Alumna Margaurita Spear Update

November 2, 2012

Alumna Margaurita Spear ’09 recently had a painting donated to Hope For Creativity’s Art Auction. Hope for Creativity is a non-profit organization that Spear was invited to create a painting. This organization provides art supplies to homeless children between the ages of two and eighteen. A former student of hers who became involved with this organization as part of her community service requirement for her confirmation this year and she asked Spear if she would donate her time and talents.

Spear’s Slow and Steady was available for auction on Oct. 1 – 12, with the auction wrap party in Wakefield, MA. For more information about this event or to learn more about Hope for Creativity click here.

There are so many charitable groups that provide some sort of aide to homeless families and kids, but Spear likes that this group provides art supplies because when times are tough art making can be an excellent outlet for emotions. Giving kids the means to express themselves through art is just so wonderful. And she remember how awesome it always was to get new art supplies growing up — perfect Crayola crayons and plump and juicy markers — so she is happy to support this great cause that gives kids that otherwise may not get new art supplies that same sense of joy!

For this art auction, Hope for Creativity provided participating artists with an unfinished wood painter’s palette. The theme was Hope. Create. Inspire. Three very important words indeed! For the piece Spear made, she did not want to take a literal approach, although she did consider it at first. Instead of actually incorporating the text into the painting, which she thought of doing as a fortune cookie message, Spear wanted to contemplate the meaning of the words. To her hope is about not giving in, keeping steady, and forging onward. She thought of the tortoise and the hare and the saying “Slow and steady wins the race.” For her piece, she  arranged a simple set up with a turtle figurine that her mother brought her from a Native American pow wow. This turtle would embody that message of hope. A major component of hope for her lately has been understanding that life is a journey and that eventually you’ll make it through. This has become her personal mantra, especially as she continues to hope for a teaching position in her own classroom.

Spear also has her work currently on display at VisionSpace Gallery, 16 City Hall Square,  Lynn, MA. The two pieces being shown are:

These pieces were done with a papercraft method called quilling. They are arduous to produce despite their small size of 8 x 8″ because the designs are so intricate. Each piece is created freestyle with no pre-planning other than a general idea for the composition in my mind’s eye. Spear is excited to have these two pieces on display for their public debut.

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