After almost a year of joint planning and creative preparation, the Circle teens showcased their artwork with the help of The Arts Collaborative in Meredith, New Hampshire. Professional artist, Heidi Lea Little (a multi-media artist, designer, and arts advocate), along with Circle mentor Shirley Glines, inspired both our middle school and high school Circle teens to incorporate unique art projects into a fundraising showcase to benefit the Circle Program. The Circle girls’ projects were displayed alongside the professional artwork of the members of The Arts Collaborative studio, including work by Heidi Little (ArtsEnlight Studio), David Little (Winnipesaukee Forge, Inc.), Steven Hayden (Hayden Arts), and Cynthia Robinson (Eco Art a la Carte). Jazz musician, David Young, performed at the gathering, keeping the afternoon syncopated, lively and cool!
During the Teen Camp session at Circle Camp, Heidi worked with the middle school teens, who created woven mandalas using a variety of mixed-media (cardboard, yarn, fabric, etc.). A mandala is literally a “circle” (how appropriate!) with a calming center point that integrates various shapes and patterns to create a design. Later in the fall, Heidi worked with the high school Circle teens to create painted canvas mandalas. All the mandalas, both woven and painted, were incredibly colorful and showcased the creativity of our girls.
The mandalas were so beautiful that we used the designs to create notecards to sell at the studio event. Mentor Shirley Glines also spent a day showing the Circle teens how to mold chocolate candies to sell. These were displayed, along with the benches and high top tables the teens made at camp during their session with Elaine Hamel of “Girls at Work.” On the day of the “Art and Chocolate Showcase,” we had a great turnout with seventeen Circle teens and sixteen mentors attending the event, along with Circle board and staff, family members, and friends from the community. The teens were delighted to show us their finished projects!
Circle teen, Autumn, who has a keen interest in filmmaking, created a DVD to document the teens work on the mandalas and chocolate. Her video was presented during the event on a large screen television so that guests visiting The Arts Collaborative studio could learn more about the Circle teens’ creative process.