The day finally came, the work was finished, stretched and hung. The mentoring process that Kim and Gallery 159 provided has been a wonderful nurturing, and helpful process. I felt very prepared for the opening, and it was a wonderful group of people both physical and online that showed their support and appreciation of our work. Please accept my heartfelt thank you to everyone that is participated in this ongoing process.

The interruptions of love and making artwork becomes a clearer and clearer path as my journey unfolds, over the past week there have been two tragic passings of people in the community that surrounds me, and lives have again been interrupted. The body of work that I originally created, was to honour and hold the memories and the courage that people so silently carry with them. Sometimes just the mundane effort to make dinner or do the dishes is as big an accomplishment as an olympic athlete doing a best time. It is the ordinary life that my work acknowledges and celebrates, and when people have come to me and said they understand the image, that is what art can bring. It is the unspoken understanding and acknowledgment of emotions we are taught to keep hidden that when I share them makes me feel ok, and I hope makes others feel that their world is a little more ‘ok’ too.

 

 

Opening Photo by Vik Images

Opening Photo by Vik Images

Opening photo by Vik Images

Opening photo by Vik Images

Kim Schoenberger, Janet De Boer, Anne Harris (L to R)

Kim Schoenberger, Janet De Boer, Anne Harris (L to R)