Lucia Folk 
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Re: “Don Evans, 1939-2013

What made Don so special is that when the rest of us talk about living life to the fullest, he was actually doing it. Each day presented another opportunity to do something new and exciting. The process of making art can be intimidating, especially for those of us who don’t see ourselves as particularly gifted. When you took a class with Don, or were around him, he had no patience for that kind of thinking. Worrying about whether something was “good” or not got in the way of the most important thing about art: the process of making it.
Don’s favorite type of art was the kind that brought people together to create it. He was an expert at creating a community by engaging others to participate in one of his many projects to build a tower of fireworks tower or a rocket ship. When you got to that final moment of lighting the fuse on the fireworks or the rocket, watching Don’s excitement experiencing it was just as fun as watching the art itself. His infectious laugh and pure joy was what made it all so special.

Don never lost the beautiful imagination that most of us leave behind in childhood. Just last Saturday, he was telling me and my friends, Jim and Angela, about his trip to Mars with his friend John Hadley. He said when they returned, Sheryl wouldn’t let him in the house with all of the moon dust on his socks, so he had to take them off to enter. Don said he had to store them in plexiglass and sent Jim into the next room to find them. When Jim emerged, he brought a framed piece of art comprised of those socks covered in moon dust, which were documentation of that journey.

I feel so blessed that I was able to see Don just before he embarked on his latest adventure. I bet he’s looking down from the bright star that he’s on and becoming frustrated with us spending so much time fussing over him. So before he gets more exasperated with us, make sure to work on something fun. You know he is.

-Lucia Folk

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Posted by Lucia Folk on 05/11/2013 at 12:02 PM

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