Maidstone Brownies invited Paynton artists Mariann Taubensee and Ellery Russell to their Friday Nov. 5 meeting for a lesson in the arts.
Mariann brought along several types of art all made from items most people would throw away. The girls were amazed and intrigued by what Mariann can do with a pile of recyclable and non-recyclable items.
Everyone joined in the creation of a plexiglass collage, imaginations running wild with what each item represented to them.
Each of the Brownies asked questions about what it means to be a full time artist.
Both Mariann and Ellery belong to art group Re-Art-Cycle and create art with many media from plastic bottle caps to metal farm machinery parts. Recycling and sustainability awareness is important to the artists.
Ellery taught the girls about making a good photograph and editing when needed. Each girl had an opportunity to make and be in a photo, or 10. Living in the digital age, paper and chemicals are no longer wasted to print a roll of film that may have one or two good shots on it. The girls got a glimpse of the digital darkroom and will receive a CD of the photos they had fun creating.
Everyone had a good time including Brown Owl Kathy Utri, who was just as taken with Mariann's art as the kids were.
If you would like to see some of the art and photography the Brownies experienced, check out the Boys and Girls Club art sale in Saskatoon. The sale is to raise money for the club. There will be plenty of art to chose from. Artists from all over Saskatchewan and even one or two from Alberta will be gracing the walls of the Western Development Museum from Friday, Nov. 12 to Sunday, Nov. 14.