Malaika 10

Went to a benefit in NYC last night to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Malaika school in the Congo. Amazing woman Noella Coursaris who started this amazing charity. What a lovely person! There were so many beautiful faces there. Wanted to post video of some of the young dancers but couldn't get it to work. :(

Model turned philanthropist Noella Coursaris. Photo credit Bella Naika

Model turned philanthropist Noella Coursaris. Photo credit Bella Naika

slow down and look

One of the most beautiful treasures in Montclair is the Avis Campbell Gardens. I go there all year long and there is always something different blooming each season (except winter). It's tucked away and I love to see when people first stumble upon it. Absolutely gorgeous. I went Friday with my watercolor class and it was so nice to paint outside with nothing but chirping birds and the sound of the water fountain babbling away...Sure beats sitting in front of my computer!

My parents visited this past week so I spent a lot of time walking in the park with my dad each morning. From turtles, geese, cardinals, ducks and egrets to every assortment of dog I was in critter heaven. And then there was just the sheer beauty of spring unfolding everywhere. 

Matisse Workshop!

Taught a workshop last weekend called "Painting with Scissors"-which ties into the wonderful show going on now at the Montclair Art Museum. If you are a Matisse fan, you MUST go! In addition to many originals, the show also has numerous works of artists who were inspired by Matisse. So gorgeous! 

We had a great group and I was so impressed with what each person created! And of course, I just had to take a group pic! :)