I have been very lucky in my life. I grew up in an artistic family, with parents, grandparents and other relatives happily creating all around me. More recently, I found the Women’s Art Registry of MN (WARM) and discovered even more people who live lives full of art.
In case you didn’t know, a new cycle in the WARM Mentor Program will start in January. Maybe you’re one of the fortunate ones who has signed up to be a protegee? If you are in the Twin Cities and are ready to reach for the next level in art and life, click on the WARM website. Timing is important; the program only opens every two years.
This is my former mentor, Layl McDill of ClaySquared. She is constantly creating new work and then just as steadily, she sells it. Ms McDill teaches classes at her gallery. She’s fun to be around and extremely easy-going. And oh so patient.
Brenna Busse is also a mentor. Two of my friends were her protegees during the last cycle and both felt like they had won the lottery with her. Ms Busse is intentionally spiritual and values-driven. She’s also a smart business woman. I like her because she’s positive and forward-thinking. Ms Busse would keep you on track, if she was your mentor; she’d help you see the big picture and stay true to your heart.
Delayne Hostetler isn’t a mentor in WARM, though she easily could be. Instead, she’s been my role model for beau coup years. (I’m not even going to say how many years because I don’t want to embarrass either one of us. Let’s just say, a good loooong time.) She’s an amazingly warm and talented woman with a Wicked sense of humor and a delicious dark side.
Ms Hostetler is a Master/Mistress at the MN Renaissance Festival, producing art of the highest quality. She has her own shop there, called Mayfaire Cottage, selling framed and unframed prints, cards and other paper goods. Walking into her shop is like being transported to olde England. It’s delightful, with flowers and fairy touches where least expected.
Isn’t this fun? I love her cards because I get to share a bit of the magic with friends. I probably visited her shop during my first trip to the Renaissance Festival. Frankly, I was so overwhelmed that I’m not sure what I saw. I do remember spending a fair amount of time blushing, due to the comments of some of the strolling entertainers.
Ms Hostetler is not only an established artist, she’s also a thoughtful and generous friend. These are all gifts from her! I’m pretty sure the thimble is one-of-a-kind; it has a Christmas blessing on it. And the booklet is a delight because it’s made with all my favorite things collaged inside. There are two entire pages dedicated to tea and treats! I love it. A fabulous birthday surprise from many years ago.
The large print, Best Friends, is available on Ms Hostetler’s website and yes, it too was a gift. I swear I didn’t badger her for it. The little booklet commemorates our friendship with personalized, colorful drawings.
I’ve had this sun and moon on my walls for many years. The sun has a sand texture and the moon is glossy. Again, I’m pretty sure they’re unique.
If you have an artist in your life, you may have art from them. Congratulations! You are probably an art supporter. In some way you have touched them and in return, more art is created. Artists create work as a response to life. Not to pay the bills. Not to fulfill a quota. We work because our hearts need the release art brings. That’s a wonderful feeling, but rarely does it pay the bills. Or if it does, it’s because somewhere, earlier, someone believed in us and helped get our business started.
There’s a wonderful 2008 documentary that will be shown on November 17, at 7 pm at MCAD in Minneapolis. It’s called “Who Does She Think She Is?” and is sponsored by WARM. No cost, but a donation is appreciated. Click on the title or go to TheWARM.org for details. Help support our artists!
Thanks for all you do. —Chris