Yesterday was quite a day - I was featured in two separate articles in two different local area newspapers...one about the Wetlands Exhibit at the library and the other about the website my friend Michelle & I created to support the arts community in and around Airdrie (http://www.airdrieartists.weebly.com/). I spent the past two days holed up in my house and then was pleasantly surprised last night. There are so many times that I become absolutely exhausted trying to be an advocate for arts & culture in this community and wonder why I bother and then when things like the exhibit and the website become publicly acknowledged and I see the results of the arts community working together, I feel and warmth in my heart and think that maybe I can continue on. It's never easy to work with a group of people, and I find it particularly challenging working with a group of creative people. Everyone is a visionary and extremely passionate, which is lovely but can be difficult when you're trying to coordinate things. Unfortunately some people may feel that I'm self-serving when I keep ending up in the media but that is not the point at all - I'm just trying so hard to promote and encourage this community of creative people that I have the privilege of connecting with almost daily. And I've been extremely fortunate in that I've received an abundance of support and encouragement in my own journey in return. I do realize that when we do anything in an authentic manner with a bigger goal than ourselves in mind, even though in the short term there may be some misunderstanding, I do believe that in the long term it will be recognized for what it truly is - in all its honesty. I honestly do not like taking so much time away from my family and my own art at times, but I feel that this is crucial for the arts as a whole, not just in my town.
AIRdirondack Art Project