Not since Mom let me loose in the art supply store with $5 back in ’74 have I had this much fun with the creative process. It all began with a day trip to pick up Jack in Boston last summer. I got a crazy inexpensive flight into Logan, took the T into the city, and walked my way from Mike’s Pastry in the North End clear across Boston, stopping now and then for whatever caught my eye. Even though it was a muggy rainy summer day, I loved it.
When I finally got to Cambridge, I devoured a fantastic veggie sandwich at Clover HSQ (because the schviadel was walked off miles ago!) and then stumbled upon the Cambridge Artists’ Collective. My eyes went straight for two collages created by this artist: https://janicehayescha.com/
Ms. Hayes-Cha’s art is art therapy at its finest, as her first collages were made during cancer treatment. She’s now a hospital administrator turned professional artist as clearly many other than me love her style. Her work was so captivating I had to try it myself, and I managed to get a few students hooked, too, with our “home’ collage project recently. Here’s a very colorful depiction of my original home, St. Louis, as seen from a Busch Stadium skyline. Thanks, Dad, for driving Mom around to get all the St. Louis brochures and maps for me to chop up! And to Jack, who kindly asked, “You ok, Mom?” with a smirk on his face as I wove strips of paper for the outfield ;).
The original (16”x20”, collage on matboard $325) is available through me, or prints can be found here: