The Key Center Branch of the Pierce County Library hosted an all ages henna program Saturday afternoon to provide an opportunity for children and adults to learn more about the rich cultural history of henna art.
“It was wonderful to see the different generations engaging with each other, encouraging each other's individuality as they proudly displayed their henna tattoos,” said Holly Smith, PC Library Youth Services librarian. "Kristin McCurdy, the henna artist, was fabulous. She stayed until everyone who came was able to get a tattoo."
McCurdy was still there tidying up half an hour after the show was over — when I returned to recover the camera bag I’d inadvertently left behind.
Said Vaughn Elementary fifth-grader Alyssa Watkins, “I came because I have always wanted a henna tattoo. I am so glad I finally got one. Art is a very amazing thing.”
Juliana Katriece Noalani Vierra, a home-schooled seventh-grader, came “because I like art and thought it would be so cool to get one.” She is vacationing on the Key with her family from Lacey.
Key Peninsula Middle School eighth-grader Bailey Johnson said, “When I was asked if I wanted to do this I thought it would teach me another kind of art. It did! I got the family heart because I wanted something pretty but simple. Family’s important, so I’m showing it through this henna.”
“I’m visiting my aunt and cousin over the weekend,” said Taia Bunce-Lundin, a Kentwood High senior. “I got the dandelion henna because it’s a tattoo I aspire to get one day. I learned about henna culture and believe it would be an amazing hobby.”
Peninsula High sophomore Jackie Nitarski “wanted to get a henna tattoo because I think it is beautiful that there is a way to get beautiful body work without pain.”
“I think that the henna is really pretty, and it was really fun,” said Vaughn Elementary kindergartener Allison Watkins.
South Puget Sound Community College student Cierra Vierra wrote, “I am here on a family vacation. I just left the U.S. Army as an artillery sergeant on March 26, and am currently majoring in early childhood education.”
The program began at 2 p.m. and engaged a much larger number of eager clients than the small sampling of comments above would indicate. It was truly an “all ages henna program” that didn’t end until sometime after its scheduled finish to ensure that no one left disappointed — thanks to henna artist Kristin McCurdy.
The program was sponsored by Friends of the Key Center Library, a generous organization that supports many of the programs offered there. To learn more about the Friends, contact the Key Center Branch at 253-548-3309.