Happy Halloween! Since its spooky inception five years ago, Monster Makeover, sponsored by the Tuscaloosa News, has brought together young student artists and area community members in an annual auction and festival to raise money for arts education here in West Alabama. This year, first grade students from Tuscaloosa Academy were selected to draw and write about their scariest monsters. Then, local area artists re-imagine the children’s work in their own spooky way. This year, the event moved to a beautiful new venue, the Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum, and was a huge success. As the only paper artist, every year I wonder if my monster will be a big hit, and this year, it was bigger than ever! My paper monster creation, inspired by student Declan McInerry, was exhibited alongside an impressive variety of artwork this year – -life-sized mask sculptures, a spidery fabric creation, a wooden chair, oil and acrylic paintings, mixed media collage, ceramic sculpture, and many more! So far, Monster Makeover has raised over $16,000 to benefit arts programs in Tuscaloosa schools. Last night’s event will raise that bar even higher.
At last night’s event, artists, adults, and children, many dressed in costume, bid on their favorite spooky art. My scary orange roly poly guy is sitting on a table in the middle of the museum, with a beautiful silver jewelry piece to the left and a colorful sculpture to the right. Declan’s framed drawing sits in front.
Off to the show! I wore a black jersey tank dress, orange spider socks and my favorite Mary Janes . . and a black velvet cape! Very subtle yet a lot of fun! On the way home, my husband and I stopped at a local store to pick up some extra trick-or-treat candy, and was met at the door by an adorable family on their way out. I heard the little boy behind me happily shout, “Look, mommy, she’s a witch!”
Have a very happy and safe Halloween!
Live your life in color!