Waldorf Students Illustrate Monarch Butterfly Signs for Pitney Meadows

waldorfsigninstallStudents from the Waldorf School in Saratoga Springs illustrated signs for the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens Monarch Waystation.

The five signs each depict an interesting fact about the butterflies that migrate thousands of miles and who have been in decline due to destruction of their habitat and the use of pesticides.

Pictured here are Michael Whitney, the practical arts teacher who built the cedar sign posts, and Elizabeth Straton, Community Relations.

The sign next to them shows the difference between a male and female butterfly. You didn’t know there was a way to tell a boy from a girl?

Come to the gardens, read the signs and maybe see some butterflies.  The butterfly bed surrounding them contains plants that support the butterfly from egg to caterpillar to adult with an abundant supply of nectar rich flowers that bloom through the season. The garden also contains milkweed, the only plant the monarch caterpillar eats.

Thank you to the students who drew the illustrations. They are beautiful.

Natalie Walsh, Garden Director

 

 

 

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Exquisite Sunflower Blooming

Vincent Van Gogh once said, “The sunflower is mine, in a way.”

It must be true because this morning when I saw this beauty blooming in the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens, I thought of him.sunflower copy.jpg

Fairy Gathering a Huge Success

I left the gardens about an hour ago, but the smile on my face will likely last for days

What a wonderful day for the gardens.  We had about 125 fairies and friends of fairies participate in the fairy gathering at Pitney Meadows Community Gardens.

Thank you to Susan Rivers, our fairy godmother, for her generous support of this event.

A big round of applause to Jess Clauser, our girl scout badge coordinator, who organized the fairy house decorating with over 30 scouts. The houses were delightful and many are still in the gardens for everyone to enjoy. I’m so fortunate to have someone of such extraordinary talent and such a kind heart in the gardens.
Thank you Charlotte. You are such a joy. Your willingness to lend a hand in so many ways is deeply appreciated.
Thank you Kim Fonda, one of the fairy village landscape architects, who worked along with Jess. You both did amazing work.  There were constant “ohhh and ahhs” by everyone as they walked along the border. Thank you for all you did from planting to planning and for selling T-shirts for the farm.
Thank you to Jan DeMeo for your help with the signs.
A big thank you to Judy B., who helped make pretzel fairy wands, decorated with a magical touch and made the treats table look enchanting. And, who with Sharon S. and Kathy R. from the Senior Center were hostesses at the treats tables. We served fairy water, cookies, enchanted eggs, pixie stix and these incredible cookies made by Heather V. that were admired by everyone. Look an the image of a fairy admiring one below. Her expression says it all.
Music for the Fairies
Thank you to Andy Roth for playing music with his guitar and harmonica for us.  Andy, the children loved it and one parent made a point of telling me how the music added to the “vibe of the day.”  So true. Thank you.
To Anne Curtin, our sunflower contest coordinator, for helping the children plant seeds for the sunflower contest.  She had many fairies lining up to plant to the delight of everyone.
And for our energetic fairies, Chris Marsh organized ball games in the field. It was a delight to see the fairies with their wings running after the ball. Siblings of fairies were out there too having fun.
What a day. I will treasure the memory. Thank you all. I couldn’t have done it without each and every one of you.
You make the community garden work. You made this a magical day.
And, I am grateful.
Natalie

A Rainbow Over the Community Gardens

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Thank you to the artist who sent this drawing of a rainbow over the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens to me.

I don’t know who did this extraordinary and exuberant artwork, so I can’t thank you in person or I would.

I love it.

Girl Scout Artist’s work on T-Shirt

Screen Shot 2017-10-16 at 8.07.44 PM.pngMae Austin’s sunflower drawing took first place in the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens art show and one of her prizes was having her art work printed on a T-shirt.

Last night, at the Girl Scout leaders meeting, Mae, who is seven-years-old, received her T-shirt.  She was very happy.  It was her first art show, she said.

Her mother, Kim, said Mae was a very good artist.  We can agree. Pictured above is Mae with her mother and the winning design.

Old Woodblock Prints in Boston’s MFA pre-cursors of Anime

If you’re a fan of graphic novels and anime, you would likely enjoy an exhibit of woodblock prints from 19th century Japan currently on exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

One hundred works of two rivals Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797–1861) and Utagawa Kunisada (1786–1864) are on display and if you just looked at the line work of the faces, the expressions, the energy in the portraits, you would think these are current day manga and anime characters.

Here are a just a few images of the facial expressions. So few lines, yet so expressive.