I love Newport Art Museum- the professional staff, beautiful exhibits, and especially the opportunities it offers to artists of all kinds. For the last two years, the event "Wet Paint" has intrigued me. On a beautiful summer day in mid August hundreds of artists fan out from the museum, and create an art work, on site, in one day, all to be auctioned off to benefit the museum. The energy and determination is palpable!
I took on the challenge, but as a stone carver. I set up a small cube of translucent alabaster, determined to carve a sculpture in less than 5 hours. I found a beautiful dogwood tree, a lovely shady bench, and set to work. With sandbag, chisel, point, and mallet, I enjoyed trying to bring a sprig of the dogwood to life in stone. The energetic project drew curious walkers, who were supportive and enthusiastic. Several times I doubted if it was possible, but luckily I was successful and I hoped my little stone would bring a donation for the museum's work.
As I set the completed sculpture down, warm from the hot summer sun, on the edge of the museum's porch, I saw someone approach with a small dog who was anxious to see what I had. I smiled at his curiosity, until I realized he was starting to lift his leg, about to douse my little pristine, white sculpture! I felt I was in slow motion, trying to head him off...nooooo!!!!...I scooped the stone up with barely a second to spare and saw the owner's surprised face, as she wondered why I was so protective of a rock on the porch.
Luckily, the little dogwood sprig in stone made it to its museum pedestal, unscathed, uncontaminated, and was a part of the evening's festivities, culminating in a sale for the museum. Whoever purchased this piece- I hope someday you enjoy reading about your little stone's adventure.