Today, we were thrilled to welcome Art Kahn, a fairy house expert. Art enjoys creating fairy houses outside his home near 14th & R. He very generously donated his time and some materials to help the Rainey Room children create fairy houses in glass jars. If you'd like to see more of Art's work, you can follow him on Instagram: @fairygardenonr.
Here are some excerpts from our conversation and question/answer session with Art:
Grace: Are they (fairies) fake or real?
Alexandra: Are they real?
Art: I don't really know. I've been trying to answer that question for many years. All I really know is that it's hard to know if they're real because no one ever sees them because they are so tiny.
Grace: I've seen one!
Art: You've seen one? Wow, because no one else in here has seen one.
Art: Fairies change size. They can fly. Some of them come out at night. Garden fairies dance in the garden at night. What else do you know about fairies?
Evelyn: They use magic.
Art: What is magic?
Grace: Fairy dust.
Emilia: Fairies use fairy dust to make the flowers bloom.
Art: Sometimes they make themselves change into a flower if they want to hide. Which makes it really hard to find them.
Art: Where do fairies live?
Grace: Under dirt.
Oliver: In the fairy house.
Palmer: Why do fairies need mushrooms?
Art: Fairies love mushrooms just because they are so pretty. They're in nature and fairies love everything about nature.
Art: There's lots of different kinds of fairies. Fairies that live in the ground, fairies that live in houses, some live in trees. My fairy garden has a whole bunch of fairies living in trees. I've never seen them but I know they're there because I see things change at night. And there's a door that's a magic door. I think there's a thousand fairies that live in my tree.
Brooke: That reminds me of when we left the jam out for the fairies. Where did the jam go?
Palmer: In the fairies' tummies.
Art: I heard that if fairies eat too much jam or tasty stuff they lose their wings and can't fly for a long time - like a few days. They get sick and lose their magic powers.
Our fairy houses: photographed looking toward the front door (hover on image to know its creator).
And we had a Mystery Reader!!!! Thanks Sarah!