Shel Silverstein is one of my heroes. I adopted his 'Put something silly in the world that ain't been there before' as a personal motto, especially when it comes to creating art.
Isy Mekler, a young man about to turn 13 (and have his Bar Mitzvah,) has also been inspired by Mr. Silverstein. As part of his Bar Mitzvah project he is asking artists to decorate trees that will be sold in support of the charity 'Reach Out and Read.' He also plans to volunteer with Reach Out and Read by reading to Boston-area children in Spanish and English.
Mekler said [of his project] "I am about to turn 13 and this year I have been inspired to give more of myself. I am hoping that this will become contagious."
When Isy emailed, asking if I would be one of the artists for this very cool project, I immediately said yes! Stay tuned for pix of my finished tree. Once I figure out what I want to do with it...