The Story House

Barbara Earl Thomas
The Story House is a roofless structure with open walls where the business of life extends and our stories become part of the world. In filigreed wing walls, a figure reads while a crow looks on. Guardians, would-be protectors, flank benches. A cornice mural rich with books on a magic carpet hides the secret reader. Therein find a quote, “Every story begins with a death,” the opening line from the Nancy Rawles’ novel, Love Like Gumbo and the title Tell It By Heart, from a book by storyteller Erica Helm Meade. The importance of learning from books, nature and each other are elements of human life I prize. The benches invite viewers to sit, become a part of the story and hence the artwork itself.
October 28, 2009