This year Wendy designed an experience for the visitors who came to Queens Inn where she was exhibiting her art. She hung hundreds of bird silhouettes from the ceiling and then invited visitors to write something about hope on small pieces of Post-It notes and put the notes on the bird cutouts. Gentle breezes made the birds fly and by the end of Trails, the display was a captivating vision of hope in flight.
Wendy took a risk in creating this experience. When she told me about it before Trails, I didn't get it. I had a vision of dozens of a poorly-cutout bird shapes hanging limply from the ceiling. The dancing reality of the shadows, variety and hope for the future went far beyond my meagre vision and pulled me into a new place. That's what art does ... that's what artists do.
Wendy took her original vision of honoring birds and expanded it into an experience that touched and transformed, at least in a small way, all who visited her space.