The studio closing
Again it has been a long time since I have visited my website and written a blog post. Life has been busy! But something big has happened. June 30, 2017 was the last day of the 10 year lease of my studio. I decided not to renew the lease, so I have been in the process of winding down my time there. June 3 we had a beautiful ritual of closing for the studio. Many dear friends of the studio gathered and we drummed together, made a collage, danced and shared memories of our times together there. Then began the process of sorting through all the stuff that had accumulated, deciding where furniture would go, and what to do with all the really large paintings I had made especially early on in my time in the studio. Meni joined me on June 30 to share my final hour in the studio before it was time to lock the door for the last time, and head into the next phase of my life. I feel very grateful for the opportunity to create a beautiful space where core values of Connection, Creativity, Challenge, Learning and Growth, and Movement could be honoured.
I am pleased to say that I have been able to create a new studio space called 70 Clementi Expressive Arts Studio. It is smaller, cozier, more intimate space, but large enough to host a small drumming circle or workshop. I can make my own art here. I can write my next books here. It is going to be lovely to create here with new core values guiding me, the values of Mercy and Kindness, Comfort and Joy. I am transitioning from adulthood to elderhood in my own life. I am making the transition archetypally from Mother to Sovereign. It is time to slow down somewhat, while still doing meaningful work in the world. Dear 370 Expressive Arts Studio, I will miss you and I will evermore be grateful for all you gave to me and to others. I am excited, 70 Clementi Expressive Arts Studio, for all you will mean to me too. Let this new phase be characterized by Comfort and Joy, for me and for all who will join me here. Amen and Hallelujah!