What Is a Story Worth Telling?

by Mae-Rose Atterbury

“The eyes glued to my paper are fixed, but not visualizing. My pen nested on my paper is moving, but not creating. My mind is on topic, but not focused. All that’s on my paper is: What makes a story worth telling? Maybe it’s about what makes you wake up on a cool summer morning or your dreams that seem so impossible to forget. Or the nature’s song from various birds or the hollow hearts of the wind. What makes a story worth telling? Maybe it’s what religion bonds strangers like family or that tie with you as if you were all a gift. Is it when a mother raises a child? Is it when you get tucked in at night? Is it when someone says, “I love you”? So, what makes a story worth telling? Simple. By someone worth telling a story.”

Mae-Rose is one of eight In Print members to have her work featured at the Allegory Project, an art space and exhibition co-sponsored by the Art Matters Artist Coop and the Rockford Area Arts Council. The Allegory Project plans to have a theme that is explored in various art forms: painting and sculpture, photography, repurposed objects, and the spoken and written word.

Mae-Rose’s piece and the others have been framed at the gallery and are available for viewing from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday through the end of May. The show space is on the northwest corner of Madison and Prairie Streets in Rockford