The May Snake
That’s what started off the month, an annual appearance of the May Snake on May 4. Organizer Jhan Sanders says of the event:
In the early evening hours before dusk on Sunday, May 4th, a 20 foot long effigy of a fantastical serpent –the May Snake– was ritually awakened by a journey up Tumamoc Hill, borne by six handlers and accompanied by two bagpipers with a drummer providing the heart beat. The May Snake is an embodiment of creative power, vitality and renewal. S/He will appear unannounced every year in the Spring in the public spaces around town, accompanied by a retinue of devotees, to stimulate passion, imagination and action in the community-at-large.
Artists Working on Tumamoc
This is a selection of paintings and drawings done during some of our May early morning sessions.
Meredith Wins Gold Medal
If there was a plein-air olympics, I think she would win one. Meredith Milstead stood for about 12 hours painting the same scene once per hour. She is developing her own Tumamoc color palette based on color changes throughout the day, and the unique sense of one place. She’ll explain more later.