by Ray Pieroitti
A father’s gift is not always material. There is the gift of opportunity, the gift of example, the gift of encouragement and more. In the instance of the exhibition “Daughter Like Father” it was the gift of creative vision. Meg Tilley Anderson’s father encourage her to see patterns where none are apparent, to see the unusual in the usual, and to see opportunity in following her own creative insights. Meg’s father, Lew Tilley, an artist originally from Parrott, GA, too was encourage by father-like mentors who encourage his artistic vision. In this season of giving perhaps one of the more lasting gifts we can bestow on our children is the gift of an open mind. Taking your child to an exhibition where the open mind is in strong evidence would be giving a gift of lasting value.
Except for the cost of time – and that we should graciously give to our children – the opportunity to experience such a gift is free. The Center for Art & Rehabilitative Energies, Inc. located in Shellman, GA is such a place. And if you’ve not been to explore the current exhibit “Daughter Like Father” there is still time. See how one father encouraged the talent of his daughter. Perhaps this is an opportunity to encourage the creative side of your child. The Center is Open and Free to the public between the hours of 2 – 6 P.M. each week-end.
Group visits are welcomed. If the week-end is not possible and you have a group of 2 or more families that would like to visit during the week, you need only call and set up a time. The Center will be happy to accommodate.