Yoko Ono and a wish tree

Yoko Ono and a wish tree

"Project Create" to Launch in January

During the Arts Council of Windham County's Community Arts Panel Discussion on September 26, a suggestion was made that it sponsor an evening of art activity for public participation during Gallery Walk. This suggestion was well received and is now being organized by Susan Rosano, MA, Master Teaching Artist and Trustee of ACWC. Susan plans to invite different artists in the community to lead a project each month during Gallery Walk, and the public is invited to join in and create some meaningful art.

The first project is the creation of a "Wish Tree." Come by the Works Bakery Café during Gallery Walk on January 5, between 6:00 and 7:30 p.m. to participate in this "Wish Tree" project, which will become part of Yoko Ono's "Wish Tree Project" begun in 1993. The Wish Tree Project is an interactive art installation where individuals are invited to draw or write their wish on a white tag and attach it to a community tree, literal or arful. Once the tree is filled with local wishes, they will be collected and sent to the Imagine Peace Tower in Reykjavik, Iceland. Wishes are stored at the Tower, an outdoor work of art conceived by Ono that includes a tower of light designed to symbolize Ono and her late husband John Lennon's continuing campaign for world peace.

Susan asks, "Can trees hold our wishes? Yes they can! All over the world wishes have been placed in trees by hanging ribbons, carving initials, hammering coins or placing other types of messages in them. Wishing is a way of giving shape to our dreams by describing them with artwork and words. It involves looking into the future with hope and optimism."

Future projects include A Wall of Hearts, Junk Sculptures, Watercolor Night, Poetry Night, and much more. Art supplies will be provided, all ages are welcome and no art experience necessary. "Project Create": A Place Where Community Makes & Creates Art is sponsored by The Arts Council of Windham County. For more information, call Susan Rosano at (802) 254-6201.

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