Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Just Reach Out

A few weeks ago I went to an art show in Port Angeles featuring one of my favorite artists, Melissa Klein. I’ve been drawn to her work because of her eccentric humor... poking fun at social convention.

The first painting I purchased was the “Curse of the Good Girl” that inspired one of my favorite blogs. Some days when my genetically inbred “Guilt-O-Meter” gets into the red zone, I think of the picture’s chant… There’s no place like home, there’s no place like work and try to rid myself of the curse!

This art show, though, was different.

As usual I started to circle the room but was stopped short by one painting which immediately drew me in. I wasn’t sure why but all I could do was focus on the girl straining forward with one arm outstretched.

The painting was multi-media and there was a gossamer fabric overlaying part of the painting lightly covering the picture below.

Finally I dragged by eyes away and read the card by the painting.

“Passing Through” by Melissa Klein

Melissa then walked over and stood by me. We didn’t say anything for a few minutes both lost in our thoughts. Then she quietly told me the story…

My cousin wrote to me when I lost my friend who died very young…
The veil between life and death is very thin.
It’s comforting to realize that we're not so far from those who have departed.

I've always felt strongly that this was a very personal piece.
That it was a healing process to create and one that I almost wouldn't show.

When I was preparing for my art show, here was this painting staring at me and I knew my friend would want me to show it… even to the point of kicking my butt to do it.”

So why that night and why that show?

I told my husband at the last minute, I’m going. Don’t know why the strong pull. But, I put a hat on my head and was out the door.

I bought the painting and Melissa emailed me to say… “I'm glad that someone I know and trust will be her new caretaker, and that the healing passes on to you.”

As I walk around my house decorated for the holidays, there are so many memories of children growing up, of parents who have passed. Family gatherings also have dwindled over time living so far apart. And, this year dear friends have lost so much it's hard to comprehend.

This is the season when all of our feelings and emotions seem to tumble down upon us… sometimes more like a babbling brook with laughter floating ever so gently then an unexpected waterfall that threatens to pull us under.

I’m looking at the painting and these words keep rumbling in my heart.

Just reach out, Reach throughyou and yours will be united within.

Thank you Melissa for entrusting me with such a precious gift.


Artist, Melissa Klein

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