I wasn’t able to attend the NW Furniture Bank reception because of Arts Walk and here’s an email I received – talk about time flying – 5 years!

Thank you for being one of the Chair Affair’s “5 Year Artists”! At our wonderful event last night, I presented a special award to those 5 year artists who were in attendance…….there are 9 total…….as a huge thanks for coming on board the first year with a brand new event, and staying with us every year. We appreciate you! And, I have your gifts, and would like to deliver them to you – hopefully not mail as they are not tiny…..

this is the “award” that 9 artists that have participated five years with the annual NW Furniture Bank fundraiser were given.

Since I wasn’t able to go to the NWFB reception as Friday was Olympia Arts Walk maybe cloning would be a good thing for occasions like this… I met the coordinator on the way up to Port Orchard today when I was bringing the art to the Sidney Gallery.

 

She said the couple that won the silent bid on the wood burned mirror I donated this year were very happy leaving with their mirror.

 

This is the background story of the salmon design:

Fintan, the Salmon of Knowledge (Irish: bradán feasa):

Celtic animal symbolism arises from an abundant mythology. The salmon is the symbol of all knowledge. These creatures that swam the rivers and oceans were also linked to sacred ancient mysteries and deep emotion.

Fintan, an ordinary salmon ate nine hazelnuts that fell into the Well of Wisdom ( Tobar Segais) from nine hazel trees that surrounded the well. The salmon gained the entire world’s knowledge. Moreover, the first person to eat of its flesh would, in turn, gain this knowledge.

The poet Finn Eces spent seven years fishing for this salmon. One day Finn caught Fintan and gave the fish to Fionn, his servant, with instructions not to eat it. Fionn cooked the salmon but when he touched the fish with his thumb to see if it was cooked, he burnt his finger on a drop of hot cooking fish fat. Fionn sucked on his burned finger.  All of Fintan’s wisdom had been concentrated into that one drop of fish fat. Throughout the rest of his life, Fionn could draw upon this knowledge merely by biting his thumb. The deep knowledge and wisdom gained from Fintan allowed Fionn to become the leader of the Fianna, the famed heroes of Irish myth.

 

Keep arting,

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