Our Private Art Collection

We count ourselves lucky to
have amassed our own private
art collection. Beginning with crayon
and paper affixed to the refrigerator

with magnets, we progressed
to kitchen cabinet spaces on
the doors. Little hands and smiles
greeted us with each new piece

in our art gallery. Lots of
kisses and hugs about such
beautiful work created
by little hands. Later we framed

some of the special pieces.
Wooden bird houses and ceramic
ones. Tiles decorated and painted.
Masks and dream catchers.

Chalk on sand paper. Hands
painted and pressed to paper
and cloth. Making paper and
forming into hearts and angels.

We have had a never-
ending art gallery in our house.
Naturally we are thrilled to
have such creative offspring.

Just imagine all the homes
lucky enough to have such art
work in their own private
galleries and spaces!

The artists no longer reside
with us and have their own lives.
We are the lucky ones to have
remembrances of them everywhere!


1995 Tom, Emily in Spreewald Fulbright year0001

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16 Responses to Our Private Art Collection

  1. Perfectly precious! 🙂 Sharing…

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    • Thank you, Bette. I love your comment. I can’t bring myself to take the art work down. And what you see, as you can imagine, is only the tip of the iceberg. Enjoy the weekend.

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      • I know just what you mean, Mary Ann. Years ago, I put scrapbooks together for our girls and included much of their early art and gave them some of their precious special projects, but still, have a few that I can’t part with yet. Precious memories… ❤ Enjoy yours! Sending lots of love your way. xo

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      • Great with scrapbooks! I could never spend the time doing that. Instead, my husband and I purchased each child a foot locker and as soon as they were born, we included newspapers of that day, any magazines we thought they might later enjoy and whatever school projects and special mementos they wanted to save, they could add to the collection. Report cards too. One of these days/years we need to give them to our children for safekeeping. When my mother put a new ironing board cover on her ironing board, she put down newspaper first. Every time I changed it, I would marvel at how prices had changed, etc. Precious memories are worth saving. Hugs. oxox

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  2. Peter Klopp says:

    How many people throw their kids’ art work out! And you kept their precious work and gave it a special place of honour in your home.

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    • Thank you Peter for such kind words in your comment. I was always interested in what projects they did in school and of course, I honor them with a special place in our home. There is love in our family. Thank you for noticing that.

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  3. Arno Bode,Cologne,Germany says:

    Liebe Mary Ann,eine liebevoll beschriebene Homage an das Wirken Deiner Kinder.Schöne Erinnerungen muß man bewahren.Es sind in der Regel hervorragende Streicheleinheiten für die Seele.Mir gefällt Dein liebevoller Bericht über Dinge des alltäglichen Lebens.Liebe Grüße und alle guten Wünsche für Dich und Deine Familie,Dein Arno

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    • Wie immer, Arno, hast Du einen aufschlussreichen Kommentar zum Blogbeitrag über unsere private Kunstsammlung. Dies sind einige meiner Favoriten, weil sie mit Liebe geschaffen wurden. Gibt es einen besseren Weg, die Arbeit unserer Kinder mit ihren kreativen Händen zu ehren? Ich wünsche Euch einen wunderschönen Skiurlaub Urlaub. Mein Bestes für dich und Lilly. Deine Mary Ann


  4. balroop2013 says:

    Oh! What a treasure! I too have preserved some of the art pieces from one of my girls as she is very creative and even signed at the back of all she created “AngelWorks”…
    And fast forward to present… we have so much of art to hang as my little grandchildren vie with each other everyday enthusiastically and want to fill all the walls of the home with their art! 🙂
    I love that hang up with hearts and thanks for sharing that awesome picture of your children…memories are so heart-warming!

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    • I agree with you on the treasures their artwork is. Why not make giant collages on foam core board or trifold poster boards, front and back. They stand on floors and tables and are wonderful treasures. Let the children take it home. You can also make extra layers on top with some transparent sheet protectors. I know some homes which have entire walls of cork bulletin board material to display treasures. I like the title Angel Works. Making paper and then molding it can be a great and easy project too. I have some paper jewelry too. My teacher made a wall mural at her elementary school which was then “painted” with a clear coat of a material which made it non flammable. The fire code at the school needed to be considered. Each student had created and painted a fish so that this wall looked like a giant aquarium. How neat!

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  5. Annika Perry says:

    Mary Ann, how wonderful to have your children’s artwork framed and on display! 😀 This must bring such constant warmth to your home and lend an element of their presence even whilst not living at home. I have my son’s cast handprint from young – a lovely memory and fun to compare with his hand today with his long slim fingers! Tender, speical moments! Hope you’re having a lovely weekend. xx

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    • Annika – so glad you understand and appreciate the artwork my kids created. With long, slim fingers your son has the hands of a piano player! We have been having a lovely weekend with wedding anniversary tomorrow, our 35th. Amazon should be delivering your books today or tomorrow. Can’t wait! Take care and a good week ahead too. oxox

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      • Annika Perry says:

        Happy Anniversary, Mary Ann!!😀 Oh, my son is a gifted pianist and is now composing his own songs; I’m hoping to post his first release soon. His fingers allow him to stretch between eleven notes on his right hand – looks like a contortionist! Can’t wait for the books…yours is winging its way to you! Wishing you a very special week too. xx

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      • You are so kind to send us wishes for our anniversary. Definitely your must upload his music to your own YouTube channel (I used an unlisted one which can be shared but is not for the general public). What a memory that would be. I couldn’t read that many notes except on the very edge of the piano, but ten notes were doable. I believe some of Verdi’s music demands a large span with the fingers. Our son and daughter-in-law are in Paris and Amsterdam for the week and just posted photos in the Louvre, one with the Mona Lisa. Photography is now allowed but was forbidden when I first viewed the painting during my student days. It is not as large as I had envisioned. I would love to hear your son play piano. Have a grand week ahead!

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