This week has kept me very busy, in meetings, and also working on some really important grants being offered through the USDA. On Monday I dropped one in the mail asking for assistance in replacing a parking lot that is often used by the community and today I finished one that will expand telemedicine services in a rural hospital, which could save hundreds of lives. Now it’s just a matter of keeping my fingers crossed!
Jason saw an owl here on the boulevard and was able to snap a pic. He continued walking toward the hotel when it swooped him and then not far after, another owl swooped him, too! Guess they’re camera shy!
Finished the week enjoying Second Friday’s in our downtown by hanging out at Aunt Molly’s studio. Her guest artist was Kevin Callahan, whose son is a good friend of mine. Saw lots of friends and made some new ones, too! Such a great way to end the week, for sure.
Busy day! Lots of meetings today. First meeting was bright and early this morning in neighboring city of Liberty. Had an old friend contact me about a children’s services fund that is on the ballot this August in Clay County. It would establish a fund that would be accessible to communities in the county to support efforts for bettering children’s health.
After this I dropped by the church to pick up Mackenzie and take her to her first day of drama camp. She was at the church because Jason was installing new projectors with our friend Charles today! Here’s a picture Mackenzie took of Charles up high on the ladder!
This afternoon I had a meeting at the Good Samaritan Center. There are a lot of great projects we are working on at the Center. Today we discussed a way to establish a GED program there so clients would have access to getting their degree. Currently Excelsior Springs has no public site for individuals seeking this opportunity.
After my meeting at the Center I headed to Lewis Elementary for a booster club meeting. We are still working on planning out our year and are looking forward to offering lots of great things for the students and staff this year!
Tonight was also the school board meeting. I go every month to give them an update from the educational foundation. I enjoy the meetings. Also, hearing about what’s going on helps me understand better how I might be able to help overall.
My Aunt Molly has an art studio in Downtown Excelsior Springs that is truly one of a kind amazing! Not only does she sell her own art, but she also offers weekly classes for both children and adults, and has a full retail store with a lot of fun things, some of which I feature below!
Recently, Aunt Molly began carrying Dad’s photography work in studio! You can follow his pictures on Facebook and message him for the prints that you want, to pick up at Molly Roberts Studio! Click here for his profile page!
Also, join us for a Second Friday’s each month on the second Friday in our downtown. Shops will all be open! Aunt Molly will have a guest artist, Kevin Callahan, and have live music thanks to David Knopf. She will be serving tastings of Fence Stile Winery and Vineyards, as well! For more info, visit her Facebook event page by clicking here!
For the past four years our daughter, Mackenzie, has been attending the Seven Hills Art Camp that is held during the summer. For the first time, they expanded it to two weeks this summer. The theme for the first week was wings, with a focus on birds. Mackenzie’s favorite part was making bird kites! The camp was founded and taught by Roberta Hammer, family friend and local artist. Throughout the year, Roberta also hosts an art class weekly at the Good Samaritan Center and gives lessons on various art methods to the students of various ages.
This year, Roberta asked my husband, Jason, if he would co-teach the camps with her. He enjoyed getting to be a part of the experience in teaching the camp! Here’s a feature of some of their work together over the past two weeks:
They made a giant nest that was big enough for all of the campers to fit in!
These photos above were all taken by Dr. S. Jason Cole.
The second week of Art Camp was themed “Pollinators”
My husband Jason taught the students lessons in stop-motion animation. Here are some videos from the two weeks:
For such a long time Mackenzie has adored foxes. When she was small we got her a stuffed fox that you can tell is a favorite now because the fur is worn down. Within the last year we found a small one that looks just like it that then became her baby. The book that follows was inspired by her own little animals. Hope you enjoy!
Six-year-old Author/Illustrator Mackenzie Cole and her dad letting Mama Fox drink out of Mackenzie’s straw
My husband Jason is a jack of all trades. I often refer to him as the Renaissance Man, because he likes projects and art of all kinds, and he seems to be good at everything. This past week he was asked to make a special gift for a father who runs in Ironman Triathlons. They wanted him to have it for inspiration in his work out room!
Here are some progress pictures from the making of the sign:
Jason built this sign a little different than the others he’s been making, creating a light box for additional accent.
Our dining room table often becomes a workbench, because we don’t have a workshop, yet.
He even lets Mackenzie in on the fun. Notice that he’s carefully observing the whole time! (Serious about his work!)
By cutting out the logo of the triathlons, He can create a lit effect from behind that really makes it pop!
Putting the finishing touches along the edges. All of Jason’s work is hand painted.
Summer is the best time for camps and in Excelsior Springs, there’s no lack for getting involved! Starting this week, Mackenzie will have two weeks filled with day-long art classes, which she’s been going to for the last three or four years. The Art Camp was started by Roberta Hammer, a local artist who Mackenzie takes lessons from weekly throughout the year. She inspires the students to try different mediums and often inspire them with the nature that surrounds them here daily. Roberta is the heart and soul behind the Art Camp at the Good Samaritan Center and the ongoing Art Room that meets weekly on early-release days from school. We are so grateful to have her in our community giving her time!
This year Jason, my husband, was asked to co-teach the camp and also help with another upcoming art camp to be held at the Good Samaritan Center. Jason has his doctorate in film and animation and has some fun projects lined up to offer the students this week. He, too, is an artist, everyday making custom signs, bags, watercolors, mobiles, or working with Mackenzie on various projects.
There are a number of ways for students to get involved and have fun during the summer here in Excelsior Springs. Whether it’s going to the various art camps, drama camps, reading programs at the library, bible schools, activities in the parks, or swimming at the community center, there’s plenty for kids to do here at home!