Yesterday we met with a few of this year's chair artists and Qualico Communities - our major corporate sponsor for the AIRdirondack Art Project for the five years of this project...all of whom we couldn't do this without. Collaboration is so important, both as an artist and as a member of our community, and I feel so fortunate to have businesses like Qualico who support the growth of art & culture in our community in this way. There are so many other people behind the scenes who make this work as well as it does in being the largest fundraiser for Creative Airdrie...Fred Burley, longtime Council Member who without complaint delivers chairs and stands for us whenever we need him and his cube truck, Sheri Reed who has taken the reigns the past couple of years to assist with the coordination of artists and delivery of supplies whenever required, local businesses who display the chairs until the Gala in September, Fulton's Home Hardware who have always supplied materials at minimal cost, Bert Church High School students and their shop teacher who have begun building the chairs for us in the past couple of years, the businesses who supply silent auction items for the Gala (Avenue Cakery & Bakeshoppe cupcakes are ALWAYS a hit!), and of course, Qualico's marketing team who we couldn't do without. And finally, all the friends and family who assist and support us along the way...there are so many people involved who do this because it is important to our community as a whole. And, after months of hard work at the end of the summer we get to enjoy a beautiful event full of great music and food and laughter along with the support of all of those who purchase these stunning pieces in the end. It really does warm the cockles of my heart.