Friday, March 07, 2008

What Talent

I live with some amazingly talented women.  Last weekend we got to celebrate that talent.  And take our first-ever house picture:

Some of us were looking more stellar than others, but left to right we are Natalie, Patience, Lindsey, Moriah, me, Laura, and Liz. 

Natalie is an artist.  She makes beautiful, creative, and provocative pieces.  Some adorn our walls; others were exhibited in Calvin’s art show last weekend .  Many students from Calvin participated in showing the public their paintings, sculptures, books, fashion, foods, and prints.  As Laura and I wandered around the gallery (a recent downtown acquisition of Calvin’s), we were pleased to find that whenever we liked a piece well enough to look up its creator, the artist was either Natalie or her best friend Rachelle, who is an honorary housemate of ours.  It was so nice to be able to tell them honestly that we had looked at all the artwork and we liked theirs the best.  Everyone else’s was very good too, but we appreciated the themes and colors of Natalie’s and Rachelle’s work over that of the others.  I suppose that is only appropriate.
Moriah is an actress.  She is not just a woman who acts.  When she is in character, she IS the character.  Last weekend some of Calvin’s theater people were involved in a number of Shakespearean scenes put on to draw attention to and raise money for the current situation in Kenya.  It was their way of contributing to the cause.  Moriah played Ophelia, from the play “Hamlet.”  The scene chosen was the one in which Ophelia, devastated with grief over the death of her father, has gone mad.  Moriah truly gave the impression of being one who had lost all her good sense.  That is not typically a complement, but in this instance that is exactly what it is.  She WAS Ophelia.  It was uncanny.  Seeing her after the play, still in her makeup and dress, she was Moriah again, but before approaching her and talking to her it was almost as though she wasn’t yet because she had been so in character.  She’s that good.
I love it that my friends can excel at their work and that Calvin celebrates that.  Calvin bought the art gallery where Natalie was able to have an exhibit.  Calvin supports the Theater Company in many ways, providing them with excellent facilities and coaches.  It isn’t just the arts that are supported though…in the speech pathology department we have state-of-the-art equipment to work with.  In the past few weeks I have been able to start testing hearing on my friends to hone my techniques.  Lindsey’s nursing practicums are hands-on and very practical learning.  I’m so glad to be somewhere that supports our various needs and provides for us to have the best learning possible.

Posted by Emily MacLeod on 03/07 at 10:47 AM

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