own 3-D version of the mural. The students divided the entire mural into 80 small squares, with each choosing an abstract section to create. The finished piece is amazing!
This is an easily adaptable project that teachers across the country can do with their own students, no matter the class size. Lots of possibilities!