The celebration to thank the construction workers was the brainchild of three local artists: Barbara Rosenthal, Jan French, and Joan Sullivan. They asked for organizational help from Celebrate Los Osos and we saw this as a great opportunity to CELEBRATE our community, as our name implies
The gathering was a great success! We estimate the crowd at the Red Barn to be between 250 to 300 workers and well-wishers.
There were lots and lots of art covering the inside and outside walls of the barn, including a panoply of oil paintings from Joan Sullivan, charcoal drawings by Barbara Rosenthal, a collage by Rachel Win Yon, clothing by Rev. C. Hite, and a fanciful colored marker painting by John McCutcheon.
Students got involved with banners from Monarch Grove, Baywood Elementary Schools, and Los Osos Middle School. There were bilingual thank you cards from Deborah Harris’ after-school Spanish class at Los Osos Middle School, and drawings from a class at the Los Osos Library. Jodi Eastman organized art from all of the classes at Village Children’s Center.
Lynette Tornatzky donated large prints of some of her vivid construction photos. Barbara Rosenthal and Jan French gathered construction photos from a range of community contributors and put together a stunning PowerPoint show, which included aerial photographs by Ron Stotz and Jeff Lewis’ now-famous time-lapse video. (You can find it on YouTube.)