Thanks! And Happy New Year !

Dear friends of Artwalk Inc,

During this wonderful season we receive thanks and reports from the organizations we support with requests for donations. I’m thinking of all your time and talents so many contributed to Artwalk Inc and the wider community, and realized that just because we don’t need any donations from you, we do need to thank you for all you do to support and celebrate the spirituality of artists and the creativity we share.  Thanks.  It’s been a very good year.

Thanks particularly to the people at Holy Spirit who have provided space for several exhibitions and events at Spirit Studio this year.  Your faith and witness to the ongoing creativity of the spirit in the world inspires our work.

Thanks to Lupita Lule and Glorianna Pionati who curated two exhibitions for us, one that resulted in the wonderful mural by Livio Stabile just outside the studio on Evans St. Thanks to Livio, and also to Baller Hardware who provided the paint, and to our anonymous donators who provided the funds for materials that protect Livio’s fine work.  Glory is heading off to be Counselor at The University of Al Akhawayn, Ifrane, Morocco in January.  Our gratitude and well-wishes go with her.

Thanks to the Arroyo Seco Time Bankers who are hosted two events with us and inspire us to aspire to economic justice and a new way of assessing and sharing out time and talents.

Thanks to the ArtWalk Board members who have supported all this with their wisdom and time, and special well wishes to Sarah Boehmke who is planning to take a major step forward in this sort of work.  More on that later!

Going forward into the new year, we’ve been asked to work on another large mural project, to continue with Spirit Studio to promote and expand the exhibitions, and we’ll again be arranging staff so the studio can be open regular hours.  There’s a group planning a regular worship service on Sundays, and I will be sponsoring an interfaith retreat in late February.  We will reach out to the local community in LA and online with an improved blog to promote artists and their spiritual practices.

Yes, most importantly, thanks to all the artists that make our world more livable, more beautiful, more thought-provoking, challenging, and inspire us to be grateful and careful with the ongoing creation that we celebrate.

Happy New Year!