At Home in Alexandria (AHA), May 25, 2017

Mary Page Hickey represented BAEE at the Cameron Club in Cameron Station, Alexandria, on Thursday May 25, 2017, for a meeting of the At Home in Alexandria (AHA) group that was celebrating 6 years of service to the Alexandria Community. The club assists seniors who want to remain in their homes by helping with transportation, household and garden chores, social and exercise activities, computer needs, etc.

Mary Page joined about 10 other artists, 1 woodworker, and 1 poet at long tables with easels to display their work and other information. The BAEE book was available for guests to peruse, and although she brought no books to sell, she gave out our little cards with ordering information. She displayed her painting of "Summer Phlox with a Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly" and showed studies of her "Viburnum nudum" painting that is in the book.

About 70 people attended the event with standing room only. The speaker, Carol Siegel, and moderator were fabulous. Carol is an artist and art educator who had a gratifying career in photography before deciding at age 55 to seek a masters’ degree in Expressive Arts from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. For the last 17 years, she has been using that knowledge and her experience as a collagist, painter, and photographer to facilitate art experiences and art therapy for those who attend the Adult Day Care Center at the Lee Center.

Carol is one of the 2017 recipients of the "Annie B. Rose Award", recognizing a lifetime of public service and volunteerism in Alexandria and the D.C. area. When asked what advice she had for those hoping to live a long, productive life, she said to "stay hopeful and optimistic. Have a sense of humor, see the irony of life, have a curious nature, and try to delight in simple pleasures. Accept ALL parts of yourself – the dark and the light." Carol is an impressive "young" 72-year old!

The celebration was a great success and another opportunity to display our book.

Painting of Possumhaw Viburnum.
Viburnum nudum (Possumhaw Viburnum) © Mary Page Hickey.

Photo of Mary Page Hickey with Phlox painting
Mary Page Hickey with her watercolor painting "Summer Phlox with a Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly"

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Bonnie is on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA). She is a member of the Botanical Artists of the National Capital Region (BASNCR), Immediate Past President of the Botanical Artists for Education & the Environment (BAEE), and Editor of the BAEE book American Botanical Paintings: Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic.