WHY TOBACCO BOXES? In addition to having a fun wooden box to keep things in, residents learned that Native American Indians use tobacco in prayers and for sacred ceremonies. We gave residents printed prayers and affirmations to insert or glue to their boxes.
Close to half of the art class are men.
Rene' Locklear White, artist and Lumbee Indian checking to see if the butterflies were ready to fly.
Each student glued a "Made with Love" sticker on their wooden tobacco box.
Berryville, VA - This month's (March 2016) Art in Nature class focused on "Releasing Butterflies" and decorating tobacco boxes. Student ages range from their sixties to nineties. THE MOST REMARKABLE THING? Several people who have difficulty speaking the simplest words, due to their health conditions, were talking. In fact, one gentleman who saw the butterfly for the first time said, "Would you look at that?" Close to 30 residents at the Golden Living Assisted Living glued corn, beans and shiny things onto and into their cigar boxes donated by the John B. Hayes Tobacconist on Piccadilly St. in Winchester, Va.. The air was fresh, right after a light rain. Residents released dozens of butterflies together. Sugar water on carnation flowers helped the butterflies hang around a while before flying off into the garden patio. As always thanks Anne Perrault and Jacob for inviting Rene' Locklear White Sanctuary on the Trail artist to lead the monthly art classes. Special thanks to Diann Waddell and Orysia Nasar for volunteering this month. Volunteers interested in helping Rene' in June please contact: email@example.com or call 540-554-8730.
Fine example of completed tobacco box after seed and shinny things are glued down.
Golden Living resident taking her butterfly outside to release.
Affirmation Prayers in Tobacco Boxes
Psalm 118:24: “This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.
Job 5:11: "He sets on high those who are lowly, and those who mourn are lifted to safety."
Psalm 27:13-14: "I believe I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; be strong, and may your heart be stout; wait on the Lord."
Isaiah 41:10: "Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, yes, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand."
John 16:33: "I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But be of good cheer. I have overcome the world."
Romans 8:28: "We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose"
Romans 8:37-39: "No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, neither angels nor principalities nor powers, neither things present nor things to come, neither height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Romans 15:13: "Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Spirit."
Corinthians 1:3-4: "Blessed be God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble by the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God."
Philippians 4:6: "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with gratitude, make your requests known to God." Hebrews 13:5: "Let your lives be without love of money, and be content with the things you have. For He has said: 'I will never leave you, nor forsake you.'"
Berryville, VA - April's Art in Nature class focused on "Butterflies." Some Native American Indian stories say, when you share a butterfly with someone, you are saying that you want to spend the rest of your life with that person. This week we shared hundreds of butterflies with residents at the Golden Living Assisted Living. Thank you Valley Dawn (age 10) for volunteering and for June Krupsaw for taking photos. Next month we set real butterflies free. Join us as a volunteer? Volunteers interested in helping Rene' contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 540-554-8730.
Butterfly Art in Nature class. Photos by June Krupsaw.
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