My cub reporting job for the Longmont Arts Blog took me to Central Elementary school last week, to Shelley Saxton's art class.
Central is Longmont's first school, built in 1878. When Tess was starting kindergarten there a large renovation/restoration project had just been completed and an open house was taking place. We walked up to the front door with an elderly women who told us she attended Central nearly 90 years before.
Shelley does amazing work with her kids and the art room and adjoining hallways are always filled with bright and beautiful work. I've known Shelley since Tess was a student of hers (but of course it's only Tess that has gotten older, not Shelley, not me.....)
Shelley has been relegated to the basement all these years but has always made these halls colorful and welcoming....huge Peter Max paintings that the kids are working lined the walls the day I visited.
Greg went with me to take photos for the LAB and we both reminisced as we walked through those halls. Paintings and drawings that Tess did back then are all over our home...colors fading but still bright in our eyes. Greg took a series of photographs of Tess and her friends on the wall in front of Central when the girls were 'graduating' from 5th grade. When they graduated from high school he gathered them again for pictures on the wall. We said we'd get together in 4 more years for a photo shoot when they graduated from college.
They scattered all over the country and it is hard to believe but that time has now come. Most of them will be home at some point this summer and we'll try to gather at Central....and wonder at all the coming mile stones that will bring them together again.