Do you ever take the people in your hometown for granted? Millie Arp makes such beautiful contributions to the community we have both grown up in, and I finally got to sit down and chat with her for the very first time because of the #12friendchallenge.
Millie is an artist, teacher, and so much more, but you definitely can't miss the bright spots around town where her work livens up places like Main Street Cafe and Shewey's. She grew up in Paris IL, and while she has had many adventures elsewhere, including as an intern for Disney in Florida and a nanny in Scotland, she has always found her way back home, where she is well-loved by her ever supportive parents, their two dogs, and her boyfriend, David. (As a sucker for love stories, I especially loved hearing Millie's retelling of how she and David got together. They're adorable. 😉💕😍) Millie says that growing up her parents were always encouraging about her love of art, and gave their full support as she pursued excellence in her passion. Currently, she is an art teacher for Mayo Middle School and serves on the board of the local Bicentenial Art Center. Someday, she hopes to open her own studio, where she would be able to give students more intensive, one on one attention. Millie can trace much of her delight in art back to watching her grandmother paint on anything and everything, from ostrich eggs to sweaters to sand dollars. She has also always particularly enjoyed being able to hand-craft Christmas gifts for those she loves. On the day we met, Millie was getting ready to begin working on a mural for Ms. Holly's House. Thank you for taking the time to sit down and visit with me @mermaidmillie! You're a beautiful person, and I'm so glad we finally connected!
This month's 12 friend post brought to you late due to a concussion. Protect your brains, friends. 🤦♀️😂