Yesterday, I received an email about an event that occurred in October. It was so much fun and what it entailed was so special that it really needs to be shared.
My first summer in Milwaukee, back when I was an ‘active’ elementary school teacher, I decided to browse the web in search of teacher workshops. I wasn’t looking for anything dry nor academic rather something I would enjoy, something fun to learn that I could take back into the classroom and share with my students. That first summer I hit the jackpot… Arts @ Large.
Arts @ Large is a Milwaukee based organization which links community artists with teachers and students. Not only do they provide teacher workshops, they also connect artists directly with students. The artist works alongside the teacher to provide topnotch lessons. The students have an opportunity to create amazing artwork.
That summer I signed up for a workshop with Steve Wirtz. He is an artist from Fond du Lac and he creates with paper mache. He makes the coolest dogs and that’s what he taught us to do.
Over the last year I have followed Arts @ Large through their updates and workshop announcements, always wishing that I was closer and could participate more fully. Then, in September, once back in Milwaukee, I received an invitation. Arts @ Large was celebrating their 10th anniversary and I was invited to attend a charity Gala with live jazz and champagne. So we put it on the chalkboard.
The Gala was held down in The Third Ward at the club, The Wherehouse. It’s theme, My Window on the World. Using re-claimed windows, Milwaukee area students painted their impression of the world, creating a stain glass effect. The windows were stunning. As part of the event, both a live and a silent auction were held.
Jim and I had our sights set on a beautiful window with leaves painted in autumn colors. The fact that it came with a donated bottle of wine and 2 glasses was merely a bonus. This particular window was part of the silent auction. We placed a bid and then we circled the room. When we swung by our window we had been out bid. We bid again and again we circled. Out bid. We bid again and then we hovered. Our competition hovered too. We bid, they bid. They bid, we bid. With only minutes until the auction closed we placed our final bid … and so did they. Out bid!