by Lori Bruno

It’s been nearly seven years since I first became a student of the Celebration Foundation’s Lifelong Learning program. Those seven years have been filled with the joy of learning a variety of art techniques from, and alongside, our many talented community members.  I value the friendships I’ve made along the way. Several months ago, I made a drawing of an emu I had happened upon in a National Geographic magazine.  Later, as a participant in one of Meryl’s Open Studio classes, my emu evolved into a paper collage. I found my classmates to be incredibly encouraging and supportive of my efforts, urging me to continue.

 

Although life during the time of COVID-19 has been challenging, I dedicate time each day toward improving my skill with collage art.  I’ve named my emu Ingrid Vacaar, an alter-ego I was given during a Brain Train exercise. Ingrid is a stubborn blue emu with an attitude and a penchant for travel. While in quarantine, I’ve given her a passport photo and a ticket to ride.  She’s already visited Venice; her next stop may be the moon. A very “emusing” exercise in paper crafting, indeed…