by Kris Bella
I am so very humbled. As an artist, I understand how the creative process can be so freeing. It can take one to another place and time. As an art therapist, I understand the health benefits of creating art, psychologically and physically. It can truly reduce stress and provide respite from the burdens of life. As an arts based business owner, I understand the importance of providing space for creatives to showcase and sell. It can be the first time for someone to reap the benefits of their passion and hard work.
Now, as I sit here at Arte Soleil, as a human being, I am in awe. I am humbled by the level of gratitude I have been receiving by students, colleagues, friends, family and strangers. My heart is singing and dancing. My son told me how he is impressed with my ability to help others. The further we talked, I realized what I am doing is respecting each and every individual I meet. It seems so simple however I am afraid many people do not experience it as often as they should. People deserve authentic interactions so they can be seen, heard and understood.
When on a creative journey,vulnerability may often join. Fear and uncertainty of being accepted may emerge. I am honored to be able to offer a studio space for imagination to emerge, for like minded people to connect, for exploration and curiosity to be nourished, for each of us to know we belong.