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REALLY, REALLY HAPPY FEET, HAVING SHOES OF OUR OWN!

The d’ART Center
Selden Arcade
208 East Main St.
Norfolk, VA 23510
Phone: 757-625-4211 757-625-4211
Fax: 757-965-4091

WONDERFUL WORKSHOP FACILITATOR WITH CREATIVE INGENUITY:
ARTIST CLAYTON SINGELTON
(ENJOY MORE WORKSHOP PHOTOS ON CLAYTON’S FACEBOOK PAGE)
As we express our gratitude,
we must never forget that the
highest appreciation is not to utter words,
but to live by them.”
John F. Kennedy
(1917-1963); 35th Us President
I am a new fan of the Artist, Clayton Singleton. I think Mr. Singleton is a delightful anomaly among men and women. He’s not only a very reflective individual, but he’s engaging, warm, insightful, witty and yes extremely artistic. I am sure others would agree with my observation and assessment of this art educator, motivational speaker and mentor! No he can’t be pigeonholed! He’s a stellar individual that desires to impact the world in a most meaningful way. I had the distinct pleasure of participating in a very creative endeavor entitled: A SHOE OF YOUR OWN WORKSHOP and was that ever therapeutic, and not to overlook that it was just great fun to be creative! The focus was to tell your story with your very own shoes. Each workshop participant was invited to bring their worn and new “soles”.
The interesting shoes that each participant brought ignited lots of conversatiion and good laughter. Some of the shoes were sparkly, some were tennis shoes, high top sneakers, others were a part of their bygone days of a corporate uniform. Some shoes were playful, run over, a memorable hospital boot worn for foot surgery, some were a cute but uncomfortable sling backs (those were mine) and several were fierce stilettos. All of the shoes and boots seemed to have made a pronounced statement prior to the appliqués and paints. But afterwards these adorned creations magically sang with exuberance. The shoes varied just like their owners! We were all happily engaged and serious about this creative project. I thoroughly appreciated this artful expression on a Sunday afternoon at the d’Art Center.
It was a mutual sigh of disbelief when the time wound down. We weren’t ready to conclude. It was good medicine. Had it not been for my friend Linda, I would have missed out on a treat. Workshop participants were invited to a private viewing of the A SHOE OF YOUR Own exhibit in the Seldan Arcade’s d’Art Center Gallery. It was evident that each featured artist shared not only their love for shoes, but stepped out of the confines of society’s dictates regarding footwear. Like the textile kaleidoscope of the stiletto’s created by Mixed Media/Textile Artist Peggy Beardslee, this was indeed some extremely artful interpretation.
Thanks to the brilliance of Clayton Singleton, this was no ordinary day! I encourage you to visit the Seldan Arcade filled with awesome art galleries and amazing artists at work! And be sure to stop in a visit Clayton Singleton. The instance you say, “Hello”, you’ll know you’ve encountered an extraordinary human being! Give him my fondest regards when you see him! Since his parting words of wisdom, let him know we’re walking prouder and some of us are even skipping!

Expressing Thanksgiving & Joy!
Linda Mose Meadows, Author & Inspirational Columnist:
The Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises
http://blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com/

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IT’S MEMORIAL DAY: HONORING OUR FALLEN & VALIANT SOLDIERS

The Lord says,

“I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.”
Isaiah 49:16

It’s Memorial Day friends and many of us are enjoying picnics, sunning on the beaches, gearing up for the local concerts or just glad that it’s a day away from the daily work grind. The barbeque grills are smoking in our yards with our favorite cuts of meats and lest we not forget those yummy burgers and hot dogs with mutiple salads. But I believe the heart and soul of the day shouldn’t be overshadowed with just our picnics. Oh, please don’t get me wrong? I do really love the festivities, family and friend’s gatherings. But there is great significance in this day! Those that are connected to loved ones in the military truly understand the heartbreak of lossing a loved one serving in the military.
There are many that choose to commemorate Memorial Day in a variety of ways including attending memorial services in a collective manner or with others assembled in sacred gatherings adorning burial sites with flowers, wreathes and plaques honoring the soldiers valor. All of these jestures are in memory of their beloved who’ve died valiantly while serving their country in the United States armed services. I too wish to join in with them as this nation salutes these men and women, who are sons, daughters, mothers, and fathers that gave their lives upholding the democracy of these United States of America.

Here are two very touching accounts from Today MSNBC that honor the lives of these brave individuals. Thank you for visually bringing the point home today of the necessity to celebrate our fallen soldiers. May we never forget them and their precious sacrifice.

Grief Unites Fallen Soldiers’ Mothers

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Shared in Love,

Linda Mose Meadows, Author

The Blessedness of Believing

A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises

http://blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com/

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