Sunday, January 17, 2010

Infinite Possibilities. . . . Memorium

This was a bitter-sweet week for me. I received very sad and tragic news regarding the loss of two young friends: a former co-worker who died suddenly and unexpectably from an infection, and a young promising artist and new friend who showed promise. Both were shining stars with bright futures. Joseph Mwanzia had entered his artwork in our Art of Reading Show (the first art show he'd ever entered) and won one of the library purchase awards. He was born in Kenya and had come to the U.S. only a few years ago to further his education. Kathy Friedline and I got to meet Joseph during the reading show, and encouraged him to join the Mobile Art Association, where he met many new friends. Here is a photo of Joseph and his girlfriend in front of his winning artwork, titled "Infinite Possibilities". It makes me sad to think of Joseph and Maria, their lives cut so short when they both had infinite possibilities before them. We will miss them both.

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