Story by Emily Glidden.
As a passerby, the connection between the American Red Cross and Alla Dickson’s abstract ArtPrize entry may not be obvious. However, once the Holland artist begins telling the story behind her piece, a deep and inspiring meaning comes to light.
On Christmas Eve morning of last year, Dickson rose early to get some painting done in her art studio. Soon after she started her work, Dickson’s husband saw the first puffs of smoke come through their brick chimney into the house. He immediately recognized the severity of the situation and within five minutes everyone was out of the home. As Dickson and her family watched the flames come through the roof, her husband Richard looked at them and said, “It’s all gone; life goes on.”
“Then we saw the Red Cross van and once they came we started laughing and smiling, shaking hands and drinking hot chocolate,” said Dickson.
“We immediately felt a transition from tragedy to recovery and celebrating life and community.”
That sense of community is why Alla and Richard decided to settle down in Holland Michigan. Between the two of them they have visited over 90 countries, but they agreed that Holland had the greatest sense of community they had ever experienced.
Luckily ‘This Enigmatic World’ was saved from the home after the flames were extinguished. Dickson then decided to dedicate the piece to the American Red Cross.
“I am completely on a mission to bring awareness to this great community. Their generosity is unbelievable,” said Dickson.
Dickson’s ArtPrize Submission, ‘This Enigmatic World’ can be seen on the second floor of DeVos Place. Vote for ‘This Enigmatic World’ with the vote code: 56397.
Read more about her story at The Rapidian.