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August 4, 2013

Royal Ball a hit with young artists

Shiver me timbers! The Casa Royal Ball was a wonderful event! All of the effort put into the creation each year really pays off in absolute wonderment, as it turns into an enchanted and beautiful fairy, princess, and pirate land. The children have so many things to do while there.

The Danville Art League sets up each year with an art project for the children. This year, using beads that were handmade at the Danville Art League, the children were able to create necklaces or bracelets. I think that the people who participated in this year’s event from the DAL really did an outstanding job, and the children loved their jewelry creations.

My job, along with Peyton Dunavan and Stacey Draper, on Friday night, and myself, Peyton Dunavan and Kristen Rew on Saturday night, was to draw the princesses, fairies, and the occasional pirate. We certainly think we did a good job. Stacey was a last-minute helper, as was Kristen, but they were both great. One thing I found amazing was that more children sat very still for longer periods of time than ever before. Perhaps it was magical?

One adorable little fair-haired girl sat up in the chair and proceeded to slide right off. As she clambered back up onto the chair, someone asked her if she was ready to have her picture drawn. Her response, rather fearfully, was “Will it hurt?” I think when she heard the word “drawn” she associated it with “having blood drawn.” Needless to say, it didn’t hurt her at all and she was pleased. We have been charging $10 for each drawing as it takes a bit of time and the money goes to CASA. One child sat down and said she wanted her picture drawn. About halfway through, she must have heard something about the cost because her mouth opened wide and she said “Oh, it costs money?” The picture was finished anyway.

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