The Madrona neighborhood on Camano Island fronts a rocky beach. When the waves come in on a stormy day, you can hear the rocks rolling back and forth getting rounded and smoothed as they do. So painted rocks are found everywhere on Camano Island, including right here in the gallery. Often they are anonymously left as gifts for the homeowner. It's always a joy to find a new one in the gallery.
Yesterday, a giving person with a touch of humor, added an itty bitty bunny to the gallery. This bitty bunny joins our little menagerie of Itty Dog, Bitty Kitty, bear and beaver. Oscar, the mannikin, particularly likes bunny because it looks at him so adoringly. Bunny, bear and beaver need names, so if you have a suggestion, send an email.
Oscar and Marcel and the resident animals complained about all but expiring from the 100 degree plus temperatures in the gallery on a sunny afternoon. West facing, the gallery heats up in the afternoon making it inhospitable to some kinds of art. Yesterday, Greg, who built the gallery, came by to create a way for the hot air to ventilate into the "attic" and then to the outside. Indeed the temperatures dropped, most welcome when normally cool Camano Island hit 80 degrees yesterday. There are about 16 hours of daylight now so relief is welcome.
These two little fellows come a couple of times a day (with Mom or Grandma) to color and to look at what's in the gallery. The five year old seems particularly intrigued and carries in his pocket two small painted rocks from the gallery. Future artist perhaps? Many kids come by and some leave their creations. It has been one of the great joys of community and the Tiny Free Gallery.
Yesterday morning an itty bitty beaver and an itty bitty bear came to join Itty Dog and Bitty Kitty thanks to neighbor Alexis. Come see the menagerie! We need a few more names! It will take a few days pondering.
It became quite apparent what to name the dog and cat who live at the gallery. All along we've referred to them as "itty bitty" in size. So now the dog is named "Itty" and the kitty is named "Bitty." Obvious and just right!
Today, someone placed in the gallery this little saying that "Every Kindness Matters." It perfectly praises all the artists and lovers of art that keep the Tiny Free Gallery a place where people find a moment of happiness and perhaps a treasure to take home. Thank you kind person who donated this lovely item.
Our resident mannikins are, from left to right, Oscar, Marcel and Bhakti. Oscar is a upright man, but always willing to help present the work in the gallery. He's faithfully held up many a necklace for many a day. Marcel is our spirited trouble maker. He usually is forgiven because he was so traumatized by being kidnapped from the gallery in the early days. It is testimony to his "character" that he was voluntarily returned. Bhakti is the spiritual guide of the gallery. She rarely is seen because she is meditating on the joy of it all.
Yesterday, a car pulled in front of the gallery carrying two passengers. A young woman stepped out and said how much she loved the gallery after reading about it in the Crab Cracker magazine. She asked if she might take the hug vase by Marguerite Goff and its flowers so that she could give it to her Mother who was waiting in the car. "It's her 75th birthday today. Could I give it to her for her birthday?" What a heartwarming way to create a sweet memory and find a new home for a lovely piece of art. Happy Birthday and thank you Marguerite.
Someone with a generous heart placed an itty bitty kitty in the gallery to keep the itty bitty dog company. The attached note read, "A dog shud have a kitten." What insight and what fun! Thank you for the kitten. We'll have to name the pup and cat soon.