Work of Art

When I think about what exactly it is that I want for women to take away with them when they leave me on the Sunday morning of camp after a week of sheer joy, belly laughs, discovery, and awakenings, three words come to mind:  Work of Art.  I want for them, with all that I’ve got, to begin thinking of themselves as a Work of Art.  Something to be prized, something truly special, something that gets even better with time.

As you can imagine, after four years of doing this, I have thousands of beautiful photographs from my own camera, and also from several very talented photographers and videographers.  I have photos of the river that meanders through camp and of the horses that surprise us by coming down to the river’s edge to get a drink of water and splash about.  I have hundreds of photographs of colorful, inspiring artwork and I even have pictures of the double rainbow that appeared in the sky on the first morning of camp last year, literally encapsulating us inside the magical bubble we already imagined was there and now had photographic evidence of.

These photos are all so dear to me because they remind me of the sights and sounds of each passing year.  But the thing that really stands out to me are the faces.  Each sparkle, each smile, each line, each and every face that I see reminds me of Lucky Star in its live form.  You see, I can invite you to one of the most beautiful places on earth, curate the most wonderful classes with the most talented instructors, order up the best food in the land, give you all the supplies you need, and watch you make the most beautiful art…but in my eyes the real Work of Art is you.  So, if there is nothing else that you take away with you when you leave, know this… YOU… wonderfully real chaser of dreams, sprinkler of stardust… are a Work of Art!

 

Summer Recipe: Red Quinoa, Bulgur & Black Bean Summer Salad

A light and savory summer salad full of fiber, protein and healthy fat, this easy adaptation is the perfect healthy lunch.

 

Red Quinoa, Bulgur & Black Bean Summer Salad

1- 8oz. pack of Bulgur & Red Quinoa Quick Cook Grains by Central Market, cooked

1- 15oz can black beans, drained and rinsed

1- 15oz can whole kernel corn, drained

1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

sliced avocado, whole sprig of fresh cilantro and limes to garnish

Dressing 

(Central Market recipe)

6 T. Olive Oil

1/2 tsp each of Ground Cumin and Ground Paprika

Juice of two Limes

Prepare the Bulgur & Red Quinoa according to directions on the package.  While waiting for cooked grains to cool, make dressing by adding all ingredients to mason jar and shake.  Combine cooked bulgur and quinoa, black beans, corn, cilantro, and dressing in bowl.  Chill in refrigerator until ready to serve.  Top each serving with sliced avocado and garnish with cilantro and sliced lime.  Makes 12 servings.

 

Enjoy!