From left: Coco, Diana (a Dartmouth student), Willa, Roxy and Gideon make some magic.

With a wave of their art wands, magic happens


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Mark Travis

I was wandering around Norwich this morning when Miss Lani and the magic wands caught my eye. They were the work of four lively kids attending summer camp at the Children's Art Studio on Main Street. 

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Miss Lani -- as in Lani Carney -- is the founder and visual arts educator at the studio, which opened last May. It provides after-school, Saturday morning and summer programming.

Miss Lani sets a wand outside to dry.

This is -- wouldn't you know it -- Magic and Suspense and Mystery week. The morning began with a visit from a magician and moved on to wand-making.

The wands' magic power? "To create energy that's positive," Miss Lani said.

The camp is multi-age -- the foursome there today ranged from 4 to 10 -- and that's by design. "It's important for people to realize that little ones can inspire older ones," she said.

I came away the impression that everything Miss Lani does has a higher purpose. She's passionate about the arts and the difference they can make.

"All of my themes are themes of care," she said.

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