Woodruff, SC – Stone Soup Storytelling Institute is hosting a week-long tribute and art exhibit in memory of artist, educator and mentor Diana Olencki on December 2-8 at MUSE 134 at 134 S. Main Street in Woodruff.
Diana passed away in July 2017, but her memory and impact is still strong within the Woodruff community. Spartanburg County School District 4 Administration and Samantha Brown, head of the Woodruff High School Art Department and National Art Honor Society, are assisting Stone Soup in bringing the tribute to Diana to the community.
Diana, who taught in the Woodruff High School Art Department for 30 years, once said, “I want students to realize their dreams. Art is the glue that pulls it all together.”
“Thanks to Diana, dreams became reality. She left this world a better place for being in it, with her love for her family, her students, her friends, and her garden. Diana touched the lives of hundreds of students. She will be greatly missed,” says Karyn Page-Davies, president of the Stone Soup Storytelling Institute and the director of MUSE 134. “Stories are told in many ways and we want to share Diana’s story with you. Through Our Eyes is an exhibit of artwork created by Diana and her former students.”
Through Our Eyes opens Saturday, December 2 from 4-6 pm and will feature several of Diana’s works and select pieces of some of her former students. Additional exhibit hours for the week will be announced on the Stone Soup Facebook page closer to the event. We will host an evening of Meditation & Music on Friday, December 7 from 4-6 pm. The exhibit will be open from 1-4 pm on Saturday, December 8 with a special presentation at 2 pm in Diana’s memory to her family and for the community.
Stone Soup hosts the annual Stone Soup Storytelling Festival in April in Woodruff. The organization is branching out to offer more and different types of storytelling events, and the Olencki memorial is one of the first of these efforts.
For more information and for exhibit hours, please visit the event Facebook page.