I’m an avid viewer of the CBS Sunday Morning Show & thanks to DVR, I rarely miss a show. I was especially delighted to see the 1/27/19 segment about Jessica Frank, the “keeper of the suns.” For 20 years, Jessica has been collecting and “handpicking every shining example of sun artwork to appear on the program – about 9000 and counting!” I absolutely loved this segment & the story is fascinating!
I immediately called my mother, told her about the show & asked her to send me a photo of the ceramic sun I had made when I was a little girl. She has had it hanging in her kitchen for years. So, in addition to a little background story about my art and the inspiration behind it, I eagerly submitted my sun to CBS Sunday Morning. Maybe one day it’ll make its television debut!
~ It was summertime in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. I believe I was in the second or third grade at the time, so I suppose the year was 1973 or 1974. My parents were in the midst of divorce, so my mother made sure my brother & I had a variety of activities to keep us busy… including art classes. At the time, I didn’t realize just how powerful those art classes were & how they would end up affecting my life today! I’m forever grateful for my art teacher, Rusty Garner. Everything about her was pure magic (at least in my eyes)! Her studio was a large barn-like structure, detached from the back of her house. I remember the musty smell of clay, paints & other art supplies – This aroma permeated the entire studio, our clothes & I loved it all! I couldn’t wait to enter Rusty’s world! She made sure there would always be something new in store for us to create & explore.
Sadly, my summers with Rusty came to a close in 1976 when my family moved to Texas. To this day, all my pottery & artwork lives with family, so I get to see it all the time. In my childhood works, I also see Rusty & realize I never had a chance to thank her for all she had taught me. I never had a chance to tell her just how much of an impact she had made on me all those years ago – An impact still palpable to this day.
Rusty had a “larger than life” personality – she exuded joy, passion & purpose. She was an enigmatic light in my life which continues to shine as bright as the sun!