It might be the 1st of June, but school is in session at Ilan-Lael. The arrival of Emilie Ledieu, a skilled mosaic artist from Philadelphia, meant that James could play…really play…with mosaic design. On the left is his watercolor sketch of a phoenix…that mythical Greek bird that obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor. In this instance, the ashes are those from three storage containers of James Hubbell art that once inhabited the site under-construction for the Ilan-Lael Center. A lifetime of art was lost in the Cedar Fire ten years ago. But now in its place, new art is being reborn in a school that has taken shape. Emilie and two interns who are spending their summer learning at Ilan-Lael have been creating mosaic designs from glass and tile in imaginative forms that can only come from the mind of one man…James Hubbell. It’s one of the many ways the Ilan-Lael Center will benefit our community and the world in the months and years to come…as a school for the arts all year round!