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Thursday, May 24, 2007

the time of our lives





















































...where do I begin...


The collection of individuals who joined the festivities this past weekend represent the most glorious array of talent, style and friendships I have ever known. Nineteen artists, 100 collectors...everyone an enthusiast, some life long friends and some women I had never met. We celebrated on my front lawn under a big white tent. We made the most memorable of gatherings. Yes.... it was divinely lovely, yes... art abounded, but most of all it was an intense and heartfelt conflagration of spirit and soul.


It will take many posts for me to share the day of the party....this first post is just a tease of pictures of the artists and helpers as we set up on Friday ...anticipate additional posts on each of the artists present, their work, and ...the aftermath. After all, I did find some cunning size 6 high heels in the garden, cupcake frosting on the walls and punch cups on on porch.....sigh....the memories will last me a lifetime for sure.



Stacey Bear called yesterday to tell me that she had. "...the best time she has ever had". Jody Battaglia said there was enough creative energy to blow the roof off the tent (the storm almost did!). Debbee Thibault said the art of our age was present... I am left speechless and words are some of my favorite things.



So here are some images of us as we set up the circus...everyone was relaxed and excited at the same time, many happy helpers were on-hand, we loaded and unloaded... walls, props, art. We wore jeans, we worked hard, we laughed 'til we cried. We made the fairies fly, the flowers bloom and our hearts sing.


DEBBEE THIBAUT, ASHLEY CARTER, JULIE ARKELL, NICOL SAYRE, LETTY WORKLEY, LISA KAUS, STACEY BEAR, DEBBIE HATWICK, NICOLE BOWEN, DARA DiMAGNO, LESLIE McCABE, JODY BATTAGLIA, JENNIFER LANNE, JILL KENNY, JUDY EPPOLITO, LAURIE "BITTERSWEET" LEFENSKY, KITTY BABENDREIER, JILL WIENER & LAURIE MESEROLL...you rock.....


RO, DENNY, ROBIN, SUE, SOPHIE, DAVID, TESS, LUKE, LORETTA, MAURA, MICHELLE, HENRY, JO, CAROLYN, LINDA, CAROLYN McP, ROSIE, JIM, OLIVER, LOGAN, TASIE, KAYLA, GARY, NANCY & SHANNON....you made it roll...


Thanks to each and every person who was there to set up and prepare for the party. You made it possible.
xxoo Jen
PS.... see Nicol Sayre's blog for more pictures, and visit here again on Saturday for more images of the PARTY itself!

19 comments:

Nancy said...

So fun - such a great tribute to all - wonderful to have you blog again. Excited to see and hear more. Jen - you are a wonder!!

Anonymous said...

Oh Jen, I have been waiting for your pictures . . . But I know you are re-feathering your nest , taking a deep breath & that takes great care! I wish I had been able to be here , Next year is a definite for me !!!! Thank you!!!
Love, Lori Ann

Anonymous said...

Jen,
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. The work you must have done to make this happen had to be HUGE. It was so very magical to say the least and words could never do this collection of women justice. If you were able to bottle that energy & give it away the world would be a better place. I fell in love over and over again. Made friends with women who I know I will remain in touch with for a lifetime. It was wonderful to see the 'costumes'!! Wow. The energy!! The imaginations. The light. The tears. There is not a magazine or television program that could capture that day I agree. I'm still flying! Keep moving -- we can't wait to see what you come up with next.......Your pal, Sandi

Diane Duda said...

What a list of talent! It must have been amazing!
I've missed your posts and can't wait to see more of your beautiful photos!

Diane

Laura K said...

What a wonderful day!

Theresa said...

Dearest Jen,

Thanks for sharing your magical day with my family and I... it was truly AMAZING !!!!!!!!!! It sure was a artist rush too... which is kinda like a sugar rush... know wonder I like art & sugar so much :)

Big Hugs,

Theresa

Anonymous said...

Jen,
Always and honor and priviledge to be in your company!
This year was great and I loved the CUPCAKES! (Not to mention the fab art work and super conversations)!
Your parties are always a rush for the heart and fun for the eyes.

I am a lucky gal to know you Jen O'Connor!
Thanks a million plus a big kiss.
Letty

Christy said...

One day Jen, I hope to be at your special May tea.... It's just beautiful, and such beautiful women and artist that surround you!

Anonymous said...

Well we just could not believe what we experienced at the party. Over six years have gone by and at every turn Jen consistantly out does herself. The Garden party was the greatest yet. Good times, good friends, fabulous artist, just incredible.......Your the best
Thanks for all that you do....

Cindy & Bob
XOXOXOXO

jennifer lanne said...

So honored to be included in such a wonderful circle of talent!!!
Three cheers for Jen!!!

bellacolle said...

Gosh, seems like it was so much fun! You just had an event of my dreams!lol!
Thank you for sharing.

Lisa of Twin Cubs said...

Wow, even the set-up looks like it was a ton of fun! I can't wait to see more of the photos. I'm really looking forward to your Saturday post!

constance said...

I have been looking forward to seeing the pictures from your soiree. Looks like a fabulous time was had by all!

Lori said...

Yay!!! Looks so fun and magical!!!

Gina said...

Jen,
Thanks so much for hosting such a wonderful event! you are the BEST! xoxoxo

oldflowers4me said...

hello darling girl - oh what fun did you all have , i wish i didnt live across the ocean, i would of been there for sure, jen - your world is beautiful- hop skip and jump- ... love jo... p.s im thinking of an icing blue skirt and a raspberry top.

constance said...

Great Pix and tales,
Thanks for sharing!

constance said...

P.S. Good lookin' cupcakes!

Rosanne said...

WOW....another fantastic party. The colors, the artists, the collectors....and those cupcakes!The best party ever. Jen you're just incredible. Can't wait to see what amazing idea you come up with next. Big hug & kiss! Ro

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