These days have been happily busy - painting, delivering paintings, reading, and meeting with interesting artists because of the Airdrie Artists website my friend Michelle & I created in order to support the artists of our community. I've been on many Boards and always had the intention to support and encourage the local arts community - creating a kind of artist's online 'hub' has always been a goal and finally a few months ago we decided to just do it instead of keep waiting for someone else to do it. And I'm so glad. Not only because I think it's important to support the arts but also because it is absolutely wonderful to get together with other artists and have these creative conversations. I'm quite a homebody and would rather not add another 'job' to my list of day-to-day responsibilities, but I already feel that I've received more out of this endeavor than I've put in - which has actually been a lot...it's almost become a part-time (unpaid) job. And tomorrow I've been asked for an intereview by our local radio station (AIR 106.1) because of my work as the Art Program Coordinator at the public library and also because of my role in the arts in this community. What an honour. Believe me, there are days I want to walk away from everything, to move to northern Canada into a rustic log cabin with no access to much of the outside world because I get so tired and at times discouraged, but I really, really am grateful for not only being able to do what I get to do, but also because of the support I receive in return. I know I am lucky.
Honouring the Ancestors
Great Places Plan