Friday, April 13, 2007

Meeting Mila


Every year for the past three years we have hosted Rotarian visitors from around the world. It's a hectic three days, but we love the experience of sharing ideas, cultures and conversation with people from other countries. This year we were delighted to host an artist, Mila Siebra, from Brazil.

She showed up with two huge suitcases. I knew the visitors were going to be in our country a month, but I was thinking either she had a shoe addiction like I do, or they had told her we didn't have washing machines in the United States. It soon became apparent what was in the two huge red suitcases: art and lots of it, which she most generously gave away where ever she went.

We soon learned that Mila (mela) was delighted to be in our country, had an eleven-year-old son and was very young at heart. She became an artist after her family lost control of their four clothing stores a dozen years ago, where Mila had been working long hours, managing the stores, when their assets were frozen through a corrupt government official. Mila's mother, an interior designer, encouraged her to get into art.

Much of Mila's work is bright and colorful and reminds me of the flower children of the '60s, but she also has work that features colors of the earth. She creates many things out of recycled material, using cardboard, and twine, newspaper and gauze, to form her three dimensional mixed media art.

One of the activities planned while she was here was a leap from a very tall tower, that turned out to be immensely fun, even I tried it, but didn't go all the way to the top.

We hugged good-bye today, and she has promised to send us some of her art, so that you can purchase it. We will truly miss her.--Ruth Mitchell

Don't forget to think GREEN this month. Earth Day is April 22. We're going to bring you an Earth tip with every blog in April.

Tip for the day: Avoid products that are packaged for single use (i.e., drinks, school lunches, candy, cat and dog food, salad mixings, etc.). Instead, buy in bulk and transfer the products to your own reusable containers.


(c) 2006 - Ruth Mitchell - all rights reserved

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